The Definitive Collection (Michael Jackson album)

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The Definitive Collection
Michael Jackson The Defintive Collection.jpg
Compilation album by Michael Jackson
Released August 25, 2009
Recorded 1969–1974
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 65:20
Label Universal Motown
Producer Harry Weinger
Michael Jackson chronology
The Stripped Mixes
The Definitive Collection
Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

The Definitive Collection is a compilation album by Michael Jackson, and the third album to be released since his death.[1][2]


The Definitive Collection charted on number 39 on Billboard 200 and number 17 on R&B/Hip Hop Albums.[3][4]


Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said: "Released roughly three days after Michael Jackson's passing, The Definitive Collection is a 19-track collection of highlights from his Motown recordings, including the hits he had with his brothers in the Jackson 5. This emphasizes Michael's solo hits over the Jackson 5's — there are ten cuts of him alone, nine with his brothers (and one of those is an alternate "minus mix" of "I'll Be There") — which skews this a little bit toward puppy love over bubblegum, something that may be a little too syrupy for some listeners, but there's no denying that for fans lacking a collection of Michael's earliest hits, this is a useful compilation, gathering "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," "Who's Lovin' You," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin," "Ben," and "Dancing Machine" in one place.".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back" The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) 2:58
2. "ABC" The Corporation 2:57
3. "The Love You Save" The Corporation 3:03
4. "I'll Be There" Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch 3:56
5. "Never Can Say Goodbye" Clifton Davis 2:59
6. "Maybe Tomorrow" The Corporation 4:45
7. "Got to Be There" Elliot Willensky 3:23
8. "Rockin' Robin" Leon Rene 2:32
9. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Leon Ware 2:59
10. "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers 4:10
11. "Ben" Walter Scharf, Don Black 2:44
12. "With a Child's Heart" Vicki Basemore, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy 3:32
13. "One Day in Your Life" Sam Brown, Renée Armand 4:13
14. "We're Almost There" Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr. 3:44
15. "Dancing Machine" Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks 2:37
16. "Just a Little Bit of You" Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr. 3:12
17. "Farewell My Summer Love" Keni St. Lewis 3:41
18. "Who's Lovin' You" Smokey Robinson 4:00
19. "I'll Be There (Minus Mix)" Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch 3:55