The Essential Michael Jackson

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The Essential Michael Jackson
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Greatest hits album by Michael Jackson
Released July 19, 2005
Recorded 1969–2001
Genre Pop, rock, new jack swing, R&B, funk
Length 77:42 (International disc 1)
77:24 (International disc 2)
78:56 (American disc 1)
78:50 (American disc 2)
33:07 (3.0 disc)
Label Epic, Legacy, Sony BMG
Producer Michael Jackson
Various
Michael Jackson chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2004)The Ultimate Collection2004
The Essential Michael Jackson
(2005)
Visionary: The Video Singles
(2006)Visionary: The Video Singles2006
The Essential Michael Jackson Limited Edition 3.0
The Essential Michael Jackson Limited Edition 3.0
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[2]

The Essential Michael Jackson is a greatest hits compilation album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on July 19, 2005, by Sony Music's catalog division Legacy Recordings as part of The Essential series. The two-disc compilation features thirty-eight hit songs by Michael Jackson, from his days at Motown Records with The Jackson 5 in the late 1960s to his 2001 hit "You Rock My World".

On August 26, 2008, The Essential Michael Jackson 3.0 was released in the US as a limited edition containing an additional disc of seven songs performed by Jackson.[3] A re-titled release in the UK was planned on July 6, 2009 as The Hits, but was cancelled upon Jackson's death. As of 2013, the album was certified 3× platinum in the US.[4]

Track listing[edit]

European and international version[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "I Want You Back" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969) 2:58
2. "ABC" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC (1970) 2:58
3. "The Love You Save" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC 3:05
4. "Got to Be There" Elliot Willensky Got to Be There (1972) 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin" Leon Rene (under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas) Got to Be There 2:32
6. "Ben" Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben (1972) 2:46
7. "Blame It on the Boogie" (as The Jacksons) Michael G. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer, Elmar Krohn, Thomas Meyer Destiny (1978) 3:30
8. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" version; as The Jacksons) Randy Jackson, Michael Jackson Destiny 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Edited version) Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979) 3:56
10. "Off the Wall" (Edited version) Rod Temperton Off the Wall 3:46
11. "Rock with You" (7" remix) Temperton Off the Wall 3:23
12. "She's Out of My Life" Tom Bahler Off the Wall 3:37
13. "Can You Feel It" (7" edit; as The Jacksons) Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson Triumph (1980) 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller (1982) 3:41
15. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:55
16. "Beat It" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edited version) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:17
18. "Human Nature" (Edited version) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis Thriller 3:45
19. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" James Ingram, Quincy Jones Thriller 3:58
20. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Michael Jackson Bad (1987) 4:11
21. "Thriller" (Radio edit) Temperton Thriller 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Edit) Michael Jackson Bad 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror" Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson Bad 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) Michael Jackson Bad 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson Bad 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone" Michael Jackson Bad 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single version) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous (1991) 3:21
9. "Remember the Time" Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" edit) Michael Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:59
12. "Heal the World" Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:40
14. "You Are Not Alone" (LP edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 4:55
15. "Earth Song" (Radio edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:02
16. "They Don't Care About Us" Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:44
17. "You Rock My World" (Album edit) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible (2001) 5:08

U.S. version[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Jackson except as noted.

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "I Want You Back" (as Jackson 5) The Corporation (Perren, Mizell, Gordy, Deke Richards) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 2:58
2. "ABC" (as Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC 2:58
3. "The Love You Save" (as Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC 3:05
4. "Got to Be There" Willensky Got to Be There 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin" Rene (under the pseudonym J. Thomas) Got to Be There 2:32
6. "Ben" Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben 2:46
7. "Enjoy Yourself" (as The Jacksons) Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff The Jacksons (1976) 3:24
8. "Blame It on the Boogie" Jackson-Clark, Jackson-Rich, Kampschroer, Krohn, Meyer Destiny (1978) 3:30
9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" version) R. Jackson, Michael Jackson Destiny 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (original 12" edit) Michael Jackson Off the Wall 5:50
11. "Rock with You" (single version) Temperton Off the Wall 3:23
12. "Off the Wall" (single version) Temperton Off the Wall 3:46
13. "She's Out of My Life" Bahler Off the Wall 3:37
14. "Can You Feel It" (7" edit) Michael Jackson, J. Jackson Triumph 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller 3:42
16. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:54
17. "Beat It" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (edited version) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:17
19. "Human Nature" (edited version) Porcaro, Bettis Thriller 3:45
20. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Ingram, Jones Thriller 3:59
21. "Thriller" (radio edit (a.k.a. 2003 edit) Temperton   5:12
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" (Michael Jackson) Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Michael Jackson Bad 4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone" Michael Jackson Bad 4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Edit) Michael Jackson Bad 4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard Bad 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson Bad 4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) Michael Jackson Bad 3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson Bad 4:17
9. "Black or White" (single version) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell Dangerous 3:21
10. "Heal the World" Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:24
11. "Remember the Time" Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, Belle Dangerous 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" edit) Michael Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:40
15. "Dangerous" Michael Jackson, Bottrell, Riley Dangerous 6:59
16. "You Are Not Alone" (LP edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:55
17. "You Rock My World" (album edit) Jackson, Jerkins, Jerkins III, Daniels, Payne Invincible 5:08

U.S. limited-edition 3.0 bonus disc[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Can't Get Outta the Rain" (single version) Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones "The Girl Is Mine" single (1982) 4:06
2. "Say Say Say" (with Paul McCartney) McCartney, Michael Jackson Pipes of Peace (1983) 3:55
3. "Jam" Michael Jackson, Moore, Swedien, Riley Dangerous 5:38
4. "They Don't Care About Us" (LP edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:11
5. "Blood on the Dance Floor" Michael Jackson, Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997) 4:15
6. "Stranger in Moscow" Michael Jackson History: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:45
7. "Butterflies" Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius Invincible 4:40

Japanese version[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "I Want You Back" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation (Perren, Mizell, Gordy, Richards) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 2:58
2. "ABC" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC 2:58
3. "The Love You Save" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation ABC 3:05
4. "Got to Be There" Willensky Got to Be There 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin" Rene (under the pseudonym J. Thomas) Got to Be There 2:32
6. "Ben" Scharf, Black Ben 2:46
7. "Blame It on the Boogie" (as The Jacksons) Jackson-Clark, Jackson-Rich, Kampschroer, Krohn, Meyer Destiny 3:30
8. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" version; as The Jacksons) R. Jackson, Michael Jackson Destiny 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Edit) Michael Jackson Off the Wall 3:56
10. "Off the Wall" (edited version) Temperton Off the Wall 3:46
11. "Rock with You" (7" remix) Temperton Off the Wall 3:23
12. "She's Out of My Life" Bahler Off the Wall 3:37
13. "Can You Feel It" (7" edit; as The Jacksons) Michael Jackson, J. Jackson Triumph 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller 3:41
15. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:55
16. "Beat It" Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (edited version) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:17
18. "Human Nature" (edited version) Porcaro, Bettis Thriller 3:45
19. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Ingram, Jones Thriller 3:58
20. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (7" version) Michael Jackson Bad 4:11
21. "Thriller" (radio edit) Temperton Thriller 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" Version) Michael Jackson Bad 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard Bad 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson Bad 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) Michael Jackson Bad 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson Bad 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone" Michael Jackson Bad 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single version) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell Dangerous 3:21
9. "Remember the Time" Riley, Michael Jackson, Belle Dangerous 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" edit) Michael Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:59
12. "Heal the World" Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 3:40
14. "You Are Not Alone" (LP edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:55
15. "Blood on the Dance Floor" Michael Jackson, Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:15
16. "One More Chance" R. Kelly Number Ones (2003) 3:49
17. "You Rock My World" (album edit) Michael Jackson, Jerkins, Jerkins III, Daniels, Payne Invincible 5:08

Qobuz.com Studio Masters (24bit/96kHz) digital version[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation (Perren, Mizell, Gordy, Richards) 2:58
2. "ABC" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation 2:58
3. "The Love You Save" (as The Jackson 5) The Corporation 3:04
4. "Got to Be There" Willensky 3:23
5. "Rockin' Robin" Rene 2:32
6. "Ben" Scharf, Black 2:46
7. "Enjoy Yourself" (as The Jacksons) Gamble, Huff 3:25
8. "Blame It on the Boogie" (as The Jacksons) Jackson-Clark, Jackson-Rich, Kampschroer, Krohn, Meyer 3:30
9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" version; as The Jacksons) R. Jackson, Michael Jackson 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" Michael Jackson 6:04
11. "Rock with You" (7" remix) Temperton 3:23
12. "Off the Wall" (UK remix – edited version) Temperton 3:46
13. "She's Out of My Life" Bahler 3:37
14. "Can You Feel It" (7" edit; as The Jacksons) Michael Jackson, J. Jackson 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson 3:42
16. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson 4:56
17. "Beat It" Michael Jackson 4:19
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Single version) Michael Jackson 4:20
19. "Human Nature" (7" remix) Porcaro, Bettis 3:47
20. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Ingram, Jones 3:59
21. "Thriller" (Radio edit) Temperton 5:12
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad" Michael Jackson 4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Michael Jackson 4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone" Michael Jackson 4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" remix) Michael Jackson 4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson 4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) Michael Jackson 3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson 4:17
9. "Black or White" (Single version) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell 3:21
10. "Heal the World" Michael Jackson 6:24
11. "Remember the Time" Riley, Michael Jackson, Belle 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" edit) Michael Jackson, Riley 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" edit) Michael Jackson 3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (radio edit) Michael Jackson 3:40
15. "Dangerous" Michael Jackson, Bottrell, Riley 6:59
16. "You Are Not Alone" (LP edit) R. Kelly 4:55
17. "You Rock My World" Michael Jackson, Jerkins, Jerkins III, Daniels, Payne 5:08

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] 8× Platinum 560,000^
Belgium (BEA)[35] Gold 25,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[36] Gold 20,290[37]
France (SNEP)[38] 2× Gold 680,000[39]*
Hungary (MAHASZ)[40] Gold 6,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[41] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[43] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Sweden (GLF)[45] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] 3× Platinum 2,120,000[48]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[49] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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