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 Essential Michael Jackson
(2005)
Visionary: The Video Singles
(2006)
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, M. Jackson Destiny 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Edited version) M. 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) M. Jackson, Jackie Jackson Triumph (1980) 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) M. Jackson Thriller (1982) 3:41
15. "Billie Jean" M. Jackson Thriller 4:55
16. "Beat It" M. Jackson Thriller 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edited version) M. 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" M. Jackson Bad (1987) 4:11
21. "Thriller" (Radio edit) Temperton Thriller 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" M. Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Edit) M. Jackson Bad 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror" Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" M. Jackson Bad 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) M. Jackson Bad 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal" M. Jackson Bad 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone" M. Jackson Bad 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous (1991) 3:21
9. "Remember the Time" Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" edit) M. Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" edit) M. Jackson Dangerous 3:59
12. "Heal the World" M. Jackson Dangerous 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) M. 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) M. Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:02
16. "They Don't Care About Us" M. Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:44
17. "You Rock My World" (Album edit) M. 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" (7" version) R. Jackson, M. Jackson Destiny 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (original 12" edit) M. 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) M. Jackson, J. Jackson Triumph 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) M. Jackson Thriller 3:42
16. "Billie Jean" M. Jackson Thriller 4:54
17. "Beat It" M. Jackson Thriller 4:18
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (edited version) M. 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" (M. Jackson) Michael J. Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" M. Jackson Bad 4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone" M. Jackson Bad 4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Edit) M. Jackson Bad 4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard Bad 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" M. Jackson Bad 4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) M. Jackson Bad 3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal" M. Jackson Bad 4:17
9. "Black or White" (single version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell Dangerous 3:21
10. "Heal the World" M. Jackson Dangerous 6:24
11. "Remember the Time" Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Belle Dangerous 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" edit) M. Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" edit) M. Jackson Dangerous 3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) M. Jackson Dangerous 3:40
15. "Dangerous" M. 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) M. Jackson, Quincy Jones "The Girl Is Mine" single (1982) 4:06
2. "Say Say Say" (with Paul McCartney) McCartney, M. Jackson Pipes of Peace (1983) 3:55
3. "Jam" M. Jackson, Moore, Swedien, Riley Dangerous 5:38
4. "They Don't Care About Us" M. Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:44
5. "Blood on the Dance Floor" M. Jackson, Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997) 4:15
6. "Stranger in Moscow" M. 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, M. Jackson Destiny 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Edit) M. 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) M. Jackson, J. Jackson Triumph 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) M. Jackson Thriller 3:41
15. "Billie Jean" M. Jackson Thriller 4:55
16. "Beat It" M. Jackson Thriller 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (edited version) M. 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" M. Jackson Bad 4:11
21. "Thriller" (radio edit) Temperton Thriller 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" M. Jackson Bad 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" M. Jackson Bad 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard Bad 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" M. Jackson Bad 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) M. Jackson Bad 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal" M. Jackson Bad 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone" M. Jackson Bad 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell Dangerous 3:21
9. "Remember the Time" Riley, M. Jackson, Belle Dangerous 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" edit) M. Jackson, Riley Dangerous 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" edit) M. Jackson Dangerous 3:59
12. "Heal the World" M. Jackson Dangerous 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio edit) M. 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" M. Jackson, Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 5:02
16. "One More Chance" R. Kelly Number Ones (2003) 3:49
17. "You Rock My World" (album edit) M. 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, M. Jackson 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" M. 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) M. Jackson, J. Jackson 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) M. Jackson 3:42
16. "Billie Jean" M. Jackson 4:56
17. "Beat It" M. Jackson 4:19
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Single version) M. 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" M. Jackson 4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" M. Jackson 4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone" M. Jackson 4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" remix) M. Jackson 4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror" Garrett, Ballard 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" M. Jackson 4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" version) M. Jackson 3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal" M. Jackson 4:17
9. "Black or White" M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell 4:17
10. "Heal the World" M. Jackson 6:24
11. "Remember the Time" Riley, M. Jackson, Belle 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" edit) M. Jackson, Riley 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" edit) M. Jackson 3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (radio edit) M. Jackson 5:47
15. "Dangerous" M. Jackson, Bottrell, Riley 6:59
16. "You Are Not Alone" (LP edit) R. Kelly 4:55
17. "You Rock My World" M. Jackson, Jerkins, Jerkins III, Daniels, Payne 5:08

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

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