List of songs recorded by Michael Jackson – Wikipedia

Song Year Album Writer(s) Notes Ref. “Al Capone” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson
  • Recorded at the Encino House in 1986 (or 1985)
  • Evolved into “Smooth Criminal”
[24] “Beautiful Girl” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
  • Previously unreleased demo recorded between 1998 and 2004 (during Invincible sessions)
  • Failed to make Invincible album
[34] “Best of Joy” 2010 Michael Michael Jackson
  • One of the last songs that Michael Jackson recorded during his lifetime, having written and recorded it in 2009, the year of his death
  • Was slated to premiere during the final This Is It concert
[37] “Blue Gangsta” 2014 Xscape Michael Jackson
Elliot Straite (Dr. Freeze)
  • Also known as “No Friend of Mine” or “Gangsta”
  • Recorded in 1999
  • Failed to make Invincible album
  • Leaked online in 2010
[41] “Breaking News” 2010 Michael Michael Jackson
Eddie Cascio
James Porte
  • Debates on if the songs were sung by Jackson, or sound alike Jason Malachi
  • 1 of 12 songs written with Cascio
  • Recorded in 2007
  • Along with 9 unreleased songs were auctioned for an unreleased CD titled Bible that was never released
  • Demo leaked online
[43] “Butterflies” 2001 Invincible Andre Harris
Marsha Ambrosius
  • Remix with Eve
  • Also released as a third single from Invincible in February 2002
[45] “Call on Me” 1984 Farewell My Summer Love Fonce Mizell
Larry Mizell
  • Original version released on Anthology (1995)
  • Working title “Fussin’ and Fightin'”
[46] “Can’t Let Her Get Away” 1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
  • 6th track on Jackson’s 8th studio album Dangerous.
  • It was recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley in 1991.
  • Sometimes incorrectly referred to as “I Can’t Let Her Get Away”.
[48] “Cheater” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
Greg Phillinganes
  • Recorded in 1987
  • Failed to make Bad album
[51] “Chicago” 2014 Xscape Cory Rooney
  • Also known as “She Was Lovin’ Me” and “Chicago (She Was Lovin’ Me)”
  • Recorded in 1999
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Not to be confused with “Chicago 1945”
  • Version intended for the Michael album leaked online in 2010
[52] “Cinderella Stay Awhile” 1975 Forever, Michael Michael Burnett Sutton
Mack David
  • This song was recorded in December 1974
  • It was produced by Hal Davis and is 3 minutes and 8 seconds in length.
[54] “Cry” 2001 Invincible R. Kelly
  • Also known as “Cry (You Can Change the World)”
  • Recorded in 2000
[56] “Dapper-Dan” 1975 Forever, Michael Don Fletcher
  • Freestyle
[59] “Dear Michael” 1975 Forever, Michael Hal Davis
Elliot Willensky
  • Recorded in December 1974 and was written by Hal Davis and Elliott Wilensky.
[60] “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” 2014 Xscape Michael Jackson
  • Also known as “12 O’Clock”
  • Written and recorded in 1984 and 1986
  • Failed to make the Bad album
  • Debates on whether this song came from the Bad era or the Dangerous era.
  • Leaked online in 2010
[63] “Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson
  • Song features Michael Jackson playing the piano
  • Bruce Swedien stated that this song would have been a masterpiece
  • Few short snippets from the Thriller era leaked before released
  • Failed to make Bad album
[65] “Don’t Let a Woman (Make a Fool Out of You)” 1982 Synapse Gap (Mundo Total) Joe King Carrasco
Johnny Perez
  • Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns featuring background vocals by Michael Jackson
[66] “Don’t Walk Away” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
Richard Stites
Reed Vertelney
  • 12th track from Invincible album
[71] “Earth Song” 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson
  • “Earth Song” was originally written and composed by Jackson under the title “What About Us”.
  • A demo, which featured Jackson singing the ending in falsetto, was to be released as part of a bonus disc for the remastered Dangerous album in 2001 but the release was cancelled; the song along with other tracks were leaked on the internet.
[72] “Euphoria” 1973 Music & Me Leon Ware
Jacqueline Hilliard
  • Appeared on the B side of the album
[75] “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” 1972 Ben Gladys Hampton
Regina Adams
Ace Adams
  • The song originally recorded by Connie Francis entitled “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”
[76] “For All Time” 2008 Thriller 25 Michael Sherwood
Steve Porcaro
  • Written by Michael Sherwood and Steve Porcaro
  • Recorded during the Thriller session
  • Later reworked during the Dangerous session
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Leaked onto the Internet as the alternate version from the Dangerous session
  • Released on Thriller 25 from the Thriller session
“Free” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson “Get It” 1987 Characters Stevie Wonder
  • Stevie Wonder with Michael Jackson
“Get on the Floor” 1979 Off the Wall Michael Jackson
Louis Johnson “Girl Don’t Take Your Love from Me” 1972 Got to Be There Willie Hutch “Goin’ Back to Alabama” 1981 Share Your Love Lionel Richie
  • Kenny Rogers with backing vocals by Michael Jackson and Lionel Riche
“Greatest Show on Earth” 1972 Ben Mel Larson
Jerry Marcellino “Heal the World” 1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson
  • Version with Michael’s spoken words released on a very rare promo titled Signature Series (1992)
“Heartbreaker” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Rodney Jerkins
Fred Jerkins III
LaShawn Daniels
Mischke Butler
Norman Gregg
  • 2nd track from Invincible album
  • Rap performed by Fats
“Heaven Can Wait” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
Andreao Heard
Nate Smith
Teron Beal
Eritza Laues
Kenny Quiller “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” 1984 Farewell My Summer Love Al Green
Mabon Hodges
  • Original version released on Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (2009)
(I Like) The Way You Love Me 2010 Michael Michael Jackson
  • Demo titled “The Way You Love Me” released on The Ultimate Collection (2004)
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Also known as “I Like the Way”
“I Need You” 1995 Brotherhood Eric Carmen
  • Eric Carmen cover
  • 3T with Michael Jackson on backing vocals
“I’ll Come Home to You” 1975 Forever, Michael Freddie Perren
Christine Yarian “I’m in Love Again” 1980 Love Lives Forever Minnie Riperton
Richard Rudolph
  • Virtual duet by Minnie Riperton and Michael Jackson
“I’m So Blue” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson “In Our Small Way” 1972 Got to Be There Beatrice Verdi
Christine Yarian
  • Later released on Ben (1972)
“In the Back” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
Glen Ballard
  • Written in 1989
  • Recorded in 1994
  • Failed to make the HIStory album
  • Was worked on in 1997 for inclusion on the Blood on the Dancefloor album
“Invincible” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Rodney Jerkins
Fred Jerkins III
LaShawn Daniels
Norman Gregg
  • 3rd track on Invincible album
  • Rap performed by Fats
“Johnny Raven” 1973 Music & Me Billy Page “Keep the Faith” 1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson
Glen Ballard
Siedah Garrett
  • Choir arrangement by Andrae Crouch
  • Jackson worked on an early demo for “Keep the Faith” recorded in 1990
  • Early demo was leaked onto the Internet
“Keep Your Head Up” 2010 Michael Michael Jackson
Eddie Cascio
James Porte
  • Debates on if the songs were sung by Jackson, or sound alike Jason Malachi
  • 1 of 12 songs written with Cascio
  • Along with 9 unreleased songs were auctioned for an unreleased CD titled Bible that was never released
  • Demo leaked online
“Leave Me Alone” 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
  • Released on later reissues and on the CD edition of Bad (1987)
“Liberian Girl” 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
  • Spoken part by Letta Mbulu
  • Recorded in 1987
  • Evolved from “Pyramid Girl” which was written in 1983 for The Jacksons’ album Victory (1984)
“Little Christmas Tree” 1973 A Motown Christmas George S. Clinton
Artie Wayne
  • Later released on the reissues of The Jackson 5’s Christmas Album (1970)
“Love’s Gone Bad” 1986 Looking Back to Yesterday Holland-Dozier-Holland
  • The Jackson 5 version released on Boogie (1979)
“Loving You” 2014 Xscape Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson wrote and recorded the track in the mid-80s before bringing the multi-track tapes to his trusted engineer, Matt Forger, to mix
  • Only song on Xscape not to have been leaked before release
“Low” 2018 Raise Vibration Lenny Kravitz
  • Lenny Kravitz with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“Maria (You Were the Only One)” 1972 Got to Be There Lawrence Brown
Linda Glover
George Gordy
Allen Story “Melodie” 1984 Farewell My Summer Love Mel Larson
Jerry Marcellino
Deke Richards
  • Original version released on Anthology (1995)
“Mind Is the Magic” 1995 Dreams & Illusions Michael Jackson
Bryan Loren
  • Written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren in 1989 for Siegfried & Roy’s Beyond Belief Show
  • Michael Jackson gave his permission for Siegfried & Roy to release this song on their German album Dreams & Illusions (1995)
“Monster” 2010 Michael Michael Jackson
Eddie Cascio
James Porte
Curtis Jackson
  • Debates on if the songs were sung by Jackson, or sound alike Jason Malachi
  • Rap by 50 Cent
  • Guitar by Orianthi
  • 1 of 12 songs written with Cascio
  • Along with 9 unreleased songs were auctioned for an unreleased CD titled Bible that was never released
  • Demo leaked online
“Much Too Soon” 2010 Michael Michael Jackson “Muscles” 1982 Silk Electric Michael Jackson
  • Diana Ross with Michael Jackson on backing vocals
“Music and Me” 1973 Music & Me Jerry Marcellino
Mel Larson
Don Fenceton
Mike Cannon “Planet Earth” 2009 This Is It Michael Jackson
  • Poem, published in the liner notes of Dangerous (1991)
“Price of Fame” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson
  • Had been scheduled as the theme for a Pepsi commercial starring Michael Jackson, but was replaced by “Bad”
“Ride with Me” 2006 Versatility Rodney Jerkins
  • Instrumental, Rodney Jerkins with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“Scared of the Moon” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
Buz Kohan “She Drives Me Wild” 1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
Aqil Davidson
  • Rap by Wreckx-n-Effect
“Shout” 2001 Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
Claude Forbes
Roy Hamilton
Samuel Hoskins
Carmen Lampson
  • B-side of “Cry” (2001)
  • Later released on The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection (2013)
  • Intended to be released on Invincible (2001), but was replaced with “You Are My Life” at the last minute
“Slave to the Rhythm” 2014 Xscape L.A. Reid
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
Daryl Simmons
Kevin Roberson
  • Also known as “Slave 2 the Rhythm”
  • Michael Jackson worked on the song during the Dangerous sessions and completed it in 1998
  • Leaked on to the internet in 2010
  • Justin Bieber recorded a duet version featuring Michael Jackson which was leaked in August 2013. This version was unauthorized by the Michael Jackson Estate and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible.
  • The song was featured in a Sony smartphone commercial in February 2014
“Smooth Criminal” 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
  • Evolved from “Al Capone” and “Chicago 1945”
“Someone Put Your Hand Out” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
  • Released May 1992 as an exclusive Pepsi promotional single
  • Edited version intended for Bad (Special Edition) (2001) but fail to make the final cut
  • Later released on The Ultimate Collection (2004)
“Song Groove (AKA Abortion Papers)” 2012 Bad 25 Michael Jackson
  • Also known as “Abortion Papers” and “Song Groove (Abortion Papers)”
“So Why” 1982 Wolf John Gibson
  • Bill Wolfer with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“Speechless” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson “Speed Demon” 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
  • Remix with Nero released on Bad 25 (2012)
“Streetwalker” 2001 Bad (Special Edition) Michael Jackson
  • Evolved into “Dangerous”
“Sunset Driver” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
  • Originally scheduled to appear on the special edition reissue of Off the Wall (1979) in 2001, but withdrawn
“Take Me Back” 1975 Forever, Michael Edward Holland, Jr.
Brian Holland “The Lost Children” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
  • Features Jackson’s son Prince and Aldo Cascio
“The Man” 1983 Pipes of Peace Paul McCartney
Michael Jackson
  • Paul McCartney with Michael Jackson
“The Way You Make Me Feel” 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
  • Evolved from “Hot Fever” which was written in 1985
“This Had to Be” 1980 Light Up the Night Michael Jackson
Louis Johnson
George Johnson
  • The Brothers Johnson with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“To Make My Father Proud” 1984 Farewell My Summer Love Bob Crewe
Larry Weiss
  • Original version released on Anthology (1995)
“To Satisfy You” 1992 Music for the New World Bryan Loren
Michael Jackson
  • Bryan Loren with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“Touch the One You Love” 1984 Farewell My Summer Love Artie Wayne
George S. Clinton
  • Original version released on Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (2009)
“We Are Here to Change the World” 2004 The Ultimate Collection Michael Jackson
John Barnes
  • Used in the film Captain EO (1986)
“We’ve Got Forever” 1975 Forever, Michael Elliot Willensky “What Goes Around Comes Around” 1972 Ben Allen Levinsky
Arthur Stokes
Dana Meyers
Floyd Weatherspoon “What More Can I Give” 2001 Michael Jackson
  • Recorded with various artists
  • Charity song for the victims of the September 11 attacks
  • Spanish version titled “Todo Para Ti”
  • Solo version leaked online in December 2016
“Whatever Happens” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Teddy Riley
Gil Cang
Jasmine Quay
Geoffrey Williams
  • Guitar and whistle solo by Carlos Santana
“Whatzupwitu” 1993 Love’s Alright Eddie Murphy
Trenten Gumbs
  • Eddie Murphy with Michael Jackson
“When I Come of Age” 1986 Looking Back to Yesterday Hal Davis
Don Fletcher
Weldon Dean Parks “Who Is It” 1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson “Who’s Lookin’ for a Lover” 1986 Looking Back to Yesterday J.D. Hilliard
L. Ware “Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong” 1979 Keep the Fire Kenny Loggins
Richard Page
  • Kenny Loggins with backing vocals by Michael Jackson
“Why” 1995 Brotherhood Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
  • 3T with Michael Jackson
  • A solo version was recorded by Michael Jackson but remains unreleased
“Why You Wanna Trip on Me” 1991 Dangerous Teddy Riley
Bernard Belle “Xscape” 2014 Xscape Michael Jackson
Rodney Jerkins
Fred Jerkins III
LaShawn Daniels
  • Also known as “Xcape” and “Escape”
  • Recorded during the Invincible recording sessions
  • Leaked onto the Internet in 2002, resulting in Michael Jackson’s attorneys threatening legal action against sites that did not remove download access to the track
“Yeah” 1993 Love’s Alright Eddie Murphy
  • Eddie Murphy with backing vocals by Michael Jackson and variors artists
“You Are My Life” 2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
Carole Bayer Sager
John McClain
  • Written for Michael Jackson’s children
“You Are There” 1975 Forever, Michael Sam Brown III
Randy Meitzenheimer
Christine Yarian “You Can Cry on My Shoulder” 1972 Ben Berry Gordy
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