1989-1993 : Dangerous era

All the studio recordings (songs, demos and alternate versions) recorded by MJ during the Dangerous era (1989-1993). Songs and poems written but never recorded, live performances, covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Sources : My personal research, Wikipedia, Michael Jackson: For The Record by Chris Cadman & Craig Halstead, Twitter account of Damien Shields and the amazing archives of the MJCast.

All The Truth : Written by Bryan Loren. One of 20-25 songs recorded with Bryan Loren. Loren sings on this song, with Michael in the choruses. Song registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Remains unreleased.

Best Of Joy (1991 demo) : New version of “The Toy” written by Michael Jackson and recorded in 1981 for a Richard Pryor movie. In April 1991, Michael recorded new vocals for the track, including a new opening lyric. The original lyric, “I am your toy, I am your boy,” was changed to: “I am your joy, your best of joy”. Demo from 1991 remains unreleased.

Black Or White : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Black Or White (short film version) : Mix done in 1991 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

Black Or White (Pepsi version)  : Recorded in 1991 & used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

Blood On The Dance Floor : Recorded in 1989-1991. The song was finalised in January 1997 and released on May 20, 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). 1991 demo remains unreleased.

Bottle of Smoke : Written by Michael Jackson. Written and possibly recorded in 1989. Remains unreleased.

Bumper Snippet : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked in 2004. Remains unreleased.

Call It Off : Song listed by MJ on a handwritten list during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased.

Can’t Let Her Get Away : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Can’t Let Her Get Away (extended version) : Recorded in 1991. 8 minutes version with an unreleased rap from Michael. A snippet leaked in 2020 but full version remains unreleased.

Dangerous (demo 1) : Recorded in 1990/1991, played in a courtroom in 1994 during the trial for the song “Dangerous”. Slightly different version from the one released in 2004. It remains unreleased.

Dangerous (demo 2) : Recorded in 1990/1991 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Dangerous : Recorded in 1990-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Dangerous (1993 mix) : Mix done for the American Music Awards 1993 and Dangerous World Tour 1993 performances. Remains unreleased.

Don’t Believe It : One of around 20-25 songs recorded with Bryan Loren during sessions for Dangerous between 1989-1991. Recorded at Loren’s house around the time of Thanksgiving or Christmas. Snippet leaked online by Shana Mangatal in August 2019. Full demo remains unreleased.

Do The Bartman : Recorded in 1990 with Bryan Loren and Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson). Released on December 4, 1990 (The Simpsons Sing The Blues).

Earth Song (1st demo) : Demo recorded in 1988. A snippet leaked in 2020 but full demo remain unreleased.

Earth Song (2nd demo) aka What About Us : Recorded in 1989 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Family Thing (demo) : Recorded in 1993 but never completed. Planned song for Addams Family Values movie. Cancelled due to allegations of 1993. Also known as “Addams’s Groove”, “Family values”, or “Family morales”. Demo leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Fanfare Transition : Song registered with the United States Copyright Office and the year of registration. Written in 1992. Known alternatively as “Fanfare 1992”. Remains unreleased.

Feed the World : Demo version of Heal The World. Recorded in 1989. Scheduled to feauture on the canceled complilation DECACDE 1979-1989. Remains unreleased.

For All Time (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990, leaked in 2002. Released on February 8, 2008 (Thriller 25).

For All Time (alternate take) : Recorded in 1989-1990, leaked in 2020 in low quality but remains unreleased.

Ghost : Song listed by MJ on a handwritten list during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased.

Give In To Me (Recording Sessions) : It was played at a musical seminar and leaked on You Tube but remains unreleased.

Give In To Me (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991. It leaked but remains unreleased.

Give In To Me : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991.

Gone Too Soon (demo) : Recorded in 1990-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Gone Too Soon : Recorded in 1990-1991. Released on November 26, 1991.

Happy Birthday Lisa : Wrote for The Simpsons (episode “Stark Raving Dad”) performed by Kipp Lennon. Recorded by MJ in 1991. Included in the first acetate version of the special expanded edition of Dangerous in 2001 but the bonus dis was canceled. It leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Heal the World : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

If You Don’t Love Me : Worked on with Bill Bottrell during the Dangerous sessions, but was described by Bottrell as “a bit of an orphan” for the project. Recorded in 1989-1991. Included in the first acetate version of the special expanded edition of Dangerous in 2001 but the bonus dis was canceled. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

I’ll Be There (Adult version) : Recorded in 1989. Scheduled to appear on the canceled compilation DECADE 1980-1990. Used in a Pepsi commercial titles “Now & Then” in 1992. Remains unreleased.

In The Closet (solo demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991. It leaked online but remains unreleased.

In The Closet : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

In The Closet (video version featuring the voice of Naomi Campbell) : Recorded in 1992 and used in the short film for the song but remains unreleased.

Jam (demo) : Recorded in 1991. Leaked in 2018. Remains unreleased.

Jam : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Jane Is A Groupie : Written and recorded during “Dangerous” album sessions. Incomplete and repetitive draft. Short edited snippet leaked online. Run time: 3:43. Full demo remains unreleased.

Joy Joy : Song listed by MJ on a handwritten list during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased.

Keep The Faith (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Keep The Faith : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Man In Black : Written and recorded during the dangerous album sessions (1989-1991). Planned for release on the later cancelled greatest hits compilation album “Decade 1979-1989”. One of around 20–25 songs that Michael and Bryan Loren worked on. Included in an ultra rare promo titled ‘Promo Flight Only” given to Sony executives in 1991 as a teaser for tracks in consideration for the Dangerous album. A low quality snippet leaked in 2018, full demo leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Mind Is The Magic aka Siegfried & Roy : Written and recorded with Bryan Loren in 1989 for Siegfried & Roy’s ‘Beyond Belief Show’ in Las Vegas. Released in 1995 (Dreams & Illusions).

Monkey Business : Recorded in 1989 with Bill Bottrell. Included in an ultra rare promo titled ‘Promo Flight Only” given to Sony executives in 1991 as a teaser for tracks in consideration for the Dangerous album. Scheduled to be featured on the Dangerous Special edition in 2001 but the bonus CD was canceled. The song leaked in 2002 and was finally released on November 16, 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Never Can Say Goodbye (Adult solo version) : Recorded in 1989 and scheduled to feauture on the canceled complilation DECACDE 1980-1990. Remains unreleased.

Planet Earth : Recorded in 1991 & released posthumously on October 26, 2009 (This Is It).

Remember The Time : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Remember The Time (short film version) : Mix done in 1991 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

Serious Effect : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. Features rap by LL Cool J. Solo demo version by MJ exists. Included in the first acetate version of the special expanded edition of Dangerous in 2001 but the bonus dis was canceled. It leaked in 2002  but remains unreleased.

Seven Digits  : Written by MJ and Bryan Loren in 1989-1991. Michael originally wanted to finish this song for Blood On The Dance Floor. However, due to time constraints, “Superfly Sister” was chosen instead as it was more complete and demanded less time to finish. Snippet leaked online by Shana Mangatal in August 2019. Full demo remains unreleased.

She Drives Me Wild : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

She Got It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. Included in the first acetate version of the special expanded edition of Dangerous in 2001 but the bonus dis was canceled. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Sister Sue : Written and Recorded in 1991. Remains unreleased.

Someone Put Your Hand Out : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released in May 1992 (Pepsi exclusive promo cassette single).

Son of Thriller : Instrumental track recorded during the “Dangerous” sessions. One of 20-25 songs worked on with Bryan Loren for the Dangerous album. Remains unreleased.

Stay : Written by MJ and Bryan Loren in 1989. Remains unreleased.

Superfly Sister : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. Released on May 20, 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

They Don’t Care About Us (demo) : Recorded in 1989. Song listed by MJ on a handwritten note during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased. Demo from 1989 remains unreleased.

To Satisfy You : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. A version featuring background vocals by MJ was released in 1992 on Bryan Loren’s album « Music From The New World ». Solo demo sung by MJ remains unreleased.

Truth Or Youth : Song listed by MJ on a handwritten note during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased.

Verdict : Song listed by MJ on a handwritten list during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Remains unreleased.

What About Us aka Earth Song (2nd demo) : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2003 but remains unreleased.

Whatzupwitu : Song recorded with Eddie Murphy in 1992. Released on February 23 1993 (Love’s alright).

Who Is It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Who Is It : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Why Can’t You Hear Me : Written and produced for Michael in 1989. One of 20-25 songs worked on with Bryan Loren for the Dangerous album. Most recordings leaked online were taken down by the estate. Remains unreleased.

Why You Wanna Trip On Me : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991.

Will You Be There : Recorded in 1989-1991. Released on November 26, 1991 (Dangerous).

Yeah : Song recorded with Eddie Murphy in 1992. Released on February 23 1993 (Love’s alright).

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