Motown Years : the outtakes (1969-1975)

All the outtakes recorded by Michael Jackson during the Motown recording sessions between 1969 and 1975 by year of release.

Although “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” was originally considered for inclusion on the album and appears on the back of early pressings, it was replaced by “Born to Love You.” It was released in 1995 on the boxed set Soulsation!

“Listen I’ll Tell You How”
“Oh, I’ve Been Bless’d”
“To Sir, with Love”
“I’m Your Sunny One”
“After You Leave Girl”
“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”
“It’s Your Thing”
“Since I Lost My Baby”
“La-La (Means I Love You)”

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Recording sessions : June-September 1982

Studios :  Westlake, Los Angeles, California

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an audiobook and soundtrack companion album for the 1982 blockbuster film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. Composed by John Williams, the album was narrated by recording artist Michael Jackson, produced by composer Quincy Jones and distributed by MCA Records. The production of the audiobook had John Williams and Michael Jackson working with Rod Temperton, Freddy DeMann, and Bruce Swedien.

Label : MCA

Release date : November 15, 1982

Peak on Billboard 200 : 37

Track listing

  1. “Someone in the Dark” (Opening Version) (recorded June 1982) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton 4:30
  2. “Landing” John Williams 3:24
  3. “Alone” Williams 3:50
  4. “Discovery” Williams 2:13
  5. “School” Williams 2:26
  6. “Home” Williams 2:17
  7. “Intrusion” Williams 3:39
  8. “E.T. Phone Home” Williams 3:01
  9. “Chase” Williams 3:18
  10. “Good-Bye” Williams 4:45
  11. “Someone in the Dark” (Closing Version) (recorded June 1982) A. Bergman, M. Bergman, Temperton 3:04

Narration and vocals by Michael Jackson
Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions
Original music for E.T. composed and conducted by John Williams
Narrative written by William Kotzwinkle, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton Jones
Lyrics to “Someone in the Dark” written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Music to “Someone in the Dark” written by Rod Temperton
Arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
Synthesizer Solo by Craig Huxley
Album concept: Kathy “Leen” Carey
Executive producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Assistant to executive producers: Kate Barker
Production coordinators: Freddy DeMann and Ron Weisner
Editor: Bruce Cannon
Production assistants: Pam Crocetti, Madeline Randolph, Corinne Alicia and Bonnie Sachs
Supervising sound editor: Charles L. Campbell
Sound effects editors: David A. Pettijohn, Louis L. Edemann, Richard C. Franklin, Jr and Samuel C. Crutcher
Re-recording mixers: Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass and Don Digirolamo
Storybook album engineer: Bruce Swedien
Assistant engineer: Matt Forger
Project coordinator: Nancy Cushing-Jones
Designer: Michael Brock
Photographers: Bruce McBroom and Terry Chostner
Photographer for poster of Michael Jackson and E.T.: Dick Zimmerman
Cover illustration of booklet: Drew Struzan
Art direction: George Osaki

Singles and short films

Epic Records allowed Jackson to record the album on two conditions:

MCA Records was not to release E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial until after Christmas 1982. (This was to avoid the audiobook competing with Jackson’s new album, Thriller.)
The song “Someone in the Dark” was not to be released as a single.
MCA Records breached both conditions, releasing the storybook in November 1982 and giving 7-inch promo copies of “Someone in the Dark” to radio stations. After Epic lodged a $2 million lawsuit, MCA Records was forced to withdraw the album and prohibited from releasing “Someone in the Dark” as a single. Epic executives had felt that MCA was misleading members of the public into believing that the then-recently released single “The Girl Is Mine” was featured on the storybook album. The plaintiffs further requested that MCA Records be banned from working with Jackson in the future and that any other media owned by MCA featuring the singer be prohibited from release. As a result of the legal restrictions that prohibited the public release of “Someone in the Dark” as a single, the promo copies which were made have since become one of the singer’s rarest and most sought-after records; some have been sold for over $1,600. The song’s opening version was later included as a bonus track on the 2001 special edition of Thriller, as well as the box set Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection in 2004.

Previous album : Triumph (1980)

Next album : Thriller (1982)


The Wiz (film) (released in 1981)

Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (released on December 14, 1983)

Captain EO (1986) : The film was shown as part of an attraction with in-theater effects at Disney Parks around the world from 1986 to 2015. It also aired on TV but was never released.

Motown Presents: Michael Jackson The Legend Continues (released in 1988, only in VHS)

Moonwalker (released on October 29, 1988)

Dangerous: The Short Films (released on December 7, 1993)

Video Greatest Hits – HIStory (released on June 20, 1995)

HIStory on Film, Volume II (released on May 20, 1997)

Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (released in December 1997 (only on VHS)

Number Ones (released on November 18, 2003)

The One (released on March 9, 2004)

Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (Released on July 25, 2005) (The DVD was previously included with The Ultimate Collection box set in 2004)

Posthumous release

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (released on January 26, 2010)

Michael Jackson’s Vision (released on November 22, 2010)

Bad 25 (film) (released on August 31, 2012)

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 (released September 18, 2012)

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (released on February 26, 2016)

The Ultimate Collection (2004)

Recording sessions : 2004

Studios : Los Angeles

Label : Sony

Release date : November 16, 2004

Peak on Billboard 200 : 154

Track listing
Disc 1

  1. “I Want You Back” The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 2:58
  2. “ABC” The Corporation ABC 2:57
  3. “I’ll Be There” Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis Third Album 3:56
  4. “Got to Be There” Elliot Willensky Got to Be There 3:23
  5. “I Wanna Be Where You Are” Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware Got to Be There 2:59
  6. “Ben” Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben 2:44
  7. “Dancing Machine” (Single Version) Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks G.I.T.: Get It Together and Dancing Machine 2:37
  8. “Enjoy Yourself” (Alternate Version) (recorded 1976, during The Jacksons sessions) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff The Jacksons 3:40
  9. “Ease on Down the Road” (featuring Diana Ross) (from The Wiz also unreleased from Off the Wall) (recorded August 1977 & 1978, during The Wiz sessions) Charlie Smalls The Wiz 3:19
  10. “You Can’t Win” (alternate version recorded for Epic Records, original version from The Wiz) (recorded August 1977 & 1978, during The Wiz sessions) Charlie Smalls The Wiz 7:18
  11. “Shake a Body” (Early Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded August 1978, during Destiny sessions) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 2:09
  12. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” (Single Edit) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson Destiny 3:44
  13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” Michael Jackson Off the Wall 6:04
  14. “Rock with You” (Album Version #2) Rod Temperton Off the Wall 3:39
  15. “Off the Wall” Rod Temperton Off the Wall 4:06
  16. “She’s Out of My Life” Tom Bahler Off the Wall 3:38
  17. “Sunset Driver” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1979 & 1982, during Off The Wall & Thriller sessions) Michael Jackson 4:03
  18. “Lovely One” Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson Triumph 4:50
  19. “This Place Hotel” (a.k.a. “Heartbreak Hotel”) Michael Jackson Triumph 5:44
    Disc 2
  20. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson Thriller 6:03
  21. “The Girl Is Mine” (featuring Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller 3:42
  22. “Thriller” Rod Temperton Thriller 5:58
  23. “Beat It” Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
  24. “Billie Jean” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:53
  25. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded April & October – November 8, 1982, during Thriller sessions) Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes 3:46
  26. “Someone in the Dark” (Edited Single Version) (recorded June 1982, during E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial sessions) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 4:54
  27. “State of Shock” (featuring Mick Jagger) Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen Victory 4:30
  28. “Scared of the Moon” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1984, during Thriller-era) Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan 4:41
  29. “We Are the World” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded January 28, 1985) Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie 5:20
  30. “We Are Here to Change the World” (from Captain EO) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1985, during Captain EO sessions) Michael Jackson, John Barnes 2:53
    Disc 3
  31. “Bad” Michael Jackson Bad 4:07
  32. “The Way You Make Me Feel” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Bad 4:58
  33. “Man in the Mirror” Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:20
  34. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (Radio Edit) (featuring Siedah Garrett) Michael Jackson Bad 4:13
  35. “Dirty Diana” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Bad 4:41
  36. “Smooth Criminal” (Album Version #3) Michael Jackson Bad 4:17
  37. “Cheater” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded March 1987, during Bad sessions) Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes 5:09
  38. “Dangerous” (Early Version) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1990-91, during Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley 6:40
  39. “Monkey Business” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1989, during Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell 5:46
  40. “Jam” (featuring Heavy D) Michael Jackson, René Moore, Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley Dangerous 5:39
  41. “Remember the Time” Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous 4:00
  42. “Black or White” Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous 4:16
  43. “Who Is It” (IHS Mix) Michael Jackson CD single 7:57
  44. “Someone Put Your Hand Out” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1987, 1990 & 1991 – April 1992, during Bad & Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley 5:25
    Disc 4
  45. “You Are Not Alone” (Extended Version) (recorded September & November 6 & 8, 1994 – March 1995, during HIStory sessions) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 6:03
  46. “Stranger in Moscow” Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:44
  47. “Childhood” (theme from Free Willy 2) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:28
  48. “On the Line” (recorded 1995 & January – July 1996, during HIStory & Get On The Bus sessions) Michael Jackson, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds 4:53
  49. “Blood on the Dance Floor” Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:12
  50. “Fall Again” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1999, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Walter Afanasieff, Robin Thicke 4:22
  51. “In the Back” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1994 – 2004, during HIStory & Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Glen Ballard 4:31
  52. “Unbreakable” (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith Invincible 6:26
  53. “You Rock My World” (Album Edit) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible 5:09
  54. “Butterflies” Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius Invincible 4:40
  55. “Beautiful Girl” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1998 & 2004, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson 4:03
  56. “The Way You Love Me” (previously unreleased) (recorded Mid 1998 – 2004, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson 4:30
  57. “We’ve Had Enough” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1999 – 2000, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Carole Bayer Sager 5:45

Previous era : Number Ones (2003)

Next era : Thriller 25 (2008)

Thriller 25 (2008)

Recording sessions : 2007

Studios : Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York

Label : Sony

Release date : February 8, 2008

Peak on Billboard 200 : not eligible


  1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson
    Quincy JonesMichael Jackson[a]
  2. “Baby Be Mine” Rod Temperton Jones 4:20
  3. “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney) Jackson
  4. “Thriller” Rod Temperton Jones 5:57
  5. “Beat It” Jackson
  6. “Billie Jean” Jackson
  7. “Human Nature”
    Steve PorcaroJohn Bettis
    Quincy Jones 4:06
  8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
    James IngramJones
    Jones 3:59
  9. “The Lady In My Life” Temperton Jones 4:59
  10. “Vincent Price excerpt from Thriller Voice-Over Session” Temperton Jones 0:24
  11. “The Girl Is Mine 2008” (with
    JacksonWilliam AdamsKeith Harris
  12. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008” (with
  13. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008” (with Akon)
    JacksonAliaune ThiamGiorgio Tuinfort
  14. “Beat It 2008” (with Fergie) Jackson
  15. “Billie Jean 2008” (Kanye West Mix) Jackson
    JacksonKanye WestAnthony Kilhoffer
  16. “For All Time” (previously unreleased; recorded in 1990 during “Dangerous” and finished in late 2007)
    JacksonSteve PorcaroMichael Sherwood
    Jackson 4:04

Japanese bonus track

  1. “Got the Hots” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1981–1982, during “Thriller” sessions)

No concerts

Previous era : The Ultimate Collection (2004)

Next era : The last recording sessions (2002-2009)

Number Ones (2003)

Recording sessions : 2003

Studios : Los Angeles.

Label : Sony

Release date : November 18, 2003

Peak on Billboard 200 : 12


Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (2003 Edit) 3:55
Rock With You 3:40
Billie Jean 4:52
Beat It 4:18
Thriller 5:10
Human Nature 4:06
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 4:11
Bad 4:05
The Way You Make Me Feel 4:56
Dirty Diana 4:40
Smooth Criminal 4:17
Black Or White 3:18
You Are Not Alone 4:33
Earth Song 5:01
Blood On The Dance Floor 4:11
You Rock My World 4:25
Break Of Dawn 5:29
One More Chance 3:48

Singles and short films

One More Chance : released on November 22, 2003 (from the “Number Ones″ album)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 83

Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt (never completed because of Michael’s arest in the Arvizo case).

Date of shooting : November 17, 2003

Date of premiere : November 19, 2010

Official release :  Released on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael Jackson’s You Tube official page.

No promotion and no concerts because of the trial

Previous era : What More Can I Give (2003)

Next era : The Ultimate Collection (2004)

What More Can I Give (2003)

What More Can I Give (solo demo) :  Recorded in 1998 and sent to artists during the recording of 9/11 Charity song  in 2001. Leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

What More Can I Give : Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. 200 promo copies of the song were sent to the musicians who participated in the recording process, it was leaked in 2002 by WKTU-FM’s Program Director Frankie Blue and finally released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

Toda Para Ti : Spanish version of What More Can I Give. Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. Released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

What More Can I Give (released digitally on October 27, 2003)

The short film was filmed during the recording of the song in September/October 2001. A first version was previewed on November 21, 2002 during the Bambi Awards in Berlin. A second version featuring new footage of Michael was premiered on October 27, 2003 during the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. The short film was never officially released on DVD or YouTube.

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

October 21, 2001 : Michael is in Washington DC where he participates at a TV concert for the victims of September 11. He performs “Man In The Mirror” and at the end, he sings “What More Can I Give” with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey) 

November 12, 2001 : Entertainment Tonight airs the first footage of the “What More Can I Give” video. The song is ready but Sony doesn’t want to release it. They also refuse to put commercials for Michael’s new album during the airing of his concert on CBS.

November 21, 2002 : Michael attends the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presents him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award. During the ceremony, the video for “What More Can I Give” is premiered.

October 27, 2003 : “What More Can I Give” is made available as a download on the Internet. In the evening, Michael premieres the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyonce also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.


No tour.

Previous era : Invincible (2001)

Next era : Number Ones (2003)

We Are The World (1985)

Recording sessions : 

January 22, 1985 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder & Quincy Jones record a demo version of the song “We Are The World” at Kenny Rogers ‘Lion’s Share Recording Studio in L.A (Michael takes Emmanuel Lewis to the studio) and later they send the demo cassettes to all artistes involved in the recording.

January 28 : Two hours after the American Music Awards, Michael and 44 other artists (including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon & Randy) gather secretly for 10 hours at the A&M Recording Studios in L.A to record “We Are The World”.

Label : CBS Epic Records

Release date : March 7, 1985

Track listing
Vinyl single

“We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 7:14
“Grace” (Quincy Jones) – 4:56


*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 with John Barnes & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).


No tour.

Previous era : Victory (1984)

Next era : Bad (1987)

Compilations/Special Editions/Soundtracks

Greatest Hits (Released on December 9, 1971)

A Collection of Michael Jackson’s Oldies (released on December 8, 1972)

The Best of Michael Jackson (Released on August 28, 1975)

Anthology (Released on June 15, 1976)

Joyful Jukebox Music (released on October 26, 1976)

The Wiz (Released on September 18, 1978)

Boogie (released on January 16, 1979)

One Day in Your Life (Released on March 25, 1981)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Released November 15, 1982)

18 Greatest Hits (Released on June 1983)

Farewell My Summer Love (Released on May 8, 1984)

The Great Love Songs of Michael Jackson (Released in 1984)

Looking Back to Yesterday (released on February 11, 1986)

Anthology (Released on November 14, 1986)

The Jacksons: An American Dream (Released on September 29, 1992)

Children of the Light (released in May 1993)

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (Released June 20, 1995)

Soulsation! (released on June 20, 1995)

Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection (released on August 15, 1995)

Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (Released on May 20, 1997)

20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Jackson 5 (released on October 7, 1999)

Off the Wall – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Thriller – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Bad – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Dangerous – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Love Songs (Released January 15, 2002)

Number Ones (Released November 18, 2003)

The Essential Jacksons (Released on March 9, 2004)

The Very Best of The Jacksons (Released on July 5, 2004)

The Jacksons Story (Released on July 20, 2004)

The Ultimate Collection (Released November 16, 2004)

The Essential Michael Jackson (Released on July 19, 2005)

Visionary: The Video Singles (Released on Released February 20, 2006)

Thriller 25 (Released on February 8, 2008)

King of Pop (Released on August 22, 2008)

The Motown Years (Released on September 9, 2008)

Posthumous release

The Definitive Collection (Released on August 25, 2009)

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (Released on September 1, 2009)

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Released on October 26, 2009)

J Is for Jackson 5 (released on March 30, 2010)

Michael (Released on December 10, 2010)

Immortal (Released on November 18, 2011)

Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls (released on August 28, 2012)

Bad 25 (Released on September 18, 2012)

Xscape (Released on May 9, 2014)

Scream (Released on September 29, 2017)

Thriller 40 (Released on November 18, 2022)