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Beat It

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

Released as a single on February 14, 1983

LENGHT : 4:18 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

Michael Jackson – lead and backing vocals, drum case beater
Paul Jackson Jr. – rhythm guitar
Steve Lukather – lead guitar, bass guitar
Eddie Van Halen – guitar solo
Steve Porcaro – synthesizer, synthesizer programming
Greg Phillinganes – Rhodes, synthesizer
Bill Wolfer – keyboards
Tom Bahler – Synclavier
Jeff Porcaro – drums
Greg Smith – Synergy synthesizer

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

-Beat It (demo) : release posthumously on October 26, 2009 (Michael Jackson’s This Is It album)

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-Victory Tour 1984

-Bad World Tour : 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour : 1992-1993

-MTV Video Music Awards 1995 (as part of a medley)

-Michael Jackson and Friends (as part of a medley)

-History World Tour : 1996-1997

-30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001 but not performed.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM :

Short film directed by Bob Giraldi

Date of shooting : March 9, 1983

Date of premiere : March 31, 1983

Official release : Released on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 1

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Shortly after its release, “Beat It” was included in the National Highway Safety Commission’s anti-drunk driving campaign, “Drinking and Driving Can Kill a Friendship”. The song was also included on the accompanying album. Jackson collected an award from President Ronald Reagan at the White House, in recognition for his support of the campaign. Reagan stated that Jackson was “proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse. People young and old respect that. And if Americans follow his example, then we can face up to the problem of drinking and driving, and we can, in Michael’s words, ‘Beat It’.”

-In 1984, American parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic released his parody song “Eat It”. Yankovic recorded the song with Jackson’s permission. The song’s music video mocked the “Beat It” short film scene-for-scene, with Yankovic mimicking Jackson’s dance moves in a clumsy fashion. Jackson received royalties as Jackson was listed as co-writer of “Eat It”.

-For Thriller 25, Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am remixed “Beat It”. The song, titled “Beat It 2008”, featured additional vocals by fellow Black Eyed Peas member Fergie. Upon its release in 2008, the song reached No. 26 in Switzerland, the top 50 in Sweden and No. 65 in Austria. This was the second remixed version of “Beat It” to get an official release, following “Moby’s Sub Mix” which was released on the “Jam” and “Who Is It” singles in 1992, as well as the “They Don’t Care About Us” single in 1996 (and re-released as part of the Visionary campaign.

Thriller

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

Released November 5, 1983 (U.K.)
January 23, 1984 (U.S.)

LENGHT : 5:57 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

RAP : Vincent Price

MUSICIANS :
Michael Jackson: lead and background vocals, Linn LM-1 drum machine
Rod Temperton and Brian Banks: synthesizers
Greg Phillinganes: Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer, Minimoog synth bass, Rhodes piano, pipe organ
Anthony Marinelli: synthesizer programming
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Vocal, rhythm and synthesizer arrangement by Rod Temperton
Horn arrangement by Jerry Hey
Effects by Bruce Cannon and Bruce Swedien

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

-Starlight : Temperton’s first version of Thriller was titled “Starlight”, with the chorus lyric: “Give me some starlight / Starlight sun”. Remains unreleased.

-Thriller (Video soundtrack version) : mix done for the short film. Remains unreleased.

-Vincent Price excerpt from Thriller Voice-Over Session” Temperton Jones 0:24 : released on Thriller 25 on February 8, 2008.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-Bad World Tour : 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour : 1992-1993

-History World Tour : 1996-1997

-The song was rehearsed for Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001 but not performed.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM :

Music video directed by John Landis

Date of shooting : October 11-20, 1983

Date of premiere : December 2, 1983

Official release : Released on VHS in 1983 (Making of Thriller), on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 4

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

“Thriller” was the final single released from the album. It was not initially planned for release, as Jackson’s record label, Epic, saw it as a novelty song; the Epic executive Walter Yetnikoff asked, “Who wants a single about monsters?”. By mid-1983, sales of Thriller began to decline. Jackson, who was “obsessive” about his sales figures, urged Yetnikoff and executive Larry Stessel to help conceive a plan to return the album to the top of the charts. Jackson’s manager Frank DiLeo suggested releasing “Thriller”, backed by a new music video.

Can You Remember

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:10 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : July 10 & 15, 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : Thom Bell, William Hart

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-October 18, 1969 : Diana Ross & The Supremes introduce the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywwod Palace Special where they perform Sing A Simple Song, Can You Remember, I want You Back and There Was A Time (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Can You Remember is cover from The Delfonics’s debut album “La La Means I Love You” released via Philly Groove Records on May 14, 1968.

I Want You Back

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

October 6, 1969 (single version)

LENGHT : 2:59 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : July-September 1969

STUDIOS : The Sound Factory, West Hollywood.

SONGWRITER(S) : The Corporation – (Berry GordyFreddie PerrenAlphonso MizellDeke Richards)

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

Michael Jackson – lead vocals
Tito Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Jackie Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Jermaine Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Marlon Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Keith Washington – backing vocals
Ludie Washington – backing vocals
Fonce Mizell – piano
Freddie Perren – piano
Louis Shelton – guitar
David T. Walker – rhythm guitar
Wilton Felder – bass guitar
Don Peake – guitar
Gene Pello – drums
Clarence McDonald – keyboards
Joe Sample – piano
Sandra Crouch – tambourine
Unknown musician – bongos

Credits are adapted from Michael Jackson All The Songs and AllMusic.

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

-A different mix was used on the Hollywood Special on October 18, 1969.

-A different version with an introduction by Bill Cosby included in the Goin’ Back To Indiana album.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-October 18, 1969 : Diana Ross & The Supremes introduce the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywood Palace Special where they perform Sing A Simple Song, Can You Remember, I want You Back and There Was A Time (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)

-December 14, 1969 : The Jackson 5 appear on The Ed Sullivan Show where they perform Stand, Who’s Loving You and I Want You Back. Diana Ross is in the audience and she takes credit for discovering them.

-Later, the group performs I Want You Back on the Joey Bishop Show.

-January 31, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back on the Andy Williams Show.

-February 21, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back, ABC and a medley of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

-May 10, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save on the Ed Sullivan Show.

-November 14, 1971 : The Jackson 5 perform a medley of I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save, Never Can Say Goodbye + a skit on the Flip Wilson Show.

-November 4, 1972 : In the US, Soul Train Show airs a Jackson Five special where they perform I Want You Back, Lookin’ Through The Windows & Corner Of The Sky. Jermaine performs That’s How Love Goes & Daddy’s Home. Michael performs Ben.

-January 10, 1974 : One More Chance, a Jackson 5 TV Special is aired on CBS. The group performs Get It Together + a medley of I Want You Back/ABC/I’ll Be There/Ben/Daddy’s Home/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save and another medley Up a Lazy River/Opus One (with the Mills Brothers).

-April 10, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back/ABC at the Sandy in Disneyland TV special.

-March 16, 1975 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show.They are introduced by Janet and they perform I Am Love + a skit called The World Is a Mess and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of I Want You Back/I’ll Be There/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save/Dancing Machine.

-The song was performed during all the Jackson 5 concerts from 1970 to 1976

-The song was performed in July 1976 on The Jackson TV series on CBS.

-The song was performed during all the Jacksons concerts from 1976 to 1984 (The Jacksons Tour 1977, Goin Places Tour 1978, Destiny Tour 1979, Triumph Tour 1981, Victory Tour 1984).

-April 9 , 1983 : All the Jackson brothers (including Jermaine & Randy) rehearse and tape a medley of songs including “I Want You Back” of the Motown 25th Special at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium (aired on May 16, 1983).

-The song was performed during all Michael Jackson solo concerts from 1987 to 1997 (Bad Tour 1987-1989, Dangerous Tour 1992-1993, History Tour 1996-1997).

-The song was last performed live during Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary celebration concerts on September 7 + 10, 2001 in New York City.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 1

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Originally considered for Gladys Knight & the Pips and later for Diana Ross, as “I Wanna Be Free”, “I Want You Back” explores the theme of a lover who decides that he was too hasty in dropping his partner.

-The song has sold six million copies worldwide. In 1999, “I Want You Back” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

-English girl group Cleopatra recorded a cover version of “I Want You Back” for their 1998 debut studio album, Comin’ Atcha!. It was released as the album’s third single on August 10, 1998, and received mixed reviews from music critics. “I Want You Back” became the group’s third and final top-five hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four and staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it their longest-charting single along with “Cleopatra’s Theme”.

The Girl Is Mine

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : October 18, 1982 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:42 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14-16, 1982, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Michael Jackson

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
David Foster, synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Louis Johnson, bass guitar
Dean Parks and Steve Lukather, guitar
Vocal arrangement by Rod Temperton
Jeff Porcaro, percussion
David Paich, piano

Rhythm arrangement by Quincy Jones and David Paich

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

The Girl Is Mine (tape recorder) : In 1981, MJ recorded the baseline of The Girl Is Mine on his tape recorder. This recording was played in public in December 1984 during a court hearing where musician Fred Sanford accused MJ of plagiarism. It remains unreleased.

The Girl Is Mine (demo) : solo demo recorded in 1982. It was released in 2008 on the third track of the maxi single “The Girl Is Mine (2008)”.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 2

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-“The Girl Is Mine” has been the subject of two plagiarism lawsuits. Both instances required Jackson to testify in court, and each lawsuit was decided in favor of the singer and his record label. The first legal trial occurred in 1984, with Fred Sanford claiming that Jackson had cut a tape of his song, “Please Love Me Now”. Jackson, however, insisted that he composed “The Girl Is Mine”. The $5 million copyright suit was closed after the jury of five men and a woman reached a verdict in favor of Jackson. Their verdict was reached after a three-day deliberation. Jackson was not a defendant in the trial but testified to maintain his credibility. James Klenk, Jackson’s attorney, praised the singer upon the jury’s verdict. “The man is a genius. He doesn’t need anyone else’s songs. His own words were the key.” During the court proceedings, Jackson revealed how he composes his songs. “I put them in a tape recorder and I orally sing them into the tape, and that’s how it happens.” One juror stated, “His presentation indicated that he was well able to develop his own songs.”

The song’s second plagiarism trial was in 1993. Reynaud Jones and Robert Smith alleged that “The Girl Is Mine”, along with “Thriller”—written by Rod Temperton—and “We Are the World”, resembled their musical works. The pair added that they had been childhood neighbors of the Jackson family when they had resided in Gary, Indiana. Jackson, Lionel Richie—co-writer of “We Are the World”—and Quincy Jones were named as the defendants. The plaintiffs asserted that Joseph Jackson had received a demo tape from them. From the tapes, the defendants were alleged to have stolen the three hit songs. Reynaud Jones also claimed that he had considered suing Jackson over “Billie Jean”. Jackson appeared in court via a taped testimony. Following the testimony, the nine-member jury found Jackson to be the writer and composer of “The Girl Is Mine” in early 1994. They also ruled that the defendants had not plagiarized “Thriller” or “We Are the World”.

-For Thriller 25, an album celebrating Thriller’s 25th anniversary, Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am remixed “The Girl Is Mine”. Entitled “The Girl Is Mine 2008”, the remix features an original solo demo of the song by Jackson without McCartney. will.i.am added his own vocals and new verse. The song reached number 12 in New Zealand, 22 in France, in the top 50 of Denmark and Sweden, and number 51 in Switzerland.

Baby Be Mine

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

LENGHT : 4:21 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
Michael Boddicker and David Paich, synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Vocal arrangement by Rod Temperton
Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Ndugu Chancler, drums

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

Baby Be Mine (demo) : demo recorded in 1982. Leaked online in 2008. Remains unreleased.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Nobody

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 2:54 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : August 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Alphonso Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards)

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-The song was featured on an episode of the Jackson Five cartoon series in 1971 titled “Groovaron”.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:18 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : May 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : Ray Gilbert, Allie Wrubel

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-August 11, 1969 : The Jackson 5 J5 perform the song at the Daisy’s Disco 326 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for 300 guests invited by Motown including Berry Bordy.

-February 21, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and a medley of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time” on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

-The song was performed during the Jackson 5 first national tour during summer 1970 including on June 20, 1970 (concert at the Forum, Inglewood).

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Motown CEO Berry Gordy brought the group to Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. studio in Detroit, Michigan, and assigned them to work with Bobby Taylor as their producer. Taylor, who had personally brought the Jacksons to Motown, began having Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon record cover versions of current and past soul compositions, including many in the Motown catalog. Over two dozen of these recordings were done, including covers of songs by the Temptations (“(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Born to Love You”), Marvin Gaye (“Chained”), Stevie Wonder (“My Cherie Amour”), the Miracles (“Who’s Lovin’ You”), and the Four Tops (“Standing in the Shadows of Love”). Among the non-Motown covers done were versions of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Stand!”, the Delfonics’ “Can You Remember”, and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Walt Disney film Song of the South. The Jackson 5 also re-recorded “You’ve Changed”, a song they first recorded in 1967 which was released on the B side of their first local hit single Big Boy for the Steeltown label before joining the Motown roster.

-“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is a song composed by Allie Wrubel with lyrics by Ray Gilbert for the Disney 1946 live action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett. For “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, the film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the second Disney song to win this award, after “When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio. In 2004, it finished at number 47 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs, a survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

May 8, 1983 (single version)

LENGHT : 6:03 (album version)
4:15 (single version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Michael Jackson

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson (co.)

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, James Ingram, Bunny Hull, Becky Lopez.

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
Michael Boddicker and Bill Wolfer: synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Louis Johnson: bass
Paulinho da Costa: percussion
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes and Steven Ray: bathroom stomp board
Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson
Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Horn arrangement by Jerry Hey and Michael Jackson

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

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

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (demo) : demo recorded at Michael’s Hayvenhurst home recording studio in 1978. Leaked online & released posthumously in 2009 (This Is It).

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (12 extended mix) 6:30 (12″ version) released in 1983 as maxi singles.

Wanna Be Startin Somethin (2008) : Remix by Akon featuring new vocals by MJ recorded in November 2007 at the Palms Studios in Las Vegas and released on February 8, 2008 (Thriller 25 Special Edition).

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

MJ performed the song at every concert on :

-Victory Tour 1984

-Bad World Tour 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993

-Royal Brunei Concert on July 16, 1996

-History World Tour 1996-1997

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 5

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Usher, Mya and Whitney Houston performed the song in front of MJ at the 30Th anniversary solo celebration at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 7, 2001. The performance was captured and televised.

-After Rihanna sampled the song in her 2007 hit single “Don’t Stop the Music”,she and MJ were both sued in February 2009 by Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who claimed that both songs stole the “mama-say mama-sa mama-coo-sa” hook from his 1972 single “Soul Makossa” without permission. According to Agence France-Presse, Jackson admitted earlier that he had borrowed the line for “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and had eventually settled financially with Dibango. However, when Rihanna asked only Jackson’s permission to sample the line in 2007, Jackson allegedly approved the request without contacting Dibango beforehand. Dibango’s attorneys brought the case before a court in Paris, demanding €500,000 in damages and for Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music to be “barred from receiving ‘mama-say mama-sa’-related income until the matter is resolved”.Dibango lost the case in Paris, after it turned out that Universal Music had updated its database and added Dibango into the list of those credited for Rihanna’s song.

Michael Jackson’ Songs from A to Z

All the studio recordings (songs, demos and alternate versions) recorded by MJ during his lifetime. Live versions, covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

A

ABC : Recorded late 1969/early 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

A Baby Smiles : Lyrics to the song were featured as a poem titled “When A Baby Smiles” in the 1992 book Dancing the Dream. Written and recorded in 1979 for the Off the Wall album. Reworked in 1990. Failed to make the Dangerous album. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

A Brand New Day : Recorded with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack).

Adore You : Demo recorded in 2004 (at Neverland) with Brad Buxer. . Damien Shields : “I heard a version of Adore You which had some background vocals which build into a full-blown choir type of thing at the end. It’s haunting. Sounds very cool. But not a single lyric or lead vocal on the version I heard. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

After You Leave : Recorded in May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released posthumously on August 28, 2012 (Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls).

Ain’t No Sunshine : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Al Capone (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

All I Do Is Think Of You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

All Night Dancin : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

All In Your Name : Recorded in December 2002 & released posthumously in 2011.

All The Things You Are : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

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.

Another Day : Recorded in 1999-2001 & released posthumously in 2010 as a remix (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

Another Part Of Me (Captain Eo version) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Used in Captain Eo in 1986. Different version released in 1987 (Bad) but Captain Eo version remains unreleased.

Another Part Of Me : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

A Place with No Name : Recorded in 1998-2008, snippet leaked in 2009Full song leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Stargate released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape).

A Pretty Face Is : Written by Stevie Wonder circa 1974. The song was originally intended for the Jackson 5 or as a duet between Wonder and Jackson; the two reportedly recorded the song for Wonder’s 1987 Characters album. Remains unreleased.

Attitude : Song registered with EMI Music Publishing. Written by Michael Jackson, Kathy Wakefield, Michel Pierre. Remains unreleased.


B

Baby Be Mine (demo) : demo recorded in 1982. Leaked online in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Baby Be Mine : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Baby’s Fire : Songs registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Written by Michael Jackson, Ryan D.Groves. Recorded by Black Yussef. Also known as “Baby’s On Fire” and “Higher Baby’s Fire”. Remains unreleased.

Bad : Recorded in 1986. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Bad (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1987 & used in Pepsi commercials in 1987. Remains unreleased. A longer version leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Bad (short film soundtrack version) : Mixed done in 1986 for the “Bad” short film. Remains unreleased.

Bad Girl : Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Basszouille : Written in 1994. Remains unreleased.

Be A Pepper : In December 1978, The Jacksons signed a contract with Dr Pepper. They recorded “Be A Pepper”, a one minute version of “Blame It On The Boogie” with lyrics about the Dr Pepper drink. The song was used for radio and TV commercials in 1979 and eventually released on 1995 (25 Years of Dr Pepper Music).

Beatbox 2010 : Song registered with the United States Copyright Office and the year of registration. Written by Michael Jackson, Eric J. Kirkland, Michael Durham Prince. Remains unreleased.

Beat It (demo) : Recorded in 1982 and released posthumously on October 26, 2009 (Michael Jackson’s This Is It album).

Beat It : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Beautiful Girl : First mix recorded in 1998. New mix recorded & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set). One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009.

Be A Lion : Recorded with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack).

Be Me 4 A Day : Song registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Written and recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions. Failed to make the Bad album. Reworked in 2000. Also known as “Be Me For a Day”, “Just For One Day Be Michael”, “Just For a Day”, “Me 4 a Day” and “Be Michael”. Remains unreleased.

Ben : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on July 12, 1972 (Ben single) and August 4, 1972 (Ben album).

Be Not Always : Recorded from November 1983 to May 1984. Released on July 2, 1984.

Behind The Mask : Recorded in 1982. A remixed version was released posthumously in 2010 (Michael). Original demo was released posthumously on November 18, 2022 (Thriller 40).

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.

Best Of Joy (2008 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”. In November 2008, Michael recorded new vocals for the track in the bathroom of his suite at the Bel-Air Hotel in LA, including a never-heard alternate option for a third verse. New lyrics include: “I am the rock that stands on solid ground, I am that friend always around. After Michael died, “Best of Joy” was remixed Ron “Neff-U” Feemster for the ‘Michael’ album in 2010. The vocals that appear on Neff-U’s remix are those recorded at the Bel-Air Hotel in November 2008. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Demo from 2008 remains unreleased.

Big Boy : In late November/December 1967, the J5 recorded a new version of “Big Boy” at the Sunny Sawyer Studio in Chicago. The song was released as their first ever single on January 31, 1968.

Billie Jean (demo 1) : Recorded in 1981 at the Hayvenhurst home studio & released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition).

Billie Jean (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked online. Remains unreleased.

Billie Jean (demo 3) : Recorded in 1982 and used in the “This Is It’ movie in 2009. The full demo leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Billie Jean : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Billie Jean (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1983 with The Jacksons & used in Pepsi commercials in 1984. Released in a special limited 7″promo Pepsi Pepsi titled “The Choice Of A New Generation”. Never released on CD.

Bio : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer in 1998-2001. Remains unreleased.

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

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.

Blame It on the Boogie : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

Bless His Soul : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

Blood On The Dance Floor (1991 demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991. The song was reworked in 1997 and released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

Blue Gangsta :  Recorded in 1998, snippet known as “No Friend Of Mine” leaked in 2006 and full song leaked in 2010. Original demo + new remix released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape)

Blue Powder : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer in 1998-2001. Remains unreleased.

Blues Away : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Body Language (Do the Love Dance) : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Bomb Detonation : Written by Michael Jackson, Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain. Written during his stay in Bahrain in 2005 and 2006 for the shelved album promised to be released in late 2007 by 2seas. Rough vocal demo known to exist. Remains unreleased.

Born To Love You : Recorded in June 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

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

Boy No : ???

Boys & Girls We Are the Jackson Five : Recorded in 1967. Released in 2008 (Jackson 5 Boys & Girls: The Original Sessions).

Broken Chair : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Break Of Dawn : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Breath : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Breezy : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Bridge Over Troubled Water : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Buffalo Bill (demo) : Written by Michael Jackson. Recorded in 1983 as first studio collaboration with John Barnes. Inspired by poker player Wild Bill Hickok or bison hunter William Cody. MJ speaks about it in the “Hayvenhurst” home video in 1983). Remains unreleased.

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

Burn This Disco Out : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Butterflies : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

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California Grass : Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

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

Call Of The Wild : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Can I See You in the Morning : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Can’t Get Outta the Rain : Recorded in 1978. Part 2″ of “You Can’t Win”, in which Michael Jackson repeatedly sings the line “Can’t get outta the game”, was vocally overdubbed, and the resulting track was titled “Can’t Get Outta the Rain”; it became the B-side of “The Girl Is Mine”, the first single from Jackson’s landmark album Thriller in 1982. Despite “Can’t Get Outta the Rain” being melodically identical to “You Can’t Win”, as well as lyrically identical except for the word “rain”, Jackson and Quincy Jones are credited as the song’s composers, not Charlie Smalls.

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

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.

Can’t Stop Loving You : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Can I Live : Written by Sisqó and Teddy Riley. Remains unreleased.

Can You… : Written by Michael Jackson, will.i.am. Worked on in 2007. Remains unreleased.

Can You Feel It (Guide Vocal Demo) : Full demo leaked online in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Can You Feel It : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Can You Feel It (short film soundtrack version) : Mix done in 1980/1981 for the Triumph short film. Remains unreleased.

Can You Remember : Recorded in July 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Carousel : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2008. A shorter version was released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition). The longer version was released posthumously on November 18, 2022 (Thriller 40).

Centipede : The song was written and produced by MJ in spring 1984 . He and The Weather Girls also sang backing vocals on the song. The song was released as a single in September 1984.

Chained : Recorded in August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Changes (demo) : Written by Michael Jackson. Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Described as “an upbeat piano-driven demo with rolling drum programming” and “incredibly catchy”. Features a “really rough” scratch vocal with MJ mumbling and humming a melody over the music. Revisited during the HIStory sessions, with a gospel performance from the Andraé Crouch choir and a few ad-lib solos added. Damien Shields : “Changes feels like church. Piano + gospel choir with a totally mumbled, low-effort scratch vocal”. Remains unreleased. 

Change : Demo written by Steve Porcaro in 2009. Remains unreleased.

Change Is Gonna Come : Recorded in 1967 with The Jackson. Released in 1999 (The Steel Town Sessions).

Cheater (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Cheater (2nd demo) : Reworked during Invincible sessions (1999-2001). Failed to make the Invincible album; Features rapper “Fats”. Short snippet leaked online but remains unreleased.

Chicago 1945 : Recorded in 1983, based on one of the grooves Steve Porcaro submitted to Michael. Vocally complete song about three girls who went out and mysteriously disappeared throughout the night, with a hook of “never to be found again. Revisited during the HIStory and Invincible sessions, but was left off both albums. Also known as “Chicago Nights” during the Invincible recording sessions. Porcaro was approached by the estate about using it on Xscape, but declined to give permission on the basis that the song didn’t need any “contemporizing”, and that he disapproves of the estate’s “straight to remix” approach to Michael’s unreleased material. The song leaked on YouTube on November 13, 2022 but remains unreleased.

Childhood : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Children’s Holiday : Recorded in November 1997 for the fund-raising band J-friends along with ‘People Of The World’. The lyrics were translated to Japanese by Goro Matsui. Released in 1998 only in Japan. Michael’s solo demo remains unreleased.

Children’s Hour : Damien Shields : “is a children’s song”. Remains unreleased.

Children of The Light : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Christmas Won’t Be the Same This Year : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

Cinderella Stay Awhile : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

Coco Butter : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Colour of My Soul : Known to have been recorded by MJ, though the date is uncertain. Remains unreleased.

(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

Come Together : Recorded in 1985-1987, used in the movie Moonwalker in 1988. Released in 1995 (History).

Corner Of The Sky : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

Crack Kills (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Planned to have been recorded with rappers Run-D.M.C. for Jackson’s Bad album, but the collaboration never came into fruition. The song was recorded with a full vocal in November 1986 and revisited in early 1987 during the Bad sessions. Remains unreleased.

Cry : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Cry : Written by Michael Jackson and Marsha Ambrosius in 2009. Remains unreleased.

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Darling Dear : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Dancing Machine : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

Dancing Machine (1974 version) : New mix of the song recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

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

Dangerous (1995 mix) : Mix done for the MTV Video Music Awards 1995 performance. Remains unreleased.

Dangerous (HBO 1995 mix) : Mix done for the canceled HBO Special in December 1995. Remains unreleased. 

Dangerous (History Tour mix) : Mix done for the History World Tour 1996-1997 performances. Remains unreleased.

Dangerous (Michael Jackson And Friends) : Mix done for the Michael Jackson And Friends performances in June 1999. Remains unreleased.

Dangerous (American Bandstand) : Mix done for the American Bandstand and Apollo Theatre performances in April 2002. Remains unreleased.

Dangerous (This Is It) : Mix done for the canceled This Is It performances in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Dark Lady aka H2O : Damien Shields : “same song. Excellent demo from 2008. One of the rare tracks with a FULL scratch vocal. MJ sings the vocal melody in one continuous take. No stops or breaks. There are barely any sensical lyrics in the entire song, but the vocal melody is very fleshed out”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Days In Gloucestershire  : Demo recorded in 2004 (at Neverland) with Brad Buxer and reworked in 2008. It leaked in March 2014 but remains unreleased.

Dear Michael : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

Deep In The Night (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Song listed by MJ on a handwritten note during the Dangerous album sessions in 1989-1991. Snippet leaked online.The full demo remains unreleased.

Destiny : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

D.I.E : Written by Michael Jackson, Michael Prince, Theron Feemster III (Neff-U). Found in 2009 on one of his lists in his bedroom where he wrote songs that he wants to finish. Worked between 2008 and 2009. Two versions of the song were registered with the United States Copyright Office (On the first Michael Prince is not credited). Some sources are stating that “D.I.E” states for “Dance Is Entertainment”, but this is not confirmed. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Different Kind Of Lady : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Dirty Diana (demo) : The song was written in 1983. Demo recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. The song was re recorded in 1987 during the Westlake sessions but original demo remains unreleased.

Dirty Diana : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Disco Kids : Recorded between 1976 and 1979. Remains unreleased.

Doctor My Eyes : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Doggin’ Around : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Doing Dirty : Written around 1988–1990 for a shelved greatest hits album. Remains unreleased.

Don’t Be Messin’ Around (1st demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

Don’t Be Messin’ Around (2nd demo/alternate vocal take) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Leaked in 2020 but 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.

Don’t Know Why I Love You : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

Don’t Let Your Baby Catch You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Don’t Make Me Stay : Damien Shields : “Based on what I heard: Don’t Make Me Stay had a scratch vocal, but it sounded very distant – like MJ wasn’t near the mic when it was recorded or something. The only coherent lyrics I could make out were the words “don’t make me stay”. Remains unreleased.

Don’t Matter To Me : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. A snippet is used and released posthumously in 2018 on Drake’s song “Don’t Matter To Me”. Original demo remains unreleased.

Don’t Say Goodbye Again : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

Don’t Stand Another Chance : The song was written by Marlon Jackson and John Barnes. Marlon also produced it, and provided backing vocals along with his brothers Michael, Tito, and Jackie. The song was released as the lead single from Dream Street on August 13, 1984 by A&M Records.

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (demo) : Recorded in 1978 at the Hayvenhurst home studio with Randy & Janet. Released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition).

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Don’t Walk Away : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Don’t Want To See Tomorrow : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Dapper-Dan : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

Do The Bartman : Recorded in 1991 with Bryan Loren & released in 1991 (The Simpsons).

Do What You Wanna : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Do You Know Where Your Children Are : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Leaked in 2010. The 2010 leak remains unreleased. Original demo + new remix released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape).

Do You Want Me : Written in 1999 by Sisqó & Dru Hill. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Dream Away : Written by Steve Porcaro. Recorded in December 1982, one week after the release of Thriller. Vocally complete song, a beautiful ballad revealed and played for the first time by Steve Porcaro at a fan seminar in Paris on November 12, 2022. The song leaked on YouTube on November 13, 2022 but remains unreleased.

Dreamer : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Dreams : Song registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Remains unreleased.

D.S : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

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

Earth Song (2nd demo) : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Earth Song : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Ease On Down The Road : Duet with Diana Ross recorded from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack).

Ease on Down the Road #2 : Recorded with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell and from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack).

Ease on Down the Road #3 : Recorded with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack).

Eaten Alive (demo) : Original version of the song written by the Gibb brothers, but was reworked by Jackson who was granted co-writer credits A demo version was recorded by Jackson but remains unreleased.

Eaten Alive : Eaten Alive is a 1985 song recorded by Diana Ross. The song was released as the first single on September 1, 1985, taken from her Eaten Alive album. The song was written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Michael Jackson the latter also co-producing with Barry and his team. Jackson and Barry Gibb can be heard singing in the background of the song with Jackson at times co-singing lead with Ross. In the song’s original copyright registration from 11 March 1985 it was credited to Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb. It was not until Michael Jackson heard the demo of it that he suggested the chorus could be improved.

Ekan Satyam (The One Truth) : Recorded as a duet in 1999 by Jackson (singing in English) and Rahman (singing in Sanskrit).

Elizabeth I Love You :  Recorded in January 1997 & used in February 1997 for a TV Show celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday. A snippet from the studio version leaked in 2010. The full studio version remains unreleased.

E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Moe (The Choice is Yours to Pull) : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Enjoy Yourself : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Euphoria : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Even Though You’re Gone : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Everybody (demo) : Leaked in 2020 (played by QuestLove) but remains unreleased.

Everybody : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

Everybody Wants To Be A Movie Star : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

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Faces : Recorded in 1994/1995. Failed to make the HIStory album. Also known as “Face” The song is about African pride. Michael Jackson has never recorded any vocals on this track except the introduction words. Originally intended to feature a spoken intro by South African Nelson Mandela made by Jackson on the demo. Features a performance by the percussion group STOMP. The song has never been completed due to Mandela’s advisors not allowing him to send back the song to Jackson with his intro because of the scandals surrounding him during this time. Full demo leaked in 2018 but it remains unreleased.

Fall Again (demo) : Recorded in 1999 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

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.

Fantasy : Song registered with EMI Music Publishing. Remains unreleased.

Far, Far Away : Song registered with EMI Music Publishing. Remains unreleased.

Fear : Written circa 1993. Failed to make the HIStory album. Remains unreleased.

Find Me A Girl : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Fly Away (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released as a duet with Rebbie Jackson in 1998 (Yours Faithfully) and as a solo demo in 2001 (Bad Special Edition).

For All Time (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990, leaked in 2002 & released in 2008 (Thriller 25).

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

Forever Came Today : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Free (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

From The Bottom Of My Heart : Recorded in 2005/2006. Damien Shields : “Bottom Of My Heart is a totally separate song. The version I heard was an instrumental, and I was told by someone who worked on the music that MJ never got around to recording it. But it was on MJ’s list of songs he wanted to keep working on”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Frosty The Snowman : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

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Get Around : A version crediting Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III and LaShawn Daniels was considered for the Invincible album but failed to make the final tracklisting. Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Get It : Duet with Stevie Wonder recorded in September 1987. Released on November 6, 1987 (Characters).

Get It Together : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

Get In To The Groove : Written and recorded in 1986. Failed to make from the Bad album. Inspired “Black or White”. Remains unreleased.

Get On The Floor (demo) : Recorded in 1978 and contains unreleased deleted verse from the album version. Full demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

Get On the Floor : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Get Your Weight Off Of Me : Written and recorded in 1999-2004. Finalized and mixed in 2004. One of numerous tracks recorded with Rodney Jerkins that is vocally complete and ready for release. Often referred to with the wrong title (“Can’t Get Your Weight Off Of Me”), Only three very short snippets are online. The whole version was played by Michael Prince to a few fans. Run time: 5:17. Mastered on June 20, 2004, for “The Ultimate Collection” but again, the song failed to gain a release on that box set.The song was last discussed during a Sony UK meeting before the release of the “Xscape” album. Full demo remains unreleased.

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

Ghosts (Demo Guide Vocal) : Recorded in 1994. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Ghosts (1996 mix) : First version of the song used in the closing credits of the “Ghosts” short film in 1996. Different bassline and different sound effects from the 1997 version. Remains unreleased.

Ghosts : Recorded from 1994-1997. Released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

Ghost of Another Lover : Bootleg snippet leaked online without intro in low quality. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Full demo remains unreleased.

Girl Don’t Take Your Love from Me : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

Girlfriend (demo) : Recorded on 1978. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Girlfriend : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Give Love On Christmas Day (Group A Cappella Version) : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released posthumously in 2009 (Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks).

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.

Give It Up : Recorded with The Jacksons in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Give Love On Christmas Day : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

Goin’ Back to Indiana : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Goin’ Places : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Goin’ To Rio : Written in 1976 by MJ and Carole Bayer Sager. Failed to make the Off the Wall album. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

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.

Good Night : Written by Rod Tempperton and recorded in 1979. Failed to make the Off The Wall album. Considered for Thriller album. Has a poem spoken by Michael at the end. Remains unreleased.

Goodness Knows : Recorded between 1976 and 1979. Remains unreleased.

Good Times : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Got to Find a Way Somehow : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. Remains unreleased.

Got The Hots : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2008 (bonus track on Thriller 25 Japonese Edition).

Got To Be There : Recorded in June 1971. Released on October 7, 1971 (Got To Be There single) and January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There album).

Greatest Show On Earth : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

Groove Of Midnight (demo) : Written by Rod Temperton. Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. A snippet leaked in 2003. Full demo remains unreleased.

Green Hornet Groove : Damien Shields : “is something Brad Buxer worked on. Instrumental. My notes say it was composed to be pitched for use in the Seth Rogan film The Green Hornet, but it ultimately wasn’t used”. Remains unreleased.

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H2O aka Dark Lady : Damien Shields : “same song. Excellent demo from 2008. One of the rare tracks with a FULL scratch vocal. MJ sings the vocal melody in one continuous take. No stops or breaks. There are barely any sensical lyrics in the entire song, but the vocal melody is very fleshed out”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Hallelujah Day : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Happy Birthday Lisa : Wrote for The Simpsons (episode “Stark Raving Dad”) performed by Kipp Lennon. Recorded by MJ in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

He Who Makes The Sky Grey : Written by Jermaine Jackson, Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain. MJ recorded vocals during his stay in Bahrain in 2005-2005 but the song was never completed. Remains unreleased.

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

Heartbreak Hotel (multi tracks) aka This Place Hotel : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.

Heartbreak Hotel aka This Place Hotel : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Heartbreaker : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Heaven Can Wait : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Heaven’s Girl : Written by R Kelly. Remains unreleased.

Heaven Knows I love Your Girl : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

History : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Hold My Hand (duet with Akon)  : Demo recorded in December 2007 (at Studio X at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas) & leaked in June 2008. New remix released posthumously in 2010 (Michael). One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Original demo remains unreleased.

Holiday Inn : Written in 1976. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office and the year of registration. Remains unreleased.

Hollywood Tonight : Recorded in 1999-2008. Additional vocals recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. Damien Shields : “There are unreleased vocals of MJ ad-libbing “she’s too young to understand” during the bridge of Hollywood Tonight which somehow slipped through the cracks and were never used in any posthumous remix. There’s an unreleased rhythm guitar by David Williams too”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remixed version featuring Taryll Jackson was released posthumously in 2010 (Michael). Demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

Honey Chile : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

Honey Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Hot Fever (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. The song was re recorded in 1987 during the Westlake sessions with the title The Way you Make Me Feel and released on the “Bad” album  but original demo remains unreleased.

Hot Fun In The Summertime (demo) : Michael Prince : Neff-U had originally worked with Michael, Brad Buxer and I long before 2008,” continued Prince. “He originally came to Brad’s house years earlier and worked on some stuff that never came out, like ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ – the 1969 Sly Stone song. I think MJ only sang a tiny bit on that one, but they were trying a bunch of stuff. Neff-U is very talented.”. A remixed version feauturing Jesse Johnson, D’Angelo & Mary J Blige was recorded in 2014. Both the demo and the remix remain unreleased.

Hot Street (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

How Funky Is Your Chicken : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Hum Along And Dance : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

Human Nature (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2021. Remains unreleased.

Human Nature : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

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I’m A Big Boy Now : On July 13, 1967 : The Jackson 5 made their first professionnal recording at the George & Ernie Leaner Studio for One-derful Records in Chicago. They recorded the song “I’m A Big Boy Now” but they did not sign any record deal. This recording session was found 42 years later in 2009 and released posthumously in 2014.

I Am A Looser : Demo recorded in January 2003. Leaked in September 2013 but remains unreleased.

I Am Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

I Am That One : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

I Can Only Give You Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

I Can’t Get You Off My Mind : MJ worked on the song in the early 1970s. A demo version/monoacetate is known to exist. Remains unreleased.

I Can’t Help It (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & played in 2013/2014 during fan conventions “In Studio With Michael”. Full demo leaked online in 2015. Remains unreleased.

I Can’t Help It : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

I Can’t Quit Your Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

I Don’t Live Here Anymore : Written circa 2001. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

I Found That Girl : Recorded late 1969/early 1970 with the Jackson 5. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

If I Don’t Love You This Way : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

If I Have To Move A Mountain : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

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 & leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

If We Still Love : Written by Michael Jackson and will.i.am in 2007. Remains unreleased.

I Have This Dream (1st demo) : Written by Michael Jackson, David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Remains unreleased.

I Have This Dream (2nd demo) : Written by Michael Jackson, David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. MJ worked on the song with John Barnes at Neverland in 2004. and the song became a charity single after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and was co-written with Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the second son of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the king of Bahrain. Singers James Ingram, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, the O’Jays, R Kelly and Shirley Caesar recorded vocals in Los Angeles. In October 2005, Michael recorded parts with a orchestra in Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London, but never completed his vocals and did not attend further sessions. John Barnes came to Bahrain in 2005/2006 to work on the song. Abdulla said he had spent $2.2m on “I Have This Dream” and cited it, among other songs, in his lawsuit against Jackson in 2008; the parties settled out of court. Played during a court deposition in London in 2008. Remains unreleased.

I Have This Love of Mine : Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You : Duet with Siedah Garrett recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987.

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Uncut Session) : with unreleased ad-libs. Leaked in 2019 but remains unreleased.

(I Know) I’m Losing You : Recorded in July 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (Spanish version of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You) : Recorded & released in 1987.

Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (French version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”) : Recorded in 1987 and leaked in 2007. Released posthumously in 2012 (Bad 25).

I’ll Come Home To You : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

I’ll Bet You : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

I’ll Be There : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

I’ll Be There (Adult version) : Recorded in 1989, used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

I Love You : Song recorded by 3T for their second album in 1998 and co-produced by MJ. Over 20 songs were recorded for the album and only 12 would have been on it. The album however was never released by Sony due to strained relationships between MJ (3T were signed on his label MJJ Music) and Sony. This album is known as “The Lost Album”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

I Want You Back : Recorded in August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

I Will Miss You : Written by Michael Jackson, will.i.am. Worked on in 2007. Damien Shields : “about James Brown”.Remains unreleased.

I’m Dreaming : Written by Michael Jackson, will.i.am. Recorded in 2006 – 2007. Damien Shields : “is a flip/redo of “I Can’t Wake Up (I’m a Blunt)” with MJ singing a re-written version of the hook: “I’m dreaming about being in love…”. Remains unreleased.

I’m Still the King : Written by Michael Jackson, will.i.am. Recorded in 2006 – 2007. Also known as “The King” and “Still The King”. Intended to feature artists influenced by Jackson like Usher and Ne-Yo. The song is not finished. Remains unreleased.

I’m Your Sunny One : Recorded in May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released posthumously on August 28, 2012 (Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls).

In Our Small Way ; Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

In The Life of Chico : Written by MJ. Remains unreleased.

In The Valley : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

I Need You : Song recorded by 3T in 1994 ans released in 1995 on their debut album Brotherhood. Michael does background vocals.

I Never Heard (This Is It) : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. New remix released posthumously in 2009 (This Is It). Snippet from the original demo leaked but full original demo remains unreleased.

I’m In love Again : Recorded in 1980. All of Riperton’s vocals were stripped from earlier, original music tracks, and the backing tracks were completely redone. Completed with new musicians, vocalists and arrangements. Producer Quincy Jones described the project as “keeping the bridge, but moving the water”. MJ does background vocals on this song.

I’m So Blue (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

I’m So Happy : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in April – October 1971. Released on November 23, 1971 (B-side of Suggar Daddy single).

I Never Had A Girl : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

In Our Small Way : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

In The Back (demo) : First mix recorded in 1994. New mix recorded in 2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

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.

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.

Invincible : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Is She Coming Back : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Is It Scary (demo) Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

It All Begins And Ends With Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

It’s Great To Be Here : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

It’s Not Worth It : Written by Rodnet Jerkins and recorded in 1999 during the “Invincible” session. Snippets leaked online and a snippet is used on Brandy’s same song. Remains unreleased.

It’s The Falling In Love (demo) : Recorded in 1978/1979. Full demo leaked  in 2020 but remains unreleased.

It’s The Falling in Love : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

It’s Too Late To Change The Time : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

It’s Your Thing : Recorded in May-August 1969 with The Jackson 5. Released on June 20, 1995 (Soulsation!).

Iowa : Written by Michael Jackson circa 1978. Classical piece confirmed by sister Janet Jackson in a 1993 magazine interview. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

I Wanna Be Where You Are : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

I Was A Looser : New version of “I Am A Looser” recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. One of the songs listed by MJ as “The Looser” on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Short snippet leaked online but full demo remains unreleased.

I Was Made To Lover Her : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

I Will Find A Way : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

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J5 Christmas Medley : Give Love On Christmas Day (Group A Cappella Version).

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

Jam : Recorded in 1991. Released on November 26, 1991.

Jam Session (Part One) : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Jam Session (Part Two) : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

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.

Johnny Raven : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

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

Joyful Jukebox Music : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Jump For Joy : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Jungle City : Written by MJ and Brad Buxer and recorded in 2000 during the “Invincible” sessions. Track was put up for auction in 2018 along with “Blue Powder”, “What More Can I Give”, and a demo of “The Way You Love Me”. Remains unreleased.

Just A Little Bit Of You : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

Just Because I Love You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

Just Good Friends : Duet recorded with Stevie Wonder in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

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Keep On Dancing : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

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.

Kentucky : Written by MJ in the mid-1970s. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

King Tutankhamen : Damien Shields :” I heard was an instrumental track from 2008. No vocals on what I heard”. Remains unreleased.

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Lady of Summer : Damien Shields : “is one of the pieces MJ showed to classical composer David Michael Frank in 2009 shortly before he died”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

La-La (Means I Love You) : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

Leave Me Alone : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Leaving Today To Benin : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Learned My Lesson (Much Too Soon) : Written in 1982 but recorded in 1994. A different version was released in 2010 under the title “Much Too Soon”  (Michael). Original demo from 1994 leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Let Me Carry Your Schoolbooks : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Liberian Girl (demo) : Recorded in 1983 (MJ speaks about it in the “Hayvenhurst” home video in 1983). The song was re recorded during the “Bad” album sessions but original demo remains unreleased.

Liberian Girl : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Light the Way : Written by Michael Jackson, Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain. MJ recorded vocals during his stay in Bahrain in 2005-2005 but the song was never completed. Damien Shields : “has a horn section intro, and a choir in the choruses. According to my notes, the choir sings: “Light the way, let’s pray for peace”. Slow song. No lead vocal on what I heard. Just music + choral chorus. I haven’t heard a song with the title “Pray For Peace,” but I heard Light The Way, and the words sung by the choir in the hook of Light The Way include: “let’s pray, pray for peace”… But I don’t know if they’re the same song, connected, or completely different/unrelated songs”. Remains unreleased.

Listen I’ll Tell You How : Recorded in May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released posthumously on November 10, 2009 (I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters).

Little Bitty Pretty One : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Little Christmas Tree : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released in 2003 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album remaster).

Little Girls : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Little Susie ; Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Living Together : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Llama Lola : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Lonely Bird : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Lonely Heart : Recorded in 1967 with The Jackson. Released in 1997 (Beginning Years 1967-1968).

Lonely Man : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Lookin Through The Window : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

Love Is The Thing You Need : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Love Never Felt So Good  : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka & leaked in 2006. Original demo + 2 new remixes (including one by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake) released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape).

Love’s Gone Bad : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

Love Song : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released in 2001 (Lookin’ Through the Windows remastered).

Lovely One (multi tracks) : Recorded with The Jackson in 1980. With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.

Lovely One : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Lovely Way : Recorded with the Jacksons in 1980 for the Triumph album. A 10 second snipped leaked but the full song remains unreleased.

Loving You (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape).

Lucy Is In Love With Linus : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

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Make A Wish : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Make Or Break (demo) : Written by Michael Jackson and John Barnes. Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Described by Matt Forger as having a “very driving, terrific hook, but never got finished”. Remains unreleased.

Make Tonight All Mine : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Mama, I Got A Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No) : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

Mama’s Pearl : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

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. A low quality snippet leaked in 2018, full demo leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Man In The Mirror : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Man Of War : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

Maria : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

Maybe Tomorrow : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

Maybe We Can Do It : Written by MJ, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Combs. Features MJ and Sean Combs. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Michael’s Affirmation : Damien Shields : “Michael’s Affirmation isn’t a song. It’s a spoken word piece recorded by MJ to encourage Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy) to stay positive when recovering from the onstage tiger attack in October 2003. The music behind MJ’s spoken words is an instrumental called “Photographs”. Remains unreleased.

Michael McKellar : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Michael The Lover aka Some girls want me for a Lover : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

MJ Melody : Written by Michael Jackson in 1982. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Money : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Monkey Business : Recorded in 1989, leaked in 2002 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Monster : Recorded in 1998. Mentionned by Michael Prince & CJ DeVillar. Mj sings “you created a monster” in the chorus. The song was played to fans. Not related to the FAKE Cascio song released in 2010. Damien Shields : “Recorded 1998. Epic production. Lots of layers. It’s dark. Heavy beat. Has a string section. MJ sang the strings in a voicemail left on Brad Buxer’s answering machine, and Michael Prince brought them to life musically. Lyrics: “you created a monster” and that’s it.” Remains unreleased.

Morphine (demo) : Recorded 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

Morning Glow : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Moving Violation : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Muscles : The song was written and produced by Michael Jackson, and performed by American singer Diana Ross. It was released as the first single on September 17, 1982 by RCA from Ross’s Gold-certified album Silk Electric.

Music And Me : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Music’s Takin’ Over : Recorded with The Jacksons from December 1976 to August 1977. Released on October 18, 1977 (Goin’ Places).

My Cherie Amour : Recorded in July 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

My Girl : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

My Girl (1972 version) : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

My Little Baby : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

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Never Can Say Goodbye : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

Never Had a Dream Come True : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

Neverland Landing : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Damien Shields : Just say “children’s song” Remains unreleased.

Night Time Lover : Song recorded in 1980 by LaToya Jackson. It was the second single from her eponymous debut (1980). The track was produced and co-written by her brother Michael, who provides co-lead vocals on the chorus. They originally wrote the song for Donna Summer under the title “Fire Is The Feeling”.

Nightline (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Nobody : Recorded in August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Nymphette Lover : Written by Michael Jackson. Songs registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

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Ode to Sorrow : Written by Michael Jackson in 1977. Songs registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Off the Wall : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Oh, I’ve Been Bless’d : Recorded in May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

Oh How Happy : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

On My Anger : Written in 1999 by MJ and Teddy Riley. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

On The Line : Recorded in 1994-1996 & released in 1997 (Ghosts Box Set).

One Day I’ll Marry You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

One Day In Your Life : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

One More Chance : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

One More Chance : Different than the song from 1970. Recorded in 1999-2003 & released in 2003 (Number Ones).

Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

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Penny Arcade : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1969-1973. Released on January 16, 1979 (Boogie).

People Have To Make Some Sort of Joke : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

People Of The World : Released only in Japan in 1998 for the Japanese children’s choir J-Friends. Solo demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

People Make The World Go Round : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

Petals ; Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

Peter Pan : Song mentioned by Jackson on the 1993 CD The Michael Jackson Interview. Remains unreleased.

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

Pressure : Written by Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Harvey Mason, LaShawn Daniels. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Pretty Young Thing/PYT (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Pretty Young Thing/PYT : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Price Of Fame (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

Price Of Fame (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1986. Leaked in 2017. Remains unreleased.

Pride And Joy : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Privacy : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Push Me Away : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

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Rampage : Written and recorded in 1999-2001. Snippet leaked in 2020. Remains unreleased.

Reach In : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Reach Out, I’ll Be There : Recorded between May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on June 20,1995 (Soulsation!).

Ready or Not (Here I Come) : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

Red Eye : Written by Michael Jackson. Mentioned by MJ during the 1993 Mexico Deposition. Reworked in 2008 with Neff U. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Reflections : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

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

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

Remember What I Told You : Damien Shields : “has vocals. Starts off acapella and builds into an epic finale with many layers of MJ’s voice. Recorded at MJ’s house in Vegas in 2008. Very rough demo with lovely vocals”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Rock With You : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

Rock Tonight : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Rocker : Damien Shields : “Rocker reminds me of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” – a really aggressive spitting type of verse vocal with an anthemic chorus. The verses on Rocker are just MJ spitting out random nonsensical sounds and phrases. The chorus has lyrics, but without the verses it’s not a complete song. I wish MJ would have finished it. Alas”. Remains unreleased. 

Rockin Robin : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

Rolling the Dice : Written by Rod Temperton. MJ worked on the song with Temperton and Quincy Jones during the Thriller recording sessions in 1982. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

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Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

Satisfy : Written by Terry Lewis and James Harris III. Mariah Carey song featuring Jackson on backing vocals. Failed to make the 2002 Charmbracelet album. Remains unreleased.

Saturday Night At The Movies : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Saved By The Bell : Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Save Me : Song by Dave Mason recorded in 1980 and released on his album “Old Crest on a New Wave”. MJ sings background vocals.

Say Say Say : recorded in May 1981 with Paul McCartney and released in October 1983 on Paul’s solo album “Pipes of Peace”

Scared Of The Moon (demo) : Recorded in 1984 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set). One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009.

Scream : Duet with Janet Jackson recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Season’s Greetings from Michael Jackson : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released posthumously in 2009 (Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks).

Seduction : Written by Michael Jackson and Shelby Lee Myrick III. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Seeing Voices : Recorded in 1999. Frank Casio auctionned a demo tape in May 2014. Leaked online in 2016 but remains unreleased.

Serious Effect (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. Features rap by LL Cool J. Solo demo version by MJ exists. It leaked in 2005  but remains unreleased.

Set It On Out : Written by Michael Jackson and recorded in 1982. 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.

Shake A Body (demo version of Shake Your Body) : Recorded in 1978 at the Hayvenhurst home studio & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set)

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

She Don’t Love Me : Damien Shields : “Recorded in 2008. But to my knowledge, it’s just one line of vocals. “She don’t love me. She don’t want me. She don’t need me. She doesn’t care. She doesn’t care.” That’s all that was on what I heard. The rest is just instrumental”. Remains unreleased.

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

She Got It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

She’s A Rhythm Child : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

She’s Good : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

She’s Out Of My Life (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released posthumously in 2009 (This Is It).

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 1) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 2) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 3) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

She’s Out of My Life : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

She’s Not A Girl : Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

She’s Trouble (demo 1) : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2008 and released posthumously on Thriller 40 (2022).

She’s Trouble (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

She Was Loving Me (aka Chicago) : Recorded in 1999. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape) under the title “Chicago”.

Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Da : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

Shout : Recorded in 2001 & released in 2001 (Side B to the “Cry” single).

Show You The Way To Go : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Shut Up And Dance : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

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

Silent spring : Damien Shields : “is an instrumental”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Since I Lost My Baby : Recorded in May-1969 with The Jackson 5. Released posthumously on August 28, 2012 (Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls).

Sister Sue : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Sixteen Candles : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

Skywriter : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

Slapstick (early version of Hot Street) : Written by Rod Temperton. Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Slave To The Rhythm : Demo recorded in 1991. A remix leaked in 2010. A virtual duet with Justin Bieber featuring new vocals from MJ leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape).

Smooth Criminal (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. The song was re recorded in 1987 during the Westlake sessions and released on the “Bad” album but original demo remains unreleased.

Smooth Criminal : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Smile : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Soldier’s Entrance : Worked on by MJ in 1999 with a view to having it featured on the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Somebody’s Watching Me : The song was recorded late 1983 by American singer Rockwell, released by the Motown label in January 1984, as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name. The song features guest vocals by brothers Michael Jackson (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson (additional backing vocals.

Someday at Christmas : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

Somewhere in Time : Written by Michael Jackson in 1980. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Someone in the Dark : Recorded in September 1982. 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.

Someone Put Your Hand Out (demo) Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. A 37 seconds snippet leaked in 2008. Full demo leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Someone Put Your Hand Out : Recorded in 1989-1991 & released in 1992 (Pepsi exclusive promo cassette single) and in 2004 on CD (The Ultimate Collection).

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.

Song Groove/Abortion Papers (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Released in 2012 (Bad 25).

Soul Jerk : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Space Dance : Michael’s voice and beatboxing was recorded for the soundtrack of the videogame Space Channel 5 in 2000. It remains unreleased.

Speechless : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Speed Demon (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. A snipped leaked in 2018. Full demo (low quality) leaked on June 18, 2020 but remains unreleased.

Speed Demon : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

Spice Of Life : Written by Rod Temperton and Derek Bramble. Was in the running for Thriller, but wasn’t included on the final album and went down the wayside. Later given to Manhattan Transfer. Remains unreleased.

Splash! We Can Get Wet Babe : Recorded in 1988. Remains unreleased.

Stand : Recorded in May 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Stand Tall : Written by Michael Jackson in 1982. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Standing In The Shadows Of Love : Recorded in June 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

Starlight : Temperton’s first version of Thriller was titled “Starlight”, with the chorus lyric: “Give me some starlight / Starlight sun”. Recored in 1982 and released posthumously on Thriller 40 (2022).

State Of Independance : The song was recorded and released in spring of 1982. Donna Summer covered “State of Independence” on her 1982 album Donna Summer produced by Quincy Jones. Summer’s version is notable for its all-star choir which included Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, Christopher Cross, Dyan Cannon, James Ingram, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and Stevie Wonder.

State Of Shock (demo with Freddie Mercury) : Recorded in 1983 & leaked in 2002. Remains unreleased.

State Of Shock : Duet with Mick Jagger recorded from November 1983 to May 1984. Released on July 2, 1984.

Stranger In Moscow (demo) : Recorded in September 1993 in Moscow. Remains unreleased.

Stranger in Moscow : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

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

Stop The War : Written circa 1999 by MJ and Carole Bayer Sager. Failed to make the Invincible album. The song is an early version of “We’ve Had Enough”, a song featured on the 2004 box set album The Ultimate Collection. Song about the Kosovo War. Remains unreleased.

Stormy Monday : Recorded in 1967 with The Jackson. Released in 1997 (Beginning Years 1967-1968).

Strenght Of One Man : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Streetwalker (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Streetwalker : Recorded in 1987 & released in 2001 (Bad Special Edition).

Style Of Life : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

Sugar Daddy : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in April – October 1971. Released as a single on November 23, 1971 and as album version on December 9, 1971 (Greatest Hits).

Sunset Driver (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Superfly Sister : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

Susie : Written and recorded by Michael Jackson circa 1978. The song was re recorded in 1994-1995 as Little Susie during the “History” sessions. 1978 demo remains unreleased.

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Tabloid Junkie : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Take Me Back : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

Teenage Symphony : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in recorded November 1972 – April 1973. Released on February 11, 1986 (Looking Back to Yesterday).

Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good to Be True) : Duet between Jermaine & MJ recorded late 1983. The song was released in April 1984 on Jermaine’s Dynamite album.

Thank Heaven : Written in 1998. Damien Shields : “MJ spoken intro (dedicating the song to “my son Michael Jackson Jr”) but the song itself is sung by a woman + choir. Sounds like a lullaby/nursery rhyme. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Thank You For Life : Written circa 1976. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

That : Registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

That Kind of Lover : Written circa 2001 by MJ & Ray Ruffin. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

That’s What You Get (For Being Polite) : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

The Boogie Man : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

The Children’s Hour : Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

The Christmas Song : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

The Dude : The song was recorded late 1980 and released in March 1981 on Quincy Jones’s album. James Ingram is the lead vocalist. MJ does background vocals.

The Eternal Light : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

The Fields of Athenry : Written by Pete St. John. Recorded in 2006 with the Caheraggin Village Choir. Remains unreleased.

The Future : Written by Michael Jackson, will.i.am. Worked in 2006/07. On the 13th of August 2007, will.i.am told reporters at a Black Eyed Peas press conference in South Korea that another track he recorded with Jackson is titled “The Future”. Song about environmental issues. A dance track. Remains unreleased.

The Girl Is Mine (tape recorder) : In 1981, MJ recorded the baseline of The Girl Is Mine on his tape recorder. This recording was played in public in December 1984 during a court hearing where musician Fred Sanford accused MJ of plagiarism. It remains unreleased.

The Girl Is Mine (demo) : solo demo recorded in 1982. It was released in 2008 on the third track of the maxi single “The Girl Is Mine (2008)”.

The Girl Is Mine : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

The Gloved One : Written by Sisqo circa 2001. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

The Lady In My Life (demo with unreleased lyrics) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

The Lady In My Life : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

The Little Drummer Boy : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

The Lost Children : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage : Recorded in April–July 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on September 8, 1970 (Third Album).

The Love You Save : Recorded in March 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

The Life Of The Party : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

The Man : recorded in May 1981 with Paul McCartney and released in October 1983 on Paul’s solo album “Pipes of Peace”.

The Mirrors Of My Mind : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

The Nightmare of Edgar Alan Poe : Written circa 2000 by MJ & Walter Afanasieff. Had been scheduled to feature in the shelved independently financed film The Nightmare of Edgar Alan Poe, which MJ was slated to appear in. Alternatively titled “Edgar Alan Poe”. Remains unreleased.

The Pain : Written by Shawn Stockman, Jay Harvey Mason, Rodney Jerkins. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

The Sky Is The Limit : Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

The Surprise Song : Song recorded with The Jacksons at their Hayvenhurst Home studio in May 1983 and included in an all original 7″ Fan Club Pack. Never released on CD.

The Toy (1981 demo) : Written by Michael Jackson and recorded in 1981 for a Richard Pryor movie. The song was re-recorded with new lyrics during the Dangerous sessions, then re-recorded again with fresh new vocals and new (unreleased) verse in late 2008 under the title “Best of Joy” (released in 2010 on the “Michael” compilation). Original demo from 1981 released posthumously on November 18, 2022 (Thriller 40).

The Wall : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

The Way You Love Me  : Recorded in 2000. Second mix recorded and released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set) + new remix released posthumously in 2010 (Michael).

The Way You Make Me Feel : Recorded in 1987. Released on August 31, 1987 (Bad).

The Way You Make Me Feel (short film soundtrack version) : Mixed done in 1987 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

The Young Folks : Recorded late 1969/early 1970 with the Jackson 5. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

There Must Be More To Life Than This (demo with Freddie Mercury) : Recorded in 1983 & leaked in 2002. A remixed version was released in 2014 (Queen Forever Deluxe Edition). Original demo remains unreleased.

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

They Don’t Care About Us : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

They Don’t Care About Us (Prison version) : Mix done in January 1996 for the Prison version of the short film. Remains unreleased.

They Don’t Care About Us (Brazil version) : Mix done in January 1996 for the Brazil version of the short film. Remains unreleased.

Things I Do for You : Recorded in 1978 and released on December 17, 1978 (Destiny).

Think Happy : Recorded with The Jacksons from June to October 1976. Released on November 27, 1976 (The Jacksons).

This Had To Be : The song was recorded late 1980 and released in April 1981 on The Brothers Johnson’s album Light Up the Night. MJ co-wrote the song.

This Is Our Time : Written by MJ, Lauryn Hill and David Foster. Failed to make the Invincible album. Despite rumors to the contrary, the song was not recorded as a duet with Hill. Remains unreleased.

This Time Around : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

Threatened : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Thriller : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Thriller (short film soundtrack version) : mix done in 1983 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

Thriller’s Vincent Price Voice-Over Session” Temperton Jones 0:24. Recorded in 1982. Released on February 8, 2008 (Thriller 25).

Through Sick And Thin : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Throwin’ Your Life Away (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Damien Shields: “these are the copyright registration papers, filed on September 26, 1988 by Karen Langford. Attached to this registration was a black TDK cassette tape of the song with “Dolby B 09/08/88 Michael Jackson 1) “Throwin’ Your Life Away” Ruff Mix of MJ 424” written in blue marker. Neff-U used a digital copy of this version when he did the 2010 remix. Like I said, he didn’t have access to the multi-track, but he tried to work with what he had. The results were underwhelming and the song ultimately wasn’t in contention for the Michael album”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. A snippet leaked in 2018. The full demo (low quality) leaked in June 2020. but remains unreleased.

Time Explosion : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

Time Waits For No One : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

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.

To Know : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1971-1972. Released on May 23, 1972 (Lookin’ Through the Windows).

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 ».

To Sir, with Love : Recorded in May-August 1969 with the Jackson 5. Remains unreleased.

To The World : Written by MJ in 2000. Remains unreleased.

Tomboy (demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Contains a melody identical to the “I bet you remember” line in Remember the Time. Features Roger Troutman as guest musician. Damien Shields: “Tomboy, I don’t know. I heard a version at the US Copyright Office, but the version I heard was instrumental. It had a VERY “Captain EO” vibe to it, and a melody line in the music strikingly similar to (basically the same as) the “I bet you remember” line in Remember The Time”.  Remains unreleased.

Too Late To Turn Back Now : One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

Too Young : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Torture : Duet with Jermaine recorded from November 1983 to May 1984. Released on July 2, 1984.

Touch : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

Track Of My Tears : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Tragedy of a Cheer-leader : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Triple Threat Cable : Written and recorded in 1999 for an album that was shelved. Remains unreleased.

True Love Can Be Beautiful : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

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

Tubeway : Written circa 1999. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Turning Me Off : Written and recorded in January 1986. Worked with Bill Bottrell and John Barnes. Described as “one of Michael’s edgier experiments” and “very groove-oriented” by Matt Forger. Remains unreleased.

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Unbreakable : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Under The Boardwalk : Recorded in 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released in 1995 (Michael Jackson Pre History).

Under Your Skin : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Unknown* : On May 22, 2009, fans heard Michael recording a new song from a building in the back of his Holmby Hills home. Michael tells them he is working on the lyrics and has not chosen the title yet. Remains unreleased.

Up Again : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Up On The House Top : Recorded in 1970 with The Jackson 5. Released on October 15, 1970 (Jackson 5 Christmas Album).

Uppermost : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

* To this day, the last song known to have been recorded by Michael 42 years after Big Boy.

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

Vibrationist : Written circa 1999 by MJ and Teddy Riley. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Victory (demo) : One of three songs MJ worked on with Queen’s Freddie Mercury in 1983. The foundation of the track was laid with Mercury’s manager Peter Freestone banging on the toilet door in perfect time for 5 minutes as there were no instruments or musicians around at Hayvenhurst. Remains unreleased.

Vile and Miserable : One of the songs Jackson worked on with will.i.am in 2006. Alternatively titled “Miserable Soul”. Snippet leaked online in early November 2015. Remains unreleased.

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Walk Right Now (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked butremains unreleased.

Walk Right Now : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (demo) : demo recorded at Michael’s Hayvenhurst home recording studio in 1978. Leaked online & released posthumously in 2009 (This Is It).

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ : Recorded from April 14 – November 8, 1982. Released on November 30, 1982.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (12 extended mix) 6:30 (12″ version) released in 1983 as maxi singles.

Wanna Be Startin Somethin (2008) : Remix by Akon featuring new vocals by MJ recorded in November 2007 at the Palms Studios in Las Vegas and released on February 8, 2008 (Thriller 25 Special Edition).

Warrior : Written by Steve Porcaro and recorded in 1982. Failed to make “Thriller” album. Remains unreleased.

Water : Written by Michael Jackson, Michael Prince, Theron Feemster III (Neff-U). Apparently recorded in early 2009 at the Carolwood house. The production is complex, with water droplets and a “Stranger in Moscow” aesthetic. Only the chorus was recorded (which MJ sang a snippet of in “This Is It”), but people have described it as “amazing” and “magical”. Damien Shields : “Recorded in MJ’s final years. Production includes water splash sounds. Only lyrics: “Inches of water, water, trying to take a piece of my mind/Inches of water, water, trying to take a piece of my time.” Very nice background vocals: “Inches of water, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.” Remains unreleased.

We Are Here To Change The World : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Used in Captain Eo in 1986. A shorter version was released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set) but Captain Eo version remains unreleased.

We Are the Ones : Written by Michael Jackson in 1978. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

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

We Are The World : Recorded in January 1985. Released on March 7, 1985 (We Are The World).

We Be Ballin : Recorded in 1999-2001 and leaked in 2009. Remains unreleased.

We Don’t Have To Be Over 21 (to Fall in Love) : Recorded in November/December 1967 and released in 1968.

We Love You (demo) : Recorded in 1980 with the Jacksons for the Triumph album. Leaked on June 17, 2020 but remains unreleased.

We’re Almost There : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

We’re Gonna Change Our Style : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

We’re Here To Entertain You : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

We’ve Got A Thing Going : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

(We’ve Got) Blue Skies : Recorded with The Jackson 5.in June 1970 – February 1971. Released on April 12, 1971 (Maybe Tomorrow).

We’ve Got Forever : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

We’ve Had Enough : 1st mix recorded in 1999-2001. New mix recorded in 2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Whatever Happens : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Whatever You Got, I Want : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

What’s a Guy Gotta Do : Written in 2000 by Pharrell Williams. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

What a Lovely Way to Go (Demo) : Recorded in 1982. Released posthumously on Thriller 40 (2022).

What Goes Around Comes Around : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

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.

What’s It Gonna Be : The song is not “What’s It Gonna Be?!”, recorded by Jackson’s sister Janet and Busta Rhymes. Remains unreleased.

What’s Your Life : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

What You Don’t Know : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974. Released on September 15, 1974 (Dancing Machine).

What You Do To Me (1985 demo) : Recorded in 1985 during the Hayvenhurst sessions with John Barnes, Bill Bottrell & Matt Forger. Damien Shields : “You Do To Me has lyrics/vocals. It’s a mid-tempo love song. Similar breezy vibe to Free and I’m So Blue. Chorus lyrics: “You just don’t know, you just don’t know, what you do to me, do to me, do to me, do-do-do, do to me.” Remains unreleased.

What You Do To Me (1998 demo) : Demo recorded in 1998.  Damien Shields : “The 1998 What You Do To Me filing is an early demo of The Way You Love Me. The version I heard had primitive production and only had scratch vocals on the chorus (no verse vocal). However, a lyric sheet for the complete song was also enclosed. MJ is scatting/yodelling at the end”.

When You Wish Upon A Star : Recorded in 1980 for Disney’s 25th anniversary. Used in a Disney Channel Special TV Show in 1980 and at the end of “The Legend Continues” documentary in 1987. Remains unreleased.

With a Child’s Heart : Recorded in March 1972 – January 1973. Released on April 13, 1973 (Music And Me).

Who’s Loving You : Recorded in July 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

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

Who Is the Girl With Her Hair Down : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

Who Do You Know : Written by Michael Jackson in 1981. Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Released posthumously on November 18, 2022 (Thriller 40).

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

Why : Recorded in 1994 & released in 1995 as a duet with 3T (Brotherhood). Solo demo remains unreleased.

Why Can’t I Be : Written by Michael Jackson in 1980 for the Triumph album. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Why Can’t You Hear Me : Written and produced for Michael. 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 Shy : Written by MJ. Cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

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

Wings Of My Love : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

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

Willing And Waiting : A demo of this was recorded in 1994 to present to Michael for possible inclusion on HIStory, with Babyface heavily involved in the production. One of two songs he presented to Michael, the other being “Why” (later given to 3T). Despite being referred to as a demo, the song was quite developed with background vocals, polished instrumentation and completed lyrics – “record ready”, in a sense
However, as assistant engineer Brad Sundberg asserts, “Michael was looking to push things pretty hard on HIStory [and] Willing and Waiting was maybe a bit softer than the direction he was going”. Remains unreleased.

Window Shopping : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

Wondering Who (multi tracks) : With unreleased bridge sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.

Wondering Who : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

Work That Body (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. Borrows the “Sit down girl, I think I love you/no, get up girl, show me what you can do” line from The Jackson 5’s ABC. According to Loren, Jackson initially refused to sing that line, but “realized the tongue-in-cheek fun contained behind it”. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Working Day & Night (demo) : Recorded in 1978 at the Hayvenhurst home studio with Randy & Janet & released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition).

Working Day & Night (Uncut Session) : With unreleased ad-libs. Leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Working Day and Night : Recorded from December 1978 to June 1979. Released on August 10, 1979 (Off The Wall).

World Of Sunshine : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

X

Xscape/aka Escape : Recorded in 1999-2002 & leaked in 2002. Original demo + new remix by Darkchild released posthumously in 2014 (Xscape).

Y

You Ain’t Gonna Change Nothin’ : Written by MJ in 1975. Remains unreleased.

You Are A Liar : Failed to make the Invincible album. Also known as “You’re a Liar”. Remains unreleased.

You Are My Life : Recorded in July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

You Are Not Alone : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

You Are So Beautiful : Song MJ began writing during his 2005 child sexual abuse trial, as a thank you to his fans for their ongoing support. Remains unreleased.

You Are There : Recorded in October–December 1974. Released on January 16, 1975 (Forever Michael).

You Can Cry On My Shoulder : Recorded in November 1971 – February 1972. Released on August 4, 1972 (Ben).

You Can’t Win : Recorded from November 1977 to January 1978. Released on September 18, 1978 (The Wiz soundtrack)

You Can’t Win (extended version) : Recorded in 1978. After the original soundtrack version of “You Can’t Win” was recorded in 1977, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones went back into the studio and re-recorded the track. It was the re-recording that was released in January 1979 as the second single from The Wiz. The 7-inch version split the song in half, with “Part 1” as the A-side and “Part 2” as the B-side; the full-length version was released as a 12-inch single and later was included on The Ultimate Collection in 2004.

You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You) : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in November 1972 – July 1973. Released on September 12, 1973 (Get It Together).

You Rock My World : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

You Rock My World (short film version) : Mix done in July 2001 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

You’re Supposed to Keep Your Love For Me : Originally recorded in 1975 by Jermaine Jackson, with Stevie Wonder, Jackie Jackson and Michael on backing vocals. Re-cut solo version by Jermaine featured on his 1980 Let’s Get Serious album, replacing the original recording featuring brother Michael. Remains unreleased.

You Told Me Your Lovin : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. A second unreleased version exists, with words and music by Jackson’s brother Randy Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

You’ve Changed : Recorded in July 1967 with the Jackson 5. Released on January 31, 1968 as B-side of Big Boy’s single.

You’ve Changed (1969 version) : Recorded in July 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

You’ve Got A Friend : Recorded in July – November 1971. Released on January 24, 1972 (Got To Be There).

You Made Me What I Am : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972–1973. Released on March 29, 1973 (Skywriter).

You’re My Best Friend, My Love : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1972-1975. Released on October 26, 1976 (Joyful Jukebox Music).

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me : Recorded in January – October 1973. Released on May 8, 1984 (Farewell My Summer Love).

Your Ways (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.

Your Ways : Recorded in 1980. Released on October 18, 1980 (Triumph).

(You Were Made) Especially for Me : Recorded with The Jackson 5 in 1974-1975. Released on May 15, 1975 (Moving Violation).

You Were There : November 13 : Michael sings “You Were There” during the taping of the Sammy Davis Jr 60th Anniversary TV Special at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Studio version remains unreleased.

Z

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah : Recorded in May 1969 with the Jackson 5. Released on December 12, 1969 (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5).

NUMBERS

2-4-6-8 : Recorded late 1969/early 1970. Released on May 8, 1970 (ABC).

2 Bad : Recorded from February 1994 to March 1995. Released on June 20, 1995 (History).

2 Bad (Ghost version) : Special version remixed in 1996 for the “Ghost” short film but remains unreleased.

2000 Watts : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

2300 Jackson Street : Recorded in 1989. Released on May 28, 1989 (2300 Jackson Street). It is the only song on the album featuring Michael and Marlon Jackson, as they had left the group before further recording sessions. The song also features Rebbie and Janet.