Michael Jackson Albums

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michael jackson albumsAs a solo artist, Michael Jackson released nine albums before he died on June 25, 2009. Following his death, two additional Michael Jackson albums were produced using tracks that were previously recorded, but never presented to the public. Michael was a member of the Jackson 5 before he started performing his own projects in 1971 at the age of 12. From there, the King of Pop went on to engineer some of the best-selling albums of all time.

The list of Michael Jackson albums below follows the chronological order of when each was released. Aside from the two posthumous ones shown below, albums that were not released by Michael Jackson himself were not included in this list.


1 Got to Be There

got to be there album
  • Released in 1972
  • Record label: Motown
  • Debut studio album by Michael Jackson and sold approximately 3.2 million copies worldwide
  • The album was remastered and reissued in 2009

2Ben

ben album
  • Released in 1972
  • Record label: Motown
  • Album had one single, “Ben”, which gave Michael his first domestic and international number-one single of his career

3Music & Me

music & me album
  • Released in 1973
  • Record label: Motown
  • Renowned for being developed during a difficult time in Michael’s life where his vocals were changing and Motown declining his request to add his own compositions

4Forever, Michael

forever michael album
  • Released in 1975
  • Record label: Motown
  • The official release was delayed until the hype from the Jackson 5’s hit “Dancing Machine” fizzled out

5Off the Wall

off the wall album
  • Released in 1979
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • Released after Michael’s performance in The Wiz
  • Includes three self-written songs, making it his first album to have such music
  • Collaborations with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Temperton

6Thriller

thriller album
  • Released in 1982
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • Sold more than 65 million copies, making it the world’s best-selling album in history
  • First album in history to be 33x multi-platinum
  • Won a record-breaking number of eight Grammys in 1984

7Bad

bad album
  • Released in 1987
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “Dirty Diana” made this album the first ever to have five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100

8Dangerous

dangerous album
  • Released in 1991
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • First album released after splitting with long-time collaborator Quincy Jones
  • The addition of producer Teddy Riley helped Michael reach a younger urban audience with his lyrical theme, which centered around racism, romance, and poverty

9Invincible

invincible album
  • Released in 2001
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • Final studio album of his career took over four years to produce, the longest amount of time amongst all Michael Jackson albums
  • Costing approximately $55 million to create, this is the most expensive album released in history

10Michael

michael album
  • Released in 2010
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • The first posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks that were recorded prior to Jackson’s death in 2009
  • Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, fought against it being created, saying Michael “would never have wanted his unfinished material to be released.”

11Xscape

xscape album
  • Released in 2014
  • Record labels: Epic Records in the United states, CBS Records internationally
  • The second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks that were recorded prior to Jackson’s death in 2009

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