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1969

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1969

1970

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1970

1971

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1971

1972

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1972

♪ "Got to Be There" ♪
(1st ALBUM)

"Got to Be There" was Michael Jackson's solo debut album, released by Motown Records on August January 24th, 1972.

"Got to Be There" went on to sell over 3.2 million copies worldwide!

Got to Be There album cover

♪ "Ben" ♪
(2nd ALBUM)

"Ben" was Michael Jackson's 2nd solo studio album and was released under the Motown label on August 4th 1972.

"Ben" sold a stunning 5 million copies worldwide!

Ben album cover

1973

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1973

♪ "Music & Me" ♪
(3rd ALBUM)

"Music & Me" is Michael's 3rd solo studio album which was released on April 13 1973 under the Motown label.

"Music & Me" ended up selling more than 2 million copies worldwide!

Music And Me album cover

1974

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1974

1975

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1975

♪ "Forever, Michael" ♪
(4th ALBUM)

"Forever, Michael" was Michael Jackson's 4th solo studio album, released by Motown on January 16th 1975.

"Forever, Michael" was the last to released under the Motown label and went on reportedly selling over 1 million copies worldwide!

Forever, Michael album cover

1976

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1976

1977

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1977

1978

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1978

1979

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1979

♪ "Off the Wall" ♪
(5th ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's 5th solo studio album "Off the Wall" was released on August 10th 1979 by Epic Records.

"Off the Wall" was a commercial success. It sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time!

Off the Wall album cover

1980

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1980

1981

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1981

1982

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1982

♪ "Thriller" ♪
(6th ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's 6th solo studio album "Thriller" was released on November 30th 1982 by Epic Records.

"Thriller" topped the charts in many countries, selling at least 29 million copies in the US, 4.2 million copies in the UK and 2.5 million in Japan. At its peak, it sold one million copies worldwide per week with 20 million copies outside the US. Today, it is still selling approximately 130,000 copies in the US alone, per year... Consequently, Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" went on to become The World's Best-Selling Album!

Thriller album cover

1983

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1983

1984

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1984

1985

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1985

1987

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1987

♪ "Bad" ♪
(7th ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's 7th solo studio album "Bad" was released on August 31st 1987 by Epic Records.

The album sold 30 to 45 million units worldwide! With a total of 9 million units sold in the United States alone, "Bad" is among the 20 Best-Selling Albums of all time.

Bad album cover

1988

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1988

1990

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1990

1991

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1991

♪ "Dangerous" ♪
(8th ALBUM)

"Dangerous", Michael Jackson's 8th solo studio album, was released on November 26, 1991 by Epic Records.

"Dangerous" sold over 30 million albums worldwide with 7 million albums in the US alone and was also the first album that ran under his new contract with Sony Music. Lyrical themes expressed in the album included racism, poverty, paranoia, romance, the welfare of children and the world and self-improvement.

Dangerous album cover

1993

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1993

1994

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1994

1995

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1995

♪ "HIStory" ♪
(9th ALBUM)
(1st COMPILATION ALBUM)

Released on July 16, 1995 by Epic Records, "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I" was Michael Jackson's 9th solo studio album and first compilation album.

The album consists of 2 disc, each containing 15 songs. The first disc (HIStory Begins) is a compilation of some of his greatest hits from 1979 forward, while the second disc (HIStory Continues) is comprised of entirely new material.

HIStory album cover

1996

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1996

1997

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1997

♪ "Blood on the Dance Floor:
HIStory in the Mix" ♪
(1st REMIX ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's album "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" was released on May 20th 1997 by Epic Records. It was his first compilation/remix album and the second album released under Jackson's own record label "MJJ Music".

The album is made up of 18 songs in total; 8 remixes from Jackson's previous studio album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, and 5 new songs.

Blood on the Dance Floor album cover

2001

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 2001

♪ "Invincible" ♪
(10th/FINAL ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's album "Invincible", released on October 30 2001 by Epic Records, was his 10th and final album. To date, the album has sold 13 million copies worldwide.

Invincible album cover

2003

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 2003

♪ "Number Ones" ♪
(2nd COMPILATION ALBUM)

Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" greatest hits album was released on November 17 2003 by Epic Records and Sony Music and was his second compilation album, and the first with Sony.

The album contains 18 songs in total with "One More Chance" as a previously unreleased song. There was an international version and an american version of the album. One had "Human Nature" on the album. The other had "Ben (2003 Live Edit)". Click the album cover to play the american version of the album.

Number Ones album cover

2009

Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 2009

♪ "This Is It" ♪

 

This Is It album cover

June 25th, 2009

Michael Jackson died in 2009 at age 50 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..

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Michael Jackson Self-Portrait from 1996
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