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On TIMELINEMICHAELJACKSON.com you will find most of Michael Jackson's songs down a timeline to scroll through. Clicking on any song of your liking will load new content; a music player, lyrics, information on how the song came about, images of artists Michael worked with, official music videos and more. To locate a specific song or album, use the navigation at the bottom of the page. Special attention was given to transcribing song lyrics. Enjoy and do share with friends.




1969

Michael Jackson in 1969

The Jackson 5 At The Hollywood Palace
October 14th, 1969

"Diana Ross Presents
The Jackson 5"
(The Jackson 5)

"Zip A Dee Doo Dah"
"Nobody"
#iwantyouback
"Can You Remember"
"Standing In The Shadows Of Love"
"You've Changed"
"My Cherie Amour"
#whoslovinyou
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
"Chained"
"Stand"
"Born To Love You"

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 album cover

"Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5" is the debut studio album from Gary, Indiana-based soul family band The Jackson 5, released on the Motown label in December 1969.

The Jackson 5's lead singer, a preteenage boy named Michael, and his older brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, became pop successes within months of this album's release.


1970

Michael Jackson in 1970

The Jackson 5 in Jacksonville, Florida, 1970

"ABC"
(The Jackson 5)

#theloveyousave
"One More Chance"
#abc
"2-4-6-8"
"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need"
"Don't Know Why I Love You"
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
"True Love Can Be Beautiful"
"La-La (Means I Love You)"
"I'll Bet You"
"I Found That Girl"
"The Young Folks"

The Jackson 5 ABC album cover

The Jackson 5's 2nd studio album "ABC" was issued on May 8, 1970, by Motown Records.

"Third Album"
(The Jackson 5)

#illbethere
#readyornot
"Oh How Happy"
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
"Can I See You In The Morning"
#goinbacktoindiana
"How Funky Is Your Chicken"
"Mama's Pearl"
"Reach In"
"The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage"
"Darling Dear"

The Jackson 5 Third Album album cover

"Third Album" was The Jackson 5's 3rd studio album released on Motown Records, and the group's second LP released in 1970.


1971

Michael Jackson in 1971

The Jacksons 5 Live in Gary, Indiana, January 31, 1971 at the West High School Auditorium (Concert Highlights)
The Jackson 5 Second National Tour of North America began on January 2, 1971 and finished in August that year.

"Going Back To Indiana Show", 1971


1972

Michael Jackson in 1972

"Got to Be There"
(1st ALBUM)

#aintnosunshine
#iwanabewhereyouare
#girldonttakeyourlovefromme
#inoursmallway
#gottobethere
#rockinrobin
#wingsofmylove
#maria
#loveishereandnowyouregone
#youvegotafriend

Got to Be There album cover

"Got to Be There" was Michael Jackson's solo debut album, released by Motown Records on August January 24th, 1972. It sold over 3.2 million copies worldwide.

"Ben"
(2nd ALBUM)

#ben
#greatestshowonearth
#peoplemaketheworldgoround
#wevegotagoodthinggoing
#everybodyssomebodysfool
#mygirl
#whatgoesaroundcomesaround
#inoursmallway
#shoobedoobedoodaday
#youcancryonmyshoulder

Ben album cover

"Ben" was Michael Jackson's 2nd solo studio album and was released under the Motown label on August 4th 1972. It sold a stunning 5 million copies worldwide.


1973

Michael Jackson in 1973

"Music & Me"
(3rd ALBUM)

#withachildsheart
#upagain
#allthethingsyouare
#happy
#tooyoung
#dogginaround
#johnnyraven
#euphoria
#morningglow
#musicandme

Music And Me album cover

"Music & Me" is Michael's 3rd solo studio album which was released on April 13 1973 under the Motown label. It ended up selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.


1974

Michael Jackson in 1974

The Jackson 5 on the 1974 Mike Douglas Show

"Dancing Machine"
(The Jacksons)

"I Am Love"
#whateveryougotiwant
"She's a Rhythm Child"
#dancingmachine
#thelifeoftheparty
#whatyoudontknow
"If I Don't Love You This Way"
"It All Begins and Ends with Love"
"The Mirrors of My Mind"

The Jacksons Dancing Machine album cover

"Dancing Machine" is the 10th studio album released by Motown quintet The Jackson 5 in 1974.


1975

Michael Jackson in 1975

The Jackson 5 on The Carol Burnett Show (TV series), 1975
An American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett.

"Forever, Michael"
(4th ALBUM)

#werealmostthere
#takemeback
#onedayinyourlife
#cinderellastayawhile
#wevegotforever
#justalittlebitofyou
#youarethere
#dapperdan
#dearmichael
#illcomehometoyou

Forever, Michael album cover

"Forever, Michael" was Michael Jackson's 4th solo studio album, released by Motown on January 16th 1975. It was the last album to be released under the Motown label and went on to selling over a million copies worldwide.


1976

Michael Jackson in 1976

Interview with The Jacksons
Sigma Sound Studios in 1976

"The Jacksons"
(The Jacksons)

#enjoyyourself
"Think Happy"
#goodtimes
#keepondancing
#bluesaway
#showyouthewaytogo
#livingtogether
"Strength of One Man"
#dreamer
#superflysister

The Jacksons' The Jacksons album cover

"The Jacksons" was their 12th studio album, and the band's first albumunder the name "The Jacksons" (for CBS), following their seven-year tenure at Motown as "The Jackson 5"


1977

Michael Jackson in 1977

The Jacksons (TV series), 1976-77 (12 Episodes)
American variety show featuring the Jackson siblings.

"Goin' Places"
(The Jacksons)

"Music's Takin' Over"
#goinplaces
"Different Kind Of Lady"
#eventhoughyouregone
"Jump For Joy"
"Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl"
"Man Of War"
#dowhatyouwanna
"Find Me A Girl"

The Jacksons Goin' Places album cover

"Goin' Places" is the 13th studio album by The Jacksons. It was released on October 8, 1977 on Epic Records.


1978

Michael Jackson in 1978

"Destiny"
(The Jacksons)

#blameitontheboogie
#pushmeaway
#thingsidoforyou
#shakeyourbody (Down To The Ground)
#destiny
"Bless His Soul"
"All Night Dancin'"
"That's What You Get (For Being Polite)"

The Jacksons Destiny album cover

"Destiny" was the 14th studio album released by American band The Jacksons recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios – San Fernando, California.


1979

Michael Jackson in 1979

The Jacksons Line on Spanish TV
A Spanish TV show aired on TVE España in 1979.

"Off the Wall"
(5th ALBUM)

#dontstoptilyougetenough
#rockwithyou
#workindayandnight
#getonthefloor
#offthewall
#girlfriend
#shesoutofmylife
#icanthelpit
#itsthefallinginlove
#burnthisdiscoout

Off the Wall album cover

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!


1980

Michael Jackson in 1980

"Triumph"
(The Jacksons)

#canyoufeelit
"Lovely One"
"Your Ways"
"Everybody"
#heartbreakhotel (aka This Place Hotel)
"Time Waits for No One"
"Walk Right Now"
#giveitup
"Wondering Who"

'09 edition bonus tracks:
"This Place Hotel" (single version)
"Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Disco Mix)
"Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Instrumental Mix)

The Jacksons Triumph album cover

"Triumph" was the 15th studio album by The Jacksons, released on September 26, 1980 on Epic Records.


1981

Michael Jackson in 1981


1982

Michael Jackson in 1982

"Thriller"
(6th ALBUM)

#wannabestartinsomethin
#babybemine
#thegirlismine
#thriller
#beatit
#billiejean
#humannature
#pyt
#theladyinmylife

Thriller album cover

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!


1983

Michael Jackson in 1983

A rare 1983 unauthorized interview of a young Michael Jackson at his parents' home in Encino, California.
He is later joined by his sister and guest star, LaToya Jackson.


1984

Michael Jackson in 1984

The Jacksons 1984 Toronto "Victory Tour"

"Victory"
(The Jacksons)

#torture
"Wait"
"One More Chance"
"Be Not Always"
#stateofshock
"We Can Change the World"
"The Hurt"
#body

The Jacksons Victory album cover

"Victory" was the 16th studio album by The Jacksons. It was released on July 2, 1984 by Epic Records.


1985

Michael Jackson in 1985


1987

Michael Jackson in 1987

"Bad"
(7th ALBUM)

#bad
#thewayyoumakemefeel
#speeddemon
#liberiangirl
#justgoodfriends
#anotherpartofme
#maninthemirror
#ijustcantstoplovingyou
#dirtydiana
#smoothcriminal
#leavemealone

Bad album cover

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.


1988

Michael Jackson in 1988

Michael Jackson and Lady Di on the 16th of July 1988,
minutes before a Michael's "Bad World Tour 1988" concert in London.

Rome TV Station Editorial Tape
Michael's "Bad World Tour 1988" in Rome


1989

Michael Jackson in 1989

"2300 Jackson Street"
(The Jacksons)

"Art Of Madness"
#nothin
"Maria"
"Private Affair"
"2300 Jackson Street"
"Harley"
"She"
"Alright With Me"
"Play It Up"
"Midnight Rendezvous"
"If You'd Only Believe"

The Jacksons 2300 Jackson Street album cover

"2300 Jackson Street" is the 17th and final studio album by American group The Jacksons, and their final album for record label Epic, released in the United States on May 28, 1989.

This is the group's first album without lead singer Michael Jackson, who had left the group along with older brother, Marlon Jackson.


1990

Michael Jackson in 1990


1991

Michael Jackson in 1991

"Dangerous"
(8th ALBUM)

#jam
#whyyouwannatriponme
#inthecloset
#shedrivesmewild
#rememberthetime
#cantlethergetaway
#healtheworld
#blackorwhite
#whoisit
#giveintome
#willyoubethere
#keepthefaith
#gonetoosoon
#dangerous

Dangerous album cover

"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.


1992

Michael Jackson in 1992


1993

Michael Jackson in 1993


1994

Michael Jackson in 1994


1995

Michael Jackson in 1995

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

#billiejean
#thewayyoumakemefeel
#blackorwhite
#rockwithyou
#shesoutofmylife
#bad
#ijustcantstoplovingyou
#maninthemirror
#thriller
#beatit
#thegirlismine
#rememberthetime
#dontstoptilyougetenough
#wannabestartinsomethin
#healtheworld
#scream
#theydontcareaboutus
#strangerinmoscow
#thistimearound
#earthsong
#ds
#money
#cometogether
#childhood
#tabloidjunkie
#2bad
#history
#littlesusie
#smile

HIStory album cover

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.


1996

Michael Jackson in 1996


1997

Michael Jackson in 1997

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

#bloodonthedancefloor
#morphine
#superflysister
#ghosts
#itisscary
#screamlouder
#money
#2bad
#strangerinmoscow
#thistimearound
#earthsong
#history

Blood on the Dance Floor album cover

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.


2001

Michael Jackson in 2001

"Invincible"
(10th/FINAL ALBUM)

#unbreakable
#heartbreaker
#invincible
#breakofdawn
#heavencanwait
#yourockmyworld
#butterflies
#speechless
#2000watts
#youaremylife
#privacy
#dontwalkaway
#cry
#thelostchildren
#whateverhappens
#threatened

Invincible album cover

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.


2003

Michael Jackson in 2003

"Number Ones"
(2nd COMPILATION ALBUM)

#dontstoptilyougetenough
#rockwithyou
#billiejean
#beatit
#thriller
#ijustcantstoplovingyou
#bad
#smoothcriminal
#thewayyoumakemefeel
#maninthemirror
#dirtydiana
#blackorwhite
#earthsong
#yourockmyworld
#breakofdawn
#onemorechance
#ben

Number Ones album cover

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.


2004

Michael Jackson in 2004

"The Jacksons Story"
(The Jacksons)

#iwantyouback
#abc
#theloveyousave
#illbethere
"Mama's Pearl"
#nevercansaygoodbye
#gottobethere (Michael Jackson)
#rockinrobin (Michael Jackson)
#ben (Michael Jackson)
#dancingmachine
#letsgetserious (Jermaine Jackson)
#enjoyyourself
#showyouthewaytogo
#blameitontheboogie
#shakeyourbody (Down To The Ground)
"Lovely One"
#heartbreakhotel (aka This Place Hotel)
#canyoufeelit
#dontstoptilyougetenough (Michael Jackson)
#billiejean (Michael Jackson)

The Jacksons The Jacksons Story album cover

"The Jacksons Story" album covers fourteen years of hit singles scored by the R&B group "The Jacksons" between 1969 and 1982.

It was released on Hip-O Select/UTV Records on July 20, 2004.


2009

Michael Jackson in 2009

Michael Jackson's
"This Is It"
(3rd COMPILATION ALBUM)

#wannabestartinsomethin
#jam
#theydontcareaboutus
#humannature
#smoothcriminal
#thewayyoumakemefeel
#shakeyourbody (Down To The Ground)
#ijustcantstoplovingyou
#thriller
#beatit
#blackorwhite
#earthsong
#billiejean
#maninthemirror

This Is It album cover

"Michael Jackson's This Is It" (or simply "This Is It") was released to coincide with the theatrical release of "Michael Jackson's This Is It", a concert film documenting Michael Jackson's rehearsals for the "This Is It" concert series at London's O2 Arena.

Michael Jackson's This Is It concert rehearsal


June 25 2009

Michael Joseph Jackson died on Thursday, the 25th of June, 2009 (aged 50) at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..

May he rest in peace.

Heal the world. Make it a better place.”
— Michael Jackson

#bad
#dirtydiana
#smoothcriminal
#thriller
#threatened
#stateofshock

#blackorwhite
#rememberthetime
#beatit
#billiejean
#thewayyoumakemefeel

#healtheworld
#earthsong
#cry
#theydontcareaboutus
#willyoubethere

#blameitontheboogie
#someoneputyourhandout
#thelifeoftheparty
#styleoflife
#thingsidoforyou
#justalittlebitofyou
#carousel
#history
#destiny
#wait

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Michael Jackson in 1996
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