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List of unreleased Michael Jackson songs

Michael Jackson was an American musician and entertainer. He is known to have written, recorded and filmed material that has never been officially released. Many of the pop singer's unreleased songs have been registered—usually by his company Mijac Music—with professional bodies such as the United States Copyright Office, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and EMI Music Publishing.[1] This list, however, only documents the songs explicitly cited as being unreleased and, therefore, does not contain every unreleased Jackson song registered with such bodies.

Jackson—along with Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Joseph Jackson—faced a copyright infringement suit in 1993. The lawsuit came after three songwriters alleged that the pop star and his fellow defendants had plagiarized the hits "The Girl Is Mine", "Thriller" and "We Are the World".[2][3] During a seven-hour deposition, Jackson named numerous unreleased songs that he had written or co-written.[1][4] Following the testimony, a nine-member jury found the defendants not guilty of plagiarism.[5]

Many officially unreleased Jackson songs had been scheduled, at one point, for release on records by the singer, including his seven solo studio albums with music label Epic Records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995), Invincible (2001) and Michael (2010). For varying reasons, the tracks were ultimately rejected and, as of 2013, remain unreleased. The pop singer's unreleased material includes songs recorded by Jackson as a solo artist (including covers of songs released by other artists and The Jackson 5 songs) and demo versions, some featuring established artists such as Freddie Mercury and Barry Gibb.

Several of Jackson's songs have been leaked onto the Internet without gaining an official release. One example involved the song "A Place with No Name", a 24-second snippet of which was leaked by website TMZ.com following Jackson's death in 2009.[6] At the time of the leak, it was claimed that there were "hundreds" of unreleased songs by the musician, and that they could be issued for several years to come. Commenting on the subject, the curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jim Henke, noted that any future releases would garner significant attention. "I think we are going to see amazing interest in any released Michael Jackson material that will come out in the future or a year from now on."[7][8][9] On March 16, 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a record-breaking $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017 and release ten posthumous albums—some of which will feature unreleased material—over the next decade.[10]

Key

Denotes songs registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated
Denotes songs registered with EMI Music Publishing
*
Denotes songs cited by the singer in his 1993 deposition
(Year) Denotes songs registered with the United States Copyright Office and the year of registration
*(Year)
Denotes Jackson-written songs cited by the singer in his 1993 deposition and the year they were registered with the United States Copyright Office

Songs

Song Writer(s) Notes Ref
"11 P.M"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
Buxer, Bradley Bradley Buxer
  • Written and recorded in 2009 during Michael Jackson's This Is It rehearsal
[11]
"A Baby Smiles"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Lyrics to the song were featured as a poem titled "When a Baby Smiles" in the 1992 book Dancing The Dream
[12]
"A Place with No Name" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bunnell, DeweyDewey Bunnell
Freeze, Dr.Dr. Freeze
  • Written and recorded in 1998
  • TMZ leaked the snippet in 2009, 3 weeks later after Jackson's death
  • Dr. Freeze announced that the song would be released on an upcoming album of unreleased Jackson music, but did not give a confirmed release date.[13]
[6]
"Addam's Groove" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1993.
  • Recorded for the soundtrack of The Addams Family II.
  • Canceled due to the scandal of 1993.
  • Also know as Family Things and Family Affairs
[14]
"A Pretty Face Is" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • Written c. 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
[15]
"Angel" Edmonds, Kenneth "Babyface"Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Recorded by Jackson around 1998
  • Had been scheduled to feature on a shelved greatest hits compilation
[16]
"Attitude" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Wakefield, KathyKathy Wakefield
Pierre, MichelMichel Pierre
[17]
"Bad Girl"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [18]
"Bassouille" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Swedien, BruceBruce Swedien
  • Written in 1994 but failed to make Michael’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album
  • Also known as "Basszouille"
  • Failed to make the HIStory album
[19]
"Be Me 4 a Day" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Days, Gray CalixGray Calix Days
  • 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"
[20]
"Belong 2" , Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written in 1999 for Michael’s album Invincible
[21]
"Blue Gangsta" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Freeze, Dr.Dr. Freeze
  • Also known as "No Friend of Mine"
[22]
"Bottle of Smoke" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and possibly recorded by Jackson in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album.
[23]
"Buffalo Bill"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Inspired by the legendary gunfighter James Butler Hickok aka "Wild Bill" Hickok
  • First mentioned by manager Frank DiLeo before the release of The Jacksons' Victory album in 1984
  • Failed to make the Bad album
[24]
"Can You Feel Me?"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JackieJackie Jackson
Gaither, ToddTodd Gaither
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written in 1999.
[25]
"Can't Get Your Weight Off of Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Swedien, BruceBruce Swedien
  • Written in 2000
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Also known as Get Your Weight Off Of Me
  • 2 short snippets leaked online
[26]
"California Grass"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded during the Dangerous studio sessions
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Finally completed by Jackson in 1993, remains unreleased
[27]
"Cheat On You"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Dupri, JermaineJermaine Dupri
Bertha, MasonMason Bertha
[25]
"Cheater (2001 Version)" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1987 for Bad album but failed to make it
  • Later re-worked the song for Invincible album in 2001
  • The song did not make the cut for the album
  • The song features a rapper named Fats
  • The 1987 version was released on The Ultimate Collection in 2004
[26]
"Chicago 1945"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Porcaro, SteveSteve Porcaro
  • Evolved into "Smooth Criminal"
  • A newer version of the song was recorded by Jackson in 1999 but it failed to make the Invincible album.
  • Also known as "Chicago"
  • Timbaland told Revolt TV that he’s been working on a new Michael Jackson album and said the first single will be called "Chicago".
[28]
"Children's Holiday"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1998
[25]
"Color Of My Soul" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Michael's brother, Randy Jackson, recorded a demo titled Color of Love
[29]
"Crack Kills"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Planned to have been recorded with rappers Run-D.M.C. for Jackson's Bad album, but was shelved due to the group's negative attitude toward the singer
  • Lyrics consisting of two verses put up for auction in November 2005, and again on the Internet auction site eBay a year later.||[30]
"Creep In"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Cox, Michael BryanMichael Bryan Cox
Austin, JohntaJohnta Austin
[25]
"Cry"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Not to be confused with "Cry", a song from Jackson's 2001 album Invincible
[31]
"Crush" Unknown [32]
"Days In Gloucestershire" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
Buxer, BradleyBradley Buxer
  • Written and Recorded in 2009 during Michael Jackson's This Is It rehearsal
  • Also known as Gloucestershire
[33]
"Dead or Alive" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2004.
[33]
"Deep in the Night" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1987
[33]
"Do You Know Where Your Children Are"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Leaked Online in 2010.
  • Written and Recorded in 1991 for the Dangerous album.
[34]
"Do You Love Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Edmonds, Kenneth "Babyface"Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Completed in 1998
[35]
"Do You Want Me" Sisqó
Hill, DruDru Hill
  • Written c. 1999
[35]
"Doing Dirty" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, MarlonMarlon Jackson
  • Written around 1993
[36]
Dreams Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [37]
"Easy" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1999 for an album that wa shelved
[38]
"Eaten Alive" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Gibb, MauriceMaurice Gibb
Gibb, BarryBarry Gibb
  • 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
  • Later recorded by Diana Ross and released on the Eaten Alive album in 1985
[39]
"Ekam Satyam (The One Truth)" Rahman, A.R.A.R. Rahman
Parthasarathi, A.R.A.R. Parthasarathi
Bharat, Kanika MyerKanika Myer Bharat
  • Recorded as a duet c. September 1999 with Jackson (singing in English) and Rahman (singing in Sanskrit)
[40]
"Elizabeth, I Love You" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and performed by Jackson as a tribute to his friend Elizabeth Taylor in 1997
  • No official release, though bootleg recordings taken from the 1997 performance exist
[40]
"Entertainment Tonight" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2000
[38]
"Face" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1993
  • Failed to make HIStory album
[41]
"Fanfare Transition"(1992) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1992
  • Also known as "Fanfare 1992"
[41]
"Fantasy"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
[42]
"Far, Far Away"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [42]
"Fear" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1993
  • Failed to make HIStory album
[43]
"Fever" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1991 during Dangerous sessions
  • One of around 20-25 songs Jackson been working with Bryan Loren
[44]
"Free"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [45]
"From the Bottom of My Heart" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 2005
  • Intended as a charity recording for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
[45]
"Girl of Another" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Also known as Girl of Another Love
[46]
"Goin' to Rio"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bayer Sager, CaroleCarole Bayer Sager
  • Written in 1976.
  • Failed to make the Off The Wall album.
  • Demo version by Jackson known to exist.
[47]
"Got to Find a Way Somehow"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1979
  • May have failed to make Off The Wall album
[48]
"Groove of Midnight" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Written around the Bad era
  • A demo by Jackson surfaced on the Internet in 2003
[49]
"Halloween Night" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 2003.
  • Recorded in 2004 with Marilyn Manson in background vocals.
  • Have a solo guitar performed by Slash
[50]
"Heaven Is Here" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1991
[51]
"He Who Makes the Sky Grey" Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain
  • Featured vocals by Jackson
[52]
"Heart Remix"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin
Brown, GregGreg Brown
  • Written in 1998.
[25]
"Higher Ground" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • A Stevie Wonder song that musician Donny Osmond confirmed he had been working with Jackson on in a 2003 television interview
[53]
"Holiday Inn"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1976
  • Recorded in 1984
[54]
"Hollywood"(2000) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Not to be confused with Hollywood Tonight a song features on Michael
  • Written and recorded in 2000.
  • Re-worked in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
[54]
"Hot Fever"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [54]
"Hot Street" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Recorded in 1982
  • Early demo version called Slapstick
[54]
"I Was A Loser" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Not to be confused with I Am A Loser
  • Written and recorded in 2009
[55]
"I Can't Get You Off My Mind" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Jackson worked on the song in the early 1970s
  • A demo version/mono acetate is known to exist
[56]
"I Don't Live Here Anymore" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 2001
  • Also known by the title I Don't Live Anymore
[57]
"I Forgive You"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [58]
"I Have This Dream" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bayer Sager, CaroleCarole Bayer Sager
Foster, DavidDavid Foster
[59]
"I Have This Love of Me"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [60]
"I Started Crying"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Moore, ChanteChante Moore
Lewis, TerryTerry Lewis
Harris III, JamesJames Harris III
  • Written in 1999
[25]
"If You Don't Love Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album.
[61]
"I'm Still the King" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
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  • One of the songs Jackson worked on with Will.I.Am in 2006.
  • Failed to make the Michael album
[62]
"In the Valley"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [63]
"Iowa" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • "I have seen him write things which I don't think the public will ever hear," said Janet Jackson. "He has a song called 'Iowa' that he wrote. People will never hear that song. Just before he left to film The Wiz, he put all the songs he had written on to tape in the studio in our parents' house. Not one of them has been heard and those were songs to cry for. There are things that he's written for orchestras that are classical music, I swear to you. Like something by Bach or Beethoven."
[64]
"Joy" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written In 1992
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[65]
"Kick It" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Daniels, LaShawnLaShawn Daniels
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
Jerkins III, FredFred Jerkins III
  • Written In 2001
[66]
"Kentucky"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in the mid-1970s
[66]
"Kreeton Overture"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Winding, JaiJai Winding
Paich, MartyMarty Paich
Leonard, PatrickPatrick Leonard
  • Written in 1984 for the opening of The Jacksons' Victory Tour
[67]
"Learned My Lesson"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in the 1980's
  • Two versions of the song were registered with the United States Copyright Office.
  • The song is a later version of "Much Too Soon".
[54]
"Little Girls"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [68]
"Llama Lola"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [68]
"Lonely Bird"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [69]
"Lonely Man"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [69]
"Love Never Felt So Good" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Wakefield, KathleenKathleen Wakefield
Anka, PaulPaul Anka
  • Written in 1983
  • Demo version leaked onto the internet in 2006
  • Recorded by Johnny Mathis and released on his 1984 album A Special Part of Me[70]
[71]
"Lucy Is in Love with Linus"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [72]
"Maybe We Can Do It" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
Combs, SeanSean Combs
[73]
"Men in Black" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1990 for Dangerous album
  • One of around 20-25 songs that Michael and Bryan Loren worked on
  • Alternatively titled Man In Black
  • It was intended to be the first single from Michael's next album
[74]
"Michael McKellar"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[75]
"MJ Melody"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1982
[76]
"Neverland Landing"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [77]
"Nite Line" Ballard, GlenGlen Ballard
  • Also known as "Nightline"
  • Written c.1982
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
[78]
"Nymphette Lover"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1981
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
[79]
"Ode to Sorrow"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1977
[80]
"On My Anger" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written c. 1999
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[81]
"People Have to Make Some Sort of Joke"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [82]
"People of the World" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Friends, JJ Friends
  • Written and produced in 1998
  • The song was first released by the Japanese band J-FRIENDS
[82]
"Peter Pan" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Song mentioned by Jackson on the 1993 CD The Michael Jackson Interview
[83]
"Pyramid Girl" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1986
  • Failed To Make Bad album
  • Evolved into "Liberian Girl"
[84]
"Red Eye"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [85]
"Rolling the Dice"* Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Jackson worked on the song with Temperton and Quincy Jones during the Thriller recording sessions
[86]
"Satisfy" Lewis, TerryTerry Lewis
Harris III, JamesJames Harris III
[87]
"Saved By the Bell"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
[88]
"Seduction" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Myrick III, Shelby LeeShelby Lee Myrick III
[89]
"Seeing Voices" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Charles, RayRay Charles
[62]
"Serious Effect" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Features rap by LL Cool J
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Leaked onto the Internet in 2002
[62]
"Seven Digits" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1990
  • Also known as 7 Digits
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[62]
"She Got It" Unknown
  • Recorded in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album
  • Snippets leaked onto the internet in 2005, with the full version leaking in 2008
[90]
"She's Not a Girl"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [91]
"She's Trouble" Shifrin, SueSue Shifrin
Livsey, BillBill Livsey
Britten, TerryTerry Britten
  • Also known as "Trouble"
[92]
"She Was Loving Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Rooney, CoryCory Rooney
  • Recorded in 2000
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[90]
"Shut Up And Dance" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
  • Written in 1999, may have not recorded vocals
[91]
"Siegfried & Roy"(1990) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1989 for illusionists Siegfried & Roy
  • Two versions — vocal and instrumental — registered with the United States Copyright Office
  • Thought to be an early version of "Mind Is the Magic"
[93]
"Sister Sue"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [94]
"Slapstick" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Worked on by Jackson during the Thriller recording sessions
  • The song is an early demo version of "Hot Street"
[95]
"Slave To The Rhythm" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Also known as "Slave 2 The Rhythm".
  • Jackson worked on the song during the Dangerous sessions, and completed in 1998.
  • Leaked on to the internet in 2010.
  • Justin Bieber recorded a duet version featuring Jackson which was leaked in August 2013. This version was unauthorized by the Michael Jackson Estate,[96] and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible..
[97]
"Soldier's Entrance" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Worked on by Jackson in 1999 with a view to have it featured on the Invincible album
[98]
"Somewhere in Time"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1980
[99]
"Stand Tall"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1982
[100]
"Starlight"* Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Jackson worked on the song during the Thriller recording sessions.
  • Referred to by Jackson as "Starlight Sun" during his 1993 deposition; he sang, "Starlight ... Starlight Sun ... Gimme some starlight, for a new day has begun"
  • Evolved into "Thriller"
[101]
"State of Shock" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Hansen, RandyRandy Hansen
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury
  • Demo version by Mercury and Jackson was leaked onto the Internet in 2002
  • Different version later released on Victory with Mick Jagger
[102]
"Stay" (1) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written c. 1988
  • Not to be confused with the Cascio track "Stay" written by Eddie Cascio, James Porte and Michael Jackson
[103]
"Stop the War" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Sager, Carole BayerCarole Bayer Sager
  • Written c. 1999
[104]
"Susie"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1978
[105]
"Thank Heaven"(1998) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1998
[103]
"Thank You for Life"*(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1976
[104]
"That" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in November 1998
[104]
"That Kind of Lover" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Ruffin, RayRay Ruffin
  • Written c. 2001
[104]
"The Children's Hour"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [106]
"The Gloved One" Sisqó
  • Written c. 2001
[107]
"The Nightmare of Edgar Allan Poe" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Afanasieff, WalterWalter Afanasieff
  • Written c. 2000
  • Also known as "Edgar Allan Poe"
[22]
"The Pain" Stockman, ShawnShawn Stockman
Mason, Jay HarveyJay Harvey Mason
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
  • Written in c. 2001
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[108]
"The Sky Is the Limit"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [109]
"The Toy"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [110]
"There Must Be More to Life Than This" Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury in 1983
  • The pair recorded two versions:
    • First version leaked onto the internet in 2002, and features Mercury talking about the song and Jackson singing solo to a piano accompaniment
    • A Demo version where MJ and Freddy are singing leaked onto the internet in 2011
    • Second version features both Jackson and Mercury singing
[111]
"The World Is No Church" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1999
  • Had been scheduled to released as an album/compilation in 1999
[112]
"This Is It"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Anka, PaulPaul Anka
  • Cowritten and recorded with Paul Anka in 1980
  • Rerecorded in 2009 with backing vocals from Jackson's brothers entitled "This Is It", on the 2009 soundtrack album This Is It
  • Paul Anka released a new mix of the song on his 2013 album "Duets"
[113][114]
"This Is Our Time" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill
Foster, DavidDavid Foster
  • Written in 1999
  • Despite rumours to the contrary, the song was not recorded as a duet with Hill.
[113]
"Throwin' Your Life Away"(1988) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1988
[115]
"To Satisfy You" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written during the Dangerous recording sessions, but Jackson did not like it and gave it to Bryan Loren for his 1992 album Music from the New World
  • Solo recording by Jackson known to exist
[116]
"Tomboy"*(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1985
  • Failed to make the Bad album
  • Also known as "Townboy"
  • Mistakenly believed by some fans to have been written by Quincy Jones
[117]
"Tragedy of a Cheer-leader"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1991 during Dangerous sessions
[118]
"Tubeway" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1999
[112]
"Turning Me Off"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written during Bad sessions
[119]
"Under Your Skin"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1979
[120]
"Unknown" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • It is unclear whether the song is titled "Unknown" or the song title is unknown.
[120]
"Verdicts" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written in 1990 for Dangerous album
  • One of around 20-25 songs that Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren worked on
[117]
"Vibrationist" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written c. 1999
[121]
"Victory" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury in 1983
  • Demo version known to exist
[121]
"We Are the Ones"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1978
[122]
"We Be Ballin'" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [123]
"What a Lonely Way to Go"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1975
[124]
"What About Us" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written originally for the Dangerous album
  • Demos leaked onto the Internet in 2003
  • Early version of "Earth Song"
[125]
"What You Do to Me"(1985, 1998) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1985
  • First registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1985
  • Re-registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1998
[126]
"What's a Guy Gotta Do" Williams, PharrellPharrell Williams
  • Written in 2000
[127]
"What's It Gonna Be" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [126]
"What's Your Life"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
[127]
"Who Do You Know"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1981
[128]
"Who Is the Girl with Her Hair Down"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [129]
"Why Can't I Be"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1980
[130]
"Why Shy"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [130]
"Xscape" Unknown
  • Recorded during the Invincible recording sessions
  • Leaked onto the internet in 2002, resulting in Jackson's attorneys threatening legal action against sites that did not remove download access to the track
  • Also known as "Xcape" or "Escape"
[131]
"You Ain't Gonna Change Nothin'"*(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1975
[132]
"You Are a Liar"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[132]
"You Are So Beautiful" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Song Jackson began writing in 2005 as a thank you to his fans for their ongoing support
[133]
"You Told Me Your Lovin'"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1979
  • A second version exists, with words and music by Jackson's brother Randy
[134]
"You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • Originally recorded in 1975 by Jermaine Jackson, with 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
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Future albums

Following the surge in sales of Jackson's catalogue following his death, Sony Music Entertainment, lead by its Columbia/Epic Label Group division, signed a new deal with the Jackson estate to extend distribution rights to his back catalogue until 2015, which was later extended to 2017, as well as permission to release ten new albums with previously unreleased material and new collections of released work. The deal is the most expensive music contract to a single artist in history, with Sony Music reportedly paying $250 million for the deal, and the Jackson estate getting the full sum, as well as a share of royalties for all works released.[136] Here are the albums that have been released as part of the deal:

  • Michael (2010) - compilation album of previously unreleased material
  • Immortal (2011) - remix-soundtrack album to Cirque du Soleil's show Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
  • Bad 25 (2012) - 25th anniversary reissue of Bad, featuring new songs, demos and remixes of songs from the Bad era

See also

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