Michael Jackson Videography

Michael Jackson discography

Michael Jackson at the White House in 1984.
Video albums 16
Music videos 46

Michael Jackson was an American recording artist and entertainer. He debuted on the professional music scene at age 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still part of the group.[1] Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years,[2] Jackson had seven of his solo albums promoted with music videos, or as he would refer them as "short films". In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular culture and the first African American entertainer to have a strong crossover fanbase on Music Television (MTV).[3][4] The popularity of his music videos that aired on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller"—credited for transforming the music video from a promotional tool and into an art form—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame.[5][6] Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV into the 1990s.[6] Some of his short films drew criticism for their violent and sexual elements; others were lauded by critics and awarded Guinness World Records for their length, success and expense.[7][8][9]

The pop singer's earliest and most notable film role was as Scarecrow in the 1978 American musical The Wiz. He went on to appear in productions such as Men in Black II (2002) as well as lesser known productions, Miss Cast Away (2004) and his own feature-length movie, Moonwalker (1988) in which he starred alongside Joe Pesci. The singer also appeared in an episode of American cartoon The Simpsons. Several of Jackson's other films are notable for their runtime. Captain EO (1986), a 17-minute film that cost $30 million to create, was the most expensive video to produce (in dollars per minute) at the time of its release.[10] Michael Jackson's Ghosts (1997), in which Jackson played four characters, has been credited as the longest music video ever.[8] Several of Jackson's feature films have been released into home video, and have been certified by trading bodies such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Music videos

Year Music video Director(s) Ref
1979 "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" Saxton, NickNick Saxton [11]
1980 "Rock with You" Gowers, BruceBruce Gowers [12]
1980 "She's Out of My Life" Gowers, BruceBruce Gowers [13]
1983 "Billie Jean" Barron, SteveSteve Barron [14]
1983 "Beat It" Giraldi, BobBob Giraldi [15]
1983 "Say Say Say" (Paul McCartney featuring Michael Jackson) Giraldi, BobBob Giraldi [16]
1983 "Thriller" Landis, JohnJohn Landis [17]
1984 "Somebody's Watching Me" (Rockwell featuring Michael Jackson) Francis Delia
1985 "We Are the World" (with USA for Africa) Trbovich, TomTom Trbovich
1985 "Eaten Alive" (Diana Ross featuring Michael Jackson & Barry Gibb) David Hogan
1987 "Bad" Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese [18]
1987 "The Way You Make Me Feel" Pytka, JoeJoe Pytka [19]
1988 "Man in the Mirror" Wilson, DonaldDonald Wilson [20]
1988 "Dirty Diana" Pytka, JoeJoe Pytka [21]
1988 "Smooth Criminal" Chilvers, ColinColin Chilvers [10]
1988 "Another Part of Me" Kelly, PatrickPatrick Kelly [22]
1988 "Speed Demon" Kramer, JerryJerry Kramer and Vinton, WillWill Vinton [23]
1988 "Come Together" Kramer, JerryJerry Kramer and Chilvers, ColinColin Chilvers [24]
1989 "Leave Me Alone" Blashfield, JimJim Blashfield [25]
1989 "2300 Jackson Street" (The Jacksons featuring Michael Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Janet Jackson) Grey Gold
1989 "Liberian Girl" Yukich, JimJim Yukich [26]
1991 "Black or White" Landis, JohnJohn Landis [27]
1992 "Remember the Time" Singleton, JohnJohn Singleton [28]
1992 "In the Closet" Ritts, HerbHerb Ritts [29]
1992 "Jam" (featuring Heavy D) Kellogg, DavidDavid Kellogg [30]
1992 "Heal the World" Pytka, JoeJoe Pytka [31]
1993 "Give In to Me" Moharan, AndyAndy Moharan [32]
1993 "Who Is It" Fincher, DavidDavid Fincher [33]
1993 "Will You Be There" Paterson, VincentVincent Paterson [34]
1993 "Whatzupwitu" (Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson) Isham, WayneWayne Isham
1993 "Gone Too Soon" DiCicco, BillBill DiCicco [35]
1995 "HIStory Teaser" Wainwright, RupertRupert Wainwright [36]
1995 "Scream" (featuring Janet Jackson) Romanek, MarkMark Romanek [37]
1995 "Childhood" Brandt, NicholasNicholas Brandt [38]
1995 "You Are Not Alone" Isham, WayneWayne Isham [39]
1995 "Earth Song" Brandt, NicholasNicholas Brandt [40]
1996 "Why" (3T featuring Michael Jackson) Ziman, RalphRalph Ziman
1996 "They Don't Care About Us" (Brazil version) Lee, SpikeSpike Lee [41]
1996 "They Don't Care About Us" (Prison version) Lee, SpikeSpike Lee [41]
1996 "Stranger in Moscow" Brandt, NicholasNicholas Brandt [42]
1997 "Blood on the Dance Floor" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and Paterson, VincentVincent Paterson [43]
1997 "Blood on the Dance Floor" (Refugee Camp Mix) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and Paterson, VincentVincent Paterson [43]
1997 "(2 Bad + Is it Scary +) Ghosts" Winston, StanStan Winston [44]
1997 "HIStory (Tony Moran's History Lesson)"
2001 "You Rock My World" Hunter, PaulPaul Hunter [45]
2001 "Cry" Brandt, NicholasNicholas Brandt [46]
2001 "What More Can I Give" (Michael Jackson & Friends)
2003 "One More Chance" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
2004 "Cheater"
2009 "This Is It" (featuring The Jacksons) Lee, SpikeSpike Lee
2010 "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" (stock footage) Haggis, PaulPaul Haggis
2010 "Hold My Hand" (featuring Akon) Pellington, MarkMark Pellington
2011 "Hollywood Tonight" Isham, WayneWayne Isham
2011 "Behind the Mask" Dennis Liu
2011 "All in Your Name" (featuring Barry Gibb) Gibb, BarryBarry Gibb
2013 "Behind the Mask" (Alternate version) Aggressive


Year Film Role Director Ref
1978 The Wiz Scarecrow Lumet, SidneySidney Lumet [47]
1982 Michael Jackson's Thriller Himself/Werewolf/Zombie Landis, JohnJohn Landis [48]
1986 Captain EO Captain EO Coppola, Francis FordFrancis Ford Coppola [49]
1988 Moonwalker Himself Kramer, JerryJerry Kramer [50]
1997 Michael Jackson's Ghosts Maestro/Mayor/Ghoul/Skeleton Winston, StanStan Winston [51]
2002 Men in Black II Agent M (cameo) Sonnenfeld, BarryBarry Sonnenfeld [52]
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Agent MJ (cameo) Stoller, Bryan MichaelBryan Michael Stoller [53]
2004 Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story Himself Allan Moyle
2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It Himself Kenny Ortega [54]
2011 Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon Himself Andrew Eastel
2012 Bad 25 Himself Spike Lee [55]
2014 Michael: The Last Photo Shoots Himself Craig Williams

Television roles

"Stark Raving Dad" was the first episode in the third season of The Simpsons. Jackson performed the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky under the pseudonym John Jay Smith.[56] The producers of the show were legally prevented from confirming that Jackson guest-starred at the time, although many media sources assumed it was really him.[57][58][59][60]

Video albums

Year Video details Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1984 Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller
  • Released: 1984
  • Format: VHS
1988 Moonwalker
  • Released: January 1, 1989
  • Format: VHS, DVD,[61] and Blu-ray
1993 Dangerous – The Short Films
  • Released: November 23, 1993
  • Format: VHS and DVD[64]
1995 Video Greatest Hits – HIStory
  • Released: June 20, 1995
  • Format: VHS and DVD[61]
  • US: 9× Multi-Platinum[62]
  • ARG: Platinum[65] (it has got another Platinum award as Video Greatest Hits)
  • AUS: 5× Platinum[66]
  • AUT: Gold[69]
  • FRA: Diamond[70]
  • GER: 3× Gold[67]
  • MEX: 6× Platinum+Gold[68]
1996 HIStory World Tour: Live in Seoul
  • Released: Unknown
  • Format: VHS
1997 HIStory on Film, Volume II
  • Released: May 20, 1997
  • Format: VHS and DVD[61]
1997 Michael Jackson's Ghosts
  • Released: July 21, 1997
  • Format: VHS and Video CD
  • FRA: 2× Platinum[73]
2001 HIStory on Film I & II
  • Released: November 16, 2001
  • Format: DVD[61]
2003 Number Ones
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Format: DVD[61]
2004 The One
  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Format: DVD[61]
2005 Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Format: DVD[61]
  • US: 8× Multi-Platinum[62]
  • ARG: Platinum[65]
  • AUS: 13× Platinum[80]
  • FRA: 3× Platinum[81]
  • NZ: 4× Platinum[75]
  • POL: Platinum[82]
2008 Live in Japan (Unofficially released as a bootleg DVD)
  • Released: December 12, 2008
  • Format: DVD[61]
2010 Michael Jackson's This Is It
  • Released: January 26, 2010
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
2010 Michael Jackson's Vision
  • Release date: November 22, 2010
  • Format: DVD
2012 Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Format: DVD
2013 Bad 25
  • Released: July 2, 2013
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray



External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Michael Jackson at Allmovie
  • See all music videos by MICHAEL JACKSON chronologically ordered here.

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