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Number Ones (video)

Number Ones
Video by Michael Jackson
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1979–2001
Genre Pop, rock, funk, dance-pop, urban, new jack swing
Length 91 minutes
Label Epic Music Video
Director Various
Producer Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson chronology
HIStory World Tour: Live in Seoul
Number Ones
The One

Number Ones is a video album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on DVD on November 13, 2003 under the Epic Records record label, in conjunction with the promotion for Jackson's greatest hits album, of the same name (although the album and DVD have different songs). The DVD, which is Jackson's fourth DVD album, contained fifteen music videos, which was directed and produced by various people. It consists of music videos filmed and released by Jackson from 1979's Off the Wall to 2001's Invincible. Just like the album, the DVD has four different covers.

Notable music videos included on the DVD were "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and Thriller—which received heavy rotation on MTV in the 1980s, and are credited as having transformed the music video from a promotional tool and into an art form, and "Black or White" and "Scream" which were also prominent on channels like MTV in the 1990s. Number Ones received praise from contemporary music critics and was commercially successful internationally. The DVD peaked at number one on the Australian Top 40 Music DVD in Australia. Number Ones has been certified twenty two times platinum in Australia by the Australian Recording Industry Association and is the best selling music DVD ever by a male solo artist in Australia. It is also thirteen times platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.


  • Background 1
  • Content and release 2
  • Reception 3
    • Commercial reception 3.1
    • Critical reception 3.2
  • Track listing and formats 4
    • Formats 4.1
  • Chart performance 5
    • Certifications 5.1
    • Charts 5.2
  • Personnel 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8


In 1972, while still a member of the band [7] From 1979 to 2003, Jackson released thirty-six music videos.

Content and release

Number Ones was released in conjunction with Jackson's greatest number one hits of the same name on November 18, 2003.[8] The DVD was released worldwide on November 13, 2003.[8] Number Ones is the fourth DVD album to be released by Jackson, the previous three were Dangerous – The Short Films, Video Greatest Hits – HIStory and HIStory on Film, Volume II. The DVD contained ninety one minutes of music video Jackson had already released from as early as 1979, to as late as 2001. This compilation was also released in Asia on double Video CD format.

Music videos from Jackson's studio albums, which were Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995), Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997) and Invincible (2001), were featured on the DVD. The DVD consisted of fifteen music videos, both long and short form versions.[8] "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (1987), "Break of Dawn" (2001), the then newly recorded "One More Chance" (2003) and a live version of "Ben" (1972) did not make it onto the DVD, while "Blood on the Dance Floor" (1997), which was on the DVD, was not on the American version of the album of the same name.[8]


Commercial reception

Number Ones peaked at number one the ARIA Top 40 Music DVD chart in Australia.[9] It was ranked at number two, charting behind only Funhouse Tour: Live In Australia by Pink, on the Australian Highest Selling Music DVD chart for 2009.[10] It also peaked at number three on the Swedish DVD Albums Chart.[11] In Czech Republic, Number Ones peaked at number fourteen on the DVD chart.[12] Number Ones peaked at number three on the Hungarian Top 20 DVD chart.[13] In Italy, Number Ones peaked at number nine on the country's DVD album chart, as of the first week of May 2010, it has stayed on the chart for forty five weeks.[14] The DVD album was certified thirteen times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for the sales of over 1.3 million units in the United States.[15] Number Ones was also certified twenty two times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for the sales of over 330,000 units in Australia.[16] Recording Industry Association of Japan certified the DVD gold for the sales of over 100,000 units in Japan.[17] For the sales of over 25,000 units in Spain, Productores de Música de España gave the album two times platinum certification.[18] Number Ones was also certified six times platinum for the sales of 30,000 units in New Zealand,[19] as well as gold by the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry for the sales of at least 5,000 units in Poland.[20]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Positive[8]
Philadelphia Inquirer Positive[21]

Number Ones was generally well received by contemporary music critics. William Ruhlmann, a writer for Allmusic, stated that watching the videos in order made him 'experience' Jackson's changing appearance over the year; noting things such as Jackson's skin becoming lighter (a result of his Vitiligo).[8] Ruhlmann commented that seeing Jackson's changing appearance, as well as the videos itself helped him understand Jackson's career more, commenting, "Number Ones was released at what appeared to be the end of Michael Jackson's long, troubled reign as a pop star, and it contained many clues to both his success and his downfall."[8] Ruhlmann further noted that "a messianic theme ran through many of the videos" like the relatively modest "Beat It," which is about stopping violence, to "Earth Song," in which Jackson restored ravaged rain forests and even brought the dead back to life.[8] Dan LeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer described Number Ones as being a "reminder" of the "MTV era".[21] Jeff Mires of News Pop Music Critic felt that the release of both the Number Ones CD and DVD was a good opportunity to "revisit Jackson's music".[22]

Track listing and formats

No. Title Writer(s) Director(s)[23] Length
1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough[C]"   Michael Jackson Nick Saxton 4:11
2. "Rock with You"   Rod Temperton Bruce Gowers 3:22
3. "Billie Jean"   Michael Jackson Steve Barron 4:55
4. "Beat It"   Michael Jackson Bob Giraldi 4:56
5. "Thriller"   Rod Temperton John Landis 13:43
6. "Bad[A]"   Michael Jackson Martin Scorsese 4:20
7. "The Way You Make Me Feel[A]"   Michael Jackson Joe Pytka 6:43
8. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Donald Wilson 5:02
9. "Smooth Criminal[B][C]"   Michael Jackson Colin Chilvers 4:16
10. "Dirty Diana"   Michael Jackson Joe Pytka 5:08
11. "Black or White[A]"   Michael Jackson John Landis 6:22
12. "You Are Not Alone"   R. Kelly Wayne Isham 5:37
13. "Earth Song"   Michael Jackson Nicholas Brandt 7:29
14. "Blood on the Dance Floor[C]"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Michael Jackson and Vincent Paterson 4:15
15. "You Rock My World[A]"   Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Paul Hunter 10:26


  • ^A The short version of the music video is featured on Number Ones.
  • ^B The 'speed-up' version of the music video is featured on Number Ones.
  • ^C "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Smooth Criminal", and "Blood on the Dance Floor" were excluded on the Chinese version.[24]


The DVD album has been released in one version, as a one disc release.

The video was also available on double Video CD (in the Asian market only).

Chart performance




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  2. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (August 30, 1993). "Nothing More Than ... Feelings".  
  3. ^ Day, Elizabeth (2009-04-08). "Off the wall but still invincible".  
  4. ^ Kash, Tim (2009-06-30). "Jackson's Legacy: Passing the Torch".  
  5. ^ a b "He Will Live Forever...".  
  6. ^ Guinness World Records 2002, p. 36
  7. ^ George, pp. 48–50
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Ruhlmann, William. "allmusic (((Number Ones DVD > Review)))".  
  9. ^ a b "ARIA Top 40 Music DVD" (PDF).  
  10. ^ "Australian Highest Selling Music DVDs 2009" (PDF).  
  11. ^ a b "Veckolista DVD Album - Vecka 17, 30 April 2010".  
  12. ^ a b "IFPI ČR Hitparáda - TOP50 Prodejní Týden - 200928". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ČR. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  13. ^ a b "2009. 07. 13. - 2009. 07. 19." (in Hungarian).  
  14. ^ a b "Classifica settimanale dal 26/04/2010 al 02/05/2010".  
  15. ^ "Gold & Platinum".  
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b 財団法人 日本レコード協会 > 各種統計 > ゴールド等認定 > 2009年7月 (in Japanese).  
  18. ^ a b "Top 20 DVD Musical" (PDF).  
  19. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum DVDs". Radio Scope. Media Sauce Ltd. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  20. ^ "Złote płyty DVD".  
  21. ^ a b DeLuca, Dan. "Article: Personal and legal troubles aside, Jackson's still got it musically.".  
  22. ^ Mires, Jeff (2003-11-25). "MICHAEL JACKSON -- THE MAN, HIS MUSIC, HIS MUTILATION".  
  23. ^ "Inlay credits". Number Ones (DVD/CD).  
  24. ^ "迈克尔•杰克逊:独一无二(DVD)-音乐-卓越亚马逊". Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  25. ^ "CAPIF ::: Representando a la Industra Argentina de la Música :::". 2007 Certification Awards. CAPIF. Retrieved August 30, 2007. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 DVDs".  
  27. ^ a b "Michael Jackson" (in Finnish).  
  28. ^ "French video certifications – Michael Jackson – Number Ones" (in French).  
  30. ^ "Polish video certifications – Michael Jackson – Number Ones" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  31. ^ "British video certifications – Michael Jackson – Number Ones".   Enter Number Ones in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select DVD in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  32. ^ "American video certifications – Michael Jackson – Number Ones".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH
  33. ^ "Irish Music DVD Charts 2009".  
  34. ^ "allmusic (((Number Ones DVD > Credits)))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  • Halstead, Craig (2007). Michael Jackson: For the Record. Authors OnLine.  
  • Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection booklet. Sony BMG.

External links

  • The official website for Michael Jackson
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