Michael Jackson albums discography

American singer Michael Jackson has released 10 studio albums, three soundtrack albums, one live album, 34 compilation albums, two posthumous albums, six extended plays and four remix albums. Jackson made his debut at the age of five with the Jackson 5 (later known as The Jacksons), who were prominent performers during the 1970s.[1][2] Jackson is globally recognized as one of the biggest selling music artists in history with over 400 million records sold.[3] According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Jackson has sold 89 million certified albums in the US, making him the sixth top-selling album artist in the country.[4]

Michael Jackson discography
Michael Jackson wearing a sequined military jacket and dark sunglasses. He is walking while waving his right hand, which is adorned with a white glove. His left hand is bare.
Jackson meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984
Studio albums10
Live albums1
Compilation albums34
EPs6
Soundtrack albums3
Remix albums4
Posthumous2

In 1972, Jackson released his debut album Got to Be There through Motown Records, while still part of The Jackson 5.[5] The album peaked at 14 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[6][7] He followed the debut album with Ben in the same year. It peaked at five on the Billboard Pop Album Chart and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[8] The album's title track was a commercial success on the music charts, topping both the U.S. and the Australian ARIA charts, giving Jackson his first number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist.[9] Jackson's next two studio albums were Music & Me and Forever Michael. These two albums were released in 1973 and 1975 respectively.[10] In 1975, Jackson signed to Epic Records.[11] Jackson's fifth studio album, and the first with Epic Records, Off the Wall, was released in 1979. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard hot 100. Off The Wall made Jackson the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[12] The album was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.[13][14] At the 1980 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for two Awards, with Jackson winning Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.[15][16]

Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller, was released in 1982. It became Jackson's first number one album on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart. Thriller spent a record 37 weeks at number one, from February 26, 1983, to April 14, 1984.[17] Seven singles were released and all reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. This feat set the record for the most top 10 singles from an album, with "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" reaching number one.[18] It was the best-selling album worldwide in 1983 and was also the first to become the United States’ best-selling album for two years, in 1983 and 1984.[19][20] The album broke racial barriers in popular music, enabling Jackson's appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House.[21][22] The album's success set the standard for the music industry with its songs, music videos, and promotion strategies influencing artists, record labels, producers, marketers, and choreographers.[23] Thriller was certified 34× platinum by the RIAA and remains the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 70 million copies worldwide.[24][25] It won a record-breaking eight Grammys at the 1984 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.[26] Jackson also won a record-breaking eight Awards at the 1984 American Music Awards.[27] In 1987 Jackson has released his seventh studio album Bad. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart.[28][29] The album also reached number one in 25 other countries.[30] Seven songs charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, including a record-breaking five number ones.[31] Bad was certified 11× platinum by the RIAA.[32] With sales of over 35 million copies sold worldwide, Bad is one of the best-selling albums of all time.[33]

Jackson entered the 1990s with the release of his eighth studio album, Dangerous, in 1991. The album was Jackson's first since Forever, Michael (1975) to not be produced by longtime collaborator Quincy Jones. Dangerous debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and in thirteen other countries.[34] The album sold 5 million copies worldwide in its first week and was the best-selling album worldwide of 1992.[35] Dangerous was certified 8× platinum by the RIAA and is one of the best-selling albums of all time having sold over 32 million copies worldwide.[36][37] Jackson's ninth studio album HIStory (1995) debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, along with nineteen other countries.[38] The album was certified 8× platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.[39] Jackson released his remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix in 1997. It has sold over six million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling remix album of all time.[40]

Jackson's tenth and final studio album, Invincible, was released in 2001 and topped international charts, with total confirmed sales of 8 million copies worldwide.[41][42] Following Jackson's death in 2009, sales of his previous work increased exponentially, with his compilation album, Number Ones (2003), and The Essential Michael Jackson (2005), becoming the first catalog albums to outsell any new album and becoming international best-sellers.[43][44][45] These two were later certified 5× time platinum by RIAA.[14][46] Following the surge in sales, in March 2010, Sony Music signed a $250 million deal with the Jackson estate to extend their distribution rights to Jackson's back catalog until at least 2017.[47] As part of this deal, two posthumous albums of previously unreleased tracks were released with Michael in 2010 and Xscape in 2014.[48]

Studio albumsEdit

List of Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[49]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
FRA
[52]
GER
[53]
NL
[54]
NZ
[55]
SPN
[56]
SWI
[57]
UK
[58]
Got to Be There
  • Released: January 24, 1972[59]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8-track
14 90 36 121 37
  • World: 1,500,000[60]
Ben
  • Released: August 4, 1972[61]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8-track
5 65 12 162 23 17
Music & Me
  • Released: April 13, 1973[63]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8-track
92 27 108
Forever, Michael
  • Released: January 16, 1975[59]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: 8-track, cassette, LP
101 80 18 89
Off the Wall
  • Released: August 10, 1979[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Reel-to-reel, LP, cassette, 8-track
3 1 4 27 25 8 2 11 27 3
Thriller
  • Released: November 30, 1982[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Reel-to-reel, LP, cassette, 8-track, CD
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: 3× Diamond (34× Platinum)[32]
  • AUS: 16× Platinum[81]
  • CAN: 2× Diamond[68]
  • FRA: Diamond[69]
  • GER: 3× Platinum[70]
  • NL: 8× Multi-Platinum[71]
  • NZ: 12× Platinum[82]
  • SWI: 6× Platinum[73]
  • UK: 15× Platinum[62]
Bad
  • Released: August 31, 1987[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8-track, CD
1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: Diamond (11× Platinum)[32]
  • AUS: 6× Platinum[86]
  • CAN: 7× Platinum[68]
  • FRA: Diamond[69]
  • GER: 4× Platinum[70]
  • NL: Platinum[71]
  • NZ: 9× Platinum[82]
  • SWI: 5× Platinum[87]
  • UK: 14× Platinum[62]
Dangerous
  • Released: November 26, 1991[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: 8× Platinum[32]
  • AUS: 10× Platinum[81]
  • CAN: 6× Platinum[68]
  • FRA: Diamond[69]
  • GER: 4× Platinum[70]
  • NL: 3× Multi-Platinum[71]
  • NZ: 6× Platinum[82]
  • SWI: 5× Platinum[73]
  • UK: 6× Platinum[62]
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
  • Released: June 20, 1995[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, MD
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
  • US: 8× Platinum[32]
  • AUS: 8× Platinum[67]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[68]
  • FRA: Diamond[69]
  • GER: 3× Platinum[70]
  • NL: 3× Multi-Platinum[71]
  • NZ: 10× Platinum[72]
  • SWI: 3× Platinum[73]
  • UK: 4× Platinum[62]
Invincible
  • Released: October 30, 2001[59]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, MD
1 1 3 1 1 1 4 2 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

PosthumousEdit

List of Posthumous albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[49]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
FRA
[52]
GER
[53]
NL
[54]
NZ
[55]
SPN
[56]
SWI
[57]
UK
[58]
Michael
  • Released: December 10, 2010[98]
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: LP, CD
3 10 2 4 1 1 10 2 2 4
Xscape
  • Released: May 9, 2014[104]
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: LP, CD
2 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 2 1

CompilationsEdit

List of Compilations albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[49]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
FRA
[52]
GER
[53]
NL
[54]
NZ
[55]
SPN
[56]
SWI
[57]
UK
[58]
A Collection of Michael Jackson's Oldies
  • Released: December 8, 1972[109]
  • Label: Motown
The Best of Michael Jackson
  • Released: August 28, 1975[110]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette
156 76 16 3 11
One Day in Your Life
  • Released: March 25, 1981[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette
144 29
18 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1983[111]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette
53 23 22 1
9 Singles Pack
  • Released: 1983[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: 7"
66
14 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1984[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette
168
Farewell My Summer Love
  • Released: May 8, 1984[112]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: Reel-to-reel, LP, cassette, 8-track
46 90 94 40 47 50 9
Ain't No Sunshine
  • Released: 1984[109][113]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: Vinyl, LP
The Great Love Songs of Michael Jackson
  • Released: 1984[109][113]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: Vinyl, LP
Looking Back to Yesterday
  • Released: February 11, 1986[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP
Anthology
  • Released: November 14, 1986[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
17 89
Their Very Best – Back to Back
(with Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder)
  • Released: 1986[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP
21
Love Songs
(with Diana Ross)
  • Released: 1987[114]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
86 12
Singles Souvenir Pack
  • Released: 1988[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP
91
Motown's Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1992[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
27 6 53
Tour Souvenir Pack
  • Released: 1992[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
83 32
Rockin' Robin
  • Released: 1993[109][113]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
The Best of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5ive
(with The Jackson 5)
  • Released: 1997[115]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
5
The Very Best of Michael Jackson with The Jackson Five
(with The Jackson 5)
  • Released: 1999[62]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
41 15
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Michael Jackson
  • Released: 2000[116]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
27
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
  • Released: November 13, 2001[94]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
85 44 8 10 54 45 15
Love Songs
  • Released: January 15, 2002[109][113]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
Number Ones
  • Released: November 18, 2003[117]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, video CD, DVD, HDCD, UMD Music Video
13 2 1 5 2 17 1 17 9 1
Off the Wall / Thriller
  • Released: 2004[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, CD
25 87 65
Bad / Dangerous
  • Released: 2004[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
27 85 58 163
The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: November 17, 2004[119]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD/DVD
154 29 29 37 46 29 33 75
The Essential Michael Jackson
  • Released: July 19, 2005[120]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD
31 1 4 1 10 19 1 23 2 1
Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix / Invincible
  • Released: 2006[123]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
125 112
Visionary: The Video Singles
  • Released: February 20, 2006[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DualDisc
27
The Motown Years (Les 50 plus belles chansons)
  • Released: 2007[62]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
14 4 36 4 12 7 19 4
King of Pop
  • Released: August 22, 2008[124]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
5 1 1 1 6 1 1 3
Gold
  • Released: August 26, 2008[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
139 60
Dangerous / Dangerous: The Short Films
  • Released: 2008[109]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD/DVD
62
The Collection
  • Released: June 29, 2009[125]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
2 1 2 2 1 4 14
The Definitive Collection
  • Released: August 25, 2009[109]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
39
La Légende de la Pop
  • Released: 2009[109]
  • Label: Pias France
  • Formats: CD/DVD
19
The Indispensable Collection
  • Released: June 21, 2013[109]
  • Label: MJJ Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection
  • Released: June 24, 2013[109]
  • Label: MJJ Productions
  • Formats: CD
Scream
  • Released: September 29, 2017[126]
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
33 14 69 28 22 30 9 34 9
  • In the United States, between May 25, 1991 and November 25, 2009, catalog albums (albums at least 18 months old which have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart and do not have an active single on the Billboard radio charts) were not eligible to chart on the Billboard 200, but could only chart on the Top Catalog Albums, so between November 20, 2003 and November 25, 2009, Billboard launched the Top Comprehensive Albums chart that included current and catalog albums.[129][130][131] The following albums appeared on this chart while not eligible for the Billboard 200: Number Ones (#1), The Essential Michael Jackson (#2), Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume 1 (#28), The Ultimate Collection (#32), 7 CD Mega Bundle (#78), The Definitive Collection (#43), The Stripped Mixes (#67), Selections from Michael Jackson's This Is It (#102) and Gold (#166).[132]

Other albums (remix, soundtracks, etc.)Edit

List of other albums (remix, soundtracks, etc.)
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[49]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
FRA
[52]
GER
[53]
NL
[54]
NZ
[55]
SPN
[56]
SWI
[57]
UK
[58]
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Type: Audiobook / Soundtrack[133]
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette
82
The Michael Jackson Mix
  • Type: Remix album[134]
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Stylus
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
27
The Original Soul of Michael Jackson
  • Type: Remix album[109][113]
  • Release date: October 1987
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP
Dangerous – The Remix Collection
  • Type: Remix album[109][113]
  • Release date: September 9, 1993
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD
Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
  • Type: Remix album / Studio album[135]
  • Release date: May 11, 1997
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, MiniDisc
24 2 16 1 2 1 1 1 2 1
Off the Wall – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001[136]
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD
a a 10 53 a a a a
Thriller – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001[136]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
a a 6 33 60 77 a a 38 a
Bad – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001[136]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
a a 8 43 a 96 a 91 63 a
Dangerous – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001[136]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
a a 13 63 a a a a
Visionary Remixes – EP
  • Type: Remix album[109][113]
  • Release date: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: EP,
Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album[137]
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD, DVD
a a 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 3
Thriller 25: Limited Japanese Single Collection
  • Type: Box set[109][113]
  • Release date: March 8, 2008
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD
The Stripped Mixes
  • Type: Remix album[138]
  • Release date: July 28, 2009
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, CD
57 76
Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection
The Remix Suite
  • Type: Remix album[139]
  • Release date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: LP, CD
175 56
Michael Jackson's This Is It
  • Type: Soundtrack[140]
  • Release date: October 26, 2009
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD
1 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 2 3
Selections from Michael Jackson's This Is It
  • Type: EP[142]
  • Release date: October 26, 2009
  • Label: Epic
91
Immortal
  • Type: Soundtrack / Remix album
  • Release date: November 21, 2011[143]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD
24 43 28 42 23 17 35 16 17 65
Bad – 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: September 18, 2012[144]
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: LP, CD
46 a 5 4 6 a 2 a a
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

"a" – In these countries, the re-issues were counted with the original album.

Video albumsEdit

List of Video albums
Title Album details Certifications
Moonwalker
Dangerous: The Short Films
  • Released: November 12, 1993
  • Label: Legacy, Epic
  • Formats: VHS, DVD, LaserDisc[148]
Video Greatest Hits – HIStory
  • Released: June 9, 1995
  • Label: Legacy, Epic
  • Formats: VHS, DVD, LaserDisc[145]
HIStory on Film, Volume II
  • Released: May 20, 1997
  • Label: Epic, SME
  • Formats: VHS, DVD, LaserDisc[145]
Video Greatest Hits – HIStory / HIStory on Film, Volume II
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Epic, SME
  • Formats: VHS, DVD, LaserDisc[145]
Number Ones
The One
  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD[145]
Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: DVD[145]
Michael Jackson's Vision
  • Release date: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: DVD[165]
Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: DVD[167]

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