Song artist 7 - Michael Jackson

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This page lists the song chart entries of Michael Jackson.A list of the hit albums by Michael Jackson is also available. The songs are listed with the most widely successful first.

From the hype put out by his record company and fans one might have thought that Michael Jackson was at least in the top 10 artists of all time. He had what is probably the world's biggest selling album, was the greatest song act in 1983 and the greatest album act in 1982. However his second biggest album was outside the all-time top 100. However despite his long career, he failed to have consistent hits, his years at the very top were really quite limited. His high position in the list of artists is clearly an artifact of the chart data available. He was, of course, one of the The Jackson 5.

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Michael Jackson Billie Jean 1983 UK 1 - Jan 1983 (30 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Jan 1983 (24 weeks), Canada 1 - Feb 1983 (16 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jul 2009 (15 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Mar 1983 (33 weeks), Belgium 1 - Feb 1983 (12 weeks), Italy 1 for 7 weeks - May 1983, Eire 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1983, Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1983, Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1983, Europe 1 for 3 weeks - Mar 1983, France 1 for 3 weeks - May 1983, nuTsie 1 of 1980s, US BB 2 of 1983, Holland 2 - Jan 1983 (19 weeks), Sweden (alt) 2 - Mar 1983 (22 weeks), France (SNEP) 2 - Feb 1983 (4 months), France 2 - Jan 1983 (2 weeks), Brazil 2 of 1983, Springbok 2 - Apr 1983 (17 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), US CashBox 3 of 1983, ARC 3 of 1983 (peak 1 18 weeks), Austria 3 - Apr 1983 (5 weeks), Poland 3 - Feb 1983 (14 weeks), Germany 3 - Mar 1983 (4 months), Australia 4 of 1983, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1983), POP 4 of 1983, Norway 5 - Apr 1983 (17 weeks), US Radio 7 of 1983 (peak 1 12 weeks), Switzerland 7 of 1983, Italy 8 of 1983, South Africa 15 of 1983, 15 in 2FM list, Scrobulate 16 of pop, DMDB 23 (1983), Vinyl Surrender 30 (1982), Acclaimed 33 (1982), Europe 40 of the 1980s (1983), Rolling Stone 58, Billboard 50th song 71, 55th Billboard 100 81 (1983), Billboard100 83, France (InfoDisc) 96 of the 1980s (peak 1, 22 weeks, 1,089k sales estimated, 1983), Germany 139 of the 1980s (peak 2 15 weeks), OzNet 249, WXPN 620, RYM 4 of 1983, Guardian Pop 63, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1983, Party 53 of 2007, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
2 Michael Jackson Black Or White 1991 UK 1 - Nov 1991 (21 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Nov 1991 (19 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Nov 1991 (20 weeks), Finland 1 for 1 week - Nov 1991, Switzerland 1 - Nov 1991 (30 weeks), Norway 1 - Nov 1991 (17 weeks), Poland 1 - Nov 1991 (20 weeks), Belgium 1 - Nov 1991 (14 weeks), Italy 1 for 8 weeks - Nov 1991, Eire 1 for 1 week - Nov 1991, Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1991, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1991, Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1991, Europe 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1991, Spain 1 for 1 week - Jan 1992, ARC 2 of 1991 (peak 1 13 weeks), Austria 2 - Nov 1991 (5 weeks), Germany 2 - Jan 1992 (5 months), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1992), Holland 3 - Nov 1991 (10 weeks), Italy 3 of 1991, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1992), Sweden 11 - Jul 2009 (5 weeks), US BB 14 of 1992, Japan (Osaku) 14 of 1992 (peak 1 21 weeks), Switzerland 14 of 1992, Brazil 16 of 1992, POP 19 of 1991, Australia 24 of 1992, US CashBox 29 of 1992, US Radio 36 of 1991 (peak 1 8 weeks), nuTsie 60 of 1990s, Germany 115 of the 1990s (peak 2 15 weeks), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Dec 1991), RYM 96 of 1991
3 Michael Jackson Beat It 1983 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1983 (25 weeks), Holland 1 - Apr 1983 (11 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 - Jun 1983 (4 months), France 1 - May 1983 (4 weeks), Belgium 1 - Apr 1983 (12 weeks), Canada RPM 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1983, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks - May 1983, Europe 1 for 1 week - Jun 1983, Grammy in 1983, Canada 2 - Mar 1983 (17 weeks), Switzerland 2 - May 1983 (24 weeks), Germany 2 - May 1983 (3 months), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), UK 3 - Apr 1983 (21 weeks), US BB 5 of 1983, US Radio 6 of 1983 (peak 1 15 weeks), Austria 6 - Jul 1983 (3 weeks), US CashBox 7 of 1983, ARC 8 of 1983 (peak 1 19 weeks), Brazil 8 of 1983, Norway 8 - Sep 1983 (10 weeks), Springbok 8 - Jul 1983 (12 weeks), Australia 9 of 1983, Poland 13 - Apr 1983 (5 weeks), Scrobulate 13 of pop, Germany 2000s 14 - Jul 2009 (26 weeks), POP 17 of 1983, Sweden (alt) 19 - Aug 1983 (2 weeks), nuTsie 23 of 1980s, Sweden 37 - Oct 2009 (2 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 63 of the 1980s (peak 2, 27 weeks, 1,182k sales estimated, 1983), Europe 68 of the 1980s (1983), Italy 71 of 1983, RIAA 76, Acclaimed 154 (1982), OzNet 158, Germany 280 of the 1980s (peak 2 12 weeks), Rolling Stone 337, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Apr 1983), RYM 14 of 1983, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
4 Michael Jackson You Are Not Alone 1995 UK 1 - Sep 1995 (22 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Sep 1995 (20 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Sep 1995 (28 weeks), Poland 1 - Aug 1995 (17 weeks), Eire 1 for 1 week - Sep 1995, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks - Sep 1995, Europe 1 for 7 weeks - Sep 1995, Spain 1 for 1 week - Oct 1995, Austria 2 - Sep 1995 (6 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1995), Belgium 3 - Sep 1995 (14 weeks), Germany 3 - Sep 1995 (4 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Oct 1995), France Gold (certified by SNEP in Nov 1995), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1995), Holland 6 - Aug 1995 (15 weeks), Norway 9 - Sep 1995 (10 weeks), US CashBox 13 of 1995, Japan (Tokyo) 13 - Aug 1995 (24 weeks), Brazil 20 of 1995, Switzerland 20 of 1995, US BB 21 of 1995, Australia 25 of 1995, US Radio 32 of 1995 (peak 4 12 weeks), Sweden 37 - Jul 2009 (1 week), ARC 38 of 1995 (peak 1 16 weeks), Italy 45 of 1995, Germany 262 of the 1990s (peak 4 14 weeks), UKMIX 492
5 Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough 1979 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1979 (21 weeks), Record World 1 - 1979, Norway 1 - Dec 1979 (14 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1979, RIANZ 1 - Sep 1979 (13 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Jan 1980, Springbok 1 - Nov 1979 (20 weeks), Holland 2 - Sep 1979 (10 weeks), Belgium 2 - Oct 1979 (10 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), UK 3 - Sep 1979 (16 weeks), France 3 - Nov 1979 (1 week), POP 3 of 1979, Switzerland 4 - Jan 1980 (11 weeks), South Africa 4 of 1980, Austria 11 - Jan 1980 (2 weeks), Brazil 12 of 1980, Australia 12 of 1980, France (SNEP) 15 - Jan 1980 (1 month), US CashBox 17 of 1979, WABC NY 17 of 1979, Sweden (alt) 18 - Nov 1979 (2 weeks), Germany 19 - Nov 1979 (2 months), US Radio 27 of 1979 (peak 1 9 weeks), D.Marsh 32 of 1979, Italy 57 of 1979, nuTsie 67 of 1970s, US BB 91 of 1979, Acclaimed 285 (1979), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 1979), RYM 20 of 1979, Guardian Pop 49, Party 72 of 2007
6 Michael Jackson Thriller 1984 Canada 1 - Feb 1984 (9 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 - Jan 1984 (4 months), Belgium 1 - Dec 1983 (10 weeks), Spain 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1984, POP 1 of 1984, MTV Video of the year 1984 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1989), Holland 3 - Dec 1983 (7 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Mar 2006 (26 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Feb 1984 (14 weeks), Austria 5 - Jul 2009 (2 weeks), France 6 - Nov 1983 (1 week), Norway 7 - Feb 2008 (6 weeks), Poland 7 - Jun 1983 (11 weeks), Germany 2000s 9 - Jul 2009 (23 weeks), UK 10 - Nov 1983 (53 weeks), Sweden 10 - Jul 2009 (6 weeks), Scrobulate 15 of pop, Australia 17 of 1984, Brazil 18 of 1984, Sweden (alt) 20 - Apr 1984 (2 weeks), ARC 46 of 1984 (peak 1 11 weeks), US CashBox 48 of 1984, US Radio 49 of 1984 (peak 4 8 weeks), Europe 51 of the 1980s (1983), Italy 68 of 2009, US BB 78 of 1984, France (InfoDisc) 87 of the 1980s (peak 1, 24 weeks, 979k sales estimated, 1983), Belgium 212 of all time, OzNet 314, Acclaimed 1906 (1982), RYM 20 of 1983
7 Michael Jackson Bad 1987 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1987 (14 weeks), Holland 1 - Sep 1987 (9 weeks), Belgium 1 - Sep 1987 (9 weeks), Italy 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1987, Eire 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1987, Europe 1 for 6 weeks - Oct 1987, Norway 2 - Oct 1987 (8 weeks), UK 3 - Sep 1987 (21 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Sep 1987 (17 weeks), Poland 3 - Sep 1987 (13 weeks), Springbok 4 - Nov 1987 (14 weeks), Italy 5 of 1987, Germany 6 - Sep 1987 (3 months), Austria 9 - Nov 1987 (5 weeks), POP 13 of 1987, Brazil 14 of 1987, Australia 22 of 1987, US CashBox 24 of 1987, Sweden 25 - Jul 2009 (5 weeks), US Radio 41 of 1987 (peak 1 7 weeks), US BB 59 of 1987, Belgium 244 of all time, RYM 168 of 1987
8 Michael Jackson Remember the Time 1992 Belgium 1 - Feb 1992 (11 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1992, Spain 1 for 1 week - May 1992, Japan (Tokyo) 2 - Feb 1992 (29 weeks), Poland 2 - Jan 1992 (15 weeks), UK 3 - Feb 1992 (11 weeks), US Billboard 3 - Jan 1992 (20 weeks), Holland 3 - Feb 1992 (9 weeks), Switzerland 4 - Feb 1992 (19 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), Sweden 7 - Feb 1992 (7 weeks), Germany 9 - Mar 1992 (2 months), Norway 10 - Feb 1992 (1 week), US Radio 11 of 1992 (peak 1 10 weeks), US CashBox 13 of 1992, US BB 19 of 1992, Austria 19 - Mar 1992 (3 weeks), ARC 23 of 1992 (peak 1 15 weeks), Japan (Osaku) 35 of 1992 (peak 4 16 weeks), POP 44 of 1992, Brazil 48 of 1992, Italy 52 of 1992, Scrobulate 72 of rnb
9 Michael Jackson Ben 1972 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1972 (16 weeks), Canada 1 - Sep 1972 (15 weeks), Australia 1 for 8 weeks - Dec 1972, Australia Goset 1 - Nov 1972 (22 weeks), Golden Globe in 1972 (film 'Ben'), Record World 2 - 1972, Holland 2 - Dec 1972 (14 weeks), Oscar in 1972 (film 'Ben') (Nominated), Belgium 3 - Dec 1972 (16 weeks), UK 7 - Nov 1972 (17 weeks), Brazil 10 of 1972, Australia 12 of 1973, Springbok 14 - Dec 1972 (12 weeks), US BB 20 of 1972, WABC NY 23 of 1972, US Radio 27 of 1972 (peak 1 9 weeks), US CashBox 45 of 1972, POP 80 of 1972, RYM 140 of 1972
10 Michael Jackson Blood on the Dance Floor 1997 UK 1 - May 1997 (10 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Apr 1997 (15 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 week - May 1997, Spain 1 for 1 week - Jul 1997, Norway 2 - May 1997 (6 weeks), Holland 4 - Apr 1997 (6 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1997), Switzerland 5 - May 1997 (15 weeks), Sweden 10 - May 1997 (3 weeks), Austria 11 - May 1997 (3 weeks), Belgium 11 - May 1997 (8 weeks), Germany 15 - May 1997 (1 month), Poland 30 - May 1997 (6 weeks), Italy 30 of 1997, Australia 38 of 1997, US Billboard 42 - May 1997 (11 weeks), POP 74 of 1997, Japan (Osaku) 98 of 1997 (peak 14 13 weeks), RYM 152 of 1997
11 Michael Jackson Earth Song 1995 UK 1 - Dec 1995 (23 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Nov 1995 (32 weeks), Poland 1 - Dec 1995 (17 weeks), Germany 1 - Jan 1996 (5 months), Europe 1 for 1 week - Jan 1996, Germany 1 for 6 weeks - Dec 1995, Spain 1 for 1 week - Jan 1996, Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1996), Austria 2 - Dec 1995 (6 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1995), Sweden 3 - Dec 1995 (7 weeks), Holland 4 - Nov 1995 (15 weeks), Norway 4 - Dec 1995 (15 weeks), Belgium 4 - Dec 1995 (12 weeks), France Gold (certified by SNEP in Nov 1995), Germany 2000s 12 - Jul 2009 (27 weeks), Switzerland 19 of 1996, Italy 40 of 1996, Germany 64 of the 1990s (peak 1 17 weeks), UKMIX 293, RYM 55 of 1995
12 Michael Jackson The Way You Make Me Feel 1988 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1987 (18 weeks), Eire 1 for 1 week - Nov 1987, Belgium 2 - Nov 1987 (10 weeks), UK 3 - Dec 1987 (19 weeks), Holland 6 - Nov 1987 (9 weeks), Poland 6 - Jan 1988 (10 weeks), Sweden 7 - Jul 2009 (12 weeks), Switzerland 8 - Dec 1987 (14 weeks), Austria 15 - Jan 1988 (3 weeks), Springbok 16 - Feb 1988 (3 weeks), Germany 17 - Jan 1988 (2 months), ARC 30 of 1988 (peak 1 12 weeks), POP 35 of 1988, US BB 36 of 1988, US Radio 39 of 1988 (peak 1 8 weeks), Italy 43 of 1988, Brazil 67 of 1988, Scrobulate 97 of disco, OzNet 744, RYM 188 of 1987
13 Michael Jackson Dirty Diana 1988 US Billboard 1 - May 1988 (14 weeks), Poland 1 - May 1988 (28 weeks), Belgium 1 - Jun 1988 (11 weeks), Europe 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1988, Holland 2 - May 1988 (9 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Jun 1988 (21 weeks), Germany 3 - Jun 1988 (4 months), UK 4 - Jul 1988 (17 weeks), France 6 - Jul 1988 (2 weeks), Switzerland 6 of 1988, Austria 7 - Jul 1988 (7 weeks), Norway 17 - Jul 2009 (1 week), US CashBox 18 of 1988, Sweden 29 - Jul 2009 (2 weeks), US Radio 45 of 1988 (peak 1 8 weeks), US BB 61 of 1988, Brazil 77 of 1988, Germany 189 of the 1980s (peak 3 13 weeks), Belgium 217 of all time, RYM 100 of 1988
14 Michael Jackson They Don't Care About Us 1996 France 1 - Apr 1996 (4 weeks), Italy 1 for 1 week - Apr 1996, Germany 1 - Apr 1996 (4 months), Germany 1 for 3 weeks - May 1996, Austria 2 - Apr 1996 (8 weeks), Poland 2 - Mar 1996 (24 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1996), Switzerland 3 - Mar 1996 (31 weeks), UK 4 - Apr 1996 (21 weeks), Holland 4 - Apr 1996 (12 weeks), Norway 6 - Apr 1996 (18 weeks), Sweden 7 - Jul 2009 (5 weeks), Switzerland 8 of 1996, Belgium 9 - Apr 1996 (14 weeks), Germany 2000s 12 - Jul 2009 (33 weeks), Italy 22 of 1996, US Billboard 30 - Jun 1996 (13 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 53 - Jun 1996 (4 weeks), Germany 54 of the 1990s (peak 1 17 weeks), Scrobulate 73 of pop rock, UK Silver (certified by BPI in May 1996)
15 Michael Jackson You Rock My World 2001 Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Oct 2001 (16 weeks), Spain 1 for 1 week - Dec 2001, UK 2 - Oct 2001 (18 weeks), Norway 2 - Oct 2001 (6 weeks), Holland 3 - Oct 2001 (8 weeks), Belgium 3 - Oct 2001 (8 weeks), France Gold (certified by SNEP in Oct 2001), Switzerland 5 - Oct 2001 (13 weeks), Sweden 7 - Oct 2001 (5 weeks), US Billboard 10 - Sep 2001 (20 weeks), Germany 18 - Oct 2001 (1 month), Austria 27 - Nov 2001 (1 week), Japan (Osaku) 39 of 2001 (peak 3 12 weeks), Poland 40 - Sep 2001 (8 weeks), Italy 44 of 2001, Brazil 62 of 2001, US Radio 71 of 2001 (peak 15 4 weeks), RYM 195 of 2001, Chart2000.com song 61 of 2001
16 Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror 1988 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1988 (17 weeks), Grammy in 1988 (Nominated), US Radio 5 of 1988 (peak 1 10 weeks), US CashBox 7 of 1988, Poland 7 - Mar 1988 (11 weeks), Belgium 11 - Feb 1988 (6 weeks), POP 11 of 1988, ARC 15 of 1988 (peak 1 13 weeks), Norway 15 - Jul 2009 (1 week), Holland 16 - Feb 1988 (6 weeks), Sweden 19 - Jul 2009 (7 weeks), Austria 20 - Jun 1988 (6 weeks), UK 21 - Feb 1988 (29 weeks), US BB 21 of 1988, Switzerland 22 - Jul 2009 (3 weeks), Brazil 28 of 1988, RYM 147 of 1988
17 Michael Jackson Rock With You 1980 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1979 (23 weeks), Record World 1 - 1980, France 2 - Jun 1980 (4 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), US BB 4 of 1980, D.Marsh 5 of 1979, UK 7 - Feb 1980 (14 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1980, WABC NY 9 of 1980, ARC 11 of 1980 (peak 1 18 weeks), US Radio 12 of 1980 (peak 1 12 weeks), Canada 14 - Jan 1980 (6 weeks), RIANZ 14 - Dec 1979 (1 week), POP 20 of 1980, Belgium 21 - Mar 1980 (1 week), Scrobulate 58 of disco, Switzerland 68 - Jul 2009 (3 weeks), Vinyl Surrender 127 (1979), Acclaimed 949 (1979), RYM 42 of 1979
18 Michael Jackson Heal the World 1992 Poland 1 - Nov 1992 (25 weeks), Spain 1 for 1 week - Jan 1993, UK 2 - Dec 1992 (20 weeks), Norway 3 - Nov 1992 (10 weeks), Belgium 3 - Nov 1992 (14 weeks), Austria 4 - Dec 1992 (5 weeks), Germany 4 - Jan 1993 (4 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jan 1993), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), Switzerland 5 - Nov 1992 (28 weeks), Holland 6 - Nov 1992 (12 weeks), Switzerland 15 of 1993, Japan (Tokyo) 17 - Dec 1991 (13 weeks), Sweden 18 - Jul 2009 (1 week), US Billboard 27 - Dec 1992 (20 weeks), Italy 61 of 1993, Japan (Osaku) 79 of 1993 (peak 11 22 weeks), Europe 86 of the 1990s (1992), US Radio 128 of 1993 (peak 20 1 week), Germany 228 of the 1990s (peak 3 13 weeks)
19 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Something 1983 Holland 1 - Jun 1983 (10 weeks), Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1983, Belgium 2 - Jun 1983 (11 weeks), Canada 4 - Jun 1983 (11 weeks), US Billboard 5 - May 1983 (15 weeks), POP 5 of 1983, UK 8 - Jun 1983 (16 weeks), France 10 - Jul 1983 (1 week), France (SNEP) 14 - Oct 1983 (1 month), Germany 20 - Jul 1983 (2 months), ARC 50 of 1983 (peak 3 12 weeks), US Radio 50 of 1983 (peak 5 10 weeks), US CashBox 51 of 1983, Scrobulate 65 of upbeat, US BB 68 of 1983, Acclaimed 1841 (1982), RYM 62 of 1983
20 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal 1988 Holland 1 - Nov 1988 (12 weeks), Poland 1 - Nov 1988 (27 weeks), Belgium 1 - Nov 1988 (14 weeks), Switzerland 5 - Nov 1988 (23 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Nov 1988 (14 weeks), UK 8 - Nov 1988 (21 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 9 - Nov 1988 (20 weeks), Germany 10 - Jan 1989 (3 months), Sweden 12 - Jul 2009 (5 weeks), Austria 17 - Feb 1989 (3 weeks), POP 27 of 1989, Italy 43 of 1989, Scrobulate 77 of pop, US BB 93 of 1989, RYM 28 of 1988
21 Michael Jackson One Day in Your Life 1981 UK 1 - May 1981 (16 weeks), Holland 1 - Jul 1981 (12 weeks), Belgium 1 - Jul 1981 (12 weeks), Eire 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1981, Springbok 1 - Aug 1981 (16 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jun 1981), Brazil 9 of 1975, South Africa 13 of 1981, US Billboard 55 - Apr 1981 (7 weeks), UKMIX 938
22 Michael Jackson Will You Be There? 1993 Belgium 2 - Jul 1993 (14 weeks), Holland 3 - Jul 1993 (14 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Jul 1993 (21 weeks), Poland 4 - Jul 1993 (14 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1993), Sweden 5 - Jul 2009 (11 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Jul 1993 (20 weeks), UK 9 - Jul 1993 (10 weeks), Austria 12 - Aug 1993 (3 weeks), Germany 12 - Aug 1993 (2 months), POP 37 of 1993, US CashBox 42 of 1993, US Radio 45 of 1993 (peak 5 9 weeks), US BB 47 of 1993, Japan (Tokyo) 73 - Jul 1993 (4 weeks)
23 Michael Jackson In the Closet 1992 Spain 1 for 1 week - Aug 1992, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1992), US Billboard 6 - Apr 1992 (20 weeks), Poland 7 - May 1992 (8 weeks), UK 8 - May 1992 (8 weeks), Holland 9 - May 1992 (7 weeks), France 10 - Jul 1992 (1 week), Norway 10 - May 1992 (1 week), Belgium 13 - May 1992 (8 weeks), Sweden 16 - May 1992 (3 weeks), Germany 16 - May 1992 (2 months), Switzerland 25 - May 1992 (3 weeks), Italy 30 of 1992, Japan (Tokyo) 36 - May 1992 (2 weeks), US Radio 47 of 1992 (peak 2 8 weeks), US BB 66 of 1992
24 Michael Jackson Off the Wall 1980 Norway 4 - Jan 1980 (11 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), UK 7 - Nov 1979 (12 weeks), Sweden (alt) 9 - Jan 1980 (10 weeks), D.Marsh 9 of 1980, US Billboard 10 - Feb 1980 (17 weeks), Record World 10 - 1980, POP 19 of 1980, Springbok 20 - Apr 1980 (3 weeks), Holland 23 - Jan 1980 (5 weeks), WABC NY 71 of 1980, US Radio 77 of 1980 (peak 10 7 weeks), US BB 79 of 1980, Switzerland 81 - Jul 2009 (1 week), US CashBox 84 of 1980, RYM 146 of 1979
25 Michael Jackson Got to Be There 1971 Canada 1 - Nov 1971 (8 weeks), Keener 2 - Oct 1971 (8 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Oct 1971 (14 weeks), Record World 4 - 1971, UK 5 - Feb 1972 (11 weeks), France 8 - Feb 1972 (1 week), US Radio 28 of 1971 (peak 3 10 weeks), D.Marsh 31 of 1971, Brazil 35 of 1972, WABC NY 44 of 1971, KQV 61 of 1971, DDD 75 of 1971
26 Michael Jackson Give in to Me 1993 France 1 - Feb 1993 (4 weeks), Poland 1 - Feb 1993 (30 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks - Apr 1993, UK 2 - Feb 1993 (10 weeks), Holland 3 - Feb 1993 (10 weeks), Sweden 3 - Mar 1993 (13 weeks), Belgium 6 - Mar 1993 (10 weeks), Switzerland 7 - Mar 1993 (16 weeks), Norway 7 - Mar 1993 (5 weeks), Germany 13 - Mar 1993 (2 months), Austria 18 - Apr 1993 (2 weeks), Australia 24 of 1993
27 Michael Jackson Leave Me Alone 1989 Eire 1 for 1 week - Mar 1989, UK 2 - Feb 1989 (13 weeks), Belgium 2 - Mar 1989 (10 weeks), MTV Video of the year 1989 (Nominated), Poland 3 - Mar 1989 (15 weeks), Sweden 5 - Mar 1989 (7 weeks), Holland 6 - Feb 1989 (7 weeks), Norway 6 - Mar 1989 (9 weeks), Switzerland 10 - Mar 1989 (7 weeks), Austria 15 - Apr 1989 (3 weeks), Germany 22 - Mar 1989 (2 months), Italy 87 of 1989, RYM 183 of 1987
28 Michael Jackson Stranger in Moscow 1996 Italy 1 for 1 week - Oct 1996, UK 4 - Nov 1996 (13 weeks), Sweden 4 - Oct 1996 (5 weeks), Switzerland 5 - Sep 1996 (15 weeks), Holland 9 - Sep 1996 (8 weeks), Austria 11 - Sep 1996 (3 weeks), Italy 16 of 1996, Poland 26 - Sep 1996 (8 weeks), Belgium 26 - Oct 1996 (3 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 29 - Dec 1996 (6 weeks), US Billboard 91 - Aug 1997 (2 weeks)
29 Michael Jackson One More Chance 2003 Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Oct 2003 (10 weeks), UK 5 - Dec 2003 (7 weeks), Belgium 20 - Dec 2003 (2 weeks), Holland 23 - Dec 2003 (5 weeks), Switzerland 24 - Dec 2003 (2 weeks), Poland 50 - Jan 2004 (1 week), US Billboard 83 - Dec 2003 (5 weeks), RYM 101 of 1970
30 Michael Jackson Who is It 1992 Sweden 3 - Aug 1992 (6 weeks), Poland 3 - Jul 1992 (13 weeks), France 4 - Nov 1992 (4 weeks), Austria 5 - Aug 1992 (2 weeks), Belgium 5 - Jul 1992 (8 weeks), UK 10 - Jul 1992 (7 weeks), Norway 10 - Jul 1992 (2 weeks), Germany 11 - Jul 1992 (4 months), US Billboard 14 - Apr 1993 (18 weeks), Switzerland 14 - Aug 1992 (14 weeks), Holland 15 - Jul 1992 (6 weeks), US Radio 40 of 1993 (peak 4 8 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 44 - Sep 1992 (8 weeks), Italy 98 of 1992
31 Michael Jackson She's Out of My Life 1980 UK 3 - May 1980 (11 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1989), Record World 7 - 1980, US Billboard 10 - Apr 1980 (16 weeks), Holland 19 - Aug 1980 (7 weeks), Belgium 29 - Sep 1980 (1 week), D.Marsh 33 of 1980, US BB 65 of 1980, US Radio 74 of 1980 (peak 10 7 weeks), US CashBox 94 of 1980, WABC NY 97 of 1980, Switzerland 97 - Jul 2009 (1 week)
32 Michael Jackson Jam 1992 Spain 1 for 1 week - Sep 1992, Belgium 8 - Sep 1992 (8 weeks), Holland 9 - Sep 1992 (6 weeks), UK 13 - Sep 1992 (6 weeks), Sweden 18 - Sep 1992 (2 weeks), Switzerland 22 - Sep 1992 (4 weeks), Germany 24 - Oct 1992 (1 month), US Billboard 26 - Jul 1992 (14 weeks), Austria 30 - Oct 1992 (1 week), Japan (Tokyo) 48 - Jul 1992 (5 weeks), Italy 55 of 1992, US Radio 101 of 1992 (peak 9 5 weeks)
33 Michael Jackson Rockin' Robin 1972 US Billboard 2 - Mar 1972 (13 weeks), Record World 2 - 1972, UK 3 - May 1972 (14 weeks), WABC NY 11 of 1972, US CashBox 13 of 1972, Canada 14 - Apr 1972 (3 weeks), US Radio 20 of 1972 (peak 2 9 weeks), POP 22 of 1972, Australia Goset 23 - Jun 1972 (10 weeks), D.Marsh 33 of 1972, US BB 41 of 1972
34 Michael Jackson Human Nature 1983 Canada 3 - Aug 1983 (12 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Jul 1983 (14 weeks), Belgium 11 - Sep 1983 (5 weeks), Holland 14 - Aug 1983 (7 weeks), Sweden 38 - Jul 2009 (1 week), Switzerland 46 - Jul 2009 (3 weeks), UK 62 - Jul 2009 (2 weeks), US Radio 65 of 1983 (peak 7 7 weeks), US CashBox 79 of 1983, US BB 89 of 1983, RYM 95 of 1983
35 Michael Jackson Another Part of Me 1988 Sweden 2 - Sep 1988 (7 weeks), Belgium 3 - Aug 1988 (8 weeks), Switzerland 5 - Aug 1988 (8 weeks), Poland 9 - Aug 1988 (10 weeks), Holland 10 - Aug 1988 (7 weeks), US Billboard 11 - Jul 1988 (13 weeks), Germany 14 - Aug 1988 (2 months), UK 15 - Sep 1988 (6 weeks), Austria 20 - Oct 1988 (2 weeks), US Radio 117 of 1988 (peak 11 5 weeks)
36 Michael Jackson PYT (Pretty Young Thing) 1984 Belgium 7 - Mar 1984 (9 weeks), US Billboard 10 - Oct 1983 (15 weeks), UK 11 - Mar 1984 (9 weeks), Canada 11 - Oct 1983 (8 weeks), Holland 13 - Mar 1984 (7 weeks), France (SNEP) 15 - May 1984 (1 month), Poland 19 - May 1984 (6 weeks), Switzerland 92 - Jul 2009 (1 week), US CashBox 96 of 1983, US Radio 98 of 1983 (peak 10 6 weeks), RYM 180 of 1983
37 Michael Jackson History 1997 UK 5 - Jul 1997 (8 weeks), Germany 14 - Jul 1997 (3 months), Holland 16 - Jul 1997 (11 weeks), Sweden 16 - Aug 1997 (2 weeks), Switzerland 16 - Aug 1997 (14 weeks), Belgium 17 - Jul 1997 (12 weeks), Poland 28 - Jul 1997 (10 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 39 - Jul 1997 (7 weeks)
38 Michael Jackson Liberian Girl 1989 Eire 1 for 1 week - Jul 1989, France 2 - Jul 1989 (4 weeks), Poland 4 - Nov 1987 (22 weeks), Belgium 10 - Jul 1989 (8 weeks), Switzerland 12 - Jul 1989 (11 weeks), UK 13 - Jul 1989 (7 weeks), Holland 15 - Jul 1989 (6 weeks)
39 Michael Jackson Ghosts 1997 UK 5 - Jul 1997 (8 weeks), France 6 - Aug 1997 (2 weeks), Holland 16 - Jul 1997 (11 weeks), Switzerland 16 - Aug 1997 (14 weeks), Poland 34 - Aug 1997 (2 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 39 - Aug 1997 (5 weeks)
40 Michael Jackson Gone Too Soon 1993 Poland 10 - Dec 1993 (12 weeks), Belgium 11 - Jan 1994 (4 weeks), Holland 31 - Dec 1993 (5 weeks), UK 33 - Dec 1993 (5 weeks), Switzerland 33 - Jan 1994 (3 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 44 - Jan 1992 (8 weeks)
41 Michael Jackson I Wanna Be Where You Are 1972 Record World 10 - 1972, US Billboard 16 - May 1972 (11 weeks), D.Marsh 23 of 1972, WABC NY 79 of 1972, US CashBox 80 of 1972, US Radio 134 of 1972 (peak 16 3 weeks)
42 Michael Jackson Farewell My Summer Love 1984 Belgium 2 - Jun 1984 (7 weeks), UK 7 - Jun 1984 (12 weeks), Poland 24 - Jun 1984 (8 weeks), US Billboard 38 - May 1984 (12 weeks)
43 Michael Jackson Cry 2002 Sweden 5 - Jan 2002 (7 weeks), UK 25 - Dec 2001 (4 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 99 - Jan 2002 (1 week)
44 Michael Jackson Ain't No Sunshine 1972 UK 8 - Aug 1972 (13 weeks), France 9 - Oct 1972 (1 week), Holland 16 - Nov 1972 (10 weeks), Switzerland 99 - Jul 2009 (1 week)
45 Michael Jackson Childhood 1995 Australia 36 of 1995, Japan (Tokyo) 50 - Jun 1995 (6 weeks), RYM 168 of 1995
46 Michael Jackson Happy (Love Theme From 'Lady Sings the Blues') 1976 Australia Goset 33 - Oct 1973 (5 weeks), Brazil 42 of 1976, UK 52 - Jul 1983 (4 weeks)
47 Michael Jackson Music & Me 1973 Brazil 14 of 1973, Holland 34 - Dec 1973 (3 weeks)
48 Michael Jackson Butterflies 2001 US Billboard 14 - Nov 2001 (20 weeks), US BB 64 of 2002
49 Michael Jackson Smile 2009 Switzerland 70 - Jul 2009 (2 weeks), UK 74 - Jul 2009 (1 week)
50 Michael Jackson Just A Little Bit Of You 1975 US Billboard 23 - Jun 1975 (12 weeks), Record World 28 - 1975
51 Michael Jackson With a Child's Heart 1973 Record World 37 - 1973, US Billboard 50 - May 1973 (7 weeks)
52 Michael Jackson The Cheater 2004 Japan (Tokyo) 43 - Dec 2004 (5 weeks)
53 Michael Jackson Unbreakable 2001 Japan (Tokyo) 61 - Nov 2001 (3 weeks)
54 Michael Jackson Gotta Put Your Heart On The Line 1997 Japan (Tokyo) 46 - Dec 1997 (10 weeks)
55 Michael Jackson Billie Jean (2006) 2006 UK 11 - Mar 2006 (5 weeks)
56 Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (2006) 2006 UK 17 - Mar 2006 (3 weeks)
57 Michael Jackson Thriller Megamix 2008 UK 96 - Sep 2008 (1 week)
58 Michael Jackson You Can't Win 1979 US Billboard 81 - Feb 1979 (3 weeks)
59 Michael Jackson Almost There 1975 US Billboard 54 - Mar 1975 (8 weeks)
60 Michael Jackson I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 1987 UK 91 - Dec 1987 (4 weeks)
61 Michael Jackson Girlfriend 1980 UK 41 - Jul 1980 (5 weeks)
62 Michael Jackson Girl You're So Together 1984 UK 33 - Aug 1984 (9 weeks)
63 Michael Jackson We're Almost There 1981 UK 46 - Aug 1981 (4 weeks)
64 Michael Jackson Be Not Always 1984 Poland 23 - Aug 1984 (4 weeks)
65 Michael Jackson This is It 2009 Holland 22 - Oct 2009 (4 weeks)
66 Michael Jackson Maria (You Were The Only One) 2009 Switzerland 62 - Jul 2009 (1 week)
67 Michael Jackson Dangerous 2009 Switzerland 78 - Jul 2009 (1 week)
68 Michael Jackson Can't Get Out of the Rain 1983 RYM 4 of 1983
69 Michael Jackson Get On the Floor 1983 RYM 14 of 1983
70 Michael Jackson I Can't Help It 1979 RYM 20 of 1979
71 Michael Jackson Working Day & Night 1979 RYM 42 of 1979
72 Michael Jackson You Can Cry on My Shoulder 1972 RYM 140 of 1972

In addition to the above listed songs Michael Jackson also contributed to the following entries:

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson Say Say Say 1983 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1983 (21 weeks), Canada 1 - Oct 1983 (15 weeks), Sweden (alt) 1 - Nov 1983 (16 weeks), Norway 1 - Oct 1983 (15 weeks), Canada RPM 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1983, Europe 1 for 3 weeks - Dec 1983, France 1 for 1 week - Dec 1983, UK 2 - Oct 1983 (15 weeks), France (SNEP) 2 - Nov 1983 (4 months), Switzerland 2 - Nov 1983 (17 weeks), Belgium 2 - Oct 1983 (10 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1992), US BB 3 of 1984, US Radio 3 of 1983 (peak 1 15 weeks), Springbok 3 - Dec 1983 (16 weeks), Holland 4 - Oct 1983 (8 weeks), ARC 5 of 1983 (peak 1 18 weeks), Italy 5 of 1983, Poland 8 - Oct 1983 (5 weeks), Austria 10 - Dec 1983 (4 weeks), South Africa 14 of 1984, US CashBox 16 of 1983, Germany 17 - Jan 1984 (3 months), Billboard 50th song 35, 55th Billboard 100 40 (1983), Billboard100 41, Brazil 45 of 1984, France (InfoDisc) 74 of the 1980s (peak 2, 26 weeks, 825k sales estimated, 1983), OzNet 722, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1983), RYM 189 of 1983
2 Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson Scream 1995 Japan (Tokyo) 1 - May 1995 (13 weeks), Finland 1 for 1 week - Jun 1995, Italy 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1995, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1995, Europe 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1995, Spain 1 for 1 week - Jun 1995, Norway 2 - Jun 1995 (9 weeks), Poland 2 - Jan 1995 (13 weeks), MTV Video of the year 1995 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1995), UK 3 - Jun 1995 (14 weeks), Holland 3 - Jun 1995 (7 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Jun 1995 (19 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Jun 1995 (17 weeks), Belgium 5 - Jun 1995 (7 weeks), Germany 16 - Jun 1995 (2 months), Austria 17 - Jul 1995 (2 weeks), Italy 26 of 1995, Switzerland 28 of 1995, Japan (Osaku) 35 of 1995 (peak 4 18 weeks), Australia 36 of 1995, US CashBox 46 of 1995, US BB 56 of 1995, US Radio 78 of 1995 (peak 19 1 week), Brazil 79 of 1995, RYM 168 of 1995
3 Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett I Just Can't Stop Loving You 1987 UK 1 - Aug 1987 (12 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Aug 1987 (14 weeks), Holland 1 - Aug 1987 (11 weeks), Norway 1 - Aug 1987 (9 weeks), Belgium 1 - Aug 1987 (12 weeks), Eire 1 for 1 week - Aug 1987, Europe 1 for 7 weeks - Aug 1987, Switzerland 2 - Aug 1987 (15 weeks), Germany 2 - Aug 1987 (3 months), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1987), Sweden 6 - Aug 1987 (3 weeks), Austria 7 - Sep 1987 (4 weeks), Springbok 7 - Sep 1987 (21 weeks), Italy 9 of 1987, US CashBox 19 of 1987, Switzerland 21 of 1987, Poland 21 - Aug 1987 (6 weeks), US Radio 24 of 1987 (peak 1 8 weeks), ARC 39 of 1987 (peak 1 11 weeks), US BB 45 of 1987, POP 63 of 1987, Brazil 74 of 1987, Germany 309 of the 1980s (peak 2 9 weeks)
4 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson The Girl is Mine 1982 Spain 1 for 1 week - Jan 1983, US Billboard 2 - Nov 1982 (17 weeks), Norway 2 - Nov 1982 (12 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1983), Springbok 5 - Dec 1982 (14 weeks), UK 8 - Nov 1982 (11 weeks), Belgium 8 - Nov 1982 (4 weeks), Holland 12 - Oct 1982 (7 weeks), Poland 12 - Nov 1982 (8 weeks), US CashBox 16 of 1982, ARC 20 of 1983 (peak 2 14 weeks), US Radio 23 of 1982 (peak 2 11 weeks), WABC NY 33 of 1982, Brazil 38 of 1983, US BB 49 of 1983
5 The Jackson 5, Mick Jagger & Michael Jackson State of Shock 1984 Spain 1 for 1 week - Sep 1984, Norway 2 - Jul 1984 (8 weeks), US Billboard 3 - Jun 1984 (15 weeks), Canada 3 - Jun 1984 (10 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 1984), Belgium 6 - Jun 1984 (9 weeks), Holland 8 - Jun 1984 (8 weeks), Switzerland 11 - Jul 1984 (10 weeks), Poland 12 - Jul 1984 (9 weeks), Sweden (alt) 13 - Aug 1984 (4 weeks), UK 14 - Jul 1984 (10 weeks), US CashBox 35 of 1984, US Radio 40 of 1984 (peak 3 8 weeks), US BB 61 of 1984, POP 71 of 1984, Italy 99 of 1984
6 Michael Jackson & Akon Hold My Hand 2010 Germany 2000s 7 - Dec 2010 (7 weeks), UK 10 - Dec 2010 (8 weeks), US Billboard 39 - Dec 2010 (9 weeks), Italy 45 of 2010
7 Michael Jackson & Akon Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 2008 Sweden 3 - Jan 2008 (6 weeks), Switzerland 29 - Feb 2008 (10 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 65 of 2008, UK 69 - Feb 2008 (4 weeks), US Billboard 81 - Feb 2008 (3 weeks)
8 3T & Michael Jackson Why? 1996 UK 2 - Aug 1996 (9 weeks), Holland 10 - Aug 1996 (10 weeks), Switzerland 11 - Sep 1996 (12 weeks), Belgium 19 - Sep 1996 (9 weeks), Sweden 20 - Sep 1996 (1 week), Austria 21 - Oct 1996 (2 weeks), Poland 32 - Aug 1996 (7 weeks)
9 Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson Get It 1988 Belgium 12 - May 1988 (7 weeks), Holland 14 - May 1988 (5 weeks), Sweden 20 - May 1988 (1 week), Poland 35 - Jun 1988 (2 weeks), UK 37 - May 1988 (4 weeks), US Billboard 80 - May 1988 (6 weeks)
10 Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake Love Never Felt So Good 2014 Chart2000.com song 51 of 2014, POP 54 of 2014, US BB 78 of 2014
11 Michael Jackson & will.i.am The Girl Is Mine 2008 2008 Holland 17 - Feb 2008 (5 weeks), UK 32 - Jan 2008 (6 weeks), Switzerland 47 - Feb 2008 (8 weeks)
12 Michael Jackson & Diana Ross Ease On Down The Road 1978 Record World 36 - 1978, US Billboard 41 - Sep 1978 (9 weeks), UK 45 - Nov 1978 (7 weeks)
13 Michael Jackson & Fergie Beat It 2008 2009 Sweden 8 - Jul 2009 (8 weeks), Austria 14 - Jul 2009 (2 weeks), Switzerland 26 - Feb 2008 (6 weeks)
14 Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson Scream (David Morales Remix) 1995 UK 43 - Jun 1995 (2 weeks)
15 Jermaine & Michael Jackson Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming 1984 France 10 - May 1984 (1 week)

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6 Jun 2015

Lol why are all the MJ fans but hurt this site has a criteria that doesntfavour MJ. MJ barely released any albums compared to his counter parts. only 2 in the 80s. I personally believe this a totally invalid way of judging whether an artist was successful or not mj 2 albums sold more than anyone else in the 80s so. plus hes clearly the most talented next to prince who could play loads of intruments but mj more so for his entertainment value and mainstream appeal.

You are, of course, entitled to think this metric is not valid. We would agree that it has some limitations, but it happens to be the least bad way of measuring success we know. We would certainly dispute that this approach is "totally invalid", and until someone suggests a better way we'll use this one.

The suggestion that Jackson's two albums outsold any other artist's total 1980s output seems unlikely, but the lack of trustworth sales figures is exactly why that metric should be avoided.

Your personal opinion that MJ was "clearly the most talented" artist is obviously wrong, but since that is just our opinion and there's no objective evidence either way discussing it would be pointless.


6 May 2015

Double Listing-Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

#56 should be combined with #7 (under duets w/Akon).

Data fixed, thanks


30 Oct 2013

michael jackson

yes correct


3 Apr 2011

Michael Jackson

The reason I think Michaqel Jackson should be placed higher than number four for the 80s is these reasons:

- As mentioned, he won an unprecedented 8 grammy awards in one ceremony

- Despite the discredited 100 millions copies, whether it is 50 million or 100 million, it is still higher than any other album by a large margin.

- Furthermore, the album bad,is in some ways even more successful than thriller, generating 4 US number ones of one album, which was a record at the time. Furthermore, globally 9 out of the 10 original tracks were number one in one country or another.

- An arguemnt you presented was that he had no 'solo' hits in 1985. This is true. However I will argue that despite releasing less singles in the 80s than other artists, his ratio of successful singles to singles release is the highest. i.e. Prince made 6 studio albums in the 80s of which only 3 were number ones, and only one in the US/UK. Michael Jackson released 2 albums in that decade, both of which were number one and are in the list of best selling albums.

- Now i will list some artist you have labelled above Michael Jackson in the 80s and how many number one singles they achieved globally in the 80s; Prince 10 (out of 47), David Bowie 6 (out of 30), Rolling stones 3 (out of 22). Now Michael Jackson... 15 (out of 22). Feel free to challenge this information.

- I understand that Michael Jackson had a controversial private life but it often bothers me that people let this interfere with his musical success.

- If you consider many aspects of music to get your results, then I think its worth adding that Michael Jackson's Bad tour was the largest attending concert even, until that record was broken in 1993 and 1997, both by Michael Jackson again!

- Michael Jackson is also the artist to receive the most American music awards and is one of the highest awarded artists of all time and Guinness world records most successful artist of all time. Please reconsider... Thank You.

You have presented a reasoned argument with a number of interesting points. If we had a website that listed the "best" artists you're points would be valid. However on this website we use the number of entries in charts round the world as a measure of "success". We feel that this provides a measure that is more objective and less subject to individual biases (including especially our own biases).

Our goal on this page is to find ways to objectively measure how successfull each artist is. Considerations of individual award ceremonies or the success of individual albums in certain countries doesn't really cut it.

Just to clarify we don't list David Bowie or The Rolling Stones above Michael Jackson for the 1980s. In our 1980s list (based on the 1.08 data) the top four slots are 1: Prince, 2: Madonna, 3: U2, 4: Michael Jackson.

Your idea of masuring the proportion of all releases that became hits is an interesting one, we suspect that would work as an objective measure. We don't know how you'd gather a list of all songs released by every major artist in a selection of the countries of the world, but if you could do that we'd be interested to look at the results.

We have some sympathy with your claim that chart success is just one measure and, for example, live concert size might be an additional measure. However again we don't know where reliable figures can be obtained for a reasonable number of acts (we know lots of places where unreliable figures can be found for just a few acts).

So, we will continue to measure success by the number of hits in charts round the world, and by that measure Michael Jackson will continue to be below Prince for the 1980s.


10 Apr 2010

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was undeniably the biggest and most successful artist of the 80s! Why is he at #4?? His album Thriller sold 100 million copies and become the biggest selling album of all time! He also won 8 Grammy awards in a single night. Also he released Bad in '87 which was very successful. And I think he should have been mentioned in the 90s section. This is the most ridiculously stupid list I've ever seen. It was made by someone that knows nothing about this.

No, despite your outburst, by our metrics Michael Jackson was not the most successful artist of the 1980s. While he had some years of enormous success he failed to sustain it, for example he had no solo hits in 1985.

In our lists Michael Jackson is the 9th placed artist of the 1990s, we feel that qualifies as "being mentioned".

Thriller may have been the biggest selling album of all time, however quoting the widely discredited 100 million sales claim just confirms that are not being objective in your comments.

On this site actual facts are more important than mere opinion, and by that we mean anyone's opinion including our own.

The decade rankings were calculated with data from external sources that can be easily verified and the metrics used are clearly described. The calculation is automated and cannot be "adjusted" for any reason.

If you disagree with the result you either feel that the data is in some way invalid or that the metrics are unfairly emphasising particular acts. Tell us which data is wrong or which alternate metric should be used, then we'll take your comments seriously.

Saying this is the "most ridiculously stupid list I've ever seen" just makes you sound like a petulant teenager (except of course few modern teenagers are Michael Jackson fans)


24 Nov 2009

Michael Jackson

Am I seeing something wrong? I count 4 Jackson albums in your top 100. I don't see that many from any other artist, of course I just tabbed thru quickly.

You raise an interesting point. We feel that the "standard" list is too heavily dependant on the input charts that are available. There are about 4 times as many entries for the 1980s as there are for the 1960s, so more recent music is scored too highly.

So when contrasting acts and releases across the years we feel that it is better to compensate for this modern bias. The "real list" of top albums adjusts the scores to give what we feel is a better comparison across the years. In this list Michael Jackson has an entry at number 2, his next album is at number 47.

There are some good reasons for not adopting this approach for the standard lists. The way this adjustment is made works well for acts and releases that are at the top of the list. But it is not clear that it works so well for later, less widely supported, entries. In addition the simplicity of the standard score makes the standard list more transparent. Also it could be argued that the larger number of entries after 1980 reflect the fact that more people are interested in that era, hence music from then should be over emphasised.

In the standard list Michael Jackson does have four albums in the top 100, however The Beatles, Madonna and U2 all have six. If we were to believe that this list was a good measure of success then "REM" (with two entries) would have to rate better than The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Radiohead, Dire Straits and Guns & Roses (who all have just one). We suspect there are few people that would be prepared to argue for that view.

Of course you are free to disagree with our analysis, that is why we make the standard data available in CSV form. If you have a different way to summarise the data that illustrates an alternate view we would be interested to hear from you.


5 Sep 2009

Artist of 1980.

Michael Jackson should be the most successful artist of the 1980s having produced the most successful albums of all time. He also holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records as The Most Successful of All Time.

First of all by any reasonable criteria Michael Jackson certainly didn't produce more than one album in the all time top 10, so the when you say "albums" you should rather use the word "album".

Secondly having the most successful album of an era is just one of the measures that are used here. Michael Jackson had 2 songs in the "1980s 100 songs" list, against Madonna's 5. He had 2 albums in the "1980s 100 albums" list, against Madonna's 3.

Finally even if we agreed that Michael Jackson's position in the "top artists of the 1980s" was too low we couldn't directly do anything about it within the rules of the website. The way that "success" is measured here is clearly defined and strictly follows a mechanical process, no-one gets to "adjust" the values later whatever their opinions. Even if one of the administrators wanted to boost his rating they couldn't, the best they could do would be to change the scoring mechanism. Prince, Madonna and U2 all had more number 1s in more countries than Michael Jackson in the 1980s, that is why they end up higher.