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post Aug 28 2018, 11:56 AM
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I enjoyed the radio 2 rundown of the best-selling Jacko tracks, though streaming has produced some distorted results on expectations, and it turns out I have 56 MJ-related tracks that have achieved 250,000 "sales" (I never used to count sales less than the old Silver standard) so I have bunged in the 4 with the highest chart positions to fill in the bottom spaces. My sales period happily covers his entire career...

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60. THE GIRL IS MINE - Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney (1982)

You're about to release the biggest album in the world ever, what would be a good way to start? yes, that's right, release the wettest and least-good track on the album as the lead single. OK it did have a Beatle on it, but then Macca had his publishing bid for his own songs outbid by his good friend. So that was the end of that, bar the tit-for-tat Macca track they did together - much higher and better than this one.

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post Aug 28 2018, 11:59 AM
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59. GOING PLACES - The Jacksons (1977)

A follow-up to their first UK post-Motown chart-topper, and quite a decent romp that deserves to get heard a bit more...

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post Aug 28 2018, 12:02 PM
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58. THE LOVE YOU SAVE - The Jackson 5 (1970)

Their 3rd hit from the grooovy young funk collective with the stunning co-pre-teen lead vocalist

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57. OFF THE WALL - Michael Jackson (1979)

Title track off the album that turned Michael into a solo superstar. Good track, but not quite as good as the other early singles off the album.

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56. LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 2014 (251450)

This one was well inside his biggest top 20 UK sales - presumably itunes and streaming for Justin T....

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55 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 2014 (253400)

...and another posthumous release from 2014....

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54. REMEMBER THE TIME Michael Jackson 1992 (262000)

one of the lesser Dangerous singles, but very pleasant...

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53. BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR Michael Jackson 1997 (264000)

A UK chart-topper - but not for long as it was strangely retro at the time, and unambitious

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52. ONE MORE CHANCE Michael Jackson 2003 (269750)

Ya know what I've forgotten this one...youtube!

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51. WHO'S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 1969 (297950)

A 21st century seller, as it wasn't a single back in the day. Cover of a 1960 Smokey Robinson song, and little Michael made it definitive. Watch his performance...

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50. GIVE IN TO ME Michael Jackson 1993 (301900)

One of the final Dangerous tracks, moody...

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49. HOLD MY HAND Michael Jackson/ Akon 2010 (321150)

another posthumous hit with then-star Akon adding his two-pennorth

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48. DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 1973 (332200)

A very upbeat cover of Jackson Browne's 1972 American hit, a UK-only hit a few months later, I'm still fond of it more than most of the tracks featured so far. Stay for the ending. Funky.

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47. BEN Michael Jackson 1972 (332900)

One I liked but didn't love as much as some of his other hits of the time, but has grown in stature with the years and is his most popular early solo track by far. 14-years old, Donny Osmond turned it down, and his voice was still angelic and pure and about to break. It's a song about a rat. Not kidding....

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46. BEAT IT Michael Jackson 1983 (350750)

Huge Thriller track, one of his most popular - but not for me - great Van Halen riff, good track, good video but not as funny as Eat It, Weird Al was better...

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45. STRANGER IN MOSCOW Michael Jackson 1996 (360750)

I like the atmosphere on this one, but the hook is low-key "How Does It Feel" would have been a better title. Nice History track though.

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44. BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons 1978 (361300)

Disco cover of a Mick Jackson track, a UK nobody who had a hit with it simultaneously thanks to the Jacksons. Fun, and better than the original. I loved the multiple Jacksons special effects in the video at the time.



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'Beat It' wouldn't be one of my faves from him either, I find it a bit one dimensional and basic sadly, although it is still a good tune.

Interesting story about Blame It On The Boogie, I looked up who Mick Jackson is and I don't think he is related to the Jackson family, being from Germany apparently. Good disco song though! I would agree the Jackson's version is better having heard the Mick Jackson version there.


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43. PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 1984 (362700)

Final Thriller single, and it was worth mining the album for singles though the USA went for a better track first, that wasn't a UK single. Maybe that's why he didn't bother with a video. Or promotion.



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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Aug 28 2018, 08:25 PM) *
Beat It wouldn't be one of my faves from him either, I find it a bit one dimensional and basic sadly, although it is still a good tune.



Hi Snakey, and hooray! I thought it was just me! laugh.gif
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