Signature Michael Songs from the five Jacksons Albums

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Hey guys!

I need your help. I'm putting together a little project.

Therefore i would like to have YOUR opinion on what YOU consider to be signature MJ tracks from the five studio albums released by the The Jacksons:

The Jacksons
Goin' Places
Destiny
Triumph
Victory


It can be a signature song because MJ mostly wrote it.
Or because he has significant solo parts in the vocals.

For EXAMPLE, i consider the following as significant MJ songs:

-This Place Hotel
-Can You Feel It


Please give me YOUR input!
 

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Hey guys!

I need your help. I'm putting together a little project.

Therefore i would like to have YOUR opinion on what YOU consider to be signature MJ tracks from the five studio albums released by the The Jacksons:

The Jacksons
Goin' Places
Destiny
Triumph
Victory


It can be a signature song because MJ mostly wrote it.
Or because he has significant solo parts in the vocals.

For EXAMPLE, i consider the following as significant MJ songs:

-This Place Hotel
-Can You Feel It


Please give me YOUR input!

Be Not Always, walk right now, Destiny, all night dancin', shake your body, Show you the way to go, dreamer, lovely one, push me away and bless his soul
 
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Be Not Always, walk right now, Destiny, all night dancin', shake your body, Show you the way to go, dreamer, lovely one, push me away and bless his soul

Thanks Zakk!

You didn't name 'This Place Hotel' & 'Can You Feel It' because i already named them?
 

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Thanks Zakk!

You didn't name 'This Place Hotel' & 'Can You Feel It' because i already named them?

yes, that is the reason.. i love those song's! Michael wrote, composed & produced This Place Hotel which is why it slays ;)
 

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He has significant solo parts in the vocals in most Jacksons songs.

But to me the most signature MJ songs are:

- Heartbreak Hotel (both in theme and music - it's like a prelude to his songs like Billie Jean, Who Is It, it's a VERY MJ song)
- Can You Feel It (the whole "make the world a better place" theme)
- That's What You Get (For Being Polite) (the song is about MJ IMO)
- Bless His Soul
- Push Me Away
- Be Not Always
- Shake Your Body
- Walk Right Now

I think as an album Triumph is the most MJ-sounding album. Also Triumph is the best Jacksons album IMO. It's a shame even fans neglect it so much, because if you like Off The Wall or Thriller era MJ you just have to love Triumph. Michael wrote or co-wrote six of the album's nine tracks. It also proves he did not need Quincy Jones to shine - he was a genius on his own right.
 

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Respect77 completely agree with your opinion on 'Triumph'. It's THE best Jacksons Album.

Heartbreak Hotel & Can You Feel It are my favorite Jacksons-Songs, for obvious reasons - it's MJ through & through!

And of course you are right with the significant solo parts.
I thought more about solo performances, as 'Blues Away' for example, where the brothers are almost non existent.

Thank You for your input!
 

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Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
This Place Hotel
Be Not Always
State Of Shock
 
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Well to be really technical, 2300 Jackson Street was the 6th Jacksons studio album however we all know Michael had left the group as a full time member by this point (if we can put it that way). Here are my thoughts, I limited it to two offerings from each LP.

The Jacksons
Blues Away - can't possibly miss this one out. It may not be the strongest song on the set, but as far as Michael's genesis as a songwriter goes there's really no where else to start this list. This is the first commercially released Michael Jackson composition and the only one to feature until Heartbreak Hotel years later. It's also noteable for many of Michael's vocal trademark hiccups etc. making early appearances in the closing of the song.

Style of Life - I chose this one again as it's the only other track on the album that Michael has a songwriting credit for, this time with Tito. The lyrics are achingly prophetic at times if you really listen and although other songs on the first album have the distinction of being more well known or bigger hits (Enjoy Yourself, Dreamer, Show You The Way To Go) I just couldn't omit this.


Goin' Places
Even Though You're Gone
and
Find Me A Girl

Typical Gamble & Huff pieces, chosen on the strength of Michael's vocal performance on both.


Destiny
That's What You Get (For Being Polite) - testament to the growing prowess and maturity of the brothers'/Michael's songwriting abilities. Swathes ahead of anything that had come before in terms of lyricism and storytelling for me.

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - duh. Dance music landmark.


Triumph
Heartbreak Hotel - well known and clearly beloved to Michael given that it's the only Jacksons-credited track he kept in his concert setlists for a good 10 years. Only the second solo composition by Michael to be commercially released and therefore the precursor to his solo compositions on Off the Wall and, although Michael never wrote it, sonically the foreward to Thriller. Too important to miss.

Can You Feel It - duh again. Probably the most effective world-conscious song Michael ever had a hand in writing. Controversial? The blueprint for all the others that followed.


Victory
No brainer here, Be Not Always and State of Shock. To me these are like MJ solo songs that he 'donated' to the project given the brothers' are limited to backing vocals and Marlon only to 'additional' lyrics for Be Not Always. Backed up further by the presence of Bruce Swedien and Matt Forger. I think Michael also had a hand in The Hurt but as far as the album goes as a whole his presence besides singing is at it's lowest ever.

--hope this helps!
 

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- Heartbreak Hotel (both in theme and music - it's like a prelude to his songs like Billie Jean, Who Is It, it's a VERY MJ song)

For me Heartbreak Hotel will always be a Michael Jackson song and not a Jackson's song
 

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Thank You ChrisC!
Quite the cream of the crop you took!

I would also be interested in your choices if you would take 3 or 4 songs per album..
 

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Thanks analogue!
Yeah that's the way i feel, too!

Sorry there's no 'thank you button' to thank you..
 
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