1980

  • All I Do (1980) (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson)
    Stevie Wonder
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (5:06) Stevie Wonder: "Hotter Than July"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1980)
    • (5:06) Stevie Wonder: "That Girl"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1982)
  • Follow The Yellow Brick Road (19??) (???)
    Michael Jackson
    Performed with Ease On Down The Road and When You Wish Upon A Star as a
    medley on the Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show TV Special in
    1980.


  • I'm In Love Again (1980) (Minnie Riperton, Michael Jackson)
    Minnie Riperton
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (4:27) Minnie Riperton: "Love Lives Forever"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1980)
  • Night Time Lover (1980) (Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson)
    Original title: Fire Is The Feeling
    La Toya Jackson
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals and acts as producer
    • (4:22) La Toya Jackson: "Night Time Lover"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1980 USA)
    • (3:43) La Toya Jackson: "La Toya Jackson"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1980)
  • Save Me (1980) (Dave Mason)
    Dave Mason
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (3:37) Dave Mason: "Save Me"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1980)
    • (3:37) Dave Mason: "Old Crest On A New Wave"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1980)
  • Slipped Away (1980)
    (Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Scheduled for the album TRIUMPH (1980) by The Jacksons


  • Slipped Away - Alternative Version (1980)
    (Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Scheduled for the album TRIUMPH (1980) by The Jacksons


  • Somewhere In Time (1980) (Michael Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)


  • This Had To Be (1980) (Michael Jackson, George Johnson, Louis Johnson)
    The Brothers Johnson
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (5:07) The Brothers Johnson: "Light Up The Night"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1980)
  • This Is It (1980) (Michael Jackson, Paul Anka)
    Michael Jackson
    POSTHUMOUSLY released version: Michael Jackson [lead] feat. The Jacksons [BG vocals]
    According to Paul Anka, he co-wrote the song and worked on it with Michael in 1983,
    however it's more likely that he's re-written parts of the song in that year, as the song
    had definitely been created in 1980 (see US Copyright Office registration) - obviously
    without Paul Anka. However a re-written version was later recorded and released by
    the band Safire in 1991 under a different name, "I Never Heard".
    Statements by representatives of Sony Music which claimed that the song would have
    been re-named from "I Never Heard" to "This Is It" contradict the fact that the song
    was registered with the title "This Is It" in 1984 under the US Copyright Office.

    Official Releases:
    • (digitally remastered, 2009 reworked version - 3:38;
      digitally remastered, 2009 reworked 'Orchestra Version' - 4:55)

      "This Is It" *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Compilation, CD, 26th October 2009)
    • (digitally remastered, 2009 reworked version - 3:38;
      digitally remastered, 2009 reworked 'Orchestra Version' - 4:55)

      "This Is It - E.P." *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Extended Play - Single, digital (iTunes only), 26th October 2009)
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)
    see also: --> I Never Heard (1991)


  • When You Wish Upon A Star (1939) (Ned Washington, Leigh Harline)
    Michael Jackson
    Performed with Ease On Down The Road and Follow The Yellow Brick Road as a
    medley on the Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show TV Special in
    1980.


  • Why Can't I Be (1980) (Michael Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Supposed to be an outtake of the album TRIUMPH (1980) by The Jacksons
    Sources:
    • United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Chicago on 6th December 1984


1981

  • Behind The Mask (1979-1981) (Chris Mosdell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Original Instrumental Version by Yellow Magic Orchestra released in 1979 on their
    album SOLID STATE SURVIVOR which drew Quincy Jones' attention. Michael recorded
    his own version for the album THRILLER (1982), adding some extra lyrics and harmonies.
    Due to legal battles concerning the song's credits Michael couldn't release it.
    • (Cover Version, 6:34) Greg Phillinganes: "Pulse"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1985)
    • (Cover Version, 6:34) Greg Phillinganes: "Behind The Mask"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1985)
    • (Cover Version, 4:46) Eric Clapton: "Behind The Mask"
      (Single, CD, 1987)
    • (Cover Version, 4:46) Eric Clapton: "Behind The Mask"
      (Album, CD, 1987)
  • Billie Jean - Home Demo (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Original title: Not My Lover
    Michael Jackson
    • (digitally remastered, _:__) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #2, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (digitally remastered, 2:20) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release, CD, 2001)
  • Billie Jean - Studio Demo (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    (6:16) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)


  • Goin' Back To Alabama (1981) (Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie)
    Kenny Rogers
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (4:25) Kenny Rogers: "Share Your Love"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1981)
  • Hot Street (1981) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    Early Version of Slapstick (1982) and outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    (3:43) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
    See also: --> Slapstick (1982)


  • Just Friends (1981) (Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager)
    Carole Bayer Sager
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals and acts as producer
    • (3:55) Carole Bayer Sager: "Sometimes Late At Night"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1981)
  • Learned My Lesson (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Two versions known to exist
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in January 1985)


  • Much Too Soon (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • Nite Line (1981) (Glen Ballard, Brie Howard, David Allen Faragher)
    Alternative title: Nightline
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    (4:31) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Ellen Foley: "Another Breath"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Ellen Foley: "Nightline"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Randy Crawford: "Nightline"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) The Pointer Sisters: "Break Out"
      (only on the first pressing of this album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) The Pointer Sisters: "Automatic"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
  • Nymphette Lover (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)


  • She's Trouble (1981) (Terry Britten, Bill Livsey, Sue Shifrin)
    Alternative title: Trouble
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    (3:51) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    There's also an UNLEAKED demo version known to exist!
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Scott Baio: "The Boys Are Out Tonight"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Musical Youth: "She's Trouble"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Musical Youth: "Different Style"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
  • Starlight (1981) (Rod Temperton)
    Alternative titles: Give Me Some Starlight / Starlight Sun
    Michael Jackson
    Early Version of Thriller (1982)
    • (digitally remastered, 5:08) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #2, Acetate CD, 2000)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993

  • Startin' Somethin' (1979) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Originally written for the album OFF THE WALL (1979)
    This is an early version of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (released in 1982) that
    features less complex composition and doesn't have the famous climax yet.

    (6:13) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)


  • The Toy (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Title track written for Richard Pryor's (aka Richard Franklin
    Lennox Thomas Pryor III) 1982 movie The Toy

    Sources:
    • United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Chicago on 6th December 1984
  • Who Do You Know (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Sources:


1982

  • Baby Be Mine - Demo (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    Note: Not to be confused with a FAKE sung by
    a woman that is circulating on the internet!


  • Beat It - Demo (1982) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Michael can be heard beatboxing the song's melody
    and then also singing the song's chorus a cappella.
    • (digitally remastered, 2:05) "This Is It" *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Compilation, CD, 26th October 2009)
    • (digitally remastered, 2:05) "This Is It - E.P." *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Extended Play - Single, digital (iTunes only), 26th October 2009)
  • Can't Get Outta The Rain (1982) (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones)
    Michael Jackson
    Not to be confused with You Can't Win (Part II) (1978), a similar track
    which has developed into this track and features slightly different vocals.
    In this track Michael is singing "Can't Get Outta The Rain", whereas in the 1978 orginal
    he's singing "Can't Get Outta The Game" (just as in You Can't Win (Part I)) instead.
    • (4:01) "The Girl Is Mine"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (4:01) "Billie Jean"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (4:01) "Thriller"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (digitally remastered, 4:08) "Thriller" [88697 18009 2]
      (Ringle (Audio + content for mobile phone), CD, 2007)
    • (digitally remastered, 4:08) "Billie Jean" [718515]
      (Ringle (Audio + content for mobile phone), CD, 2007)
      Catalogue number: 18515
    • (digitally remastered, 4:08) "The Essential 3.0 - Michael Jackson"
      (Compilation, CD, September 2008 USA only)
    • (digitally remastered, 4:08) "King of Pop"
      *included on some editions only, e.g. the UK Deluxe Edition*
      (Compilation for MJ's 50th birthday, CD, August 2008 - January 2009 depending on country)
  • Carousel (1982) (Michael Sembello, Donald J. Freeman)
    Alternative title: Circus Girl
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Replaced by Human Nature (1982)
    • (_:__) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #1, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (_:__) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #2, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (2001 Short Edit, digitally remastered, 1:49) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release, CD, 2001)
    • (2008 Long Edit, digitally remastered, 3:40) "King of Pop"
      *included on the French Deluxe and Italian edition only*
      (Compilation for MJ's 50th birthday, CD, August 2008 - January 2009 depending on country)
    (Uncut Version, 3:57) free and legally available on Michael Sembello's official website

  • Doing Dirty (1982) (Michael Jackson, Marlon David Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Supposed to be an outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons
    Source: United States Copyright Office
    (Registration Number: PAu000397960; Date: 1982-04-28)


  • Don't Let A Woman Make A Fool Out Of You (1982) (Joe "King" Carrasco)
    Joe "King" Carrasco
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (_:__) Joe "King" Carrasco: "Synapse Gap (Mundo Total)"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1982)
  • For All Time - Demo (1982) (Michael Sherwood, David Paich, Steve Porcaro)
    Michael Jackson
    A demo was originally recorded for the album THRILLER, but as
    the song did not make the album, it was later re-recorded, but
    again became an outtake, this time of the album DANGEROUS (1991).
    • (Original demo, digitally remastered, 4:03) "Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition"
      (Album Re-release, CD, 08.02.2008 Germany / 11.02.2008 UK / 12.02.2008 USA)
    Source: CMRRA (Song #: 414155)
    see also: --> For All Time (1989)


  • Got The Hots (1982) (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Rod Temperton later re-wrote the lyrics and the song was then newly
    recorded by Siedah Garrett as Baby's Got It Bad (4:43) for her 1988
    album KISS OF LIFE. Both songs have a lot in common!
    • (digitally remastered, 4:28) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #1, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (digitally remastered, 4:28) "Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition" (Japanese version)
      (Album Re-release, CD, 20.02.2008 Japan only)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993

  • Heartlight (1982) (Michael Jackson, Alan "Buz" Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
    This song was intended for release on E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial: The Storybook
    but had to be dropped.

    Source: Alan "Buz" Kohan (in a 2009 interview with French fan magazine BLACK & WHITE, final issue)


  • Make A Wish (1982) (Michael Jackson, Alan "Buz" Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
    During his court deposition in Mexico in November 1993 Michael confirmed the existence
    of this recording but at that time he couldn't recall whether he wrote the song or not.
    It was written by him with Alan "Buz" Kohan and intended for release
    on E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial: The Storybook but had to be dropped.

    Sources:
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
    • Alan "Buz" Kohan (in a 2009 interview with French fan magazine BLACK & WHITE, final issue)
  • MJ Melody (1982) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in November 1984)


  • Muscles (1982) (Michael Jackson)
    Diana Ross
    Michael Jackson acts as producer
    • (Album Version - 4:41, Extended Version - 6:12) Diana Ross: "Muscles"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (Album Version, 4:41) Diana Ross: "Silk Electric"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (Live Version, 3:37) Diana Ross: "Greatest Hits Live"
      (Compilation, CD, 1989)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Club 69: "Style"
      (Album, CD, 1997)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) The Weather Girls: "Totally Wild"
      (Album, CD, 2005)
  • Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (1972) (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong)
    Bill Wolfer
    Cover Version of the hit single by The Temptations
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (_:__) Bill Wolfer: "Wolf"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (_:__) Bill Wolfer: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1983)
  • P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Demo (1982) (Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes)
    Michael Jackson
    James Ingram and Quincy Jones completely re-wrote the song later
    • (3:47) "The Ultimate Collection"
      (Compilation, CD, 2004)
  • Rolling The Dice (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • Slapstick (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    Developed from Hot Street (1981) and outtake of the album THRILLER (1982)
    Playtime of full track: 3:35

    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
    See also: --> Hot Street (1981)


  • So Shy (1982) (???)
    Bill Wolfer
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (4:38) Bill Wolfer: "Wolf"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1982)
  • Someone In The Dark (1982) (Rod Temperton, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
    Michael Jackson
    Soundtrack of the movie E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
    • (Single Version, 4:55)
      "Someone In The Dark"
      (Promo-Single, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (Opening Version - 4:30, and Closing Version - 3:04)
      "E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial: The Storybook"
      (Album, Vinyl, November 1982 USA / January 1983 UK)
    • (_:__) "Decade 1980-1990"
      (Compilation Test Pressing, ?Format?, 1990)
    • (_:__) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #1, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (_:__) "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release Test Pressing #2, Acetate CD, 2000)
    • (Single Version - with some seconds being left out, digitally remastered, 4:48)
      "Thriller - Special Edition"
      (Album Re-release, CD, 2001)
    • (Single Version, digitally remastered, 4:55)
      "The Ultimate Collection"
      (Compilation, CD, 2004)
  • Stand Tall (1982) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in December 1985)


  • State Of Independence (1982) (Jon Anderson, Vangelis Papathanassiou)
    Donna Summer
    Cover Version of a song by duo Jon & Vangelis
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (_:__) Jon & Vangelis: "The Friends Of Mr. Cairo"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1981)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Donna Summer: "Donna Summer"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1982)
    • (Cover Version, _:__) Donna Summer: "State Of Independence"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1982 / 1990 reissue / 1996 Remix)
    • (_:__) Jon & Vangelis: "State Of Independence"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
  • The Girl Is Mine - Demo (1982) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Several demo versions known to exist
    • (Original demo recording, digitally remastered, 3:13) "The Girl Is Mine - 2008"
      (Single Re-release, Formats:
      • digital download: 14.01.2008 UK
      • CD: 25.01.2008 Germany / 28.01.2008 Europe / 04.02.2008 UK)
    (without Paul McCartney, 2:31) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    Sources:
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Chicago on 6th December 1984
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
  • The Lady In My Life - Original Uncut Version (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    Includes the missing verse that was cut from the original THRILLER (1982)
    album. The lyrics to the missing verse were on the actual sleeve inside.
    • (6:10) Rod Temperton: "The Songs Of Rod Temperton"
      (Promo 2-CD-Compilation, CD, 2002)
    (6:10) LEAKED (on March 7th, 2008)

  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Demo (1979) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Demo recording of the song's final composition with slightly different lyrics.
    • (digitally remastered, 5:43) "This Is It" *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Compilation, CD, 26th October 2009)
    • (digitally remastered, 5:43) "This Is It - E.P." *POSTHUMOUS release*
      (Extended Play - Single, digital (iTunes only), 26th October 2009)


1983

  • Bad Company (1983) (Tito Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons


  • Buffalo Bill (1983) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Inspired by the legendary gunfighter James Butler Hickok aka Buffalo "Wild Bill"
    Hickok. Supposed to be an outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons,
    later intended to be released on the album BAD (1987).

    Sources:
    • Michael Jackson's then manager Frank Dileo in an interview in 1984
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
  • Fantasy (1983) (Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • Far Far Away (1983) (Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster)
    Michael Jackson
    Supposed to be an outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • Nona (1983) (Jackie Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons


  • Power (1983) (Jackie Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons


  • Say Say Say (1981-1983) (Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson)
    Duet with Paul McCartney
    • (3:58) "Say Say Say"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (3:58) Paul McCartney: "Pipes Of Peace"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (Cover Version including Michael's but not Paul's vocals,
      Hi-Tack Mix - 7:36, and Hi-Tack 7'' Mix - 3:35)

      Hi-Tack: "Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U)"
      (Single, CD, 2006)
  • State Of Shock - Demo (1981-1983) (Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen)
    Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury
    The song was scheduled for Michael's album THRILLER (1982), but not
    early enough finished. It was then planned to include it on the album
    VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons. However Freddie's part was later
    taken over by Mick Jagger. Eventually this song and also There Must
    Be More To Life Than This
    and Victory were supposed to be given for
    free to two of Michael's loyal fans by Queen member Brian May's mother
    after they contacted her.

    (4:44) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    Source: Queen member Brian May in an interview with Q magazine in 1998


  • Still In Love With You (1983) (Randy Jackson)
    The Jacksons
    Lead Vocals by Randy Jackson
    Outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons


  • Tender (1983) (???)
    The Jacksons
    Supposed to be an outtake of the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons

  • The Man (1981) (Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson)
    Alternative title: This Is The Man
    Duet with Paul McCartney
    Scheduled release as Single canceled by Epic/CBS because it could have
    affected further Singles from the album THRILLER (1982) negatively,
    eventually released officially in Peru only
    • (3:56) Paul McCartney: "Pipes Of Peace"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1983)
    • (3:56, and Extended Mix - _:__) Paul McCartney: "The Man"
      (Promo-Single, Vinyl, 1984)
  • The Sky Is The Limit (1983) (Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • There Must Be More To Life Than This (1981-1983) (Freddie Mercury)
    Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson
    First considered to be included on the Queen album HOT SPACE (1982), and later on its
    follow-up THE WORKS (1984), but both did not happen. In 1983 Michael Jackson then
    sung the song and Freddie Mercury played the piano and this version was scheduled for
    the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons. As this was also dropped, Freddie went on
    recording his own version and released it later. It is not assured if Michael Jackson and
    Freddie ever sung the song together, a version that was leaked over the internet simply
    merged Michael's and Freddie's voices from two totally different recordings: one being
    the version Michael sung in 1983 and supported by Freddie on the piano, and another one
    being Freddie's version he recorded later without any participation by Michael. Eventually
    this song and also State Of Shock - Demo and Victory were supposed to be given for free
    to two of Michael's loyal fans by Queen member Brian May's mother after they contacted
    her.
    • (3:01, and Instrumental Version - _:__)
      Freddie Mercury: "Mr. Bad Guy"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1985)
    (Michael's 1983 solo demo record, 2:31) LEAKED (on July 7th, 2002)
    Source: Queen member Brian May in an interview with Q magazine in 1998


  • Victory (1983) (Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson)
    Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson
    First considered to be included on the Queen album HOT SPACE (1982), but then
    scheduled for the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons. However the song was
    not early enough completed, so it had to be dropped eventually. Many years later
    two of the remaining members of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) worked again
    on the track, adding some backing vocals and wanted to release it as part of an
    upcoming Queen box set. Unfortunately this could not happen due to copyright
    issues. Eventually this song and also State Of Shock - Demo and There Must Be
    More To Life Than This
    were supposed to be given for free to two of Michael's
    loyal fans by Brian May's mother after they contacted her.

    Source: Queen member Brian May in an interview with Q magazine in 1998


1984

  • Attitude (1984) (Michael Jackson, Kathy Wakefield, Michael Pierre Colombier)
    Michael Jackson
    Source: EMI Music Publishing registration entry


  • Be Not Always (1979) (Michael Jackson)
    Alternative title: "Always, Be Not Always"
    Michael Jackson
    One of five hand-written lyrics from 1979 that have been purchased by Universal
    Express and some of its entertainment partners in November 2006. The others are:
    UNKNOWN TITLE (1979), A Baby Smiles, In The Life Of Chico, Little Susie
    • (5:30) The Jacksons: "Victory"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1984)
  • Billie Jean - Pepsi Advertising Version (1984) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Commercial title: Pepsi Generation
    Michael Jackson
    Appeared in the Pepsi TV Spot THE STREET (1984)
    which featured Michael Jackson and The Jacksons
    Became the first advertising contract with Pepsi that
    also sponsored the Victory Tour (1984) by The Jacksons


  • Centipede (1984) (Michael Jackson)
    Rebbie Jackson
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals and acts as producer
    • (_:__) Rebbie Jackson: "Centipede"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (4:25) Rebbie Jackson: "Centipede"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (Extended Version, digitally remastered, 5:55)
      Rebbie Jackson: "Yours Faithfully"
      (Album, CD, 1998)
  • Don't Stand Another Chance (1984) (Marlon Jackson)
    Janet Jackson
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    • (4:18) Janet Jackson: "Don't Stand Another Chance"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (4:18) Janet Jackson: "Dream Street"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1984)
  • Kreeton Overture (1984) (Michael Jackson, Marty Paich, Jai Winding, Pat Leonard)
    The Jacksons
    Written as an opener for the Victory Tour (1984) by The Jacksons
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in October 1984)


  • Love Never Felt So Good (1980) (lyrics: Michael Jackson, Paul Anka; music: Kathy Wakefield)
    Michael Jackson
    Possibly recorded during the Thriller recording sessions
    Intended for the album VICTORY (1984) by The Jacksons
    (and supposedly replaced with Be Not Always instead)
    (3:17) LEAKED (on December 24th, 2006)
    • (Cover Version, 4:34) Johnny Mathis: "A Special Part Of Me"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1984)
    Sources:
  • Saved By The Bell (1984) (Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Note: The year the song was written and recorded is unproven
    (but has to be prior to 1994).

    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993


  • Somebody's Watching Me (1984) (Kennedy Gordy, Curtis Anthony Nolen)
    Rockwell aka Kennedy Gordy
    Michael Jackson sings Background Vocals
    Two different versions exist: one featured Michael in the background,
    and another one replaced Michael by a sound-a-like
    • (Album Version - 3:58, and Extended Version - _:__ )
      Rockwell: "Somebody's Watching Me"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (Album Version, 3:58)
      Rockwell: "Somebody's Watching Me"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (Cover Version including Michael's vocals, 5:20)
      BeatFreakz: "Somebody's Watching Me"
      (Single, CD, 2006)
  • Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good To Be True)
    (1984) (Bruce Sudano, Michael Omartian, Jake Ruska)
    Duet with Jermaine Jackson
    • (4:17) Jermaine Jackson: "Do What You Do"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1984 UK)
    • (4:17) Jermaine Jackson: "Jermaine Jackson" / "Dynamite"
      (Album which had two different titles, Vinyl, 1984)
    • (4:17) Jermaine Jackson:
      "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good To Be True)"
      (Promo-Single, Vinyl, 1984 UK / Japan)
    • (Instrumental Version, 4:17) Jermaine Jackson: "Dynamite"
      (12'' Single, Vinyl, 1984)


1985

  • Al Capone (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Early Version of Smooth Criminal (1987)
    Sources:
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
    • Bruce Swedien via online music board (Link)
  • Eaten Alive (1985) (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Originally written only by the two Bee Gees, then Michael re-wrote the chorus
    Two demos exist: one sung by the two Bee Gees, and another one sung by Michael
    • (Cover Version with Michael singing in the background,
      Album Version - 3:55, and Extended Mix - 5:52, and Instrumental Version - 5:46)

      Diana Ross: "Eaten Alive"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1985)
    • (Cover Version with Michael singing in the background,
      Album Version - 3:55, and Extended Mix - 5:52)

      Diana Ross: "Eaten Alive"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1985)
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered twice: in March and in July 1985)

  • Hot Fever (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Demo of The Way You Make Me Feel (1987)
    Source: United States Copyright Office (registered in October 1985)


  • Scared Of The Moon (1985) (Michael Jackson, Alan "Buz" Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album BAD (1987)
    • (4:42) "The Ultimate Collection"
      (Compilation, CD, 2004)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993

  • Seven Bright New Stars (1985) (Michael Jackson, La Toya
    Jackson, Joseph Jackson, Lionel Richie, Danny Brack Sr.)
    Michael Jackson
    Note: The year the song was written and recorded is unproven
    (but has to be prior to 1994).


  • Tomboy (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album BAD (1987)
    Sources:
    • United States Copyright Office (registered in October 1985)
    • Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993
  • We Are The World (1985) (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie)
    USA for Africa
    USA = United Support of Artists
    Main Vocalists are (in alphabetical order):
    Al Jarreau, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Daryl
    Hall, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Huey Lewis, James Ingram, Kenny
    Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Paul
    Simon, Ray Charles, Steve Perry, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Willie Nelson
    Supporting Vocalists are (in alphabetical order):
    Bette Midler, Bob Geldof, Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Jackie Jackson,
    Jeffrey Osborne, Jermaine Jackson, John Oates, La Toya Jackson, Lindsey
    Buckingham, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Sheila E., Smokey Robinson,
    The News (of Huey Lewis & The News), The Pointer Sisters, Tito Jackson,
    Waylon Jennings

    Inspired by Bob Geldof's and Midge Ure's Do They Know It's Christmas (1984)
    • (Single Version, _:__) USA for Africa: "We Are The World"
      (Single, Vinyl, 1985)
    • (7:02) USA for Africa: "We Are The World"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1985)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993

  • We Are The World - Demo (1985) (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie)
    Michael Jackson
    • (digitally remastered, 5:20) "The Ultimate Collection"
      (Compilation, CD, 2004)
    Source: Michael Jackson's court deposition in Mexico in November 1993

  • What You Do To Me (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    Outtake of the album BAD (1987)
    Could be rewritten for a scheduled release on the album INVINCIBLE (2001)

    Source: United States Copyright Office
    (registered twice: in October 1985 and again in December 1998)


  • You're The One (1985) (Michael Jackson, Alan "Buz" Kohan)
    Jennifer Holliday
    Michael Jackson acts as producer
    • (4:51) Jennifer Holliday: "Say You Love Me"
      (Album, Vinyl, 1985)