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How Well Do You Know Michael Jackson's Discography?

A test to prove if you are a connoisseur of the King of Pop's music legacy.

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  1. What was Michael Jackson's first number-one song as a solo artist?

    Epic
    "Rock With You"
    "Billie Jean"
    "Ben"
    "I Want You Back"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was "Ben!"

    Michael's first number one song was "Ben" when he was only 14 years old. "I Want You Back" was his first number-one ever, but as part of The Jackson 5.

    It was "Ben!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    CBS / Via Tumblr
  2. Who is the girl Michael is so worried about in "Smooth Criminal"?

    Epic
    Mannie
    Annie
    Penny
    Betty
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Annie!

    Remember: "Annie, are you OK? So Annie, are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?". (Hope she's OK)

    It's Annie! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Giphy
  3. In 2003, Michael Jackson released his epic compilation album "Number Ones" which included a brand new song. What's its title?

    Epic
    "You Rock My World"
    "Earth Song"
    "One More Chance"
    "Hold My Hand" (Feat. Akon)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "One More Chance!"

    The song was written and co-produced by R. Kelly. It was the last original song released during Jackson's lifetime.

    It's "One More Chance!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Giphy
  4. How many studio albums did Michael Jackson released as a solo artist prior to his breakout album "Off The Wall?"

    Epic
    None, "Off The Wall" was his first studio album as a solo artist.
    Two: "Got To Be There" and "Music & Me."
    Three: "Got To Be There," "Ben," and "Music & Me."
    Four: "Got To Be There," "Ben," "Music & Me," and "Forever, Michael."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    He released four!

    Yes, it's true. Even though most of the people have no idea, Michael Jackson tried to make it as a solo artist four times. Thanks to Quincy Jones, he achieved his long-awaited success with "Off The Wall" in 1979.

    He released four! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  5. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" features a female singer. What's her name?

    Epic
    Sade
    Debbie Harry
    Siedah Garrett
    Kim Carnes
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Siedah Garrett!

    Who else could it be? According to Wikipedia, The presence of Garrett on the track was a last minute decision by Jackson and Quincy Jones, after Jackson's first two choices for the duet, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston, both decided against participating.

    It's Siedah Garrett! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  6. What was the first single released from the "Thriller" album?

    Epic
    "Billie Jean"
    "The Girl Is Mine" (Feat. Paul McCartney)
    "Beat It"
    "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was "The Girl Is Mine" feat. Paul McCartney!

    Interesting fact: Michael Jackson never performed the song live.

    It was "The Girl Is Mine" feat. Paul McCartney! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Suzuki / Via Tumblr
  7. What incident is believed to be the main reason behind the low sales of Michael Jackson's last studio album, "Invincible?"

    Epic
    September 11 attacks
    Janet Jackson's nipplegate at the Super Bowl
    New accusations of child molestation
    Michael Jackson's addiction to plastic surgery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The September 11 attacks.

    "Invincible" was released on October 30, 2001, a complicated moment for the music industry and the United States.

    The September 11 attacks. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    EarthCam / Via Giphy
  8. Which Beatles song did Michael Jackson cover?

    Epic
    "Come Together"
    "Let It Be"
    "Yesterday"
    "Something"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was "Come Together!"

    Jackson included the version in his 1995 album. We're pretty sure he'd have nailed the other three Beatles songs, though.

    It was "Come Together!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  9. Michael Jackson recorded a song called "P.Y.T." What do those letters stand for?

    Epic
    Pretty Young Tender
    Perfect Young Thing
    Pretty You Thing
    Pretty Young Thing
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's PRETTY YOUNG THING!

    The song is known for the usage of the word "tenderoni." And no, that's not the thing Tony Soprano eats with his pals.

    It's PRETTY YOUNG THING! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Disney / Via Tumblr
  10. Which of the following songs is not about the media?

    Epic
    "Leave Me Alone"
    "Who Is It"
    "Scream"
    "Unbreakable"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "Who Is It!"

    "Who Is It" is about a man who's desperate to know the identity of his partner's lover, thus the title.

    It's "Who Is It!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  11. Which of the following songs includes the famous line "You're just a buffet / You're a vegetable?"

    Via realfoodforlife.com
    "They Don't Care About Us"
    "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"
    "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
    "Dirty Diana"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'!"

    Believe or not, Jackson says the line several times throughout the song. Please note he became a vegetarian during the '80s.

    It's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  12. "Thriller" was the last single released from the album Thriller.

    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's true!

    Although the video and the song are arguably Michael Jackson's signature works, "Thriller" was chosen as the last single from the best-selling album of all time.

    It's true! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  13. What's "In The Closet" really about?

    Epic
    A secret, forbidden affair.
    The media, of course.
    Michael's sexual ambiguity.
    Michael's skin colour controversy.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's about a secret, forbidden affair!

    The two lovers make a vow to keep their affair "in the closet," ergo, privately. FUN FACT: "In the Closet" was originally conceived as a duet between Jackson and Madonna, but Madonna's proposed ideas were too much for Jackson.

    It's about a secret, forbidden affair! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  14. What's the exact name of Michael Jackson's studio album released in 1995?

    Epic
    "History: Past, Present and Future, Book I & II"
    "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I"
    "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I & II"
    "History: Past, Present and Future"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I!"

    HIS + story = HIStory. "Past, present and future" because the album includes past songs and new songs. But it's "Book I," not "Book I & II" despite being a double album.

    It's "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  15. Was Billie Jean a real person?

    Epic
    Yes, she was one of Michael's stalkers.
    No, she was completely made up.
    She was partially based on all the groupies of The Jackson 5, but there was never a girl called Billie Jean.
    She was partially based on Michael's girlfriends from his childhood.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's partially based on all the groupies of The Jackson 5, but there was never a girl called Billie Jean!

    Jackson wrote on his book "Moonwalk" (Double Day 1988): "There never was a real Billie Jean. The girl in the song is a composite of people my brothers have been plagued with over the years. I could never understand how these girls could say they were carrying someone's child when it wasn't true."

    She's partially based on all the groupies of The Jackson 5, but there was never a girl called Billie Jean! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    NBC / Motown Records / Via Tumblr
  16. The Notorious B.I.G. is featured in two Michael Jackson songs. Which ones are they?

    Bad Boy Records
    "This Time Around" and "Break Of Dawn"
    "Break Of Dawn" and "2000 Watts"
    "This Time Around" and "Unbreakable"
    "Unbreakable" and "Break Of Dawn"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Biggie Smalls is featured in "This Time Around" and "Unbreakable!"

    The Notorious B.I.G. is the only rapper featured in more than one Michael Jackson album, but according to Wikipedia, the rap verse in "Unbreakable" was originally from the song "You Can't Stop the Reign" by Shaquille O'Neal. Yes, Shaquille O'Neal.

    Biggie Smalls is featured in "This Time Around" and "Unbreakable!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Bad Boy Records / Via Tumblr
  17. Which of the following songs is not included in the album "Dangerous?"

    Epic
    "Money"
    "Jam"
    "Give In To Me"
    "Gone Too Son"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "Money!"

    "Money," a song about greed, is included in the album released after "Dangerous."

    It's "Money!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  18. In which of the following songs you can appreciate Michael crying at the end?

    Epic
    "Man In The Mirror"
    "Black Or White"
    "She's Out Of My Life"
    "Keep The Faith"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "She's Out Of My Life!"

    If you pay attention to the last verses, you'll appreciate Jackson's voice trembling as if he were crying. This is because the song was too emotional for the singer and he only recorded it once.

    It's "She's Out Of My Life!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  19. For which album Michael decided to leave out his most famous producer, Quincy Jones?

    MJJ / Epic
    Bad
    Invincible
    Number Ones
    Dangerous
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was for "Dangerous!"

    After the massive success of "Off The Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad," Jackson decided it was time for a change. According to Jones, he convinced Jackson to have Teddy Riley replace him in the production of "Dangerous."

    It was for "Dangerous!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Grammy / CBS / Via Tumblr
  20. Which of the following lyrics belong to "The Way You Make Me Feel"?

    Epic
    "I'll pick you up in my car and we'll paint the town."
    "I like the groove of your walk, your talk, your chest."
    "Just kiss me baby and tell me twice that you belong to me."
    "I'll be working from 9 to 5 to keep you by my side."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "I'll pick you up in my car and we'll paint the town!"

    It's "I like the groove of your walk, your talk, your DRESS."; "just kiss me baby and tell me twice that YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME"; and "I'll be working from 9 to 5 TO BUY YOU THINGS to keep you by my side."

    It's "I'll pick you up in my car and we'll paint the town!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  21. Which of the following music videos was more expensive?

    Epic
    "Stranger In Moscow"
    "Blood On The Dance Floor"
    "Scream"
    "Bad"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was "Scream!"

    "Scream" still holds the record of most expensive music video thanks to its production budget of seven million dollars (that adjusted by inflation would be $10,834,025).

    It was "Scream!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Epic / Via Tumblr
  22. The song "Ben" is about a rat.

    Epic
    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's true!

    "Ben" is a horror film about the friendship between a young boy and his pet rat. It currently holds a 57% rating in Rotten Tomatoes.

    It's true!
    Cinerama Releasing Corporation / Via Google Images
  23. Which Michael Jackson song features Stevie Wonder's vocals?

    Tamia
    "Speed Demon"
    "Another Part Of Me"
    "Say Say Say"
    "Just Good Friends"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "Just Good Friends!"

    "Just Good Friends" and "Speed Demon" are the only two tracks from the album "Bad" never to be released as singles.

    It's "Just Good Friends!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    NBC / Via Giphy
  24. Michael Jackson is the first artist ever to debut at the top of Billboard Hot 100. Which song got him that record?

    Epic
    "The Way You Make Me Feel"
    "You Are Not Alone"
    "Black Or White"
    "Dirty Diana"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was thanks to "You Are Not Alone!"

    "You Are Not Alone" sold 120,000 copies during its first week, which was enough to land at the top of the list. The song was later certified platinum for shipments of at least one million units.

    It was thanks to "You Are Not Alone!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  25. Which song closes the album "Off The Wall?"

    Epic
    "Burn This Disco Out"
    "It's The Falling In Love"
    "I Can't Help It"
    "Off The Wall"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "Burn This Disco Out!"

    There's no better way to close a disco album as great as "Off The Wall" than with a song called "Burn This Disco Out," am I right?

    It's "Burn This Disco Out!" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Disney / Via Tumblr

How Well Do You Know Michael Jackson's Discography?

Well, that could've been better...

Be honest: are you a truly fan or just a pretender? Do you like Michael Jackson's discography as a whole or do you only know the lyrics to "Beat It"? Either case, you need to develop your knowledge a little bit more. Like MJ used to say: don't stop till you get enough!

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Okay, acceptable, but you're still far away from a die-hard fan.

You've proved you know more about MJ than the average music lover, although you still have a long way to walk until you achieve the gold medal. Don't give up and keep reading all you can about MJ's work!

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Nice work! You're almost a true MJ erudite!

It shows that you've spent a considerable amount of time reading and researching Michael Jackson's life and music. Now you have to remember the mistakes you've made and add that information to your database. Congratulations!

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Stop the presses! We got a true moonwalker here!

Superb! No one can deny you're a devoted Michael Jackson fan, an undeniably moonwalker, a flawless database of the King of Pop. We bow down.

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