Michael Jackson (partially found unpublished songs from American musician; 1974-2009)

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Jackson during a rehearsal for the This is It concerts, which were ultimately cancelled due to his death.

Status: Partially Found

Michael Jackson was an American musician and entertainer. Initially the lead singer of the family band The Jackson 5 from 1964 to 1984 before branching off into a solo career in 1971, Jackson maintained a high level of success and popularity throughout much of his life, earning praise for breaking racial barriers and innovative musical techniques and dance moves. He was one of the most popular artists in the world, the best-selling prior to his death, and the best-selling deceased artist. In particular, his 1982 album Thriller is noted by Guinness World Records as being the highest-selling album of all time, with an estimated 66 million copies sold since its release.

While his death, like those of any other celebrity, sparked a resurgence in public interest and admiration of his life, career, and music, his passing also had one other effect: an amplified fan interest in his unpublished music.

Background[edit | edit source]

Michael Jackson had allegedly recorded up to 50,000+ different songs in the years between the ten different albums released during his lifetime, many of which were intended to see release on his albums. However, for varying reasons (such as concerns over album length, legal conflicts, and the desire for certain kinds of "sounds" per album), most of these songs went unused.

The most infamous case in regards to these unused songs is the alleged three dozen or so songs recorded for Jackson's 1991 album Dangerous, most of which were shelved upon the hiring of producer Teddy Riley, who shifted the album's genre to the then-popular "new jack swing". Select tracks from these sessions were intended to be included on a second bonus CD included with the 2001 re-issue of Dangerous (itself part of a campaign to celebrate Jackson's 30th anniversary as a solo performer), but for unknown reasons, this extra material was dropped.

Some of Jackson's unreleased songs include solo works, Jackson 5 songs, covers of pre-existing works, collaborations with other singers, and demos that were reworked into songs officially released by either Jackson or other artists.

History of Public Knowledge[edit | edit source]

Public knowledge of and interest in Jackson's unreleased works didn't seem to begin until 1993, when he, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, and Joseph Jackson were accused of plagiarizing the songs "The Girl is Mine", "Thriller", and "We Are the World". During the resultant seven-hour deposition (which ended in the acquittal of the accused parties), Michael Jackson named thirty-seven different songs that he had written or co-written but never published. This event was not only the first public acknowledgment of Jackson's unpublished catalog but also the first known instance where any of these tracks were referred to by name.

With the rise of the Internet in the 2000s, a few unreleased songs of Jackson's made their way onto web forums and streaming sites in snippets and unauthorized leaks, such as "(I Can't Make It) Another Day" on Facebook and "Gangsta (No Friend of Mine)" on MySpace. While his official releases were halted after the Invincible album due to creative burnout and the stresses of the 2005 civil trial, Jackson still created music throughout the 2000s. Alongside re-recordings of his classic songs and unreleased tracks that were placed on compilation albums like Number Ones and Thriller 25, Jackson worked on various tracks between 2001 and 2005, such as "The Loser", "One More Chance", "All In Your Name", and "He Who Makes The Sky Grey" (which he recorded alongside Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain in his private studio).

Upon returning to the States from an extended stay with the Bahraini royal family in 2005, Jackson approached various friends and producers, such as Teddy Riley, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and William "will.i.am." Adams, on the subject of helping him produce an eleventh studio album. Jackson particularly expressed interest in recreating the success of his previous albums like Off the Wall and Thriller while giving those records updates for the twenty-first century. He revealed in a 2005 phone call to the fan club Michael Jackson News International that he was particularly excited to release the song "You Are So Beautiful", which was written to express gratitude to his loyal fans who stood with him throughout his ordeals.

In spite of having no major label sign off on the project (with certain spokesmen implying Jackson might self-publish the album), Jackson went ahead with various producers and writers on the project in 2006, working especially closely with will.i.am. By February 2007 the pair had drafted eight new songs, under names like "I'm Dreamin'", "The Future", and "Still the King". In 2007 Akon, Neff-U, Syence, Chris Brown, and Kanye West were brought on board to collaborate. will.i.am claims that during their sessions, Jackson pushed for a sound not unlike that of the clubbing and dance songs from 1979's Off the Wall (albeit modernized), and several tracks that Jackson had worked on but ultimately rejected were put on will.i.am's 2007 album Songs About Girls. The most notable of these is believed to be "Fly Girl", although how much of Jackson's work on it remained in the finalized track is unknown.

The purported release date for the album was consistently pushed back between 2006 and 2008, and work on the album had either been halted or finished by 2009, at which time Jackson announced his "This Is It" concert tour and began making preparations and recording new tracks. It is unknown whether the then-untitled album worked on with will.i.am had been shelved at this time or perhaps continued during the This Is It sessions, from which came the tracks "River Ripple", "Best of Joy", and "This Is It". Talk of the album died down in favor of the concert tour, and the project remained in an uncertain (although likely advanced) state of production until his death on June 25, 2009.

The next high-profile development in the uncovering of these unreleased tracks came shortly after Jackson's death when his sister La Toya claimed that she had discovered two hard drives containing over a thousand unreleased (and in some cases unregistered) songs recorded by her late brother.

Additionally, a considerable number of unreleased songs were leaked online in the years following the release of 2001's Invincible and especially in the years following his death; YouTube channels such as Sven Nelson have made it a mission of sorts to continuously upload as much of these tracks as possible to keep them publicly accessible. One notable leaked track was "A Place With No Name", a 24-second snippet of which was briefly released by TMZ Network before being officially published posthumously in 2014.

There was also an auction in 2010 for an unreleased album of Michael Jackson; the winner was barred from leaking or distributing the songs on the album, making it highly unlikely for songs on that album to ever be released.[1]

The list of tracks on the album auctioned has the following:

  • "Monster"
  • "Breaking News"
  • "Stay"
  • "Keep Your Head Up"
  • "Everything’s Just Fine"
  • "Black Widow"
  • "Burn Tonight"
  • "All I Need"
  • "Water"
  • "Let Me Fall in Love"
  • "Ready to Win"
  • "Soldier Boy"[2]

Despite the legal injunctions placed on the winner of the collection, all of these and a few others (such as "Exotic Dancer" and "I Gotta See You") have found their way onto the Internet in various forms and conditions over the years through various methods. Most of Jackson's fanbase have discredited the tracks as fakes done by an impersonator which failed to make 2010's Michael album, with the most common accusations being levied against Jason Malachi and James Porte. Regardless of their authenticity, all of these tracks — known collectively as the "Bible album" — can be heard in full and high quality on the YouTube channel Bambeth and mirrored on vBLU as of April 2021.[3][4]

In March of 2020, during an Instagram Live stream with fellow producer Noah Steven, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins — who had produced Jackson's tenth and final studio album Invincible — played upwards of 20 demo tracks that had been worked on during the Invincible sessions. While some of these are recognizable as songs that made it onto the final album ("You Rock My World" and "Privacy" are the easiest to recognize), others are tracks that were cut during production (such as "It's Not Worth It", "We've Had Enough", and "Rampage") and others still are demo tracks of uncertain identity.

Given Jerkins' ability during the stream to seemingly click through these songs one after another at will, it seems likely that he has in his possession most if not all of the unreleased Invincible tracks in a single file on his computer. The quality of the leaked demos played during the stream is less than ideal, but Jerkins' direct involvement with Jackson's work makes it almost certain that all of the snippets he played are authentic tracks recorded by the pop star, and lends credence to Jackson's claim in a 2001 Rolling Stone interview with Anthony DeCurtis that he "wrote so many songs, I don't want to even say the number, just to get down to the 16 that are on there [the Invincible album]."[5]

As of January 2021, YouTuber Mikey D has uploaded a screen-recording of Jerkins' Instagram Live stream as pertaining to the leaks,[6] and YouTuber MJJBreaker has isolated the snippets that were played and put them in chronological order.[7]

Official Releases[edit | edit source]

In the case of "A Place with No Name", the post-mortem resurgence in Michael Jackson's popularity and increased interest in his unreleased tracks motivated Sony Music Entertainment, the owner of Jackson's record label Epic Records, to sign an unprecedented $250 million deal with his estate to maintain distribution rights for the unreleased songs and officially publish them on several posthumous albums throughout the 2010s.

The first of these albums, Michael, was released in 2010, with most of the tracks having been recorded in the years between the release of Invincible and Jackson's passing. The album was released to mixed critical reception and generated controversy over the authenticity of the tracks "Keep Your Head Up", "Monster", and "Breaking News", colloquially known (alongside several other still-unreleased songs) as the "Cascio Tracks" on account of them having reportedly been recorded in the basement of Eddie Cascio in 2007; those contesting the tracks' authenticity claim that the recordings presented on Michael were done by Italian R&B singer and Michael Jackson soundalike Jason Malachi.

The next two albums to feature unreleased Jackson material were Bad 25 (a reissue of 1987's Bad that includes several previously unpublished tracks and demos) in 2012 and Xscape (which includes the aforementioned "A Place With No Name") in 2014; these albums, particularly Xscape, generated much higher acclaim from critics and fans alike. Notably, the deluxe version of Xscape included the original demo recordings of the included tracks as well as the final, contemporized remixes included on the standard edition.

Because 2017 was the year of the expiration time of SME's distribution rights to Jackson's unreleased songs, it is unknown if any more of these tracks will see official releases. Michael Jackson’s estate has plans to release more unreleased songs but first, they’re going to rework it. Chief executive Rob Stringer said this about the label:

"Constantly scouring the catalog for ideas, but there are no plans at the moment to put any more full-fledged albums out. We are looking at one-off songs, and in this streaming world that works because it’s a track-based world. There are a few gems out there that we may unearth individually over the next months and years."


co-executor of Jackson’s estate John Branca told the paper:

"We’ve done a lot of big idea projects and things aimed to attract new fans", "Michael was so multifaceted and in trying to manage the brand we want to do things that capture each facet of who he was. But we start by thinking: What would Michael do?"[8]

Available Information[edit | edit source]

Label Definition
Status Guide
Lost No portions publicly available.
Partially leaked Available as snippets; not officially published.
Leaked Available in full; not officially published.
Partially released Officially published in fragments during Jackson's lifetime or after his death; a full version is not officially available.
Released Officially published via posthumous album.
Existence unconfirmed Not confirmed to exist in any capacity.
Title Writer Method of acknowledgement Notes Status
Songs unreleased during Michael Jackson's lifetime
A Baby Smiles Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1979. Lost
A Deeper Love Rodney Jerkins, Michael Jackson Unknown Written in 1999 for Invincible. Lost
A Place With No Name Michael Jackson, Lee Martin Burnell, Elliot Straite Snippet leaked by TMZ shortly after Jackson's death. Recorded between 1998-2008, during and after the Invincible sessions; lyrics written around the melody to America's "A Horse With No Name". Released
A Pretty Face Is Stevie Wonder Unknown Written circa 1974; intended as a duet with the Jackson 5; reportedly recorded for Wonder's 1987 album Characters. Lost
Abortion Papers Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions; alternatively known as "Song Groove". Released
Adore You Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer Title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written and recorded in 2009 during the This is It sessions. Partially Leaked
Al Capone Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded from 1986-1987 during the Bad sessions; early version of "Smooth Criminal"; alternatively known-- possibly erroneously-- as "Chicago 1945" (not to be confused with the identically-named unreleased track written by Steve Porcaro). Released
Alright Now Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1983 as a demo for Ralph Tresvant; Tresvant's version was released on his eponymous debut album. Lost (Jackson demo)
All The Truth You Need Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded during the Dangerous sessions; possibly identical to "The Truth On Youth." Lost
Angel Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Unknown Recorded around 1998 for a shelved greatest hits compilation. Several purported snippets of the song have surfaced on the Internet, although their authenticity remains in doubt. Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
Angel in Disguise Lashawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III Snippet played by Jerkins during an Instagram Live session in 2020 Recorded in 1998 during the Invincible sessions as a writer's demo for R&B artist Brandy Norwood. Norwood version released in 1999. Partially leaked Released
Attitude Michael Jackson, Kathy Wakefield, Michael Pierre Registered with EMI Music Publishing. Recorded during the Thriller sessions. Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
Bang Your Head Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on sometime between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Existence Unconfirmed
Bassouille Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien Unknown Written in 1994 during the HIStory sessions; alternatively known as "Basszouille"; Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
Beatbox 2010 Michael Jackson, Michael Prince Unknown Worked on in 2009; some sources state (likely erroneously) that the title is "Beatboy 2010". Lost
Beautiful Girl Michael Jackson, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (possibly) Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written and produced between 1998 and 2004; later Jackson would rework it between 2007 and 2009 to an advanced state of production for an unknown future project that would ultimately be cancelled due to his death. Listed among certain songs that he had wanted to finish. Released (1998-2004 version; other versions lost)
Behind the Mask Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chris Mosdell, Michael Jackson Existence revealed by Sony to promote Michael. Recorded in 1982 during the Thriller sessions; cover of an instrumental track by Yellow Magic Orchestra; planned for inclusion on Thriller, but cut due to royalty issues with YMO; Jackson version covered by Eric Clapton and included on his 1987 album August, 23 years prior to the Jackson version's official release, A remix of the original demo was released in Michael in 2010. Partially released
Be Me 4 a Day Michael Jackson, Gray Calix Days Registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Written and Recorder in 1987 and 2000; also known as "Be Me for a Day", "Just for One Day Be Michael", "Just for a Day", "Me 4 a Day", or "Be Michael". Vocally Complete and ready for release Lost
Belong 2 Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Unknown Written in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
Best of Joy Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 2009 during the This is It sessions; one of the final tracks recorded by Jackson before his death. Partially released
The Best Thing Michael Jackson Unknown Written and Recorded during the HIStory sessions. Vocally Complete and ready for release Lost
Bio Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer Mentioned by Michael Prince in a March 2017 episode of The MJCast. Worked on in 1997 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Blue Gangsta Michael Jackson, Elliot Straite Unauthorized remix by Temperamental released in 2006. Recorded from 1998-2001 during the Invincible sessions, released on Invincible. Released
Blue Powder Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer Unknown Written and recorded in 2000 during the Invincible sessions; among certain demos auctioned to a private collector in 2018. Lost
Bombay Nights Michael Jackson Unknown Worked on during the HIStory sessions; possibly also known as "Blackout and Bombay Girls" or "Bombay Girls". Existence unconfirmed
Bottle of Smoke Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Boy No Michael Jackson Unknown Worked on between 2005 and 2009. Sonically similar to "Days in Gloucestershire", "Speechless", and "Human Nature". Only a verse and a chorus are known to exist. Lost
Breathe Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2009 during the This is It sessions; notable for being one of the last songs recorded by Jackson during his lifetime. Lost
Broken Chair Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on sometime between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Buffalo Bill Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1983 during the Victory sessions. Lost
Butter Funk Michael Jackson Song title found on a note in Jackson's bedroom. N/A Lost
California Grass Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Initially written and recorded during the Dangerous sessions; completed in 1993. Lost
Call It Off Michael Jackson Unknown Produced during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Can You Michael Jackson, will.i.am Unknown Likely worked on between 2005 and 2009; a verified source claims that the vocals for the track were recorded, but the song had not been finished by the time of Jackson's death. Lost
Can't Get Your Weight Off of Me Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien Unknown One of the songs Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins produced for the "Invincible" recording sessions in 1999-2001 but the song failed to make it on the album.

The song is completely finished and has full vocals by Michael Jackson, full verses, chorus, climax and lots of ad-libs. Mastered on June 20th, 2004 for "The Ultimate Collection" but again, the song failed to gain a release on that box set. The runtime is 5 minutes and 17 seconds with a BPM of 85. Considered for "Xscape" but never selected. The song was last discussed during a Sony UK meeting before the release of the "Xscape" album. Attempted to be sold on an auction with the minimal bid of $100K in 2018, but no one bidded. The same copy was up for sale on Ebay the same for $500K, but no one bought it. An UK MJ collector bought the 2004 master of the song in 2021 for £1K. Many snippets of the song are circulating on the internet since 2010. The song is also known by the fans as "Can't Get Your Weight Off Of Me", "Get Your Weight Off Me", "Can't Get Your Weight Off Me", "GYWOOM", "CGWOOM", "GYWOM", "CGYWOM" and "Weight Off Of Me"

Partially leaked
Can't Stop Loving You Michael Jackson Song title found on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Recorded in 1985; Unrelated to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", which was officially released. Lost
Carousel Michael Sembello, Don Freeman Unknown Recorded during the Thriller sessions; cut from the album due to producer Quincy Jones not wanting another novelty song on it. First released with a shorter edit in the 2001 reissue of Thriller though released later in 2008 with an extra verse and a short instrumental bridge in the Italian release of the King Of Pop compilation album. Released
Changes Michael Jackson, John Barnes Unknown Worked on at various times between 1985 and 2008, always in a rudimentary state of production; has limited vocals and very few discernible lyrics. Lost
Cheater Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes, Quincy Jones (possibly) Song title found on a note in Jackson's bedroom Likely written and recorded around 1985-87 during the Bad sessions and left off the album; reworked between 1997-1999 during the Invincible sessions into a version that would feature rapper Fats, and worked on again in 2009 before his death. Released (Bad-era version; other versions lost)
Cheater (Ft. Fats) Michael Jackson, Fats Song title found on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Reworking of 1985-87 original, produced during the Invincible sessions; features additions by Fats. Lost
Cheater (2009) Michael Jackson Song title found on a note in Jackson's bedroom. A second reworking of the 1985-87 original, produced during the This Is It sessions; whether it features the additions that were made by Fats during the Invincible sessions is unknown. Listed among certain songs that he had desired to finish. Lost
Chicago Cory Rooney Released as a promotional single for Xscape in 2014. Recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Released
Chicago 1945 Steve Pocaro Unknown Written and recorded during the Bad sessions; reworked during the Invincible sessions; unrelated to "Al Capone", which was originally titled "Chicago 1945"; considered for inclusion on Xscape, but rejected by Pocaro. Lost (hook known)
The Children's Hour Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded as a demo for the Japanese charity group J-Friends; Japanese version released in 1998. Partially leaked
Christmas Star Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2007 and 2009. Existence unconfirmed
Color of My Soul Michael Jackson Unknown Written in 2000; possibly recorded in 2006 with Whitney Houston on backing vocals. Lost
Crack Kills Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1986; planned to have featured rappers Run-DMC; allegedly shelved due to an incident where Jackson's chimpanzee Bubbles accidentally bit Jam Master Jay, though the overall recording experience was still described as a positive one; Run-DMC's verse was reworked for their album Tougher Than Leather. Lost
Craze Michael Jackson Mentioned by Michael Prince in a March 2017 episode of The MJCast. Written and recorded in 1998 during the Invincible sessions; Fully complete version is known to exist; reportedly at least six minutes in duration. Lost
Coco Butter Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Alternatively known as "Cocoa Butter". Lost
D.I.E. Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written in 2006; acronym for "Dance is Entertainment". Lost
Danger is the Game Michael Jackson Unknown Hook bears resemblance to "Mind is the Magic"; possibly reworked from the 1989 demo. The leaked audio is disjointed, implying that it is a rough mix possibly from a shelved track that was unfinished at the time of Jackson's death. Leaked
Dark Lady Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Possibly identical to "H2O". Lost
Days in Gloucestershire Michael Jackson, Michael Durham, Brad Buxer Unknown Written and recorded in 2004; alternatively known as "Gloucestershire". Leaked
Dead or Alive Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2004. Lost
Deep in the Night Michael Jackson Unknown Written in 1987 and Recorded in 1989 Leaked
Destruction Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2005 as a sequel to 1995's "Scream" as a duet with Janet Jackson; planned to be included on Janet's 2015 album Unbreakable, but was cut. Lost
Dig It John Lennon Unknown Lyrics sung during studio sessions, possibly recorded. Leaked
Don't Walk Away (2009) Rod Michael, Corey Rooney, Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom; existence confirmed by Rod Michael in 2018. Written in 2005 and submitted to Jackson as a writer's demo. Jackson would record his own version at some point before his death. Lost (Michael version)

Leaked (writer's demo)

Do You Love Me Michael Jackson, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Unknown Written and recorded in 1998. Lost
Do You Want Me Sisquó, Dru Hill Unknown Written in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Doing Dirty Michael and Marlon Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1983 during the Victory sessions. Lost
Don't Be Messin' 'Round Michael Jackson Prematurely announced in 2012, one month before the Jackson Estate's official announcement. Written and Recorded in 1978 during Off The Wall sessions, in 1982 during the Thriller sessions, from 1986-1987 during the Bad sessions, in 1990 during the Dangerous sessions, in 1995 during the HIStory sessions, in 1999 during Invincible sessions and from 2003 - 2009. ReleasedPartially Leaked (Thriller Version) (Thriller-era Version Partially Leaked Bad-era version released; other versions lost)
Don't Make Me Stay Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Don't Matter To Me Michael Jackson, Paul Anka Vocals released in 2018. Recorded in 1983, vocals used in Drake's Scorpion album in 2018.[9] Partially released
Don't Walk Away Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 2009; unrelated to the identically-named song from Invincible. Lost
Do You Know Where Your Children Are Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions and from 1990-1991 during the Dangerous sessions. Released
Dreams Michael Jackson Registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Recorded in 1993. Planned to be on The Pepsi Commercial of The Same Name; Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
Easy Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1993 for an album that was shelved due to contractual difficulties. Lost
Eaten Alive Maurice and Barry Gibb, Michael Jackson Unknown Original version written by the Gibb brothers, reworked by Jackson; later recorded by Diana Ross and released on her Eaten Alive album in 1985. Lost
Ekam Satyam A.R. Rahman, A.R. Parthasarathi, Kanika Myer, Bharat Mentioned by Rod Michael in 2017 Recorded circa 1999 as a duet between Jackson (singing in English) and Rahman (singing in Sanskrit); intended to be on a planned 2003 album but shelved due to the album's cancellation; title is Sanskrit for "The One Truth". Lost
Eleven P.M. Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Also known as "11 P.M." Existence unconfirmed
Elizabeth, I Love You Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1997 as a tribute to Jackson's friend Elizabeth Taylor, 1 minute and 30 seconds of the studio version has leaked. Partially leaked
End It Michael Jackson Catalogued in the ASCAP Repertory. Written and recorded in 2002; This song was considered too dark with suicidal undertones. Lost
Everybody Wants To Be A Movie Star Michael Jackson Song title written on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Likely worked on during the This Is It sessions. Lost
Evil Eye Michael Jackson Unknown Worked on during the HIStory sessions. Existence unconfirmed
Faces Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded during the HIStory sessions; would have featured an introduction performed by Nelson Mandela and percussion by STOMP; was cancelled after the 1993 child molestation charges motivated Mandela's advisors to prohibit him from recording; alternatively known as "Face". Partially leaked
Family Thing Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1993 for Addams Family Values but cancelled due to contractual difficulties with Paramount Pictures; alternatively known as "Addams Groove", "Family Values", or "Family Morales". Partially leaked
Fanfare Transition Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1992. Written and recorded in 1992; alternatively known as "Fanfare 1992". A fully complete version is known to exist. Partially Released
Fantasy Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1983. Lost
Far, Far Away Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1983. Lost
Fear Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1989 during the Dangerous sessions; Evolved into Is It Scary Lost
Fever Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Recorded in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions; Reworking of Hot Fever Lost
Fly Away Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded during the Bad sessions. Released
Fly Girl Michael Jackson, will.i.am Demo snippet played during a 2006 Hollywood Access interview. Recorded circa 2006 in collaboration with William "will.i.am" Adams, reworked into the identically-named track on Adam's 2007 album Songs About Girls. Jackson version lost. Existence unconfirmed
For the World Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Free Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions. Released
From the Bottom of My Heart Michael Jackson Unknown Written in 2005 as a charity recording for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Lost
Friend Michael Jackson. Existence confirmed by Matt Forger Written in 1985 during the Bad sessions; Evolved into Will You Be There. Fully complete version is known to exist. Lost
The Future Michael Jackson, will.i.am Unknown Worked on with will.i.am in 2006; planned for inclusion on Michael but cut at will.i.am's request. Lost
Gangsta (No Friend of Mine) Michael Jackson, DJ Temperamental, Pras Michel Uploaded onto DJ Temperamental's MySpace page in 2006. Unauthorized remix of Jackson's "Blue Gangsta", leaked eight years before the song's official release on Xscape. Features additions by hip-hop artists Joker Artkill and Pras of the Fugees. It is unknown how Temperamental, who produced the remix, was in possession of the then-unreleased Jackson track. Leaked
Get Around Michael Jackson Unknown Worked on between 1985 and '87 during the Bad sessions, and again between 1997 and 2001 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Get To Know You Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins Existence Confirmed by Rod Michael Worked on between 1999 and '2007 during the Invincible sessions. Track given to Ledisi on her Lost & Found album; Fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Ghost of Another Lover Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written and recorded in 1989 during the Dangerous sessions and 1993-4 during HIStory sessions. Fully complete versions for both sessions are known to exist. Leaked

Lost (HIStory version)

The Gloved One Sisqó Unknown Written circa 2001; alternatively known as "Gloved One". Lost
Goin' to Rio Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager. Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written in 1976; planned to be included in 1979's Off the Wall at one point. Lost
Got to Find a Way Somehow Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1979 during the Off the Wall sessions. Lost
Green Hornet Groove Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Groove of Midnight Rod Temperton Unknown Written in 1987 during the Bad sessions, tape owned by person selling lot of 30 studio demos. Partially leaked
Had My Back Jonathan Dabreo, Christian Wancer Catalogued in the ASCAP Repertory. May lack recorded vocals. Lost
Halloween Night Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2004; features a guitar solo by Slash. Lost
Hanson Michael Jackson Mentioned by Chris Cadman and Craig Halstead in their 2007 book. Produced in mid-1998 and considered for Invincible; early demo of "(I Like) The Way You Love Me". Possibly among certain demos auctioned to a private collector in 2018. Lost
Heaven's Girl R. Kelly, Michael Jackson Mentioned by Cadman and Halstead in their 2007 book. Initially written by Kelly for Jackson at an unknown date; it is unknown if any vocals were recorded for the song. Lost
Heaven Is There Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1991. Also known as "Heaven Is Here". Lost
He Who Makes the Sky Grey Jermaine Jackson, Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain Unknown Written and recorded in 2005. Lost
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder Existence confirmed by Donny Osmond in a 2003 interview. Recorded in 2003. Lost
Hold My Hand Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly Leaked in 2008. Recorded in 2008 as a duet between Jackson and Akon. Released
Holiday Inn Michael Jackson Registered with U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1976 and recorded in 1984. Lost
Hollywood Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2000, reworked in 2006; unrelated to "Hollywood Tonight". Lost
Hollywood Tonight Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer, Teddy Riley Premiered on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2010. Recorded from 1999-2008, during and beyond the Invincible sessions; unrelated to "Hollywood". Released
Hot Fever Michael Jackson Registered with U.S. Copyright Office in 1985. Written and recorded in 1985; early version of "The Way You Make Me Feel". Melody is identical to Hot Street Lost
Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly Stone Unknown Cover of Sly Stone song, recorded in 1993 with Mary J. Blige and D. Angelo; a new version made in 2012 was planned to appear on Xscape but was ultimately cut. Lost
Hot Street Rod Temperton Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1982 during the Thriller sessions; cut due to Temperton and Thriller producer Quincy Jones's personal dissatisfaction, despite Jackson's objections. Leaked
House of Style Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 2002. Lost
H2O Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Possibly identical to "Dark Lady". Lost
I Am a Loser Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written and recorded in 2003; early version of "I Was the Loser"; alternatively known as "The Loser". Leaked
I Am Forever Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 2009; early version of "Best of Joy". Existence unconfirmed
I Can't Get You Off My Mind Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded sometime in the early 1970s; an acetate demo recording is known to exist. Lost
(I Can't Make It) Another Day Lenny Kravitz Acknowledged by Kravitz in a letter written in response to Jackson's death. Recorded from 1999 to 2001 during the Invincible sessions. Released
I Don't Live Here Anymore Michael Jackson Unknown Written and Recorded circa 2001 as a promo for a shelved 2002 album; alternatively known as "I Don't Live Anymore". Lost
I Forgive You Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written sometime prior to 1993 and recorded in 2007, possibly with will.i.am. Lost
I Have This Dream Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster Unknown Early version of "From the Bottom of my Heart"; also known as "I Have a Dream". Lost
I Love You Michael Jackson Mentioned by Jackson. Written and recorded in 2004; stated to be Jackson's personal favorite song about love. Lost
I Love You More Michael Jackson Mentioned by Jackson. Written and recorded in 2005 as a continuation of "I Love You"; features Britney Spears; alternatively known as "I Love You Too". Lost
I'm Dreamin' Michael Jackson Referred to by name in the February 2007 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Allegedly the opening track to an unfinished eleventh studio album planned to be released in 2008; was apparently the first of at least eight new tracks drafted for the record. Lost
I'm So Blue Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions. Released
Is She Coming Back Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Recorded in 2001. A fully complete version is known to exist. Features Michael on Piano Lost
It Doesn't Really Matter Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell Unknown Written and recorded in 1989 for a shelved greatest hits compilation entitled Decade. Early version of "Who Is It". Lost
It's Not Worth It Lawshawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Snippet played during an Instagram Live video by Rodney Jerkins in March 2020. Recorded around 2000 during the Invincible sessions but shelved; the song would later be given to Brandy Norwood for her upcoming album Full Moon, on which Jackson would sing backing vocals. It is known that the Jackson version was not a writer's demo but a full-fledged song in its own right. Partially leaked
It Was A Very Good Year Ervin Drake, Michael Jackson Mentioned by Cadman and Halstead in their 2007 book. Likely a studio version of the same cover that Jackson sang live in 1971 on Diana Ross' ABC Diana! television special. While the live version can still be found on various websites, this version remains lost. Partially released (live 1971 version)
I Was the Loser Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Alternatively known as "The Loser", as is its earlier version, "I Am a Loser" (mentioned above). Lost
I Will Miss You Michael Jackson, will.i.am Song title mentioned by will.i.am in 2008 Also known as "I'm Gonna Miss You"; was reportedly a tribute to artist James Brown, who died in December 2006 and was written shortly after. Status of production at the time of Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
If We Still Love Michael Jackson, will.i.am (possibly) Unknown N/A Lost
If You Don't Love Me Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1989 during the Dangerous sessions; was scheduled for release on the shelved bonus disc of the 2001 anniversary reissue of Dangerous. Leaked
I'm Still the King Michael Jackson, will.i.am Unknown Worked on in 2006; also known as "Still the King"; planned for posthumous release on Michael, but was cut at will.i.am's request. Lost
In the Valley Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written sometime between 1990 and 1993; recorded with Tyrese Gibson in 2000 during the Invincible sessions; while working on this song, Jackson found the song "2000 Watts" and included it instead on Invincible. Lost
Innocent Man Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1993 during the HIStory sessions as a commentary on Jackson's child molestation charges. Lost
Iowa Michael Jackson Mentioned by Janet Jackson in an interview. Recorded in 1977; stated by Janet to exist as a tape recording in the Jackson parents' house. Lost
Jane Is a Groupie Unknown Heard in Brad's "In The Studio with MJ", leaked in 2018. Recorded in 1989; Early version of "Give In To Me". Leaked
Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous Michael Jackson, Christine “Coco” Decroix Unknown Recorded sometime after the Bad sessions as a duet with Siedah Garrett; French version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Released
Joy Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Mentioned by Riley in an interview. Written and recorded in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions; later re-recorded by Blackstreet for their 1994 debut album. Lost (Michael solo version)
Jungle Michael Jackson, Dr. Freeze Unknown Recorded during the Invincible sessions; a fast-paced rap track similar to "Tabloid Junkie" and "Why You Wanna Trip On Me" in terms of theme and vocal delivery. Among certain demos auctioned to a private collector in 2018. Lost
Kentucky Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1975. Lost
Kick It Michael Jackson, LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III Unknown Written and recorded during the Invincible sessions. Lost
King Tutankhamun Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Kreeton Overture Michael Jackson, Jai Winding, Mary Paich, Patrick Leonard Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1984 as the opening number for The Jacksons' Victory Tour. Lost
Lady of Summer Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. N/A Lost
Learned My Lesson Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1985. Written and recorded in 1981; alternate version of "Much Too Soon", two different versions of this song are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Lost
Leaving Today to Benin Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. N/A Lost
Let Him Burn Michael Jackson, will.i.am Unknown Recorded in 2006 with will.i.am; planned for inclusion on Michael, but was cut at will.i.am's request. Lost
Little Girls Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Possibly recorded during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Lisa It's Your Birthday Michael Jackson Kip Lennon's performance featured in the 1991 The Simpsons episode "Stark Raving Dad". Recorded in 1991 for Kip Lennon; Jackson credited as "W.A. Mozart" for legal reasons; original demo intended to be included on the shelved bonus disc from the 2001 re-issue of Dangerous. Leaked
Llama Lola Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Possibly recorded during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Lonely Bird Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Possibly recorded during the Dangerous sessions. Listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom in 2009 as among those he had begun working on or desired to work on during the This Is It sessions. Lost
Lonely Man Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Possibly recorded during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Lovely Way Michael Jackson Song title referenced by Mark Ronson in a 2010 interview with The Daily Star. Recorded in 1979-1980; remixed by Mark Ronson in 2010 for the Michael album, but left off the final tracklist. Described as "in the vein of Elton John‘s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’." 12-second snippet of the song leaked in January 2020. Partially leaked
Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson, Paul Anka Leaked in 2006. Recorded as a demo for Johnny Mathis in 1983; revised version by Anka and Kathleen Wakefield recorded by Mathis and included on his 1984 album A Special Part of Me. Released
Lovin' You Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1993; May be identical to either "Loving You" or "Can't Stop Loving You". Lost
Loving You Michael Jackson Acknowledged by Jackson engineer Matt Forger in an interview. Recorded from 1985-1987 during the Bad sessions. Released
Lucy Is in Love with Linus Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Possibly recorded during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Maybe We Can Do It Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Sean Combs Unknown Written and recorded in 2000/2001 during the Invincible sessions; features Sean Combs. Lost
Man in Black Michael Jackson Snippet leaked by John Cameron in 2018, Full Demo Leaked Later Written in 1990 during the Dangerous sessions; planned for release on the cancelled greatest hits compilation Decade; includes creative input by Bryan Loren. Leaked
Michael's Affirmation Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Michael McKellar Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Midnight Man Rod Temperton Mentioned by Temperton in an interview. Written and recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions; early version of the album's title track. Lost
Miss You (2007) Michael Jackson, will.i.am (possibly) Unknown Possibly a finished version of "I Will Miss You" which was written in and worked on in 2006. Lost
MJ Melody Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1982. Lost
Monster (1999) Michael Jackson Described by C.J. DeVillar in an interview. Written and recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions; unrelated to the identically-named 2007 recording published on Michael. Lost
Much Too Soon Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1994 during the HIStory sessions. Released
Mystery Rod Temperton Unknown Written by Temperton in 1983 for possible inclusion on Jackson's Thriller album, but supposedly rejected in favor of "Thriller", "Baby Be Mine", and "The Lady in My Life". Most likely has no recorded vocals. Existence unconfirmed
Neverland Landing Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Written and recorded in 1993. Lost
The Nightmare of Edgar Allan Poe Michael Jackson, Walter Afanasieff Unknown Written and recorded circa 2000 for an unproduced film of the same name starring Jackson. Lost
Nite Line Glen Ballard Unknown Written and recorded in 1982 during the Thriller sessions; later re-recorded by The Pointer Sisters for their album Break Out. Leaked
Not Guilty George Harrison Unknown Recorded in 1994 during the HIStory sessions as a commentary on Jackson's child molestation charges; featured the Notorious B.I.G.. Lost
Nymphette Lover Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions. Lost
Ode to Sorrow Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1977, recorded in 1984. Lost
On My Anger Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Unknown Written and recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
On the Rain Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1998. Lost
The Pain Shawn Stockman, Jay Harvey Mason, Rodney Jerkins Unknown Written during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Pajamas Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Existence unconfirmed
People Have to Make Some Sort of Joke Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Unfinished when mentioned in 1993; writing completed in 2000. Lost
People of the World Michael Jackson, J-Friends Unknown Written and recorded in 1998 for the Japanese charity group J-Friends; J-Friends version officially released in 1999. Leaked
Peter Pan Michael Jackson Snippet sung by Jackson in a 1983 interview, and mentioned on the 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. Written and recorded in 1983. Shares the line "I am forever" with "Best of Joy". Partially leaked
Pressure Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Written during the Dangerous sessions with Bryan Loren, worked on again during the Invincible sessions with Darkchild and LaShawn Daniels; failed to make either album and was ultimately shelved. Lost
Photographs Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Pray For Peace Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Price of Fame Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded from 1986-1987 during the Bad sessions; recorded for Pepsi's "The Chase" series of commercials, but shelved in favour of a Pepsi-themed re-recording of "Bad". Released
Pyramid Girl Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1983 during the Victory sessions; early version of "Liberian Girl". Lost
Rampage Michael Jackson Snippet played during an Instagram Live video by Rodney Jerkins in March 2020 Written, recorded, and produced in 1999 during the Invincible sessions; failed to make the album and excepting the snippet leaked by Jerkins, the track remains lost. Partially leaked
Remember What I Told You Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom Recorded around May 19, 2009 in a sound truck outside Staples Center as a short verse and a multilayered chorus. Lost
Revenge Michael Jackson Unknown Worked on during the HIStory sessions. Lost
Revolution Michael Jackson, Rodney "Darckhild" Jerkins, Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien, René Moore Unknown Produced by Jerkins in 1997 during the Invincible sessions; possibly a writer's demo for Kirk Franklin's 1998 song of the same name. Lost
River Ripple Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 2009 during the This is It sessions; one of the final songs recorded by Jackson, just days before his death. Partially Leaked
Rocker Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Similar to Queen's "We Will Rock You" and Jackson's earlier "They Don't Care About Us"; reportedly has finished vocals. Alternatively known as "Rock Tonight". Lost
Rolling the Dice Rod Temperton Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions; Jackson clarified that the track was removed due to his and Temperton's dissatisfaction with the final result. Lost
Satisfy Terry Lewis, James Harris III Unknown Mariah Carey song featuring Jackson on backing vocals. Lost
Saturday Woman Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition; cited in the book My Friend Michael, Leaked on January 4th, 2020. Written in 1990/1991 during the Dangerous sessions. Leaked
Saved by the Bell Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. N/A Lost
Scared of the Moon Michael Jackson Listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Listed among certain songs that Jackson desired to finish, implying that it was in an advanced state of production prior to his death. Leaked
Scream Louder Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Terry Lewis, Samuel James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III Catalogued in the ASCAP Repertory. Presumably a thematic or lyrical successor to "Scream"; possibly identical to "Destruction". Lost
Seduction Michael Jackson, Shelby Lee Myrick III Unknown Written and recorded in 2001 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Seeing Voices Sydney Fine, Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions; features the Ray Charles Choir. Leaked
Serious Effect Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Unknown Recorded in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions; features LL Cool J; included on the cancelled bonus disc for the 2001 reissue of Dangerous. Leaked
Seven Digits Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Alternatively known as "7 Digits". Partially Leaked
She Don't Want Me Michael Jackson Unknown Written circa 1990. Reportedly similar to "The Way You Make Me Feel"; only a few lines that presumably would have made up the chorus were ever recorded. Lost
She Got It Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley Unknown Recorded in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions; included on the cancelled bonus disc from the 2001 reissue of Dangerous. Parts were possibly reworked into "Superfly Sister". Leaked
She's Not A Girl Michael Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in Jackson's home studio in Hayvenhurst Encino. Lost
She's Not It Michael Jackson Unknown Written and Recorded in 2002. Reworking of "Billie Jean". Complete Vocals known to exist. Lost
She's Only Fifteen Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions, later reworked in 2006; early version of "Hollywood Tonight". Lost
She's Trouble Sue Shifrin, Bill Livsey, Terry Britten Unknown Recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions; later recorded by Musical Youth for their 1983 album Different Style!; alternatively known as "Trouble". Leaked
She Was Loving Me Cory Rooney, Michael Jackson Unknown Reworking by Taryll Jackson of the 1999 original recorded during the Invincible sessions; considered for release in the 2010 tribute album Michael before being reworked again by R&B producer Timbaland and released on 2014's Xscape. Alternate version of "Chicago". Leaked
Shut Up and Dance Michael Jackson, Michael Durham Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written in 1999. Only the chorus was ever recorded Lost
Siegfried & Roy Michael Jackson Registered with U.S. Copyright Office in 1990. Written in 1989 for the eponymous illusionists; two versions-- vocal and instrumental-- registered with the U.S. Copyright Office; presumably an early version of "Mind is the Magic". Lost
Silent Spring Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1998. Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Sister Sue Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. N/A Lost
The Sky is the Limit Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1983; possibly a very early version of the song that would become "Bad". May also be known as "Change The World Tomorrow". Lost
Slapstick Rod Temperton Unknown Written and recorded in 1982 during the Thriller sessions; early version of "Hot Street". Leaked
Slave to the Rhythm Antonio Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Kevin Robersion Portion played on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. Recorded in 1987 and from 1990-1991, during the Dangerous sessions. Released
Slipped Away Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson Unknown Co-written with brother Marlon and recorded during the 1980 Triumph sessions; said to be finished. Lost
Soldier's Entrance Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1999. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Somewhere in Time Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1980. Lost
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 demos Howard Drossin, Brad Buxer, Cirocco Jones, Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grisby, Michael Jackson Acknowledged by Cirocco Jones in an email exchange with Rick D. of The D-Pad. Recorded in 1993 for Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 3; while some of Jackson's compositions (i.e. Carnival Night Zone's BGM and the credits theme) were incorporated into the final game, the vast majority were scrapped after Jackson was dropped from the project; varying accounts state that Jackson's removal was either due to the first round of child molestation allegations or that Jackson left on his own accord due to his dissatisfaction with the quality of the Sega Genesis's YM2612 synthesizer. Lost
Son of Thriller Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren (possibly) Unknown Written and recorded in 1989. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Space Dance Michael Jackson Used as a promotional song for Sega's Space Channel 5. Written and recorded in 1998-1999; alternatively known as "Space Channel 5". Leaked
Spice of Life Rod Temperton Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions; later recorded by The Manhattan Transfers for their 1983 album Bodies and Souls. Lost
Stand Tall Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1985. Written and recorded in 1985. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Starlight Rod Temperton Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Recorded in 1981 during the Thriller sessions; referred to by Jackson as "Starlight Sun"; early version of "Thriller". Leaked
Strawberry Fields Forever John Lennon, Paul McCartney Listed on a rare pre-print cover for the Decade album Recorded in 1989 for shelved greatest hits compilation entitled Decade. Cover of the Beatles' track of the same name. Lost
Streetwalker Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded during the Bad sessions; planned for inclusion on the album, but replaced with "Another Part of Me" due to the latter being more "dance-able". Released
State of Shock Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen Unknown One of three duets between Jackson and Queen singer Freddie Mercury; later re-recorded by The Jacksons with Mick Jagger (of The Rolling Stones fame) for Victory. Leaked
Stay Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Recorded circa 1988 during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
Stop Playin' Usher, T-Pain, Ryon Lovett Leaked in 2008. Written and recorded by Usher and submitted for possible inclusion on Jackson's then-in-progress eleventh studio album. Demo version leaked before Jackson could contribute his vocals to it, and thus was rejected. Leaked
Stop the War Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager Unknown Written and recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Lost
Sunset Driver Michael Jackson Unknown Written circa 1978 and recorded 1979 & 1982, during Off The Wall & Thriller sessions. Released
Susie Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1978; believed to be an early version of either "Little Susie" or "Blood on the Dance Floor". Lost
Sympathy Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson Mentioned during the 1993 deposition. Written in or before 1993, but not recorded until 2003 with Randy Jackson; intended for release on a 2003 album, which ended up shelved due to Jackson's arrest for child molestation. Lost
Thank Heaven Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1998. Written and recorded in 1998. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Thank You For Life Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1976. Lost
That Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1998. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
That Kind of Lover Michael Jackson, Ray Ruffin Unknown Written circa 2001. Vocally complete and ready to release. Lost
This is Our Time Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, David Foster Unknown Written and recorded in 1999; commonly believed to be a duet with Hill, though this is false. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Throwin' Your Life Away Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1988. Written in 1986, snippets surfaced in 2018, full song leaked in 2020. Leaked
Todo Mi Amor eres Tu Michael Jackson, Ruben Blades Unknown Recorded sometime after the Bad sessions as a duet with Siedah Garrett; Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Released
To Satisfy You Bryan Loren Unknown Written and recorded from 1990 to 1992; features Jackson on backing vocals, Michael solo version lost. Lost
Tomboy Michael Jackson, Roger Troutman (possibly) Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1985 during the Bad sessions. Features guitar accompaniment by Roger Troutman of Zapp. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Too Late to Turn Back Now Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Recorded in January 2009. Has little to no recorded vocals Lost
The Toy Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1981 for a Richard Pryor film of the same name; early version of "Best of Joy". Lost
Tragedy of a Cheer-leader Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written in 1991 during the Dangerous sessions. Lost
The Truth on Youth Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1990. Written and recorded in 1990 during the Dangerous sessions; features LL Cool J. Lost
Think Twice Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Lost
Tubeway Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1999 early on in the Invincible sessions. Vocally complete and ready to release. Lost
Turning Me Off Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1987 during the Bad sessions. Incomplete. Lost
U Are Rod Michael, Corey Rooney, Michael Jackson Existence confirmed by Rod Michael in 2018. Written in 2005 and submitted to Jackson as a writer's demo. Jackson would record his own version at some point before his death. Lost (Michael version)

Leaked (writer's demo)

Under Your Skin Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written and recorded in 1979; alternatively known as "Under My Skin". Lost
Unknown Michael Jackson Registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Possibly written and recorded in 1996 or 1999; it is unknown whether "Unknown" is the song title or if the song's title is not known. Lost
Verdicts Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Written and recorded in 1990 during the Dangerous sessions. A fully complete version known to exist. Lost
Vibrationalist Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Unknown Written circa 1999 during the Invincible sessions; alternatively titled "The Vibrationalist". Lost
Victory Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury Unknown One of three collaborations between Jackson and Mercury in 1983. Lost
Walk Away Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; Production of the song was completed on June 23, 2009. Sequel to "Don't Walk Away" (2009). Lost
Ways You Love Me Michael Jackson Song title listed on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Said to be worked on 2008-2009; Rework of "(I Like) The Way You Love Me". Vocally complete and ready fo release. Lost
We Are the Ones Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Recorded in 1978. Lost
We Be Ballin' Michael Jackson, Ice Cube, Clark Kent, DMX Unknown Written in 1997; remix of "We Be Clubbin'"; features Ice Cube and Shaquille O'Neal; intended to be featured in the NBA's "I Love This Game" campaign, but shelved when the 1997 player strike against the NBA caused the campaign to fold. Leaked
What a Lonely Way to Go Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written and recorded in 1975. Lost
What About Us Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1988 during the Dangerous sessions; intended for release on the cancelled bonus disc from the 2001 reissue of Dangerous; early version of "Earth Song". Leaked
What You Do to Me Michael Jackson Initially registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1985; copyright renewed in 1998. Written and recorded in 1985. A fully complete version is known to exist Lost
What's a Guy Gotta Do Pharrell Williams Unknown Written and recorded in 2000. Vocally complete and ready for release. Lost
What's It Gonna Be Michael Jackson Registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Not to be confused with "What's It Gonna Be" by Janet Jackson and Busta Rhymes. Lost
What's Your Life Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. N/A Lost
What's Your Name Rod Michael, Jason Edmonds Existence confirmed by Rod Michael in 2018. Written circa 2005 and submitted to Jackson as a writer's demo. Jackson would record his own version at some point before his death. Lost (Michael version)

Leaked (writer's demo)

When You Wish Upon a Star Medley Michael Jackson Unknown Recorded in 1983; features the songs "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Follow the Yellow Brick Road", and "Ease On Down the Road"; alternatively known as "Disney Medley" (despite only the first song being from Disney). Leaked
Who Do You Know Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and/or Rod Temperton (possibly) Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written circa 1981 during the Thriller sessions; failed to make the album. An early version of "Behind the Mask". Lost
Who is the Girl With Her Hair Down Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. N/A Lost
Why Michael Jackson, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Unknown Produced by Edmonds and Jackson in 1995 during the HIStory sessions, but ultimately cut and later given to 3T and released on their album Brotherhood with Jackson on backing vocals; Jackson solo version lost. Released (3T Version)
Why Can't I Be Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1980 during the Triumph sessions. Lost
Why Shy Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. N/A Lost
Willing and Waiting Michael Jackson Mentioned by Jackson's engineer in an interview. Written during the HIStory sessions; produced by Babyface; shelved due to it sounding softer than what Jackson desired for HIStory. Lost
Work That Body Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren Unknown Written and recorded during the Dangerous sessions; planned for inclusion on the shelved bonus disc from the 2001 reissue of Dangerous. Leaked
The World is Our Church Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. Vocally complete and ready for release. Lost
World of Candy Michael Jackson, Nisha Kataria Referenced by Joe Jackson at an unknown date. Recorded in 2003 at the Neverland Ranch as a duet between Jackson and protege Nisha Kataria. Described by Joseph Jackson as "beautiful". Vocally complete and ready for release. Lost
Xscape Michael Jackson, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels Unknown Recorded from 1999-2002 during and beyond the Invincible sessions. Released
Xscape (feat. 2Pac) Michael Jackson, Darkchild, Fred Jerkins III, Lawshawn Daniels, L.A. Reid, Tupac Shakur Played at an early listening event for studio executives at Rockefeller Center in April 2014. An alternate version of the title track that would be placed on the final cut of the album, featured posthumous vocals from Shakur's 1998 song "Changes". Lost
You Ain't Gonna Change Nothing Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. Written in 1975. Lost
You Are a Liar Michael Jackson Listed during the 1993 deposition. May have originated from an early version of "Morphine". Worked on during the Invincible sessions; alternatively known as "You're a Liar" and "You're a Liar, Brother". Lost
You Are My World R. Kelly Unknown Written in 2007-2008 for possible inclusion on Jackson's then in-progress eleventh studio album, Kelly demo worked on 2007-11; Jackson version lost. Leaked (R. Kelly version)
You Are So Beautiful Michael Jackson Mentioned by Jackson in a phone call to the Michael Jackson News International fan club in 2005. Writing began in 2005; written as a thank-you to his fanbase. Vocally complete and ready for release. Lost
You Are There Michael Jackson Unknown Reportedly worked on between 2005 and 2009; state of production at Jackson's death is unknown. Possibly identical to "Heaven Is There". Lost
You Told Me Your Lovin' Michael Jackson Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1984. Written in 1979; a second version exists, with words and music by Randy Jackson. Lost
You Were There Michael Jackson Unknown Written and recorded in 1989 for Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th anniversary celebration. Leaked
You Were There (2009) Michael Jackson Song title written on a note in Jackson's bedroom. Written on January 4, 1997 and Recorded on June 23, 2009; Has no relation to the 1989 version. Lost
You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me Stevie Wonder Unknown Originally recorded in 1975 by Jermaine Jackson, with Wonder, Jackie Jackson, and Michael on backing vocals; re-cut solo version published by Jermaine on his 1980 album Let's Get Serious, replacing the original recording. Lost

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  1. Rolling Stones article on an unreleased Michael Jackson album going up for auction. Retrieved 10 Jun '19
  2. Digital Music News article on the unreleased album going up for auction. Retrieved 10 Jun '19
  3. [1] This channel has high-quality uploads of all 12 Cascio tracks. While the channel was previously deleted, as of April 4 2021 it is still up with all the songs.
  4. [2] There are probably other channels that have uploaded the tracks, but vBLU has all of them in the same quality as Bambeth's channel and as of April 4 2021 serves as a good mirror to access them if Bambeth's goes down.
  5. [3] Clip begins at 11:51
  6. [4] The original Instagram Live stream has not resurfaced in full, but the portion referenced will do fine as it relates the most to Jackson's unreleased music
  7. [5] Most of the demos were unrecognizable in their leaked forms and thus MJJBreaker has titled most of them "Unknown Demo" so as to avoid confusion
  8. Spin article on Jackson's estate reworking many unreleased songs for future albums. Retrieved 10 Jun '19
  9. Spin article on Drake using snippets of "Don't Matter To Me" for his album Scorpion. Retrieved 10 Jun '19