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Number Ones (Michael Jackson album)

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Number Ones
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 2003 (2003-11-16)[1]
Length78:52 (US version)
79:01 (International version)
Michael Jackson chronology
Love Songs
Number Ones
The Ultimate Collection
Singles from Number Ones
  1. "One More Chance"
    Released: November 22, 2003[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Guardian Unlimited4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (2010)4/5 stars[4]

Number Ones is a greatest hits album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on November 16, 2003, by Epic Records.[1] Number Ones was Jackson's first proper compilation album with Epic Records, after the release of the first disc of HIStory in 1995 (and after the re-release of that disc as a single album titled Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in 2001). The album included Jackson's singles that reportedly reached number 1 in charts around the world, hence the album's name. Number Ones also features the last original single released during Jackson's lifetime, "One More Chance", released two days after the release of the album.

Number Ones was successful around the world, originally reaching number one in the UK among other countries. The album eventually returned to the top spot in the UK and reached number one on the US charts after Jackson's sudden death in 2009, staying as the number one selling album in the United States for six non consecutive weeks and for twenty-seven weeks on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. However, as a 'catalog' title, initially Number Ones was excluded from the Billboard 200 denying Jackson a seventh solo number one album on the chart. The rules preventing titles older than 18 months to chart on the Billboard 200 were subsequently changed in the fall of 2009 due to the posthumous success of Jackson, as well as The Beatles re-mastered re-releases.

Number Ones has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide and by 2013 it was certified 4× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 2009 American Music Awards, it won two awards - Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. With Number Ones, Jackson was the first artist to sell more than one million downloads in one week. The album was also the third best-selling album of 2009 in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan and ninth best-selling worldwide according to IFPI.[5][6]


In 2003, Sony released Number Ones, which was different from Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in several ways. The latter sold over 5 million copies, comprised fifteen singles (fourteen of them Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits): three from Off the Wall, five from Thriller, four from Bad and three from Dangerous. The versions of those songs were included exactly as they appeared on the original albums, whereas Number Ones included radio edits, single versions, and new edits. Number Ones also offered singles from the second disc of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, plus the title track from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix and "You Rock My World", the hit single from Invincible. The album also included two bonus tracks: "Break of Dawn" (a song from Invincible that Jackson planned to release as a single) and the new, previously unreleased single, "One More Chance", which became his final hit single during his lifetime. The beat-heavy ballad "One More Chance", which was written for Jackson by R. Kelly, was recorded exclusively for this collection.[7] The U.S. release also included another track, a live rendition of "Ben".

The Number Ones title is a bit of a misnomer, as "Thriller" only went to number 1 on the US Dance/Club charts (it did, however, go to number 1 in Belgium and France) and "Smooth Criminal" only went to number 1 in Belgium and Ireland.

There were four covers for the Number Ones album: a shot from the "Bad" music video, a shot from the "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" music video, one where he is suspended on his toes while performing his song "Billie Jean", and the final cover shows him holding his signature fedora, in the midst of a kick (from the music video of "Black or White").

Impact of album after death

Number Ones had already sold 1,825,000 copies in the US the week Jackson died.[8] Following Jackson's death on June 25, the album sold 108,000 units in the US on the chart week ending July 1, 2009 and was the biggest-selling album of the week, though only one quarter of Jackson's entire US album sales recorded that week, shifting just under 425,000 albums and 2.6 million digital singles (more than 50 times of all the combined digital single sales of the previous week and making Jackson the first artist to sell more than one million downloads in one week).[9] The following week it remained the biggest selling album shifting its largest one-week sales since being release in 2003 with 350,000 copies sold, as Jackson's overall album sales tally swelled to 1.1 million for the week.[10][11] Number Ones was 2009's third biggest-selling album according to SoundScan, behind Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream and Taylor Swift's Fearless.[12] Although the best selling album for three weeks in a row, the record was not allowed to chart on the Billboard 200 due to (now defunct) rules, but entered the Comprehensive Chart at number 1 where it remained for six weeks.[13] Number Ones was the best-selling album in the United States for six consecutive weeks amassing sales of 2.36 million by the end of 2009. The Billboard Catalog chart also allowed Number Ones to chart, where it led Jackson in occupying the entire top 12 positions on the chart.[10] Number Ones has topped Top Catalog Albums Chart several times; most recently for three consecutive weeks in May and June 2014.[14] As of November 8, 2014, the album has sold over 5 million copies in the US.[15]

In the UK, Ireland and Canada, the album re-entered the UK charts at number 1 the week following Jackson's death.[13]

In New Zealand, Number Ones re-entered the chart following Jackson's death at number 38, climbing to number 4 the following week. It then reached number 1 the next week; the album was also certified 4x Platinum, shipping over 60,000 copies.[16][17]

Track listing

The songs included on each international version and format are summarised below, sortable using the position within an edition.

Song North American/
South American (in some countries)/
Asian (in some countries) CD
South American (in some countries)/
Asian (in some countries) CD
DVD DVD (Chinese Version)
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" 1 1 1
"Rock with You" 2 2 2 1
"Billie Jean" 3 3 3 2
"Beat It" 4 4 4 3
"Thriller" 5 5 5 4
"Human Nature" 6
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) 6 7
"Bad" 7 8 6 5
"Smooth Criminal" 8 11 9
"The Way You Make Me Feel" 9 9 7 6
"Man in the Mirror" 10 8 7
"Dirty Diana" 11 10 10 8
"Black or White" 12 12 11 9
"You Are Not Alone" 13 13 12 10
"Earth Song" 14 14 13 11
"Blood on the Dance Floor" 15 14
"You Rock My World" 15 16 15 12
"Break of Dawn" 16 17
"One More Chance" 17 18
"Ben (Live)" 18

International version

1."Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (7" edit) (from Off the Wall, 1979)Michael Jackson3:56
2."Rock with You" (from Off the Wall)Rod Temperton3:40
3."Billie Jean" (from Thriller, 1982)Jackson4:53
4."Beat It" (from Thriller)Jackson4:17
5."Thriller" (2003 edit) (from Thriller)Temperton5:11
6."Human Nature" (from Thriller)Steve Porcaro, John Bettis4:05
7."I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) (from Bad, 1987)Jackson4:11
8."Bad" (from Bad)Jackson4:06
9."The Way You Make Me Feel" (from Bad)Jackson4:56
10."Dirty Diana" (from Bad)Jackson4:40
11."Smooth Criminal" (from Bad)Jackson4:17
12."Black or White" (Single edit) (featuring L.T.B.) (from Dangerous, 1991)Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell3:18
13."You Are Not Alone" (Radio edit) (from HIStory, 1995)R. Kelly4:34
14."Earth Song" (Radio edit) (from HIStory)Jackson5:01
15."Blood on the Dance Floor" (from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, 1997)Jackson, Teddy Riley4:11
16."You Rock My World" (Radio edit) (from Invincible, 2001)Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne4:25
17."Break of Dawn" (from Invincible)Dr. Freeze, Jackson5:29
18."One More Chance" (Previously unreleased, 2003)R. Kelly3:49

American version

1."Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (7" edit) (from Off the Wall)Jackson3:56
2."Rock with You" (from Off the Wall)Temperton3:40
3."Billie Jean" (from Thriller)Jackson4:53
4."Beat It" (from Thriller)Jackson4:17
5."Thriller" (2003 edit) (from Thriller)Temperton5:11
6."I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) (from Bad)Jackson4:11
7."Bad" (from Bad)Jackson4:06
8."Smooth Criminal" (from Bad)Jackson4:17
9."The Way You Make Me Feel" (from Bad)Jackson4:56
10."Man in the Mirror" (Single edit) (from Bad)Garrett, Glen Ballard5:03
11."Dirty Diana" (from Bad)Jackson4:40
12."Black or White" (Single edit) (featuring L.T.B.) (from Dangerous)Jackson; rap lyrics by Bottrell3:18
13."You Are Not Alone" (Radio edit) (from HIStory)R. Kelly4:34
14."Earth Song" (Radio edit) (from HIStory)Jackson5:01
15."You Rock My World" (Radio edit) (from Invincible)Jackson, R. Jerkins, F, Jerkins, Daniels, Payne4:25
16."Break of Dawn" (from Invincible)Dr. Freeze, Jackson5:29
17."One More Chance" (Previously unreleased)R. Kelly3:49
18."Ben" (2003 live edit) (from The Jacksons Live!, 1981)Walter Scharf, Don Black2:58

Chart positions


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[62] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Australia (ARIA)[63] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[64] Gold 15,000*
Croatia (HDU)[65] Gold 7,500*
Germany (BVMI)[66] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[67] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Italy (FIMI)[68] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[69] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[70] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[72] Platinum 20,000*
Russia (NFPF)[73] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[74] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[75] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] 9× Platinum 2,700,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[78] 4× Platinum 5,300,000[77]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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