“Got To Be There” by Michael Jackson (1971)

“Got To Be There” announced the arrival of Michael Jackson, solo artist. While it certainly set a precedent, MJ and J5 records would remain virtually interchangeable for another eight years. So there’s nothing here that portended Michael’s mastery of pop music with one big exception: that voice. Michael hadn’t hit puberty yet, so “Got To… Read More “Got To Be There” by Michael Jackson (1971)

“All I Do Is Think Of You” by The Jackson Five (1975)

There’s an interview with Quincy Jones in which he says that he had to teach Michael how to “beg” when recording “The Lady In My Life”. An apocryphal statement for sure. I’m pretty sure Mike had listened to his share of Teddy P and Marvin records before 1982. Also, there’s this song, the flip of the last… Read More “All I Do Is Think Of You” by The Jackson Five (1975)

“Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968), The Jackson Five (1972)

Another great song that has two definitive versions, IMO. Also, here are the first two entities that have two songs each on this list. “Real Thing” has been bastardized a bit by being overused in commercials. It’s a testament to Nick, Val, Marvin and Tammi that the overexposure hasn’t lessened its classic status. To me,… Read More “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968), The Jackson Five (1972)