Number Ones

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Number Ones is a greatest hits album released by pop musician Michael Jackson in late 2003. Many fans were puzzled by its release, finding it redundant after the release of HIStory. Supposedly it is a collection of his #1 hits, however, Jackson broadly defined a "number one" as any song that had topped any chart, airplay or sales, anywhere in the world. Even then, several of the tracks - including "You Rock My World" - had never reached No. 1.

Particularly confusing was the inclusion of "Break of Dawn", a track that was never released as a single. Also, several of the tracks, including Thriller and Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, were butchered in the editing process. It is suspected that the release of Number Ones was a contractual obligation.

As bait, a new song was included - "One More Chance", as written and produced by R. Kelly. The album reached #13 in the USA and #1 in the UK. 6 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The American version has the following tracks:

  1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit)
  2. Rock With You
  3. Billie Jean
  4. Beat It
  5. Thriller (2003 Edit)
  6. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
  7. Bad
  8. Smooth Criminal
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel
  10. Man In The Mirror (2003 Edit)
  11. Dirty Diana
  12. Black Or White (Single Edit)
  13. You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit)
  14. Earth Song (Radio Edit)
  15. You Rock My World (Radio Edit)
  16. Break Of Dawn
  17. One More Chance
  18. Ben (2003 Live Edit)

The international version of the album contains the following tracks:

  1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit)
  2. Rock With You
  3. Billie Jean
  4. Beat It
  5. Thriller (2003 Edit)
  6. Human Nature
  7. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
  8. Bad
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel
  10. Dirty Diana
  11. Smooth Criminal
  12. Black Or White (Single Edit)
  13. You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit)
  14. Earth Song (Radio Edit)
  15. Blood On The Dance Floor
  16. You Rock My World (Radio Edit)
  17. Break Of Dawn
  18. One More Chance

Also released was the Number Ones DVD - a 90-minute DVD collection featuring 15 of Jackson's ground breaking short films.

Number Ones DVD :

  1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  2. Rock With You
  3. Billie Jean
  4. Beat It
  5. Thriller
  6. Bad
  7. The Way You Make Me Feel
  8. Man In The Mirror
  9. Smooth Criminal
  10. Dirty Diana
  11. Black Or White
  12. You Are Not Alone
  13. Earth Song
  14. Blood On The Dance Floor
  15. You Rock My World
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