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Released: Nov. 26, 1991

Rating: 3.853 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: pop/R&B/dance

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Jam
  2. Why You Wanna Trip on Me
  3. In the Closet
  4. She Drives Me Wild
  5. Remember the Time
  6. Can’t Let Her Get Away
  7. Heal the World
  8. Black or White
  9. Who Is It
  10. Give in to Me
  11. Will You Be There
  12. Keep the Faith
  13. Gone Too Soon
  14. Dangerous

Total Running Time: 77:10

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 7.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.98
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 29.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • Black or White (11/23/91) #1 US, #1 UK, #3 RB, #23 AC, sales: 1.0 m
  • Remember the Time (1/25/92) #1a US, #3 UK, #1a RB, #15 AC, sales: 0.5 m
  • In the Closet (4/25/92) #5a US, #8 UK, #1 RB, sales: 0.5 m
  • Jam (7/11/92) #21a US, #13 UK, #3 RB
  • Who Is It? (7/25/92) #14 US, #10 UK, #6 RB
  • Heal the World (12/5/92) #24a US, #2 UK, #62 RB, #9 AC
  • Give in to Me (2/27/93) #2 UK
  • Will You Be There? (7/10/93) #6a US, #9 UK, #53 RB, #5 AC, sales: 0.5 m
  • Gone Too Soon (12/18/93) #33 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, pop/rock. Click to go to awards page. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums The World’s Best Selling Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Michael Jackson
“Despite the success of Bad, it was hard not to view it as a bit of a letdown, since it presented a cleaner, colder, calculated version of Thriller – something that delivered what it should on the surface, but wound up offering less in the long run. So, it was time for a change-up, something even a superstar as huge as Michael Jackson realized, so he left Quincy Jones behind, hired Guy mastermind Teddy Riley as the main producer, and worked with a variety of other producers, arrangers, and writers, most notably Bruce Swedien and Bill Bottrell.” STE

“Michael Jackson was still going for pop hits with 1991’s Dangerous,” RW but “the end result of this is a much sharper, harder, riskier album than Bad, one that has its eyes on the street, even if its heart gets middle-class soft on Heal the World. The shift in direction and change of collaborators has liberated Jackson, and he’s written a set of songs that is considerably stronger than Bad, often approaching the consistency of Off the Wall and Thriller.” STE In fact, the “six straight Teddy Riley-assisted cuts” RW that front-load the album make for a “ half-hour swoop of tense, aggressive, often angular funk [that] was Jackson’s most interesting music since Thriller.” RW

There is the challenge of Jackson’s “suffocating stardom, which results in a set of songs without much real emotional center, either in their substance or performance.” STE “But, there’s a lot to be said for professional craftsmanship at its peak, and Dangerous has plenty of that, not just on such fine singles as In the Closet, Remember the Time, or the blistering Jam, but on album tracks like Why You Wanna Trip on Me.” STE

“The sprightly Black or White is explicitly pro-interracial romance, an angle its video didn’t go near, and the urgent Give in to Me is almost scary…good.” RWGone Too Soon, a non-Jackson composition about teen AIDS casualty Ryan White, is a quiet statement (particularly played next to the choir-laden ‘Heal the World,’ Keep the Faith, and Will You Be There) showing that the star doesn’t always have to get showy.” RW

The album isn’t “perfect – it has a terrible cover, a couple of slow spots, and suffers from CD-era ailments of the early ‘90s, such as its overly long running time and its deadening Q Sound production, which sounds like somebody forgot to take the Surround Sound button off.” STE

“Even so, Dangerous captures Jackson at a near-peak, delivering an album that would have ruled the pop charts surely and smoothly if it had arrived just a year earlier. But it didn’t – it arrived along with grunge, which changed the rules of the game nearly as much as Thriller itself. Consequently, it’s the rare multi-platinum, number one album that qualifies as a nearly forgotten, underappreciated record.” STE

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Previous Album: Bad (1987) Michael Jackson’s DMDB page Next Album: HIStory – Past, Present, and Future – Book 1 (1995)

Black or White

Remember the Time

In the Closet


Who Is It?

Heal the World

Give in to Me

Will You Be There?

Gone Too Soon

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Last updated August 29, 2010.