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Charted: Sept. 1, 1979

Rating: 4.299 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: pop/R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  2. Rock with You
  3. Working Day and Night
  4. Get on the Floor
  5. Off the Wall
  6. Girlfriend
  7. She’s Out of My Life
  8. I Can’t Help It
  9. It’s the Falling in Love
  10. Burn This Disco Out

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 7.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.8
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 20.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (7/28/79) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • Rock with You (11/3/79) #1 US, #7 UK, #1 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • Off the Wall (11/24/79) #10 US, #7 UK, #5 RB, sales: 0.5 m
  • She’s Out of My Life (4/19/80) #10 US, #3 UK, #43 RB, # 4 AC, sales: 0.5 m
  • Girlfriend (7/27/80) #41 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

Off the Wall
Michael Jackson
“Michael, all grown up. He looks great on the sleeve, at ease with himself despite the formal wear.” BL "Jackson had recorded solo prior to the release of Off the Wall in 1979, but this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This was a visionary album,” STE offering “the first suggestion that disco need not be tacky.” BL It “found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus – it was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk.” STE

“Its roots hearken back to the Jacksons’ huge mid-'70s hit ‘Dancing Machine,’ but this is an enormously fresh record, one that remains vibrant and giddily exciting years after its release. This is certainly due to Jackson’s emergence as a blindingly gifted vocalist, equally skilled with overwrought ballads as She’s Out of My Life as driving dancefloor shakers as Working Day and Night and Get on the Floor, where his asides are as gripping as his delivery on the verses. It’s also due to the brilliant songwriting, an intoxicating blend of strong melodies, rhythmic hooks, and indelible construction.” STE

“Most of all, its success is due to the sound constructed by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, a dazzling array of disco beats, funk guitars, clean mainstream pop, and unashamed (and therefore affecting) schmaltz that is utterly thrilling in its utter joy.” STE “These immaculately produced, pre-Thriller tracks are now too familiar to shock” BL with songs like Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough and Rock with You having entered the canon of pop classics, “but in 1979, they were revolutionary. Perfection, however, is timeless.” BL “This is highly professional, highly crafted music, and its details are evident, but the overall effect is nothing but pure pleasure. Jackson and Jones expanded this approach on the blockbuster Thriller, often with equally stunning results, but they never bettered it.” STE

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Related DMDB Links:

Previous Album: The Jacksons – Destiny (1978) Michael Jackson’s DMDB page Next Album: The Jacksons – Triumph (1980) Next Michael Jackson Album: Thriller (1982)

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Rock with You

Off the Wall (live)

She’s Out of My Life

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Last updated August 29, 2010.