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Ben (album)

Ben cover
Studio album by Michael Jackson
Released August 4, 1972
Recorded 1971–1972
Genre R&B, soul, Jazz
Length 31:15
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis
Professional reviews
Michael Jackson chronology
Got to Be There
Music & Me
Alternative cover
Original pressing

Original pressing

Ben was the second full-length solo album by American singer Michael Jackson, released in August 1972, seven months after his debut Got to Be There. The title track “Ben” was a million-seller hit single and Jackson’s first US #1.


“Ben” is a number-one hit song recorded by the teenager Michael Jackson for the Motown label in 1972. The song, the theme of a 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie Willard), spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart.

The song became the first of thirteen number-one pop hits for Jackson in the United States and his first number-one as a solo artist.

Later included on Jackson’s album of the same name, “Ben” was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Song.

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Ben”   Don Black, Walter Scharf 2:44
2. “The Greatest Show on Earth”   Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino 2:48
3. “People Make the World Go Round”   Thom Bell, Linda Creed 3:15
4. “We’ve Got a Good Thing Going”   The Corporation 2:59
5. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”   Ace Adams, Lionel Hampton 2:59
6. My Girl”   Smokey Robinson, Ronald White 3:08
7. “What Goes Around Comes Around”   Levinsky, Stokes, Meyers, Weatherspoon 3:33
8. “In Our Small Way”   Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:39
9. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day”   Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder 3:21
10. “You Can Cry on My Shoulder”   Berry Gordy 2:39



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