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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What Is the Best Jackson 5/Jacksons Song?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Apropros of nothing, save for the fact that I recently played it at a DJ gig and was stunned once again over how goddamned infectious and mood-elevating it is, I want to put forth the opinion that the best Jackson 5/Jacksons song is “2-4-6-8.”

Of course, there is a lot of competition for this honor, as the J5 canon is loaded with gems. Some close contenders for my top spot include “Enjoy Yourself,” “Goin’ Back to Indiana,” “Get It Together,” “Skywriter,” “Time Explosion,” “Mama’s Pearl,” “Keep on Dancing,” “Can You Feel It,” and the obvious, obvious ones: “I Want You Back,” “"ABC," Never Can Say Goodbye,” and “The Love You Save,” But nothing surpasses “2-4-6-8” (which can be found on 1970's ABC LP) for sheer jump-through-the-ceiling euphoria. The sinuous vocal arrangement, the guitar squawk, the buoyant bass line, and Michael singing his tiny, pre-pubescent ass off—all of this culminates into something you can play for hours on end, and its sugar rush never wanes.

However, you may disagree. What is your favorite Jackson 5/Jacksons song? This may be the most important decision you make all hour.

 

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"I Want Your Back"
Posted by maddogm13 on February 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
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Um, "I Want YOU Back."
Posted by maddogm13 on February 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 3
chuuuuuuuuch.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
cosby 4
I was hoping '2-4-6-8', which I am unfamiliar with, was more like the breakdown to Shirley Ellis' 'Soul Time':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEcExcF-Y…

I personally really like 'Dancing Machine' from 1974:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQY-uzzm7…
...but my favorite from the Jackson 5 is 'ABC'.

As for the Jacksons, 'Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)' is pretty unstoppable - easily my favorite from that era.

Finally, the best song that is commonly misidentified as being the Jackson 5: Foster Sylvers 'Misdemeanor'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpgsErJyA…
Posted by cosby http://www.myspace.com/cosbyshownights on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Jackson Hathorn 5
I've heard "2-4-6-8 who do we appreciate" after too many youth sports games, where now the Jackson 5 song is a little distracting. Since "I Want You Back" is probably the best song ever written, that has to get my vote.
Posted by Jackson Hathorn on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Jackson Hathorn 6
fun fact, my # on jerseys has always been 5 (or close to it) for a certain reason.
Posted by Jackson Hathorn on February 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
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the best song that is commonly misidentified as being the Jackson 5: Foster Sylvers 'Misdemeanor'

The gospel truth.
Posted by Dave Segal on February 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Megan Seling 8
I also vote for "I Want You Back," but I also want to give some love to "I'll Be There" (I know, I know), just because I fucking LOVE the part when Michael is like "Just look over your shoulders honey, ooooh!"
Posted by Megan Seling on February 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
the POB 9
Sheeeeit. this steel drum version of "I want you back" is B.A.N.A.N.A.S.

http://www.divshare.com/download/7784516…

i'm also not too proud to plug my own version......

http://soundcloud.com/prince-of-ballard/…
Posted by the POB on February 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
cosby 10
@9:
The original cover of 'I Want You Back' by the Esso Trinidad Steel Band is available on a compilation called 'West Indies Funk' that came out last year.
http://www.amazon.com/West-Indies-Funk-V…

It's available on CD and LP.
Posted by cosby http://www.myspace.com/cosbyshownights on February 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Report this
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Putting in a vote for "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Unabashedly. Little Mikey SLAYS the title line over and over again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiNkll4JS…

Posted by thedonproject http://www.thedonproject.com on February 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
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"mama's pearl"--b/c it's a guy (a very young michael) trying to convince a girl to give up her virginity.
Posted by glen keenan on February 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
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You guys are nuts. The best Jackson 5 song ever is "Who's Loving You":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOxIKJTTB…

That little fucker really had some chops.
Posted by ScruffyBallardMan on February 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM · Report this
Fnarf 14
You're accepting The Jacksons? Then the answer is clearly "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)". Long version, duh.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
the POB 15
@ 13. agreed.
Posted by the POB on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM · Report this
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The Love You Save.

The funkiest of the bunch...the pre-rap break "S is for Save Me, T is for..."

...ahead of its time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm6c292pu…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
Posted by gingersnap on February 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 18
we had everybody sing ' i'll be there' as a hymn at our wedding which coincidentally happened two days after michael's death..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehal1eUG1… ( this you tube acapella edit is so heavenly i get the teary gooseybumps every time i hear it )
so there's that. but i'm also a huge fan of the norman whitfield production on 'mama, gotta brand new thing' from ' get it together'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bDuiOXzv…
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on February 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
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I'll Be There, Can You Feel It and Rockin' Robin.
Posted by Duvall-ite on February 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this
Luisa 20
I was blind to let you go. . . .

It's I want you back, and none other!
Posted by Luisa on February 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Lurleen 21
A tough call, but Never Can Say Goodbye is super awesome.
Posted by Lurleen on February 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM · Report this
rowan redwing 22
They have good songs?
Posted by rowan redwing on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 23
One vote for Never Can Say Goodbye please. Written by Clifton Davis (and his sparkling eyes). Sung as a ballad (like Michael) please....not as a disco romp (like Gloria).
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this
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Another vote for Never Can Say Goodbye. There's not a song in this century that can use the phrase "dizzy hangup" with true feeling.
Posted by Essex Porter on February 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM · Report this
25
I Want You Back is my choice, and I still have a soft spot in my heart for (We've Got) Blue Skies. Terrible instrumental shit going on, but wonderful lyrics. "We've got blue skies, now can't you see? There will never ever be another love for me..."
Posted by Sarah in Olympia on February 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM · Report this
mackro 26
"Can You Feel It"
"Shake Your Body Down To The Ground" a close second.
Posted by mackro http://mackro.blogspot.com on March 1, 2012 at 1:53 AM · Report this
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I'm a bit upset that I'm in agreement with the "Supreme Ruler" person, but, yes, "The Love You Save" is clearly their best, and also contains the most thrilling moments of Jermaine Jackson's entire career when he exchanges lines with Michael.
Posted by catsnbanjos on March 1, 2012 at 7:14 AM · Report this
Jason Eckelman 28
Their version of Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why I Love You". Chills, people, chills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3_1UWV23…
Posted by Jason Eckelman on March 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM · Report this
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Blame it on the boogie
Posted by Alannati on March 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this
30
I'll Be There, with the Four Tops throwback. Delicious.
Posted by lovesjones8 on March 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
31
Their cover of the other Jackson's "Doctor My Eyes" is a crusher. "I Can Only Give You Love" from the same album (Lookin' Through The Windows) is killer, too. In fact, the whole record is.
Posted by Chalupa on March 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
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Blame it on the boogie, definitely!
Posted by tiodan on March 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM · Report this

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