The Essential Michael Jackson is a greatest hits compilation album by American recording artist Michael Jackson released by Sony Music's catalog division Legacy Recordings as part of The Essential series. The two-disc compilation features thirty-eight hit songs by Michael Jackson, from his days at Motown Records with The Jackson 5 in the late 1960s to his 2001 hit "You Rock My World". It was released on July 19, 2005 in the United States. As of 2009 the album was certified 2x platinum in the US, it's estimated that over 17 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it the highest selling edition in Sony's The Essential line. The Essential Michael Jackson, a 2-disc greatest hits set compiling songs from as early as 1969's I Want You Back with the Jackson 5 to 2001's Invincible release You Rock My World. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.