Michael Jackson's latest hits compilation, tries to correct problems of past greatest-hits albums by putting all of his biggest hits in one place, including his time in the Jacksons, and it comes close. The first cd of this compilation is really the essential one. Starting with some of his greatest hits with the Jackson 5, later the Jacksons, while throwing in early solo hits, then finally finishing with all the hits from Off The Wall and Thriller, it's very nearly the greatest hits cd to end all greatest hits cds. Had that first cd been released in 1985 at the height of Michael Jackson mania, it might have gone on to become one of his best selling albums ever.
The problem is really only with the second cd, which covers 1987-onward. Eight songs from the album Bad and another seven from Dangerous seems a bit overkill, especially when only one song is included each from HIStory and Invincible, and nothing from Blood On The Dance Floor. Those three albums may not have been his best, but should have been represented better for a more rounded career overview (The European version of this album fixes this somewhat by adding two extra songs from HIStory while removing the non-hit Dangerous). But why Scream, his duet with sister Janet and one of his biggest hits from the 90's, is missing is a mystery. And including the full length version of Heal The World, with it's childrens' voices intro to the song, seems borderline creepy given MJ's troubles, despite whatever intention he had with the song originally.
However, there are a lot of good songs on the second cd, and tracks like The Way You Make Me Feel and Black Or White still hold up well. But if you own the set, you'll probably find yourself listening to the first cd much more than the second.