|Released||November 26, 1991|
|Recorded||June 25, 1990–October 29, 1991 at Ocean Way Studios and Record One Studios|
|Genre||R&B, pop, rock, new jack swing|
|Producer|| Michael Jackson|
|Studio album chronology|
|Bad (1987)||Dangerous (1991)|| HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Dangerous is the eighth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, released November 26, 1991 on Epic Records. It became his second to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where it spent the next four consecutive weeks. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the best selling albums of all time. The album won one Grammy for Best Engineered Album – Non Classical won by Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley, and is the most successful new jack swing album of all time.
Following the end of his successful but grueling world tour to support his successful Bad album in January 1989, Jackson had decided to focus on outside works including a deal with L.A. Gear to promote their brand of sneakers. He had also planned on the release of two greatest-hits packages, Decade 1979-1989 and Decade 1980-1990. Each was supposed to compose of hits spanning from his three previous studio albums, Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, as well as unheard demos and new songs (one of which was a cover of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever").
In 1988, CBS Records was acquired by Sony Music. As a result all of the artists who recorded for the CBS subsidiaries including Epic and Columbia would now see their records distributed by Sony Music. In March 1991, days after his sister Janet Jackson had signed a $32 million deal with Virgin Records, the musician topped her by signing with Sony Music for a reported $850 million, making it the most lucrative contract in music history. Jackson's stipulations for the contract was that he must release at least three studio albums (Dangerous, the second disc of HIStory and Invincible respectively), a remix album (Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix), two greatest hits collections (the first disc of HIStory and Number Ones) and a box set (The Ultimate Collection).
|1.||"Jam" (featuring Heavy D)||Michael Jackson, René Moore, Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley||5:39|
|2.||"Why You Wanna Trip on Me"||Teddy Riley, Bernard Belle||5:25|
|3.||"In the Closet" (featuring Princess Stéphanie of Monaco)||Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley||6:32|
|4.||"She Drives Me Wild" (featuring Wrecks-N-Effect)||Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley; rap lyrics by Aqil Davidson||3:41|
|5.||"Remember the Time"||Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Belle||4:00|
|6.||"Can't Let Her Get Away"||Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley||5:00|
|7.||"Heal the World"||Michael Jackson||6:25|
|8.||"Black or White" (featuring L.T.B.)||Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell||4:16|
|9.||"Who Is It"||Michael Jackson||6:34|
|10.||"Give In to Me" (featuring Slash)||Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell||5:29|
|11.||"Will You Be There" (Theme from Free Willy)||Michael Jackson||7:39|
|12.||"Keep the Faith"||Glen Ballard, Siedah Garrett, Michael Jackson||5:57|
|13.||"Gone Too Soon"||Larry Grossman, Buz Kohan||3:24|
|14.||"Dangerous"||Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley||7:00|
The 2001 Special Edition has the same track listing. It was re-packaged with the Dangerous – The Short Films DVD in a two disc set in 2008.