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                       Rock With You
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Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Off the Wall
B-side "Get on the Floor"

"You Can't Win" (UK) "Workin' Day and Night" (USA)

Released November 3, 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1979
Genre DiscopopR&Bsoulfunk
Length 3:40
Label Epic
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer Quincy Jones
Certification Platinum (USA)

Gold (New Zealand)

Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"


"Rock with You"


"Off the Wall"


Off the Wall track listing
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"


"Rock with You"


"Workin' Day and Night"


HIStory Begins track listing
"Black or White"


"Rock with You"


"She's Out of My Life"


"Rock With You" was written by Rod Temperton and recorded by legendary artist Michael Jackson. It was released on November 3, 1979, as the second single from Michael Jackson's fifth album, Off the Wall. Written by Heatwave group member and songwriter Rod Temperton, who also wrote Jackson's 1982 song "Thriller".

The song helped Jackson score one of the first Billboard number-one singles in the 1980s. It reached number one on both the pop and R&B singles chart and became one of Jackson's most-loved songs. A video for the song shows a smiling Jackson dancing in a sequined suit against a background laser. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980.[1] It is also considered one of the last big hits of the disco era.

It was re-released as a single on February 27, 2006, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Cover Versions and samples
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Live performance
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience
  • 6 Mixes
  • 7 Track Listing
  • 8 Chart performance
  • 9 Personnel
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links



This song is written in the key of Eb minor.[2] It has a dance-rock tempo and metronome of 120 beats per minute.[2]

Cover versions and samples

[edit]Music videoEdit

Michael Jackson - Rock With You-0

Michael Jackson - Rock With You-0

Michael Jackson: Rock With You Official Video

A music video was released for the song. It features Michael in a sparkly sequined suit singing the song with a bright laser behind him. The video was directed by Bruce Gowers.

The music video was included on the video albums: Video Greatest Hits - HIStoryNumber Ones and Michael Jackson's Vision.

Live performanceEdit

Michael Jackson performed the song on the JacksonsDestiny Tour on the second leg, as well as the Triumph Tour and the Victory Tour. He performed the song on his solo tour the Bad World Tour. He also performed the song during the HIStory World Tour, but only a part of the Off the Wall medley on certain concerts. "Rock with You" was rehearsed for the Dangerous World Tour, but wasn't performed. Jackson also would have performed it for the This Is It concert series, but the shows were canceled, due to his sudden death.

Rock with you Michael Joseph Jackson

Michael Jackson at the sets of Rock with you (BTS - Behind t

Michael Jackson: The Experience

The song is also featured in the game Michael Jackson: The Experience.


  • Original LP version – 3:39
    • This "classic" version was only released on initial runs of the LP record and cassette, replaced by the full version of the 7" remix on later LP pressings and all CD editions. The original version was later remastered and released on the "French Fans' Selection" deluxe box set edition of King of Pop.
  • 7" remix video edit – 3:23
    • The "remix" was used for the single and to underscore the video. The remix re-pans the guitar, adds more strings, horns, hand claps in the chorus, and an edit was made to the middle musical bridge by shortening it from two parts to just one.
  • 7" version – 3:39
    • This is the same as the 7" remix, but with the musical bridge left intact.
  • Extended version – 4:57
    • Available only on the Japanese 12" promo, "Rock with You / Robin Hood". The latter song was recorded by Fox and the Promes.
  • Masters at Work Remix – 5:29
  • Frankie's Favorite Club Mix – 7:49
  • Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix – 3:50
    • The Masters at Work Remix and Frankie Knuckles remixes both contain previously unheard vocals and ad-libs not heard on the original album version. This is because the remixers were given access to the master tapes of the song to produce their remix. The master tapes contained additional vocals and cuts that didn't make it onto the original album version.
  • Freemasons Bootleg Remix – 5:44
  • 2012 Reeno 12" Remix – 7:16
    • This is a bonafide remix from the original 48-track masters. The intro and outro sections were greatly extended, and there is also a lovely break in the middle spotlighting the background harmonies. This mix also contains some previously unused string parts.
  • Live (3:55)
    • The live version, taken from the 1981 album The Jacksons Live!, was included on the UK 12" "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" single in 1983.

[edit]Track listingEdit

European 7" single (EPC 8206)[4][5]
  • A. "Rock with You" – 3:38
  • B. "Get on the Floor" – 4:44
Netherlands 12" single (EPC 12.8206)[6]
  • A. "Rock with You" – 3:20
  • B1. "You Can't Win" – 7:17
  • B2. "Get on the Floor" – 4:44
U.S. 7" single (9-50797)[7]
  • A. "Rock with You" – 3:20
  • B. "Workin' Day and Night" – 4:55
Visionary DualDisc single (82876725132)[8]
CD side
  1. "Rock with You" (single mix) – 3:23
  2. "Rock with You" (Masters at Work Remix) – 5:33
DVD side
  1. "Rock with You" (video) – 3:23

[edit]Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1980) Peak


Australian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart[9] 4
German Singles Chart[10] 58
French Singles Chart[11] 59
Irish Singles Chart 11
Italian Singles Chart[12] 9
UK Singles Chart[13] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
US Hot R&B Singles[14] 1
Chart (2006) Peak


Spanish Singles Chart[15] 1
Chart (2009) Peak


Australian ARIA Singles Chart[16] 36
UK Singles Chart 54
U.S. BillboardHot Digital Songs[17] 17


Preceded by

"Do You Love What You Feel" by Rufus & Chaka

Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single

January 5 - February 9, 1980

Succeeded by

"The Second Time Around" by Shalamar

Preceded by

"Please Don't Go" by KC and the Sunshine Band

Billboard Hot 100 number-one single

January 19 - February 9, 1980

Succeeded by

"Do That to Me One More Time" byCaptain & Tennille

*#^ The Billboard Hot 100 - 1980

[edit]External linksEdit

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