Ok so there are 3 Michael Jackson Greatest Hits collections to have hit shelves in the past few years since his final album Invincible. But which is the best. All 3 are brilliant albums, no doubt there, but here's the lowdown.
Number ones features 18 tracks in chronological order hand picked by MJ himself, it also has the newest MJ single available (2003's One More Chance) on the negative side it includes too many tracks from 1987's Bad album whilst almost ignoring Dangerous which is solely represented by Black & White. Oddly it also includes break of dawn, an album track from Invincible yet omits other well known songs.
Essential is the only one of these albums to feature Jackson 5 and early MJ tracks (again in chronological order, 1969's I want you back to 2001's you rock my world) with 38 tracks on offer this is more for the dedicated fan, not a casual listener.
King of Pop was a celebration of MJ's 50th birthday with 17 tracks chosen by the public, the songs are shuffled which gives it that "variety" and features tracks from all 6 of MJ's Sony albums. There aren't really any "fillers" here, this is probably the best of the three if you're looking for Jackson's better known songs.