Ben is the 2nd album by Michael Jackson. The album was released on August 4, 1972 on Motown Records while Michael was still a member of the Jackson 5.

The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics and has sold a reported 5 million units. The song "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was scheduled to be released as the second single, but it was canceled for unspecified reasons.


  1. Ben (2:44)-[written by Walter Scharf & Don Black]
  2. Greatest Show on Earth (2:48)-[written by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino]
  3. People Make the World Go 'Round (3:15)-[written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed]
  4. We've Got a Good Thing Going (2:59)-[written by Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy Jr., Deke Richards, & Freddie Perren]
  5. Everybody's Somebody's Fool (2:59)-[written by Gladys Hampton, Regina Adams, & Ace Adams]
  6. My Girl (3:08)-[written by Smokey Robinson & Ronald White]
  7. What Goes Around Comes Around (3:33)-[written by Allen Levinsky, Arthur Stokes, Dana Meyers, & Floyd Weatherspoon]
  8. In Our Small Way (3:39)-[written by Beatrice Verdi & Christine Yarian]
  9. Shoo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo-Da-Day (3:21)-[written by Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby, & Stevie Wonder]
  10. You Can Cry on My Shoulder (2:39)-[written by Berry Gordy]

Album Chart PerformanceEdit

Charts (1972/1973/2009) Peak
French Albums Chart 162
UK Albums Chart 17
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4