You Are Not Alone (4:55)

Cover of The Essential Michael Jackson

From The Essential Michael Jackson and 63 other releases

This was the first ever single in US history to enter the Billboard charts at #1. It was also a UK #1.

Michael Jackson asked R. Kelly’s manager if Kelly would write a song for him after hearing his hit record “Bump And Grind.” R Kelly went straight into the studio and came up with this song. Michael Jackson then joined R. Kelly in Chicago to record the track and asked Kelly to provide backing vocals. Kelly is quoted in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh as saying, “I actually imitated Michael when I sent him my first copy. He was laughing at me because I was imitating him.” (Source You Are Not Alone Songfacts).

In Belgium, the brothers Eddy and Danny Van Passel are considered the composers of this song, as the Belgian right society SABAM agreed that the largest part of the melody came from the 1993 Van Passel composition “If We Can Start All Over.”


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  • WitchUp

    Gorgeous!!! No words, this song is food for the soul

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    the performance of this song in Munich where that fan is hugging him and crying is crazy

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • violettte1

    Sometimes I forget how lush and inspiring this song is, and then I'm ashamed of myself for a while.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AlexandraMaya

    he was him!

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Ayamichan

    I'm so pissed that this is a great song but I always think about right before and after his passing. They kept playing this damn song on VH1 in the days after </3

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    ''that you are not alone i am here with you though you're far away i'm here to stay'' <3

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • enxe3

    1990s-era Michael Jackson is underrated. [4]

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jdew89

    "...but first I need your hand / then forever can begin..." ♥

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Red_Pain

    1990s-era Michael Jackson is underrated. [3]

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ellehigh14

    Yes, I can believe R. Kelly wrote this song. It doesn't change anything, though.

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Ixxmj

    I miss michael alot:(

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LucasBloomOne

    Another day has gone I'm still all alone...

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jaggerandrea

    What?? Really? Dang.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kenet87

    Can you believe this song was written by R. Kelly?

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    1990s-era Michael Jackson is underrated. [2] Absolutely some of his best songs come from the 90s.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    1990s-era Michael Jackson is underrated.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Matthewsstefan

    Reminds me of my best friends in school :)

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sharv11

    This is an exquisite song that somehow reminds me of my wonderful son Vincent. Every so often, Michael Jackson will come up on Vinny's station & it is so bittersweet, especially since Vincent departed this earth just a few months before Michael... <3

    23 Apr 2013 Reply

    U R NOT ALONE ....... :(

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Thanks Lars :-)

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
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