January 1980: Michael Jackson Locks No. 1 with "Rock With You"

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With over a dozen hits under his belt, Michael Jackson kicked off the early 80's with the first real record of his adulthood. From craftwork of disco-funk boppers and dance-floor pop in Jackson's 1979 Off the Wall album emerged nightlife staple "Rock With You."

Right on the heels of the first single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock With You" shot straight to the top of Billboard's Hot 100, marking his first No. 1 of  nine No. 1 singles throughout the 80's. The breezy single sat on the top throne starting January 19, 1980 and would remain on high for four consecutive weeks, becoming the fourth biggest single of 1980.

Teaming up with producer Quincy Jones, the 21-year-old leader of The Jacksons spun in a new musical direction with this breakthrough solo album, previewing the irresistible magic of the Jones-Jackson collaboration that would further fuel the superstardom of Jackson's pop career.

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A freshly tuxedoed Jackson in white socks and black loafers rocked the cover of the album, giving the world its first glimpse of the trademark black and white image the rousing star would tap into for the rest of his solo career. 

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