SoulBounce’s Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #39 ‘She’s Out Of My Life’

Damned indecision and cursed pride
Kept my love for her locked deep inside


It's never easy for a male artist to display any emotion in song, lest your manhood be questioned or you get called everything but a child of God. But Michael Jackson wasn't just any artist, and "She's Out of My Life" wasn't just any song.

Singing about a lost love with only his self to blame for losing it, Michael conjured up a feeling that many who have ever played with the affections of another--or been the one played--could relate to. He may not have written this song, but he felt the songwriter's
pain and brought it to life so much so that we could feel every bit of his pain when
he became choked up at the song's end. According to the song's
producer, Quincy Jones, Michael's crying was not a ploy or gimmick; those tears were real.

The fourth single from Off The Wall, an album filled to the brim with disco and R&B grooves, "She's Out of My
Life" was decidedly neither of those things. It was more of a pop
country record than anything, and Michael's capable hands it became one of his most enduring and endearing love songs and finest vocal performances.

Michael Jackson: "She's Out of My Life"

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6 Responses

  1. Everytime I listen to this song I wonder 'what woman in her right mind would live this dude' to make his sing this song with such emotion?
    Not me!!!!!

  2. "Tito.......... Bring me a tissue.

  3. Michael is/was the truth!! Thanks Soulbounce for doing this special Top 50 MJ songs.

  4. God knows I love some MJ but there are several songs which will make me leap tall buildings to get to any radio playing them, and turn it off....

  5. Although I cherish this album for its brilliant disco flavor, this is one of my all time MJ favorites. I think it has something to do with the fact that I listened to it on replay during my early teenage years when I was learning all about liking boys... This Top 50 is really taking me back, thanks SB!

  6. This song makes me cry.
    It's one of the most heartfelt, beautifully performed songs ever. I'm glad the video was so simple because his voice gets to shine.


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