Just ONE of the King of Pops “Classics” out of Many
“Rock with You” is a song written by English songwriter Rod Temperton, produced by Quincy Jones and recorded by Michael Jackson. It was released on November 3, 1979, as the second single from Jackson’s fifth album Off the Wall (1979). It was also the second number one hit of the 1980s, a decade whose pop singles chart would soon be dominated by Jackson. Temperton, formerly of the group Heatwave, also wrote Jackson’s song “Thriller” (1984). A music video was released for the song, using the shorter single version. It features Michael in a sparkly sequined suit singing the song with a bright laser behind him. The video was directed by Bruce Gowers.
It reached number one on both the pop and R&B singles charts. On the former, “Rock with You” spent four consecutive weeks at number one starting January 19, 1980. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. It is also considered one of the last hits of the disco era.