"HIStory"/"Ghosts" is the second single to be released from Michael Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. It never received a commercial release in the U.S. but went on to be another top 5 hit for Jackson in the UK. It would prove to be his last for four years until "You Rock My World" in 2001.

The single is a double A-side featuring Tony Moran's remix of "HIStory" which had originally appeared as a new recording on Jackson's 1995 greatest hits collection HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I as well as a new song "Ghosts" taken from the short film Ghosts of the same name.

Original "HIStory" song

"History", composed by James Harris III and Terry Lewis, features Boyz II Men. The song features various historical quotes by people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Topics covered include the Statue of Liberty, Disneyland, the Berlin Wall and the first man on the moon. On June 13, 2005, Jackson played this song on his official website in celebration of his acquittal.

There are two slightly different versions of the song, mainly differing in the opening instrumentation and length of the song. The first version is found in the original edition of HIStory with uncensored lyrics for They Don't Care About Us and is somewhat longer; the second one is found in the second edition of HIStory with censored lyrics for They Don't Care About Us.

Track listing

UK single #1 (HIStory/Ghosts)

  1. "HIStory" (Tony Moran's 7" HIStory Lesson Edit) – 4:09
  2. "HIStory" (radio edit) – 3:58
  3. "Ghosts" (radio edit) – 3:50
  4. "Ghosts" (Mousse T's Club Mix) – 6:03

UK single #2 (HIStory)

  1. "HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson) – 8:00
  2. "HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStorical Dub) – 7:56
  3. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix) – 9:10
  4. "HIStory" (The Ummah Radio Mix) – 4:59
  5. "HIStory" (The Ummah Urban Mix) – 4:19
  6. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Radio Edit) – 4:17


"HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Remix by Tony Moran
  • Additional Production by Tony Moran and Bob Rosa
  • Mixed by Bob Rosa
  • Engineered by Tony Coluccio
  • Programming by Tony Coluccio
  • Additional programming by Giuseppe D.


  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson
  • Keyboards and synthesizer: Teddy Riley, Bad Buxer and Doug Grigsby
  • Drum programming: Matt Carpenter, Doug Grigsby, Andrew Scheps, Rob Hoffman and Alex Breuer
  • Additional engineering by Bobby Brooks, Matt Forger, Andrew Scheps, Armand Volker and Albert Boekholt
  • Assistant Engineers: Tony Black, Mike Scotell, Greg Collins, Gerd Krenz, Patrick Ulenberg, Paul Dicato, Andy Strange, Rob Hoffman and Tom Bender

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