- I don't think that I've ever heard a Janet Jackson song!
- "Cunt Roll!"
- Love Will Never Do Without You
- SCREAM!: Stop pressurin' me. Make me wanna scream.
- The one where she giggles and then says in a little girl voice: "Are we recording this?"
And then makes a breathy giggle again.
- Rhythm Nation.
- When I think of you
- Ditto r11.
- Definitely Rhythm Nation.
I get this image of sexually active young women all across our our nation using this rhythm method to avoid getting knocked up.
- I particularly love her cover of Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night" from her Velvet Rope album. This was the first song I played after I came out to my parents. I felt to empty inside and Janet sang the line "..stay away from my windoooow." And suddenly I felt like she understood my voice. I can go on and about that Velvet Rope album and how it saved my life.
I love you, Janet.
- Mary @ r14
- Well that's ... unique r14.
- Is there a list ?
- R17, this list includes most of her top hits.
- I also love "Daybreak" from the 20 YO album. Such an underrated track.
- Her Violent Femmes cover; FAT.
- She doesn't really have any songs of lasting value or allure, so I'll go with Madonna's "Vogue" instead.
Madonna always had better songs than Janet.
- Here we go...
- She's the fat Jackson without any money, right?
- I'm not going to debate Madonna vs. Janet, R21, but your first sentence is just wrong. Just my opinion. And I like me Madge songs.
- Love Would Never Do Without You.
Gorgeous in the video, as is the feller in it with her.
- [quote]If I was your girl, oh, the things I'd do to you. I'd make you call out my name, I'd ask who it belongs to. If I was your woman, the things I'd do to you. But I'm not, so I can't, then I won't, but if I was your girl.
I wanted that to be my senior quote in the yearbook, but Mrs. Dugleson, the 73 year old yearbook adviser, wouldn't let me. I called her a bitch and then stormed out of her office. I didn't get detention because she didn't hear me. So there is no senior quote from me in the high school yearbook, so I wrote those words in cursive in my yearbook, in red ink, underneath my picture.
I love you Janet!!!
- Janet had a few cute songs on her first album, but the rest of her output is tinny and irritating.
None of her songs matched those of Madonna/Cyndi/Cher, or Michael, of course.
We should have a poll of worst Janet song ever.
For me, that would be her duet with Luther Vandross, "The Best Things In Life Are Free".
- "Can't Be Good" from the Discipline album is also a great song. Probably one of her best recent ballads.
- Um, That's The Way Love Goes is an awesome slow jam
- Come Back to Me is a pretty good one of hers.
- I can't pick just 1 so here are the ones I like:
Love Would Never Do With You
Come Back To Me
Let's Wait Awhile
All For You
When I Think Of You
What Have You Done For Me Lately
- Love Will Never Do Without You. The video (with a barely legal Antonio Sabato Jnr) rocks.
- Pleasure Principle all the way.
- She has so mny classics. Where to begin? I'll have to break it down per album:
-Don't Mess Up This Good Thing
-Come Give Your Love To Me (a funky, synth-driven new wave track)
-Love and my Best Friend (it's like "Ben" meets Klymaxx's "I'd Still Say Yes". She sounds very vulnerable on this track)
-Don't Stand Another Chance
-All My Love To You (funky song that harkened back to the stuff on her brothers' mid-late '70s albums)
-Hold Back The Tears
-Fast Girls (A track about the benefits of being with a lady of the evening. Janet's cute vocals belie the trashiness of the lyrics, but that's what makes it good.)
Legendary. A classic '80s funk/pop/R&B amalgam that pre-dated many dance divas of color in that era (Karyn, Paula, Nia, Pebbles, Vanessa...) I can't pick just one or even a few tracks. They're all great.
JANET JACKSON'S RHYTHM NATION 1814
See "Control". An outstanding time capsule of when real pop/R&B ruled the airwaves. This album was a juggernaut that went on to set unprecedented records and become the bestselling album of 1990 for a reason--it's brilliant. All of the singles are favorites of mine, and of the tracks that weren't singles, the standouts are "Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make)", "The Knowledge", "Someday is Tonight" and--one of my favorite Janet songs of all time--"Lonely".
I love how this album crosses genres with just about every other song. There's pop, R&B, rock, opera, house, hip-hop, swing...you name it, it's on this one. Some of my faves are "If", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Where Are You Now", "Again", "Any Time, Any Place", "Throb", and her remake of the Johnny Daye Stax track "What'll I Do (For Satisfaction)". For those who always talk about how Janet barely opens her mouth when she sings, well, listen to "What'll I Do". She SANGS on that one.
THE VELVET ROPE
Her masterpiece. A cohesive, dark (at times) trip through her insecurities, fears and doubts. Critics still herald this album as her greatest work because of its raw honesty and emotion. To make a Marvin Gaye comparison (as some critcs have done) RN was her "What's Going On", janet. was her "Let's Get it On", and TVR was her "I Want You". There's no filler on this one. Standouts are the haunting title track, "Got 'til It's Gone", the electronica-tinged "Empty", "Go Deep", "You", the anti-homophobia track "Free Xone", "Together Again" "Anything", "Every Time", "I Get Lonely", and the angry spousal abuse track "What About"
ALL FOR YOU
The title track is also one of my faves by Janet. The Grammy-winning single was also the longest-running Hot 100 #1 in 2001. Other faves from this album are "Someone to Call My Lover", "Feels So Right", the rock-tinged "Trust A Try", "You Ain't Right", "Doesn't Really Matter", "China Love", "Love Scene", "When We Ooo", "Better Days", and the Carly Simon-assisted "Son of a Gun..."
Almost slightly better than its predecessor. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" was one of the best dance tracks of 2004 (and one of Janet's best dance tracks period, IMO). More standouts from this CD are "Strawberry Bounce", "Slolove", "Island Life" and the Motownish "I Want You"
Favorites are "Take Care" (one of her best "baby-making" songs ever--and she has plenty of those), "Enjoy", "Get It Out Me", "Do It To Me", "So Excited (aka "SEx")and "Show Me". Janet went "hood" on this album, and when it worked, it worked.
The first single "Feedback" was great, but I'd say the second single, "Rock With U", is slightly better. Upon the album's release, critics compared RWU, with it's sparse vocals and futuristic feel, to Donna Summer's "I Feel Love". Other excellent cuts from this album are "LUV", "Rollercoaster", "What's Ur Name", "So Much Betta" and "2Night" (the latter which was used in the first "Sex and the City" film). Loved the futuristic vibe of this entire album and its artwork.
^^rare video for "What'll I Do". Janet channels Axl Rose with her moves
- R21 and R27 always show up in Janet threads just to say what they DON'T like about her. It's pretty comical, actually. Haters, the both of them (one of them is likely Madonna).
- Nobody does quiet storm slow jams like Janet. She has many songs that fit the late-at-night-with-your-lover mold. This one, in which Janet does backgrounds and Lisa Keith does lead, has always been a favorite of mine. It's from Herb Alpert's 'Keep Your Eye On Me' album...
- Also from Herb Alpert's 'Keep Your Eye On Me'
album was "Diamonds". It's a hot dance track that went to #1 on the Dance and R&B charts. Here's the rare video featuring two Janet impersonators (one of which is a little girl).
- Marry me, r26.
(And I love Madonna too. Why can't we love them both?)
- Janet's second single from her debut album went top 20 on the R&B charts. It's one of my favorites from "Janet Jackson". Pop meets new wave.
- Go Deep
- "That's the Way Love Goes" has the distinction of being the longest-running Hot 100 #1 song by any Jackson act, including the Jackson 5, the Jacksons, and MJ's solo career, let alone her own career. It stayed atop the Hot 100 for 2 months straight. And to think, the record company wanted her to release "If" first. She responded with a resounding "NOT!"
- One of my favorite bonus tracks from her is this tear-jerker from the Japanese edition of The Velvet Rope. It was also on the soundtrack to the film "Down in the Delta".
- Janet got real down and dirty with this one. She talks her way through a slow groove about what she wants her man to do to her and what she wants to do to him...
(the orgasmic finale is cut on this vid...)
'70s Love Groove
- One of the best dance tracks of 2004. Too bad MTV didn't have the balls to play it.
- Big difference between Janet and Madge is that Madge's early tunes were very gimicky pop and relied heavily on videos to fuel their popularity just hearing them without the memory of those videos isn't all that great. But I have to also give big credit to the Madge persona which also contributed to promote the music. All stars at the time were heavily reliant on videos but Janet's popular songs stand up as far as just fun to listen and dance to. They would have been hits without a video.
- yay some love for Miss Janet.
That's the way love goes
- This one
- Easy there r37/38/39/40/43/45/46. The op asked for your favorite of all times not her whole catalog.
- "Together Again"
Great dance song. Great video. OP, please learn the dance routine. Thanks
- Another awesome cut from "janet." is "Funky Big Band". She sings about Harlem's famed Leonx Lounge, and even does a little scatting towards the end.
GOT TO BE REAL IF YOU WANNA HEAR THE FUNKY BIG BAND!
- No other music video from a female pop star comes close to The Pleasure Principle in its sheer awesomeness. Just Janet dancing her ass off in tight Guess jeans in a warehouse. No background dancers or special effects necessary. Classic.
- I absolutely love "Again" it is so sweet and soft, yet oddly depressing. One of the songs where I felt her vocal style was matched perfectly with the lyrics.
- "That's the way love goes" is probably my favorite.
Love will never do without you
- It's a toss up between Escapade and When I Think of You.
- I was also a fan of "I get So Lonely" Even though Janet would later go on to say she hated the video, I thought she looked hot and the song was perfectly seductive.
- [quote]Love Will Never Do Without You. The video (with a barely legal Antonio Sabato Jnr) rocks.
- Meant to post a video link
- One of Kourtney Kardashian's favorite Janet songs must be "Let's Wait Awhile". She tweeted about it a couple of days ago.
- [quote]I was also a fan of "I Get Lonely" even though Janet would later go on to say she hated the video
Really? I never knew she said she hated it.
- Miss You Much
- r63 she said she can't watch the video because she sees herself as fat in it and she was at her worst weight wise and emotionally.
- I'd say she was very BOOBALICIOUS in it, for sure...
http://content.internetvideoarchive.com/content/photos/325/janet_i get lonely resize.JPG
- Michael Muhney (Sherriff Lamb from "Veronica Mars" and Adam Newman on "The Young and The Restless") likes "When I Think of You".
- I am a fan of her throatier vocals, Black Cat, Scream, What'll I Do, What About That
- Easy: "Pleasure Principle"
- Janet Jackson had a nice run there, before her coffee enemas and titty piercings scared everyone off.
But, really, very few of her songs are memorable, beyond a handful of obvious ones.
- [quote]Janet Jackson had a nice run there, before her coffee enemas and titty piercings scared everyone off.
Spoken like a true moron.
[quote]very few of her songs are memorable, beyond a handful of obvious ones.
You're clearly in the minority here, so kindly see yourself out.
- R71 needs to get herself a life.
- "That's The Way Love Goes" if I can only choose one. I still love its lush, warm mid-tempo groove.
- Two To The Power Of Love
- [quote]Two To The Power Of Love
Ahh! Her duet with Cliff Richard!
- 'Go Deep', 'The Pleasure Principle', 'If', 'Rock With U', 'Got Til It's Gone'
- Control, The Knowledge, Someday is Tonight, If, Because of Love, Go Deep, Love Scene, Take Care
I think Escapade is my favorite though. A lot of Janet fans consider that her best song.
- Escapade is easily her tinniest and most irritating song. And it has aged very badly indeed.
No wonder her songs from the Rhythm Nation era are all but forgotten.
- [quote]No wonder her songs from the Rhythm Nation era are all but forgotten.
Really? Is that why P!nk remade "Rhythm Nation" for the Happy Feet 2 film last year? Is that why actress Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries did a video mash-up of "Escapade" and "Love Will Never Do..." last year? Is that why "Come Back to Me" is consistantly sampled and covered by various artists? Is that why Britney covered "Black Cat" in concert, and why various rock outfits and cover bands often cover the song? And who the hell uses the word "tinniest" anyway? Only douches like yourself I suppose.
Speaking of the WONDERFUL "Escapade", Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Janet had initially wanted to do a cover of Martha and the Vandellas's "Nowhere to Run", but they came up with their own song with the same happy vibe as NTR, which gave birth to "Escapade". I've always liked the calliope motif in the background of that track. Reminds me a bit of Smokie's "Tears of a Clown", or of being at a circus.
- "Empty" from The Velvet Rope spoke on building a relationship with someone online. Quite ahead of its time. Love the touches of electronica on it.
- Tori Amos covered the exquisite "Again" quite beautifully
- r37, the question was song, not SONGS or ALBUMS, nor was a breakdown of each album asked of you. Pick one song, asswipe, and stop dripping Janet-saliva over everything. Stans make me barf.
- For R82, who the fuck made you Chief of the Datalounge police? I'm well aware of what the OP said, and, as I said in my first post, it's difficult for me to pick just one out of her extensive catalogue, so I broke it down by album. It this is a problem for you, then too fucking bad. Take a sleeping pill, wake up in a few hours and see if I care then (I won't). Choke on that barf, shithead. Oh, and fuck you.
- Let's not argue, girls...
If I absolutely had to pick one and only one Janet song, it would have to be "Come Back to Me". I've always loved that song and the beautiful video with her walking around the streets of Paris just after dawn.
Btw, there is a really great torrent online called "Diamonds" which is an album of all her b sides and such like the Herb Alpert song and 70's Love Groove
- [quote]Btw, there is a really great torrent online called "Diamonds" which is an album of all her b sides and such like the Herb Alpert song and 70's Love Groove
Cool, I'll have to check it out. She does have a ton of great B-sides and unreleased tracks.
- My pussy smells like Janet's; it REEKS!
- "Doesn't Really Matter"
I can play this on constant loop, as it's one of my "happy" songs and always makes me smile.
- "Diamonds," the song she did with Herb Alpert is my favorite. It's pretty much forgotten now, but it's a great song and got a lot of play when it came out in (I think) '87 or '88.
The Pleasure Principal is also right up there for me. That song sounds like it could have been made yesterday.
- Janbot is as sad as the state of Janet's career.
- Is this an oldie but goodie thread?
- Janet's songs defined a decade. Can any other artist lay claim to such a feet?
- I have an odd respect for the Janet Jackson troll. I mean, that bitch is serious. And it's funny to see someone exerting so much effort into pimping such a talentless, fat and broke old hag.
- Oh hi!
- Aside from the obvious one r91?
- [quote]If I absolutely had to pick one and only one Janet song, it would have to be "Come Back to Me"
I REALLY had a hard time choosing between this and That's the Way Love Goes - they are my two favorite Janet songs.
- I think I'm gonna go with "When I Think Of You". It's her sunniest and happiest. And great Jam/Lewis production.
Honorable mention for "If" and "Diamonds"
- Well since we can have honorable mentions, I will add Nasty, Funny How Time Flies, If (a remix) The Body That Loves You, Someday is Tonight, Throb, When I Think Of You and this interlude, Are You Still Up from "Janet":
- R97/95/73, that 11 songs in total.
- Probably Escapade if I had to choose one
But, Together Again still gets me up.
- I couldn't help it R98, sorry about that.
- velvet rope. i used to bartend with my friends at this place...and we would lay a certan cd when the guests were gone. and then we would get smashed. memories...
- Far above the rest is "Love Would Never Do Without You." I'm not a Janet fan but that one is awesome.
I also like "Alright" and the video for that song as well.
- LOVE JANET!
- [quote]Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Janet had initially wanted to do a cover of Martha and the Vandellas's "Nowhere to Run", but they came up with their own song with the same happy vibe as NTR, which gave birth to "Escapade". I've always liked the calliope motif in the background of that track. Reminds me a bit of Smokie's "Tears of a Clown", or of being at a circus.
Thats why I always loved that song. Its like a perfect mashup of different periods of music, with that awesome 1990 beat under it. Jam and Lewis were very creative with the New Jack Swing on RN. To this day, you cant listen to one song on that album without wanting to dance.
- Wow this thread is really helping me remember all the good Janet music. She really can't sing that well but she had amazing song writers in Jam and Lewis and they knew how to best utilize her voice. Also the fact she's a good dancer and she made the most she could of those songs vocally at a time before Pro Tools. Or maybe as Pro Tools came into being?
I can't name a favorite but thank you OP for jogging my memory. I'm going listen to some Janet and smile.
- r91 - how about Madonna, Michael and Prince for the 80s,
and Madonna and Mariah for the 90s.
Janet always played second fiddle to all these performers.
- [quote]To this day, you cant listen to one song on that album without wanting to dance.
This is true. RN is a classic.
- Bull and shit, R107. Janet has more talent and stage charisma in her pinky than Madonna does in her entire body. As for Mariah, none of her saccharin-laced ballads or wanna-be thug songs co-starring the latest "in" rapper can hold a candle to Janet when she is at her best. Also, Mariah is boring. She ALWAYS looks the same on every project. And have you seen her live? A throw pillow has more charisma.
- So smoooth
- [quote]I have an odd respect for the Janet Jackson fan.
As you should.
[quote]it's funny to see someone exerting so much effort into pimping such a talentless, fat and broke old hag.
...As you type away in your dank, dark basement apartment with Cheetos on standby
- [quote]Go Deep
Love that song. Watch this crowd go wild as DJ Avicii plays a remix of "Go Deep" at a club in Seattle...
- r109, I was not referring to stage presence, but to whose songs defined a decade the most. Please read the original post to which I replied.
You can enjoy Janet's songs all you like, but she she simply hasn't got as many decade-defining songs as either Michael or Madonna. That is beyond debate.
"Beat It" and "Like A Virgin" will always trump any hit Janet has had in the past.
- And she didn't even write it, R113.
Besides, who cares about what trumps what? This is a thread about peoples' favorite Janet Jackson songs. Keep to the subject.
Now back to the music. Here's another Janet fave of mine. It's called "Ask For More". It was for a Pepsi promotion right at the tail end of the Velvet Rope Tour. I love the Motown vibe.
- [quote]"Beat It" and "Like A Virgin" will always trump any hit Janet has had in the past.
Yes, these songs are more popular and recognizable than Janet's. But are they musically superior? Not a chance. 90% of Jam and Lewis's work is better sounding, better quality music.
- Here's her "Ask For More" commercial for the South American market, featuring Ricky Martin
- Madonna co-wrote "Like A Prayer", "Vogue", "Express Yourself", "Open Your Heart" and "Into The Groove" and all those are more decade-defining than any Janet hit.
Again, I was referring to the poster who said: 'what other artist has as many decade-defining songs?'
The answer is: Madonna and Michael Jackson.
- oh PUH-LEASE! It's well known Cuntdonna pays off writers to get her name on the writing credits.
- "If" is one of my favorite slutty Janet songs! love the dancing too YAS.
- One of Janet's decade-defining hits, "What Have You Done for Me Lately", was covered briefly in this scene from "Sister Act 2" at the 3:40 mark.
- Another factoid about the classic "...Lately" is that the famous "LatelyBass" preset on the Yamaha TX81Z (used extensively on house and techno songs of the late 1980s and 1990s) was based on the bass tone of this song, and subsequently named after it as well. I'll bet that many songs that you dance to in the clubs still utilize this preset.
- I always loved "Nasty" because there was simply nothing around like it at the time. It had an industrial sound mixed with the Minneapolis grooves provided by JJ/TL. Gene Simmons supposedly said it was his favorite song that year.
"Nasty" also inspired this TV series, and was used as its theme song.
- "What Have You Done For Me Lately" is not a decade-defining song.
It might have defined her career - but that's something else completely.
The only hit of hers that can be said to have been decade-defining is "Nasty".
- A great remix of IF
- The Best Things In Life Are Free.
Her other singles tended to be rather short on melody.
- [quote]The only hit of hers that can be said to have been decade-defining is "Nasty".
Boy, are you thick. "Rhythm Nation"? "That's The Way Love Goes"? "All For You"? All of these songs helped to define the decade in which they were released.
By the way, I love that particular remix, R124.
- I loved "How Will I know".
- "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'"
- [quote]I loved "How Will I know".
Oddly enough, Whitney's "How Will I Know", which was written by the husband and wife duo Boy Meets World (who had a hit with their '80s pop track "Waiting for a Star to Fall") was originally written for Janet. She and her people passed on it, feeling it wasn't right for the kind of vibe they were going for on "Control".
Shannon Rubicam of Boy Meets World said at the time: "We were pretty upset because we thought it was perfect for her at the time. We had written it with [Janet] completely in mind."
- [quote]"I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'"
I never heard that one before. Is that from her earlier years?
- No, it's been an extremely recent song.
- I'm LOLing at how you don't like Janet's music and yet you came into a thread called "Your Favorite Janet Jackson Song of All Time", (a title that means the thread is clearly not aimed at the likes of you) just to say so. A troll is a troll is a troll, I tell ya.
- Now I know why the song was so good R129 - Janet DIDN'T sing it. That frail, limited, birdlike voice could not have done with the song what our Whitney did.
- "Rock With U"--another great Janet dance track. It came with a one-take video, harkening back to her one-take "When I Think of You" video.
- I'm a Janet STAN but I don't like "Nasty" a whole lot because I feel it's a less sexual, more mainstream ripoff of "Nasty Girl" by Vanity 6. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had Janet doing that talk-sing thing too.
Most of Janet's other hits are amazing though.
- So much yellow. Time for someone to get a blog. And a pet.
- R124, that's the "If" remix I was referring to. I don't usually like remixes but this is a great one.
- JANET 4 EVARR!!!
- It's a giant sea of yellow r136
- Together Again (love the video too)
Got Till Its Gone - the Joni Mitchell one.
We go deeper.
- Isnt "Together Again" about being re-united with someone who died. It was very personal for me back in 1997 as my partner of 10 years died in 1996. The single had about half a dozen great remixes.
- Do u have a new partner now?
- Come on r117 it is well known that many stars get their writing credits on songs as part of the deal when doing an album. They can change as little as a single word and get writing credit.
- [quote]Come on [R117] it is well known that many stars get their writing credits on songs as part of the deal when doing an album. They can change as little as a single word and get writing credit.
R117 is clearly a Madonna stan, and is coming to her honor by defending her in a thread that has nothing to do with her. Oh, the irony.
- [quote]Isnt "Together Again" about being re-united with someone who died. It was very personal for me back in 1997 as my partner of 10 years died in 1996. The single had about half a dozen great remixes.
Yes. It was actually dedicated at the time to the many friends she'd lost to AIDS, but I guess it holds new meaning now given the death of MJ.
It's among the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over six million copies worldwide.
- The "Together Again" song and video got a complete makeover with this slower version.
- [quote]So much yellow. Time for someone to get a blog. And a pet.
- I think my favorite song ties with "Roll Withchu" and "Put Your Hands On". (and about 10 others) I'm just a HUGE fan!
- Thumbs up, R148!
- Excuse me? Hehehe! Runnnn awayyyy with my love...yeaaa yeaaaa YEAAA yeaaa
- How Will I Know and I Will Always Love You
- [quote]How Will I Know
That was almost Janet's song, by the way. The '80s pop duo Boy Meets World wrote it for Janet originally, but her people passed on it, as they felt it wouldn't be right for "Control".
- [quote]Excuse me? Hehehe! Runnnn awayyyy with my love...yeaaa yeaaaa YEAAA yeaaa
Runaway with me my love
- Thank you, r141 and r145. "Together Again" was played at every AIDS memorial I attended in the 1990's. It's a bittersweet song that still makes my cry.
- You're welcome R154. Even though the music is upbeat, the lyrics really do tug on the heartstrings. Janet said at the time that she didn't want it to be a mournful song, but a rejoiceful one.
- Too many to name just 1 lol