Best Janet Jackson Songs - Top 10 List of Janet Jackson Songs
Janet Jackson is a singer and songwriter.
She is Michael Jackson’s younger sister.
Musically, she is recognized for her varied styles.
In career, she has won 5 Grammy Awards and 9 MTV Video Music Awards so far.
Besides, her music has sold over 100 million copies till now.
In her songs, we can feel her power and her passion for music and life.
Today, I’m going to share a list of top 10 Janet Jackson songs on YouTube.
Let’s get started!
1. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
“People of the world today
Are we looking for a better way of life?
We are a part of the rhythm nation
People of the world unite”
“Rhythm Nation” was released as a second single from Janet’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. And it got nomination of Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.
This fast-tempo song has a strong personality. The backing vocals, the instrumental background music and the lyrics mix together then make this dance song a unique style of its own. Janet just proved to the world that her brother is not the only one who is talented in Jackson family.
2. Janet Jackson – If
“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”
“If” was chosen as the second single from Janet’s fifth studio album, Janet (1993). The song peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Besides, the music video just grabbed several awards.
The song is kind of a fusion which mixed several music genres. And the song makes Janet’s public image different with its explicit fantasy narrative. So why not put on headphones and dug out the opposite side of Janet?
3. Janet Jackson – That’s the Way Love Goes
“Like a moth to a flame
Burned by the fire
My love is blind
Can’t you see my desire”
“That’s the Way Love Goes” was released as the lead single from Janet’s fifth studio album, Janet (1993). It hit Billboard Hot 100 at No.1 for 8 weeks and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. It won the Grammy Awards for Best R&B song.
The prelude of the song just grabs my ears. Janet makes the song so smooth that I don’t even notice when it ends on my phone. It sounds like a mutter to herself but really rings good.
4. Janet Jackson – What Have You Done for Me Lately
“What have you done for me lately
Ooh ooh ooh yeah
What have you done for me lately
Ooh ooh ooh yeah”
“What Have You Done for Me Lately” was released as the lead single from Janet’s third studio album, Control (1986). The song placed at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It got a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Song.
The song owns a heavy beat that drags me in Janet’s music world in a flash. And it got positive review from music critics. William Ruhlmann says that “Janet is an aggressive, independent woman on the song.”
5. Janet Jackson – Black Cat
“Black cat, nine lives, short days, long nights
Living on the edge, not afraid to die
Heartbeat, real strong but not for long
Better watch your step or you’re gonna die”
“Black Cat” was released as the sixth single from Janet’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). This hard rock peaked at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by RIAA. It also received nomination of Grammy Awards.
The heavy metal song is simply about drug abuse. What makes me admire this song so much is that Janet was tried to across genres. And she definitely did it.
6. Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
“Shot like an arrow thru my heart
That’s the pain I feel
I feel whenever we’re apart
Not to say that I’m in love with you”
“Miss You Much” was released as the lead single from Janet’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song peaked at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Moreover, it got 2 Grammy Award nominations.
It has a long prelude that I nearly doubt whether I suffer a headphone strike. But when Janet’s voice drifts on my ears, I get stuck in its likable vibe.
7. Janet Jackson – Nasty
“Nasty, nasty boys, don’t mean a thing
Oh you nasty boys
Nasty, nasty boys, don’t ever change
Oh you nasty boys”
“Nasty” was released as the second single from Janet’s third studio album, Control (1986). It reached No.3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. And the song marches into the list of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Pop Songs.
This simple yet energetic song sounds nothing special just like the name Nasty. Actually, it’s pretty good one. And the lyrics just pop on my mind saying “No, my first name ain’t baby, it’s Janet.” See, it’s quite catchy.
8. Janet Jackson – All for You
“It’s all for you
If you really want it
It’s all for you
If you say you need it”
“All for You” was released as the lead single from Janet’s seventh studio album, All for You (2001). It peaked at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks and became one of Janet’s symbolic songs. It won Janet a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
The dance pop song gets a feel-good melody. It’s like kind of a disco. The lyric is relatively blank but the vibe just gets me in. Though I’m not sure about what the lyric talks about, but who cares, it sounds awesome.
9. Janet Jackson – Together Again
“Everywhere I go, every smile I see
I know you are there smiling back at me
Dancing in moonlight I know you are free
Cause I can see your star shining down on me”
“Together Again” was chosen as the second single from Janet’s sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks and was certified Gold by RIAA. And the song has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
The song gets lively tunes, easy and fun. I think it’s about friends and families. Janet wrote this song to a friend from whom suffered AIDS and passed away. Thus, the song is quite emotional. I’m going to put it on my play list anyway.
10. Janet Jackson – Escapade
“Come on baby, let’s get away
Let’s save our troubles for another day
Come go with me, we’ve got it made
Let me take you on an escapade”
“Escapade” is the third single from Janet’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). It peaked at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and it won Janet a BMI Pop Award as well.
This upbeat tempo song really rocks. The vibe is gentle but still energetic. It’s going to be my new jam and I just can’t help playing it in rotation. I’m getting so ready to go on an escapade on weekends.
That’s all about the top 10 Janet Jackson songs.
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