Artist Countdown: Janet Jackson Top 45 Hits 6pm ET

jjacksonJanet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television appearances, and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture since the early 1970s. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career appearing on the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear on other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

After signing a recording contract with A&M in 1982, she came to prominence following the release of her third studio album Control (1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio airplay and MTV, she was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.

In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her debut album under the label, Janet (1993), saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, Billboard named her the second most successful recording artist of the decade, following Mariah Carey. She has amassed an extensive catalog of hits, with singles such as “Nasty”, “Rhythm Nation“, “That’s the Way Love Goes“, “Together Again”, and “All for You” her most iconic.

Having sold over 100 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, ranking her at number seven. In 2010, the magazine announced the “Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”, ranking her at number five. One of the world’s most awarded artists, her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Together Again
2 Scream (Michael Jackson featuring Janet Jackson)
3 That’s the Way Love Goes
4 All for You
5 Runaway
6 Doesn’t Really Matter
7 What Have You Done for Me Lately
8 Nasty
9 The Best Things in Life Are Free (Luther Vandross featuring Janet Jackson, BBD and Ralph Tresvant)
10 Miss You Much
11 Again
12 Escapade
13 Black Cat
14 Someone to Call My Lover (featuring Jermaine Dupri)
15 Let’s Wait Awhile
16 Got ’til It’s Gone (featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell)
17 Rhythm Nation
18 If
19 I Get Lonely / “I Get Lonely (Remix)” (featuring Blackstreet)
20 Whoops Now
21 When I Think of You
22 Diamonds (Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith)
23 Alright / “Alright (Remix)” (featuring Heavy D.)
24 Feedback
25 Love Will Never Do (Without You)
26 Just a Little While
27 Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) (featuring Carly Simon and Missy Elliott)
28 You Want This (featuring MC Lyte)
29 Feel It Boy (Beenie Man featuring Janet Jackson)
30 The Pleasure Principle
31 Because of Love
32 Go Deep
33 All Nite (Don’t Stop)
34 Control
35 Any Time, Any Place
36 Twenty Foreplay
37 Come Back to Me
38 Girlfriend/Boyfriend (Blackstreet featuring Janet Jackson, Eve and Ja Rule)
39 Every Time
40 Call on Me (featuring Nelly)
41 I Want You
42 Young Love
43 Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)
44 What’ll I Do
45 So Excited

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