If you follow Trent on Facebook you might have noticed that he had a Janet Jackson moment earlier this week, and made a note-to-self to re-learn the choreography from her 1993 music video If. The next day Janet was making headlines because she officially became a billionaire… like, with her own money. It just so happens that she’s also married to a billionaire, ya know. Just for fun… lol. Naturally, all this got me thinking about this woman’s unforgettable career and I was like, ya know? It makes perfect sense that she’s a billionaire! If I’d written Rhythm Nation, I’d expect to be a billionaire as well. So while we’re sitting over here waiting for Trent to post his remake of the If video on YouTube, we might as well get into some Throwback
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1. Rhythm Nation
Well, I have to start with this one since it was one of my very first introductions to the awesomeness of Janet. I must’ve been, like, 10 or 11 when my dance teacher chose this for our jazz dance recital performance so every Saturday for an entire year, this was my song. OMG, it was epic! Sadly, our costumes were not as cool as the wardrobe in the video, but we def broke down some of these dance moves (as only 10 year-olds can) and it was dope (at least in my memory it is)! Will this song/video ever get old? No. No, I think not.
Any hook that begins with the hypothetical,’If I was your girlfriend’ phrase is bound to go somewhere nasty. ‘I’d make you call out my name, I’d ask who it belongs to’– Whaaaat?!?! Okay, seriously Trent. Where is your video to this song though?
OMG, I was literally a one year-old when this song dropped, lol! And yet, I remember hearing it alll the time when I was a kid! Like, all the time! Anyway, I need to start wearing all-black more often. This video is the hawtness.
4. Son Of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You), feat. Missy Elliot & Carly Simon
We can thank Carly Simon for some of the greatest lyrics in the history of music: I betcha think this song is about you. What?! Love it! And there’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned R&B revenge video.
5. I Get So Lonely remix, feat. Blackstreet
Yes, we had this one on the Valentine’s Day Throwback list and no– I don’t care. This song is eeeevvvverrrryyyyyyythiiiing! Nobody walks up and down a white hallway with as much cleavage and as much perfection as Janet Jackson. NOBODY. Sigh. Break it down, break it down, break it down.
This is just the beginning! More Throwback Janet Jackson (and her incomparable cleavage) on the next page!