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Tylt Recs: Janet Jackson’s greatest albums

The Empress of Pop Janet Jackson reshaped pop music with her conceptual #1 albums, sonically innovative bops, visually compelling music videos, and complex and precise troupe dance routines.

Ms. Jackson (because we're nasty) inspired so many pop entertainers! And that's why we’ve celebrated the pop icon and legend in a bracket of her most defining albums. Thanks to you all, we have a winner and ranking based on how you voted, in order from the bottom spot to the top. Check out our user-voted ranking below on which Janet LP is her greatest album of all time!

4. ‘Control’

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Though "Control" ranks last on this list, it’s regarded as Janet’s breakthrough album, featuring bops like "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty" and the #1 hit "When I Think of You." “Control” received only 35.5 percent of the vote against “Rhythm Nation 1814” in the first round. Regardless, Janet's breakout album focuses on her self-independence as a young woman and as an artist. Not to mention, the LP was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1987 Grammys. Take a listen via Spotify now.

3. ‘Janet.’

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The 1993 self-titled LP is regarded as Janet's era of sexual awakening, and it's also another mega commercially successful album for the pop icon. "Janet." gave us Ms. Jackson's rock-hard abs and favored bops like "If" and Grammy-winning #1 hit "That's the Way Love Goes." This was not enough, however, to beat another ’90s classic—”The Velvet Rope.” “Janet” garnered 49 percent of the vote in a super-tight race! Take a listen to this conceptually iconic LP via Spotify now.

2. ‘The Velvet Rope’

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 "The Velvet Rope" is revered as her most introspective LP—a conceptual album detailing her depression, body dysmorphia and experience with domestic violence. It topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, but it’s not topping this list. The album gained 46 percent of the vote in the final round against “Rhythm Nation 1814.” Still, “The Velvet Rope” is iconic. Take a listen via Spotify now.

 1. ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’

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Plenty of fans regard the record-breaking, socially conscious "Rhythm Nation 1814" as Janet's magnum opus. She scored four #1 pop hits in three different calendar years: "Miss You Much" in 1989, "Escapade" and "Black Cat" in 1990, and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" in 1991. She's the only artist to do this, as well as score seven top-five Hot 100 hits in total from the same LP. No wonder why this album comes in at no. 1 with 54 percent of the vote in the final round! Also, it could be the fact that the socially conscious messaging still remains relevant, and that’s just the “state of the world today.” Take a listen via Spotify now.