Janet Jackson's most iconic '90s album: 'Janet' or 'The Velvet Rope'? | The Tylt
Janet Jackson's most iconic '90s album: 'Janet' or 'The Velvet Rope'?
Janet released her self-titled album "Janet" in 1993 to rave reviews and commercial success. The conceptual album details love, sex and relationships. It's also the era Janet became a bonafide sex symbol, often showing off her rock-hard abs in most of her performances. The album features #1 pop hits "That's the Way Love Goes" and "Again," the latter being nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. "Again" is also featured on the soundtrack for "Poetic Justice." The album also features other top 5 and top 10 pop hits—"If," "Because of Love," "Any Time, Any Place" and "You Want This."
Below are some notable lyrics to "If," per Genius.
🎶How many nights I've laid in bed excited over you? I've closed my eyes and thought of us a hundred different ways. I've gotten there so many times. I wonder how 'bout you. Day and night, night and day. All I've got to say is.🎶
🎶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.🎶
Watch Janet's iconic performance of "That's the Way Love Goes/If" at the 1993 Video Music Awards below.
"The Velvet Rope" is Janet's most introspective and personal album. She details depression, body dysmorphia, self-harm and facing domestic violence on the darker LP. She also tackles social justice issues—LGBTQ rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy and racism (like on previous works). The album topped the Billboard 200 and features an array of hits—including the #1 pop hit "Together Again" and the top 5 hit "I Get Lonely." "The Velvet Rope" also features radio hits "Got 'til It's Gone" and "Go Deep."
Below are some notable lyrics to the gay anthem "Together Again," per Genius.
🎶Dream about us together again. What I want: us together again, baby. I know we'll be together again cuz.🎶
🎶Everywhere I go, every smile I see. I know you are there smilin' back at me. Dancin in moonlight I know you are free. 'Cause I can see your star shinin' down on me.🎶