Greatest dancing queen of all time: Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul? | The Tylt
Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul are considered pop music's greatest female dancers of all time. Some credit Paula with improving Janet's technique as her choreographer during the iconic "Control" era. Paula also scored her own pop hits by showcasing her contemporary, versatile skills as a highly trained and athletic dancer. But Janet is a Jackson! The Empress of Pop has had longevity in the industry, known for her iconically complex and precise dance routines. Who's the GOAT of dancing? 👯
Greatest dancing queen of all time: Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul?
Janet Jackson is one of the most groundbreaking, innovative and best-selling artists of all time. She paved the way for and influenced many crossover artists who dance—including *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Ciara, Aaliyah, Usher, Mÿa, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. Her dance routines for some of her most signature pop hits like "Rhythm Nation" and "If" are considered iconically complex and precise. Everyday people couldn't do these routines in full-Janet glory even if they tried. And many have!
Back in the '90s, Janet said she didn't see herself being able to dance and sing later in life. Yet, she continues to sell out arenas at age 52—her "State of the World Tour" resumed last summer. Ha! She played us, and continues to snatch wigs with her dance moves 30 years after her breakthrough!
Paula was a highly respected choreographer in the music business in the '80s, especially after collaborating with Janet during the "Control" era of music. The former "American Idol" judge even appeared in the music video to Janet's breakout hit "What Have You Done for Me Lately." Paula scored a string of pop hits in the late '80s and early '90s—including "Straight Up," "Cold Hearted" and "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me."
Just watch this legendary performance of "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" at the 1990 AMAs below. She killed it with her versatile, athletic style of choreography!