We all know that Beyoncé is the queen of all that is good and magical.
Bow down. Respect. I fall at the altar and am not worthy.
But before Bey was grown, there was Janet, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.
Janet released her breakthrough album Control in 1986 when I was just a year old. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 14 million copies, because it was seriously out of control awesome. (See what I did there?)
2. And she wasn’t above a first-rate cut down while dancing in gold, like a BOSS.
“What Have You Done for Me Lately” was the lead single from Control. It was life-changing.
3. Her songs were all about being strong and most important: INDEPENDENT.
All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me!
4. She was a feminist and she looked fierce as shit doing it.
“Nasty” was the second single off of Control.
6. And she encouraged everyone to take control of their lives and their destiny.
7. Janet was also a total badass and fought against racial inequality.
Her song “Rhythm Nation” was the title track off of her album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, of which social justice and protest played a large role.
8. Did I mention that she’s SEXY AS HELL?!
Curves and confidence for days.
10. Plus she did a really great job of putting sexy people in her videos, like this flying underwear man in “Love Will Never Do (Without You).”
Also off of the Rhythm Nation album.
13. Oh, and she wasn’t afraid to ask for what she wanted, either.
“That’s the Way Love Goes” was off of her album janet., and she wrote every single lyric of that album. (Girl is dirty as fuck, and it’s wonderful.)
15. And sex from the female perspective, which is arguably the best perspective.
16. In her video for “Any Time, Any Place” she literally proved she wanted it any time and any place.
This one was also off of the fabulous janet. album.
19. She set standards for who got that sex though, and told other women to do the same.
In “You Want This,” also off of janet., she sung about women having all the power to decide who gets what, and how to use that power.
20. Janet also has equally talented siblings, like Michael Jackson, who she co-wrote Scream with.
The song debuted in 1995, and it was one of the most expensive music videos ever made. (Sorry Bey and Solange, but JJ and Michael have you beat.)
21. Because she’s a Boss, in 1997 JJ released The Velvet Rope, which addressed her own struggles with depression.
22. She continued her social justice badassery by singing about the AIDS epidemic.
Her song “Together Again” was about a friend who she lost to AIDS, and another track, “Free Xone” tackled the issue of homophobia.