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Happy birthday, Janet! Ms. Jackson’s 20 greatest songs


Janet Jackson is truly one of the greatest pop icons of the last 25 years. Michael’s lil sis broke through on 1986’s Control. For the next two decades, she reigned as one of the biggest recording artists of all time. Her influence can be felt all over the pop music landscape today, in the sultry dance moves of Ciara and the defiant sexuality of Rihanna, the elaborate choreography of Beyonce and the brazen grooves of Ke$ha.

Janet has seemingly stepped away from pop music at the moment. As she turns 47, it’s as good a time as any to look back at the songs that defined her career and forever cemented her status as one of the all-time great artists.

Here are 20 of the greatest Janet Jackson songs…

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