For no reason in particular, this weekend I was in a bit of a Janet Jackson mood. It brought to mind her hey-day and what made her the IT of her time. It was those music videos and her amazing choreography, she’s not only had so many Iconic videos but now some of the particulars in her dancing have become Iconic as well.
No real need to hype this up, this is my Top 10 Favorite Janet Jackson Videos of all time. I just thought this would be a fun break in between all the reading I’ve been posting.
10. Rock With U
A very sexy, very dark, very underrated video. However like most Janet videos it’s all about the choreography which is just as sleek, smooth and sexy as the track.
9. Anytime Anyplace
During the “janet.” era, Miss Jackson was getting really nasty. This ode to public sex was matched with a really pretty and vivrant video of the affair between her and her next door neighbor. Beautifully shot and very sensual the video matched the song perfectly.
8. Go Deep
One of her most underrated videos. This idea was perfect, a huge pop star like Janet randomly visiting a mega-fan and the outrageous-ness that ensues when everybody else in the neighborhood finds out. A Fun video that didn’t have the huge budgets of her previous work, but was much more effective because of it.
So Janet and crew perform at some Asian brothel type place, where cameras are set up to… oh blah, let’s not get into the story, this video is a classic because of the choreography. Janet goes full steam ahead with some very intricate choreography that’s both fierce and fiercely sexy at the same time.
6. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
This is always going to be an Iconic Janet moment because for the first time in her career, she showed some skin. This fun little frolic in the dessert, directed by IT-Director of the time Herb Ritts, showed everyone a new side of Janet and thus will always be one of the favorites.
5. I Get Lonely
Proving that Janet doesn’t always have to serve up-beat hyper-fast choreography to be sickening, this had to be very sensual and Tina Landon’s choreography was quite possibly some of the best Janet’s ever had. The video itself and the visuals are great, but it’s the choreography that takes it to another level. Oh… and let’s say HELLO to Janet’s cleavage which had a starring role in this clip.
4. Got Til It’s Gone
I really don’t know what to say about this, except that it’s BEAUTIFUL! One of the more “art-house” Janet videos, coming at a time that was supposedly really dark for her. I think this has such beauty and positivity and fun, but underscored with real sadness and melancholy. Mark Romanek is just the man anyway, but this is one of his and Janet’s finest moments.
3. Rhythm Nation
Doesn’t get more Iconic than this. People still associate the look, the moves and this entire movement as Janet’s shining moment. A true statement of the time, and a message that will last for decades.
2. Pleasure Principle
Often imitated, never duplicated. A video with JUST the star, doing what they do best was very unique at the time and it’s still a major classic for artists, dancers and video directors.
Not only is this an incredibly fun and alive video, with Amazing choreography from start to finish. It was also a very nostalgic video, that paid homage to all the Movie Musicals that really inspired the 80’s Music Videos without ever getting it’s fair dues. Some of the stars of those groundbreaking musicals The Nicolas Brothers, Cab Calloway, Cyd Cherise make cameos dancing along with the new school of talent they inspired. A truly fun and classic video that has always been my favorite.