I love Janet Jackson. Much like Venus Williams, she too became a legend in the same field where she has a sibling who not only also attained legend status, but legitimately is in the discussion of best ever. (For Janet, it was her brother Michael. For Venus, it’s her sister Serena.) She’s also endured (more than) her fair share of ups and downs during a life that has been on display for the world since her youth–and thrived regardless.
In honor of her birthday, and inspired by Stereo Williams’ tweet, here is my favorite ballad of hers.
“Come Back to Me” is one of the record seven singles from one album to peak in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 (Rhythm Nation 1814). The song peaked at #2, and is a beautiful, wistful telling of the feelings still held for a past love with. Janet has a well-noted gentle delivery of lyrics and it plays so well in contrast to the theatrics of the instrumentals used for this song, especially as it builds towards the end.
Bonus: These are two more ballads from Janet I adore.
From her album Janet., “Where Are You Now.”
“Again” is technically from the album Janet. as well, but originally it was on the Poetic Justice soundtrack–a movie she also starred in.