It's POLL For You -- ILM artist poll #103 -- JANET JACKSON (voting open until July 24, 2020)

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Minneapolis!

MAIN POLL

Send me your ballot of up to 40 top tracks and no fewer than 10. (Collaborations are eligible for the poll.)

APPETIZER POLLS

Albums: Rank up to 5 of your top Janet albums/comps/EPs.

INTERLUDES

Rank up to 5 of your top Janet interludes.
Remixes: Rank up to 5 of your top remixes.
Music Videos: Rank up to 10 of your top videos.

(NOTE: Indicate if ballots are ranked or unranked; even the sidebar polls.)

Send ballots to ephender at-sign gmail dot com. Order ballots from highest (#1) to lowest, and include your username.

Voting closes at midnight July 24, 2020, or within a few hours or days thereafter.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link

Minneapolis!

Ready!

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:38 (one week ago) link

determined to vote for Unbreakable, however much Control thru All for You tells me it's impossible

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:40 (one week ago) link

I guess now's as good a time as any to say that I'll accept votes for interludes, too.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:51 (one week ago) link

oh no

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:52 (one week ago) link

Evidently I've misjudged the level of enthusiasm for this ballot poll.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:02 (one week ago) link

I didn't even see that this had gone up

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:34 (one week ago) link

I’m enthused!

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:37 (one week ago) link

Well, so long as there's a small but dedicated pool of acolytes I guess.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:49 (one week ago) link

Very excited for this. Will start doing some revision today. I have a feeling that if I listen to Control and Rhythm Nation that would be well over half my list right there. I need to make room for plenty of All For You as it's definitely her most underrated album. Really fond of Damita Jo too.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:04 (one week ago) link

I haven’t heard anything post-All For You. Recommendations?

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:10 (one week ago) link

Ooooooh. I tend to just passively observe most artist polls but I might have to throw in a ballot for this one.

Well, that's a fine howdy adieu! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:13 (one week ago) link

I haven’t heard anything post-All For You. Recommendations?

I'd highly recommend giving Unbreakable a spin.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:17 (one week ago) link

gonna preemptively bring up "All Nite (Don't Stop)", "Feedback", and "The Great Forever" as latter-era gems

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:22 (one week ago) link

Damita Jo isn't much of a drop off after All For You and Discipline has some good moments too. I need to give Unbreakable another go. I know a lot of people on here really rate. I'll try and make room for No Sleeep on my list.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:24 (one week ago) link

I've always loved her singles but not given proper attention to the albums. Here's my excuse!

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:03 (one week ago) link

Unbreakable is marvelous.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:17 (one week ago) link

Eric, honey, love is one thing we was nevah stahved for in the South.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:18 (one week ago) link

https://girlsdofilm.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/davis-bette-all-about-eve_02.jpg?w=768

"Escapade"

But that was the fourth straight time.

Then this will be five.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

Excited for this!

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:59 (one week ago) link

LET'S GO

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:00 (one week ago) link

So this is no doubt incomplete, but here is a list of the song titles I've pre-loaded onto my spreadsheet in case anyone needs a refresher.

Say You Do
You'll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)
Young Love
Love And My Best Friend
Don't Mess Up This Good Thing
Forever Yours
The Magic Is Working
Come Give Your Love To Me
Don't Stand Another Chance
Two To The Power Of Love
Pretty Boy
Dream Street
Communication
Fast Girls
Hold Back The Tears
All My Love To You
If It Takes All Night
French Blue
Start Anew
Control
Nasty
What Have You Done For Me Lately
You Can Be Mine
The Pleasure Principle
When I Think Of You
He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
Let's Wait Awhile
Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)
Diamonds
Making Love in the Rain
Rhythm Nation
State Of The World
The Knowledge
Miss You Much
Love Will Never Do (Without You)
Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make)
Alright
Escapade
Black Cat
Lonely
Come Back To Me
Someday Is Tonight
2300 Jackson Street
The Best Things in Life Are Free
That's The Way Love Goes
You Want This
If
This Time
Throb
What'll I Do
Funky Big Band
New Agenda
Because Of Love
Again
Where Are You Now
The Body That Loves You
Any Time, Any Place
Whoops Now
One More Chance
70's Love Groove
And On and On
Scream
Runaway
Twenty Foreplay
Velvet Rope
You
Got 'Til It's Gone
My Need
Go Deep
Free Xone
Together Again
Empty
What About
Every Time
Tonight's The Night
I Get Lonely
Rope Burn
Anything
Special
Can't Be Stopped
God's Stepchild
Accept Me
Luv Me, Luv Me
What's It Gonna Be?!
Girlfriend/Boyfriend
Doesn't Really Matter
You Ain't Right
All For You
Come On Get Up
When We Oooo
China Love
Love Scene (Ooh Baby)
Would You Mind
Trust A Try
Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)
Truth
Someone To Call My Lover
Feels So Right
Better Days
Who
Feel It Boy
Damita Jo
Sexhibition
Strawberry Bounce
My Baby
Spending Time With You
Island Life
All Nite (Don't Stop)
R&B Junkie
I Want You
Like You Don't Love Me
Thinkin' 'Bout My Ex
Warmth
Moist
Truly
Slo Love
Just A Little While
I'm Here
Put Your Hands On
Don't Worry
So Excited
Show Me
Get It Out Me
Do It 2 Me
This Body
With U
Call On Me
Daybreak
Enjoy
Take Care
Love 2 Love
Roll Witchu
Days Roll By
Feedback
Luv
Roller Coaster
Rock With U
2Nite
Can't B Good
Never Letchu Go
Greatest X
So Much Betta
The 1
What's Ur Name
Discipline
Curtains
Let Me Know
Make Me
Nothing
Unbreakable
BurnItUp!
Dammn Baby
The Great Forever
Shoulda Known Better
After You Fall
Broken Hearts Heal
Night
No Sleeep
Dream Maker / Euphoria
2 B Loved
Take Me Away
Lessons Learned
Black Eagle
Well Traveled
Gon' B Alright
Made For Now

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:40 (one week ago) link

Definitely incomplete. Here's a few other titles to consider: https://www.discogs.com/Janet-Jackson-Past-The-Rope-B-Sides-Rarites-Collection/release/10631137

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:41 (one week ago) link

im in on this for sure.

Spottie, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:51 (one week ago) link

Just looking at that list, I'd totally forgotten about Runaway from her first singles compilation. Such a lovely song.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

I play "Runaway" at least once a month

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:27 (one week ago) link

one of favorite new songs written for a comp

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:29 (one week ago) link

ILM be honest are the first two albums worth listening to or is the consensus that Control is her real first album accurate?

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:30 (one week ago) link

excited for this, there's a lot of her discog i've never really dug into but what i have heard is a+

"empty" still sounds ahead of its time over 20 years after its release

ufo, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 23:56 (one week ago) link

I am excited to see the results but won't be able to vote, as I'm only familiar with her singles, and the Control and Rhythm Nation albums

Vinnie, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 00:16 (one week ago) link

You can still vote if you want to

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 00:23 (one week ago) link

absolutely recommend listening to the velvet rope at the very least

ufo, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 00:23 (one week ago) link

also probably janet. too really. is it controversial to say that 90s janet >>>> 80s janet?

ufo, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 00:54 (one week ago) link

ILM be honest are the first two albums worth listening to or is the consensus that Control is her real first album accurate?

― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, June 30, 2020 1:30 PM (six hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

there are a few jams! i can't remember what they are at the moment, but they're there!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 02:40 (one week ago) link

is it controversial to say that 90s janet >>>> 80s janet?

― ufo, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:54 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

it might not be! i personally have a hard time making this judgment bc control has the same kind of relationship to rhythm nation as janet does to velvet rope, breakthrough -> masterwork

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 02:43 (one week ago) link

I have voted in some polls where I only knew half of the artist's catalog, but two albums + maybe 6-7 other songs would be like 20%? if we don't have enough voters, I'll try to listen to a couple more albums and throw in a ballot

Vinnie, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 02:54 (one week ago) link

is it controversial to say that 90s janet >>>> 80s janet?

Not at all.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 12:54 (one week ago) link

(Esp since most of the Rhythm Nation singles were in the '90s.)

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 12:55 (one week ago) link

As I predicted, I listened to Control and Rhythm Nation last night and that's half of my list gone already.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 13:50 (one week ago) link

BTW, I am not accepting ballots with fewer than 10 songs, and regard ballots with only two songs to be trolling.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 13:52 (one week ago) link

what if the two songs are "Empty" and "Miss You Much"

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:03 (one week ago) link

They were both from All For You.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:06 (one week ago) link

The first Jackson album has several Rene & Angela jams, one of which smokes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RLwRsTwV64

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:07 (one week ago) link

"Say You Do" is on the shortlist to make my ballot.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:09 (one week ago) link

I would still accept "When We Oooo" and "Would You Mind"

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:10 (one week ago) link

I really do love that All For You takes Janet's traditional block of four album-closing ballads and moves them right up to the first half.

Juanita was robbed (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:12 (one week ago) link

And then is all "now that you're comfortable, here's a goofy thing with Carly Simon"

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:16 (one week ago) link

Doesn't Really Matter and Someone To Call My Lover are probably both going to be in my top 10.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:18 (one week ago) link

"Doesn't Really Matter" was such a perfect summer jam. I don't think anyone thought that confident mid tempo thing would be her first post-VR single.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:20 (one week ago) link

lmao just thinking about being the kind of artist who has a run like control -> velvet rope

peerless

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:21 (one week ago) link

My ballot is an overflowing mess. I've no idea how I'm going to get this cut down and in order.

Biggest discovery for me so far is how much I love the Janet album. I've been sleeping on that album for so many years. The second half is so strong.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 23:34 (three days ago) link

Janet is still my least fave of her 5 (5?) megasellers. To many interludes, too many slow jams.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Thursday, 9 July 2020 00:38 (two days ago) link

I'm realising my least favourite is Velvet Rope. Probably not a very common opinion round here.

kitchen person, Thursday, 9 July 2020 01:05 (two days ago) link

xp i mean, pretty much every album of hers from rhythm nation onwards has had a ridiculous amount of interludes

ufo, Thursday, 9 July 2020 01:08 (two days ago) link

yeah the interludes are pretty inseparable from the janet experience

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 01:39 (two days ago) link

slow jams too, especially a suite of 3-4 in a row

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 01:39 (two days ago) link

i don't love "again" but "where are you now"/"the body that loves you"/"any time, any place" is a great sequence on janet

ufo, Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:01 (two days ago) link

If “Empty” doesn’t rank everyone’s accounts get deleted.

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:10 (two days ago) link

it's my #1 for sure

ufo, Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:13 (two days ago) link

yeah ufo otm, "where are you now" is one of her all-time greatest slow jams

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:24 (two days ago) link

i'm listening to 20 yo and uh yeah... something's still not right here. "do it 2 me" is pretty cool though

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:25 (two days ago) link

"daybreak" too

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:27 (two days ago) link

lol, whoops, the album gets really good right around there. "take care" is amazing

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 02:38 (two days ago) link

discipline: underrated, slaps

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 03:42 (two days ago) link

"rock with u" is amazing but consider: "2nite"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 03:45 (two days ago) link

off the first album, 'come give your love to me' will def get a vote from me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff808BbaFR4

dbs, Thursday, 9 July 2020 11:09 (two days ago) link

holy shit I'm starting from the first album and this is like..... really really good?? like ok yeah obv it's not as innovative or groundbreaking as her later work but as a huge fan of early 80s funky disco pop this is GREAT

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:26 (two days ago) link

Angela Winbush, y'all

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:30 (two days ago) link

once the ballads hit it's too late, but the disco pop stuff is great yeah

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:05 (two days ago) link

yeah the ballads are clunkers for sure. I'm on "Dream Street" now and the first 3 songs are also fire

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:23 (two days ago) link

oh my god this synth breakdown at the end of "Pretty Boy" is sheer euphoria

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:26 (two days ago) link

off the first album, 'come give your love to me' will def get a vote from me

my ballot is, again, already full, but i'm really considering doing this too, what a cool song

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:48 (two days ago) link

OK how the fuck am I supposed to make room for "Moist" and "SloLove"

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 July 2020 15:24 (two days ago) link

re: dream street: "don't stand another chance," "pretty boy," "fast girls," all great

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 15:58 (two days ago) link

"fast girls" is very proto-control

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 16:06 (two days ago) link

re: "black cat," i forgot, the video version is superior

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 16:16 (two days ago) link

i am kinda digging rediscovering Janet's ROCKIN THE FUCK OUT tracks,"Trust a Try" is fucking awesome

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 9 July 2020 16:40 (two days ago) link

oh man the remix poll is gonna be even harder than the main one

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 21:19 (two days ago) link

"rock with u"........... is gonna be in my top ten

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 22:28 (two days ago) link

strobe lights make everything....

.... SEXier

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 22:30 (two days ago) link

lol remembering how incredible it was to hear unbreakable for the first time

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:35 (two days ago) link

i *have* to vote for "dammn baby," that is a finely-layered piece of production

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:42 (two days ago) link

janet/jam/lewis 4ever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:44 (two days ago) link

"shoulda known better," wow, ;_;

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:46 (two days ago) link

this may be beside tim's point about damita jo but "dammn baby" sorta realizes the idea of janet's last train to paris for me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:47 (two days ago) link

which, really it's the jam & lewis version of mustardwave, but that's how it ends up for me regardless

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:54 (two days ago) link

oh my GOD "night"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:59 (two days ago) link

how do i get everyone to vote for "night"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 10 July 2020 00:06 (yesterday) link

I remember five summers ago almost weeping when "No Sleeep" was so damn good.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 July 2020 00:12 (yesterday) link

Same.

Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Friday, 10 July 2020 00:19 (yesterday) link

Was just thinking that if "Feels So Right" had shown up in, say, the back half of Erykah Badu's "Cain't Use My Phone" EP I'd still be spinning it weekly to this day.

Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Friday, 10 July 2020 01:12 (yesterday) link

omg TIL Janet released a promo-only single for Pepsi in 1999 that I don't believe has been available anywhere else since?? I wouldn't say it's one of her all time best tracks but I def don't hate it and it came with a Masters At Work remix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrASTW9DCm8

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 10 July 2020 13:53 (yesterday) link

The post-All For You records aren't doing a whole lot for me these first time through them, but for what its worth, "So Much Betta" (from Discipline) is the only thing I've heard so far that I think is flat-out awful.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 10 July 2020 22:39 (yesterday) link

*THIS first time through them

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 10 July 2020 22:40 (yesterday) link

oh that's how i feel about "this body" on 20 y.o.. terrible

i like "so much betta"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 10 July 2020 22:43 (yesterday) link

I used to hate “Rock With U” but I played it the other day and was like “wait this slams, what is happening”

shout-out to his family (DJP), Friday, 10 July 2020 23:48 (yesterday) link

yep

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 July 2020 23:52 (yesterday) link

the bridge in "the great forever" is unreal

ufo, Saturday, 11 July 2020 00:54 (three hours ago) link

I wish "Free Xone" had more xones. Xones to infinity.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 11 July 2020 01:45 (two hours ago) link

how do i get everyone to vote for "night"

top ten for me, I promise

geoffreyess, Saturday, 11 July 2020 01:45 (two hours ago) link


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