Janet Jackson’s Control Album Turns 30


Control may have been her third studio album, but it was her coming out party. Not only was it her commercial breakthrough but it announced to the world that Michael’s little sister was all grown up. Critics praised it for its autobiographical themes and groundbreaking funky beats. Earlier this week, the LP celebrated its 30th anniversary. It was released on February 4, 1986.

In honor of her landmark album, revisit the official single releases below. Though “When I Think Of You” was the only one to reach No. 1, arguably “Nasty” is her most iconic. After all, it did give us the memorable lyric, “No my first name ain’t baby. It’s Janet, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.”

My personal favorite from the album is “Pleasure Principle,” mostly due to the fantastic video. I remember watching it over and over again, trying to learn the choreography. I wasn’t alone. Future pop artists like Beyonce, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake did as well. Also on the album was my favorite ballad from Janet ever- “Let’s Wait Awhile.”

Check out all her hits below and weigh in on which one was your favorite afterward.

Janet Jackson Control: What Are Your Favorite Tracks?

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Janet Jackson Control Single Releases

“What Have You Done for Me Lately

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4


Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3

When I Think Of You

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1


Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5

Let’s Wait Awhile

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 2

The Pleasure Principle

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 14

Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: N/A