Saturday, March 12, 2011

COUNTDOWN TO LIVE: Janet Jackson, "Number Ones"...#2

In excitement for my date with Ms. Jackson live and in concert on March 21st, I've been counting down my Top 3 Favorite Janet Songs of All Time. Click here for #3 in case you've forgotten.

My #2 Favorite Janet Song comes to us from one of her most celebrated albums, spawning seven Top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 -- Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. While singles like "Miss You Much", "Black Cat", "Escapade" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" will always rank high in terms of favorites, my overwhelming favorite goes to the title piece.

To this day, "Rhythm Nation" remains to be one of Janet's most recognizable songs, and this feat is especially important because of the song's progressive message, dreaming of a world free from "social injustice". It's a message that continues to ring loud and clear, just as important now as when it was released over two decades ago.

It must be something in the Jackson genes to allows them to be able to express such important messages to a beat that is not only memorable, but so moving and instantly ear-catching it becomes a part of you. It's also a cause for lament -- can you imagine something like this being on the radio now? Music with a message, and it makes you want to dance? Yes, please.

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