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Favorite Janet Jackson Album – Readers Poll

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Happy birthday to Janet, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty! Janet Jackson turns 46 today, May 16, and in order to celebrate the R&B chart-topper’s colossal career, we are asking all of Janet’s fans to vote on their favorite album from the youngest member of the Jackson family.

Although she had been around music all her life, Janet Jackson didn’t set out in pursuit of her own solo career until the early ’80s, when she dropped her first two albums, the self-titled ‘Janet Jackson’ and her 1984 LP ‘Dream Street.’ Her first album boasts singles like ‘Young Love’ and ‘Come Give Your Love to Me,’ and while the latter failed to dazzle on the charts, it still includes classic Janet songs like ‘Fast Girls’ and ‘Don’t Stand Another Chance.’

Jackson’s real success came with her 1986 album ‘Control,’ which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum five times. Jackson let everyone know she was a musical force to be reckoned with on female-empowerment tunes like ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately,’ ‘Let’s Wait a While,’ ‘Nasty’ and ‘Pleasure Principle.’ She further cemented this reputation and took it a step further with 1989′s ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.’ We still got senses of the sweet and lovable Janet with tunes like ‘Miss You Much,’ ‘Love Will Never Do (Without You)’ and ‘Escapade,’ however, she took things to an edgier front with the grimy guitar-driven ‘Black Cat’ and called for an end to racism on the title track.

By the time the ’90s rolled around, Janet Jackson had become a superstar in her own right. While she was still growing up and finding her voice throughout the ’80s, Jackson was comfortable in her own skin at this point and brought on the sexiness with 1993′s ‘janet’ … you know, the one with the ultra-hot and risque cover? She got sultry and deep with ‘That’s the Way Love Goes,’ turned on her sex appeal with ‘It,’ and spoke about heartache on ‘Again.’ Four years later, Jackson dropped ‘The Velevet Rope,’ and the results were huge thanks to the No. 1 single ‘Together Again,’ feel-good tunes like ‘Go Deep,’ and the longing translated into ‘I Get So Lonely.’

The 2000′s kicked off in a big way for Janet with the release of ‘All for You,’ her fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200,’ which boasts hits like ‘Doesn’t Really Matter,’ ‘All for You,’ ‘Someone to Call My Lover,’ and the unforgiving Carly Simon/Missy Elliott collabo ‘Son of a Gun.’ In 2004, she unleashed the dance-driven ‘Damita Jo’ and singles like ‘Just a Little While’ and ‘All Nite (Don’t Stop)’ along with it. 2006′s ’20 Y.O.’ saw Jackson at the No. 2 position on the Billboard albums chart, and tracks like ‘Call on Me’ shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart. Finally, in 2008, JJ dropped her 10th studio LP ‘Discipline’ and proved that she can keep up with the ever-changing times with charged singles like ‘Feedback.’

So, Janet Jackson fans, which of the R&B superstar’s albums is your all-time favorite? Vote below!

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