Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Retro Video of the Week: "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson

Sometimes, Janet Jackson's accomplishments get overshadowed by her older brother. But as far as I know, Michael never played Charlene on Diff'rent Strokes, and on top of that, little sis had some musical feats that not even Michael (or anyone else) has matched. Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the day that Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Janet's fifth #1 of her career (she now has ten).

With this accomplishment, Jackson's seminal 1989 album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, became the first (and still only) album to have seven songs that cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 -- "Miss You Much" (#1), "Rhythm Nation" (#2), "Escapade" (#1), "Alright" (#4), "Come Back to Me" (#2), "Black Cat" (#1), and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (#1) -- and the first (and still only) album to have #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in three consecutive years ("Miss You Much" in 1989, and "Escapade" and "Black Cat" in 1990 being the others).  Not too shabby.

I remember this video because, in contrast to the done-up, dance-routine-heavy, big productions that she often had in her videos, this one was pretty simple, just showing Janet looking naturally great in a crop top and jeans, dancing with a couple dudes in the dessert or possibly a salt flat.  The video won Best Female Video at the 1991 MTV VMAs, and it has since graced various lists of the Top 100 videos ever.

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