The Ultimate Icon: 10 Lesser-Known Janet Jackson Songs Everyone Should Know

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By Latonya Pennington

Last month, pop icon Janet Jackson sent fans into a frenzy when she announced a new album and a new world tour. While Miss Jackson has been known for hits like “Control” and “Rhythm Nation,” there are plenty of lesser-known Janet Jackson songs that desjanetera2 (1)erve recognition. Whether you are a longtime fan or new to her music, these 10 lesser-known songs are a must hear.

Song: ‘The Knowledge’
Album: ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ (1989)

Of all the songs on the “Rhythm Nation” album, this song is the one that best showcases the new jack swing sound produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The youth-targeted, socially conscious lyrics are the icing on the cake.

janetrhythmnation1 (1)Song: ‘Lonely’
Album: ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’

This sensitive ballad seems to foreshadow the more personal material that would be on “The Velvet Rope” album. The song’s lyrics discuss being a friend to someone in need and are a nice change from Jackson’s usual ballads.

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