Janet Jackson has been named the 2018 recipient of the Billboard Icon award, but let's be real, we already knew she was iconic.
This Sunday (May 20) at the Billboard Music Awards, Janet receives the Billboard Icon Award, following on from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez and Cher. It's only right that Janet get some recognition in the modern era, and we're following suit, revealing her most downloaded singles of all-time in the UK.
Before we unveil the full Top 40 most downloaded Janet tracks, let's take a closer look at the all-important Top 5. Watch out Stanets, some serious chart stats heading your way.
1: Together Again
In pole position, one of Janet's first forays into dance music saw her pay tribute to her close pals who were no longer with us. As usual, Janet's dance routine for Together Again was a masterclass in precision and pliability.
60,000 copies of the song have been downloaded since we started counting in 2005 – not bad to say the song came out a whole eight years earlier and sold a whopping 747,000 on physical formats. With 4.1 million streams, it's also Ms. Jackson if you're Nasty's most streamed song.
ChartFact: Together Again is Janet's biggest selling single in the UK, even though it only got to Number 4. Interestingly, although Janet has scored 9 Top 5 singles, Together Again is her only one to peak at Number 4.
You'd think with two megastars in the family, Michael and Janet would have teamed up for a guaranteed smash pretty often, but we had to wait until 1995 before the swivel-hipped duo got together for this classic.
Not a Number 1, sadly, but another Top 3 smash for the pair. Scream's total chart sales tally stands at over 200,000. At the time, its video was rumoured to be the most expensive ever – imagine if it had been in colour. Twice the price!
ChartFact: Scream was Janet's eighth Top 10 hit. She's racked up 17 altogether.
3: All For You
"Got a nice package, all right," sang Janet in this saucy, retro R&B jam – no idea wha she was referring to, of course. All For You was stopped from hitting the top by the combined might of Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Shaggy.
She's only had one Top 10 since, with Feel It Boy the collabo with Beenie Man from 2002.
ChartFact: All For You was Janet's fourth single to peak at Number 3.
4: The Best Things In Life Are Free
It seems we really love Janet when she teams up with another superstar. Her collaboration with silky-voiced legend Luther Vandross was so popular, it hit the Top 10 twice!
The Best Things In Life Are Free was first released in 1992 and became Janet's first serious challenge for the top spot, held off at number 2 by Snap's Rhythm Is A Dancer.
Three years later, it was back! A remixed version peaked at Number 7.
ChartFact: The Best Things In Life Are Free came close, but Janet has never had a Number 1 single in the UK. The 1992 version of the song was the 17th biggest selling single of that year.
5: That's The Way Love Goes
Leading off the huge album Janet., That's The Way Love Goes saw Jan take a more mature direction, and it gave her a second Number 2 peak in a row. She's not been that high since, believe it or not.
ChartFact: That's The Way Love Goes has sold over 214,000 copies. Another song to peak at Number 2, Janet holds the record as the solo artist with the most Top 10 hits that never scored a UK chart topper. Yet. There are plenty of bangers left in her yet!
Her most downloaded '80s song is…
When I Think Of You! Taken from Janet's breakthrough album Control, When I Think Of You reached Number 10 in 1986 and was the third of an incredible seven singles to come from that one release. It was her first chart-topper in the US.
Other notable entries
Janet's first ever UK Top 10 What Have You Done For Me Lately just makes it into her Top 10 most downloaded tracks (10). What Have You Done For Me Lately was the 60th bestselling single of 1986 and has shifted over 252,000 copies. Her most recent Top 40 hit, Call On Me, a team-up with rapper Nelly, finishes one spot above at 9.
The lead single from Janet's latest album Unbreakable, No Sleeep has managed to crack into the Top 20 at Number 19.
Bonus ChartFact: Janet's first ever chart entry was way back in 1984. The song? Why, it was a duet called Two To The Power Of One. And her tag team partner? Well, it was Cliff Richard, actually. No, for real. The track peaked at Number 83.
Take a look at Janet's Official Top 40 Most Downloaded tracks
|1||TOGETHER AGAIN||JANET JACKSON||4||1997|
|2||SCREAM||MICHAEL JACKSON/JANET JACKSON||3||1995|
|3||ALL FOR YOU||JANET JACKSON||3||2001|
|4||THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE||LUTHER VANDROSS/JANET JACKSON||2||1992|
|5||THAT'S THE WAY LOVE GOES||JANET JACKSON||2||1993|
|7||WHEN I THINK OF YOU||JANET JACKSON||10||1986|
|8||CALL ON ME||JANET JACKSON & NELLY||18||2006|
|9||GOT 'TIL IT'S GONE||JANET FT Q-TIP & JONI MITCHELL||6||1986|
|10||WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY||JANET JACKSON||3||1997|
|11||MAKE ME||JANET JACKSON||73||2009|
|12||RHYTHM NATION||JANET JACKSON||23||1989|
|14||SON OF A GUN (I BETCHA THINK THIS SONG)||JANET JACKSON FT CARLY SIMON||13||2001|
|15||LETS WAIT AWHILE||JANET JACKSON||3||1987|
|16||DOESN'T REALLY MATTER||JANET JACKSON||5||2000|
|17||WHOOPS NOW/WHAT'LL I DO||JANET JACKSON||9||1995|
|18||ALL NITE (DON'T STOP)/I WANT YOU||JANET JACKSON||19||2004|
|19||NO SLEEEP||JANET JACKSON||N/A||2015|
|20||SO EXCITED||JANET JACKSON||N/A||2006|
|21||WHATS IT GONNA BE||BUSTA RHYMES FT JANET||6||1999|
|24||SOMEONE TO CALL MY LOVER||JANET JACKSON||11||2011|
|25||I GET LONELY||JANET JACKSON||5||1998|
|26||ANY TIME ANY PLACE||JANET JACKSON||13||1994|
|27||BLACK CAT||JANET JACKSON||15||1990|
|29||BURNITUP||JANET JACKSON FT MISSY ELLIOTT||N/A||2015|
|31||LUV ME LUV ME||SHAGGY FT JANET JACKSON||N/A||2004|
|32||GO DEEP||JANET JACKSON||13||1998|
|33||THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE||JANET JACKSON||24||1987|
|34||MISS YOU MUCH||JANET JACKSON||22||1989|
|35||COME BACK TO ME||JANET JACKSON||20||1990|
|36||LOVE WILL NEVER DO (WITHOUT YOU)||JANET JACKSON||34||1990|
|37||ROCK WITH U||JANET JACKSON||N/A||2008|
|38||JUST A LITTLE WHILE||JANET JACKSON||15||2004|
|39||EVERY TIME||JANET JACKSON||46||1998|
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