Legend, and visionary are words synonymous with the iconic Janet Jackson, and rightfully so.
The pioneering Miss Jackson has been in the news as of late, announcing an auction of over 1,000 items from her personal collection. Pieces up for grabs in the three-day auction at Julien's in Beverly Hills from May 14 include outfits worn in her Scream, Control and Rhythm Nation music videos, plus her wedding dress from her secret marriage to dancer René Elizondo Jr in 1991.
British fans can see a selection of the items on display in the window of Hard Rock Cafe, Piccadilly Circus, London from 5pm today April 19 until April 23.
Not that we ever need an excuse to relive Janet's back catalogue, but with the auction (and a new documentary) on the horizon, we thought to celebrate Janet's impact by revealing her most downloaded tracks in the UK.
Before we unveil the full Top 40, let's take a closer look at the all-important Top 5. Get ready Jan Fam, some serious chart stats are heading your way.
5: That's The Way Love Goes
It was 1993 and Janet Jackson had just signed the most expensive record deal ever, returning in style on her new label Virgin Records. That's The Way Love Goes saw Jan take a more mature direction, which resulted in her highest-charting single in the UK. She's not reached those heights since, believe it or not.
While not a chart-topper in the UK, That's The Way... was Janet's sixth US Number 1, and won the GRAMMY for Best R&B Song in 1994. The success of the song also lead to its parent album Janet. becoming her first and only (to date) UK Number 1 album.
ChartFact: Janet holds the record for being the solo artist with the most UK Top 10 hits yet to score a Number 1 single. Yet being the key word. We still believe!
4: The Best Things In Life Are Free
Janet's collaboration with silky-voiced smooth talker 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 taken from the film Mo' Money peaked at Number 7.
ChartFact: The Best Things In Life Are Free actually peaked eight places higher in the UK than it did the US, where it topped out at Number 10.
3: All For You
The biggest song of 2001 in the United States, All For You also proved popular in the UK, hitting Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart, held off the top by the combined might of Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Shaggy.
All For You is Janet's most successful song worldwide, took home the GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording, and has been streamed 10.3 million times in the UK.
ChartFact: All For You was Janet's fourth single to peak at Number 3.
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 their one and only duet. The result was impressive - the music video is one of the most expensive ever made and boasts one of the pair's most memorable dance routines.
Not a UK Number 1, sadly, but another Top 3 smash for the pair. The siblings' unprecedented star power did however lead to a Number 1 in Italy, New Zealand and Spain. 48,000 of you picked up a digital copy in the download era.
ChartFact: Scream was Janet's eighth Top 10 hit. She's racked up 17 altogether.
1: Together Again
In pole position, one of Janet's first forays into dance music saw her pay tribute to a close friend who had passed away. As usual, Janet's dance routine for Together Again was a masterclass in precision and pliability.
65,000 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 15.5 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 nine Top 5 singles, Together Again is her only one to peak at Number 4.
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 also her first chart-topper in the US. On her UK downloads countdown, it ranks seventh.
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 at 9. 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 behind at 10.
Boosted by a performance on The X Factor in 2009, Make Me, a song (and underrated bop may we add) exclusive to Janet's Number One greatest hits ranks in 14th.
The lead single from Janet's latest album Unbreakable, No Sleeep has managed to crack into the Top 20 at Number 19. BURNITUP! a single from Janet's most recent album Unbreakable ranks at Number 30, while Janet's newest single Made For Now with Daddy Yankee makes the Top 40 at Number 32.
Bonus ChartFact: Janet's first ever UK chart entry was way back in 1984. The song? Why, it was a duet called Two To The Power Of Love. And her tag team partner? Well, it was Cliff Richard. No, for real. The track peaked at Number 83.
Janet Jackson'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||GOT 'TIL IT'S GONE||JANET FT Q-TOP & JONI MITCHELL||6||1997|
|9||WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY||JANET JACKSON||6||1986|
|10||CALL ON ME||JANET JACKSON & NELLY||18||2006|
|11||RHYTHM NATION||JANET JACKSON||23||1989|
|12||LET'S WAIT A WHILE||JANET JACKSON||3||1987|
|14||MAKE ME||JANET JACKSON||73||2009|
|15||SON OF A GUN (I BETCHA THINK THIS SONG)||JANET JACKSON FT CARLY SIMON||13||2001|
|16||WHOOPS NOW/WHAT'LL I DO||JANET JACKSON||9||1995|
|17||DOESN'T REALLY MATTER||JANET JACKSON||5||2000|
|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||BLACK CAT||JANET JACKSON||15||1990|
|27||ANY TIME ANY PLACE||JANET JACKSON||13||1994|
|30||BURNITUP||JANET JACKSON FT MISSY ELLIOTT||6||1990|
|31||MISS YOU MUCH||JANET JACKSON||22||1989|
|32||MADE FOR NOW||JANET JACKSON & DADDY YANKEE||N/A||2018|
|33||THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE||JANET JACKSON||24||1987|
|34||GO DEEP||JANET JACKSON||13||1998|
|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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