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post Sep 19 2015, 01:55 PM
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Janet Jackson's Official Top 40 Most Downloaded Songs
19 September 2015
By Justin Myers

Been getting No Sleeep because you can't wait for Janet Jackson's new album? Think you're going to Scream if you don't hear some new Janet music soon? We know the feeling.

The bona fide member of pop royalty Janet Jackson releases her 11th studio album Unbreakable on 2October, and while we wait, we're rewinding slightly to check out the biggest songs of her 30-year career.

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.

Over 50,000 copies of the song have been downloaded since we started counting in 2005 – not bad to say the song came out a whole seven years earlier and sold a whopping 747,000 on physical format.

PEAK: 4
YEAR: 1997

ChartFact: Together Again is Janet's biggest selling single in the UK, even though it only got to Number 4. It's sold over 798,000 copies in total

2: Scream

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!

PEAK: 3
YEAR: 1995

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.

PEAK: 3
YEAR: 2001

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.

PEAK: 2
YEAR: 1992

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 Janet take a more mature direction, and having her second Number 2 peak in a row. She's not been that high since, believe it or not.

PEAK: 2
YEAR: 1993

ChartFact: That's The Way Love Goes has sold over 214,000 copies.

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 two spots above at 8.

Janet's most recent single No Sleeep makes an appearance already – it's 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 duetting 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
TRACK PEAK YEAR
1 TOGETHER AGAIN 4 1997
2 SCREAM (WITH MICHAEL JACKSON) 3 1995
3 ALL FOR YOU 3 2001
4 THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE (WITH LUTHER VANDROSS) 2 1992
5 THAT'S THE WAY LOVE GOES 2 1993
6 FEEDBACK 0 2007
7 WHEN I THINK OF YOU 10 1986
8 CALL ON ME (WITH NELLY) 18 2006
9 MAKE ME 73 2009
10 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY 3 1986
11 SON OF A GUN (I BETCHA THINK THIS SONG) (FT CARLY SIMON) 13 2001
12 AGAIN 6 1993
13 LETS WAIT AWHILE 3 1987
14 RHYTHM NATION 23 1989
15 DOESN'T REALLY MATTER 5 2000
16 ALL NITE (DON'T STOP) 19 2004
17 SO EXCITED - 2006
18 WHOOPS NOW 9 1995
19 NO SLEEEP N/A 2015
20 SOMEONE TO CALL MY LOVER 11 2001
21 IF 14 1993
22 NASTY 19 1986
23 I GET LONELY 5 1998
24 ANY TIME ANY PLACE 13 1994
25 RUNAWAY 6 1995
26 BLACK CAT 15 1990
27 LUV ME LUV ME (WITH SHAGGY) N/A 2004
28 ESCAPADE 17 1990
29 GO DEEP 13 1998
30 MISS YOU MUCH 22 1989
31 THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE 24 1987
32 COME BACK TO ME 20 1990
33 LOVE WILL NEVER DO (WITHOUT YOU) 34 1990
34 JUST A LITTLE WHILE 15 2004
35 ROCK WITH U N/A 2008
36 EVERY TIME 46 1998
37 VELVET ROPE N/A 2004
38 CONTROL 42 1987
39 NOTHING N/A 2010
40 LUV N/A 2008

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post Sep 19 2015, 01:59 PM
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Not that familiar with Janet's material but I love 'What Have You Done For Me Lately', 'All For You', 'Scream' and 'Make Me'. Surprised that 'Scream' sold so little for a song that had perhaps the most anticipated collab and the most expensive video.

'No Sleeep' is sounding very cool - if Radio 1 weren't so ageist, it would be perfect for them.
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Where is Got Til It's Gone though?
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post Sep 19 2015, 02:28 PM
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Where did Feedback chart? I thought it reached top100 but seems it didn't
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QUOTE(SKOB @ Sep 19 2015, 03:28 PM) *
Where did Feedback chart? I thought it reached top100 but seems it didn't

#114! sad.gif Had a chart run of: 125-132-132-131-114-x-116-135-x
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Her best song at the top wub.gif one of my all-time favourites <3

Adore her back-catalogue and excited for the new music. 'The Velvet Rope' is such an incredible album - 'Empty' is just... everything :'( Does anyone have sales figures for it while we're discussing her (& her other albums)?
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The Velvet Rope and Rhythm Nation are her best albums. Its a shame she never had a #1 single in the UK chart, I love her earlier material.
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Together Again is one of my favourite all-time records wub.gif
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Some of her most iconic songs are very low in that list. 'Black Cat', 'Escapade' and 'Go Deep' need some trickle sales sad.gif

C'mon download generation, get with it.
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QUOTE(T Boy @ Sep 19 2015, 03:00 PM) *
Where is Got Til It's Gone though?

THIS.

It's one of her best and one of her biggest(ish) too, no?
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Funny, I've just been checking out the Rhythm Nation album as I'm looking for tracks to play at my Mum's 50th birthday party next week. She loved that album and went to see Janet on tour. But it's so weird that a lot of the singles off it were massive #1 hits in the States but were merely top 30 here. I don't think any of the tracks from it are very well remembered here - the title track only #14 most downloaded.

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She was much bigger in the 90s than in the 80s, particularly in Europe. Control (the album) didn't even chart at all in Finland
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Janet's UK chart record is pretty appalling tbh, given how huge she was worldwide. At least 'That's The Way Love Goes' got to #2 I suppose laugh.gif
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Just noticed that Rhythm Nation 1814 isn't on Spotify (in the UK anyway). sad.gif I was thinking of giving it a listen!
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Such a legend what great songs !!! Very strange about got till its gone !
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Her best song at 37 heart.gif
2004 though...?
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QUOTE(Cremey @ Sep 20 2015, 01:05 PM) *
Her best song at 37 heart.gif
2004 though...?
I'm not sure but maybe 2004 is when the OCC started to count downloads, and 'The Velvet Rope' was never released as a single prior to that. Must be the same with 'Luv Me, Luv Me' apparently, I'm guessing Janet's version never had a UK release. Is any of that plausible?

I love the slight randomness of this list, some songs are much higher than I would have expected. A list of her best overall sellers would have been more useful if they haven't compiled one already.

QUOTE(liamk97 @ Sep 19 2015, 09:59 AM) *
'No Sleeep' is sounding very cool - if Radio 1 weren't so ageist, it would be perfect for them.
They did A-list two Mary J. Blige songs less than a year ago, and she's only five years younger than Janet! (Obviously the Disclosure production was a factor.) But even Radio 2 seems to be snubbing Janet at the moment...
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I wish they did a proper sales run down and not just focus on downloads. I can understand why as it makes No Sleeep look a bit more successful (whereas I doubt it would be in a top 40 of sales), but it would have been a much more interesting list.

Runaway is my all time favourite Janet song. Such a tune. wub.gif
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If her highest download sales is 50k, then I dread to think what number 40 on that list have. A few hundred at best?
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QUOTE(GTH @ Sep 21 2015, 09:15 AM) *
I wish they did a proper sales run down and not just focus on downloads. I can understand why as it makes No Sleeep look a bit more successful (whereas I doubt it would be in a top 40 of sales), but it would have been a much more interesting list.

It's probably more to do with unofficial data from the 80s and 90s that make it hard to make an 'official' official list.

Shireblogger on Haven very kindly made up a list of his estimates for Janet's best sellers so I'll post it below:

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Using the OCC download data, here is my estimated Janet Jackson All-Time Top 51 (physical + digital)

1. Janet Jackson -- Together Again :: 800k
2. Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson -- The Best Things In Life Are Free :: 450k
3. Janet Jackson -- Let's Wait Awhile :: 300k
4. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson -- Scream :: 285k
5. Janet Jackson -- What Have You Done For Me Lately :: 250k
6. Janet Jackson ft Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell -- Got 'Til Its Gone :: 225k
7. Janet Jackson -- That's The Way Love Goes :: 215k
8. Janet Jackson -- All For You :: 195k
9. Janet Jackson -- Again :: 170k
10. Janet Jackson -- When I Think Of You :: 160k
11. Janet Jackson -- Runaway :: 160k
12. Janet Jackson -- Whoops Now :: 155k
13. Busta Rhymes ft Janet Jackson -- What's It Gonna Be ? :: 150k
14. Janet Jackson -- Doesn't Really Matter :: 140k
15. Janet Jackson ft Blackstreet -- I Get Lonely :: 125k
16. Janet Jackson -- Nasty :: 105k
17. Janet Jackson -- Escapade :: 95k
18. Blackstreet ft Janet Jackson -- Girlfriend / Boyfriend :: 90k
19. Janet Jackson with Carly Simon -- Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song) :: 90k
20. Janet Jackson -- If :: 75k
21. Janet Jackson -- Black Cat :: 75k
22. Janet Jackson -- Go Deep :: 70k
23. Janet Jackson -- Miss You Much :: 70k
24. Janet Jackson -- Any Time Any Place :: 60k
25. Janet Jackson -- Rhythm Nation :: 60k
26. Janet Jackson -- Come Back To Me :: 60k
27. Janet Jackson -- The Pleasure Principle :: 50k
28. Janet Jackson -- You Want This :: 50k
29. Beenie Man ft Janet Jackson -- Feel It Boy :: 50k
30. Janet Jackson -- Someone To Call My Love :: 45k
31. Janet Jackson -- Alright :: 45k
32. Herb Alpert ft Janet Jackson -- Diamonds :: 45k
33. Janet Jackson & Nelly -- Call On Me :: 40k
34. Janet Jackson -- Love Will Never Do (Without You) :: 40k
35. Janet Jackson -- Control :: 40k
36. Janet Jackson -- Twenty Foreplay :: 40k
37. Janet Jackson -- Because Of Love :: 35k
38. Janet Jackson -- Just A Little While :: 30k
39. Janet Jackson -- Feedback :: 30k
40. Janet Jackson -- Every Time :: 25k
41. Janet Jackson -- All Nite (Don't Stop) :: 25k
42. Janet Jackson -- Make Me :: 15k
43. Janet Jackson ft Khia -- So Excited {from "20 Y.O."} :: 10k
44. Janet Jackson -- Funny How Time Flies :: 10k
45. Janet Jackson & Cliff Richard -- Two To The Power :: 7k
46. Shaggy ft Janet Jackson -- Luv Me Luv Me {from "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" s/t} :: 7k
47. Janet Jackson -- Rock With U {from "Discipline"} :: 6k
48. Janet Jackson -- Luv {from "Discipline"} :: 6k
49. Janet Jackson -- No Sleeep {from "Unbreakable"} :: 5k
50. Janet Jackson -- Velvet Rope {from "The Velvet Rope"} :: 5k
51. Janet Jackson -- Nothing {from "Why Did I Get Married Too" s/t} :: 5k

This gives JJ a total of 5,300,000 UK singles sales.

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