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Which Song And Album of Janet's Has the Most Cultural Significance


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In a brief look at the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, I was shocked to learn that none of Janet Jackson's works have been inducted.  Each year, the Librarian of Congress and their staff select 25 recordings to be inducted based on the cultural significance and impact which the audio recording made.  

Interestingly enough, the list doesn't have a lot of pop music, but Michael Jackson's Thriller was inducted in 2007.  

Any American citizen can nominate recordings they feel are of cultural significance.  So I ask... what recordings by Ms. Janet are her most impactful?  Both albums or recording tracks can be considered.  

 

I plan to nominate a few, but would love to hear the forum's thoughts and justificaions.  

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All of the above tbh. 

The top two songs would be Nasty & Rhythm Nation imo.

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Nasty for sure. Women empowerment!

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What do you mean by cultural significance?

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Rhythm Nation as an album, Control too for that matter, they both embodied a sound and direction that inspired many other acts. I think Nasty is a classic Janet track about feminist empowerment and expression

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Album: Control, Rhythm Nation, to a lesser extent.

Song: Rhythm Nation, Nasty to a lesser extent.

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I submitted the RN album years ago, I did a thread on here about it. Idk how it works with submitting, or if they even got it cuz I definitely did not get a confirmation email. :lol:

 

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Control and/or Rhythm Nation.  Rhythm Nation is so iconic for it's imagery alone, that it SHOULD be inducted.  The music was another story.

Control is my favorite Janet album though.-_-

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I submitted the RN album years ago, I did a thread on here about it. Idk how it works with submitting, or if they even got it cuz I definitely did not get a confirmation email. :lol:

 

Awesome!!  Well maybe this year we can all submit so LOC takes notice.  

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Control and/or Rhythm Nation.  Rhythm Nation is so iconic for it's imagery alone, that it SHOULD be inducted.  The music was another story.

Control is my favorite Janet album though.-_-

Control is one of the most influential albums of its time easily, I can't believe Prince threw a copy of it out of his car onto Jimmy's mama house, so petty :lol:

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Control is one of the most influential albums of its time easily, I can't believe Prince threw a copy of it out of his car onto Jimmy's mama house, so petty :lol:

:o:lmao:

Janet had EVERYONE shook once Control dropped. :wub:

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Awesome!!  Well maybe this year we can all submit so LOC takes notice.  

Just search thru my threads and you'll find it. Let me know what you wanna do.

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Rhythm  Nation album and song.  That's all.  

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Rhythm  Nation album and song.  That's all.  

I was gonna post the same...

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Control was quite a breakthrough into the music industry and was Janet's personal announcement to the pop world that she had arrived.  But Rhythm Nation, the album and the song, transcended just being great pop / R&B / dance music, and went to another level of "cultural significance" because of the message, the hard-hitting production and the ground-breaking choreography, which still exists today on a plane all its own.  No other dance artist since has attempted to touch it.  MTV had the RN "mini-movie" on repeat for what seemed like 2 or 3 years.  

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Album: Control 

Song: Rhythm Nation 

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Album: RN1814

Song: The Knowledge (it went beyond just music to anything you dream, you can make happen. Even Mariah was singing about making it happen around the same time I think too.)

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Album: RN1814

Song: The Knowledge (it went beyond just music to anything you dream, you can make happen. Even Mariah was singing about making it happen around the same time I think too.)

Totally agree that The Knowledge was significant.  Many of her fans during the RN era quoted that song as having changed their lives.  

But the only reason I would put Rhythm Nation (song) above The Knowledge is because it wasn't a single.  Rhythm Nation video is a part of world iconography.  

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Album: Rhythm Nation (Control is 2nd)

Song: Rhythm Nation (Nasty is 2nd)

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