The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson 
With the emotionally damaged The Velvet Rope, the youngest of the Jackson dynasty provided the most intimate record in the family’s catalogue. In promoting the album back in '97, Janet conceded to feeling at her lowest in life—just getting the disc made was a feat in itself. Though recorded in her early ’30s, Velvet taps into an age-less angst. With glimmers of joy and forgiveness, it’s the perfect mood-setter for emotional slumps.