22. janet. (1993)
Artist: Janet Jackson
Production: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Acclaim: Has there been a more abrupt transition from socially conscious agenda (Rhythm Nation) to overpowering sexual manifesto? Unlikely. On her fifth album, MJ’s little sister drops the coy act and transforms into America’s sweetest horndog. The result: a bangin’ soundtrack.
Peak moment: Janet speaks to exhibitionists on “Anytime, Anyplace,” quietly crooning: “I don’t wanna stop just because/people walking by watching us.” Poetry in motion.