Janet Jackson, "Make Me"
Janet Jackson gave her late brother, Michael, two gifts in September. First, the singer paid tribute by performing their "Scream" duet at the MTV Video Music Awards; then she premiered the "Off the Wall"-inspired dance track "Make Me," now a single on her "Number Ones" album due Nov. 17. Her most appealing and high-energy track since the 2001 "All for You," the song thumps aggressively, with a funky guitar lick driving the rhythm. Its nonstop vamp recalls "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," as Jackson puts a new twist on that classic disco number's chorus. "Don't stop it baby, don't stop til you get it up . . . Ain't nobody else like you/Only you got the moves you do." "Make Me" isn't just Jackson's best dance song in years-it's a hit that would make her brother proud. --Michael Menachem