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Janet Jackson's 10 No. 1 Hits Ranked

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Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

With Friday's much-anticipated release of Janet Jackson's comeback album Unbreakable -- her first LP since 2008's Discipline -- it's the perfect time to look back at the pop diva's 10 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. While they all still rank high in our hearts, we can't help but rank them. Here’s our countdown to the very best of her No. 1s.

10. "Doesn't Really Matter" (2000): It's hard to see how this song -- originally featured on the Nutty Professor II: The Klumps soundtrack -- went to No. 1 when true JJ classics like "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty" and "Rhythm Nation" didn't. Still, this frothy confection was a ray of melodic sunshine after the darker Velvet Rope.

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9. "Again" (1993): Another tune featured in one of Jackson's films, Poetic Justice, this piano ballad was nominated for a best original song Oscar. As far as her slow jams go, it's not "Any Time, Any Place" or "I Get Lonely," but the pure sweetness of Janet's vocal helps to overcome the treacly sentiment. Cue the tears.

8. "All for You" (2001): The last of Jackson's No. 1 hits, it spent seven weeks at the pinnacle of the Hot 100, marking her second-longest reign on the chart. Buoyed by a generous sample of Change's club classic "The Glow of Love," this shimmering soul-disco track rode its bass-driven groove all the way to a Grammy for best dance recording.

7. "Black Cat" (1990): Janet as headbanger! It shouldn't have worked, but somehow this heavy-metal departure on the singer's Rhythm Nation 1814 -- which she wrote by herself and produced with Jellybean Johnson instead of usual collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- totally rocked. She made it her own "Beat It.”

6. "Escapade" (1990): It's no wonder that Jackson gives a shout-out to "Minneapolis!" during this fanciful, carnivalesque romp. She has always owed a huge debt to Prince's musical domain -- after all, Jam and Lewis were once protégés of the Purple One -- but rarely more so than on this pop-funk gem.

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5. "When I Think of You" (1986): The first of her No. 1s -- and the only one from her game-changing Control album -- it updated the bubblegum girlishness of 1982's Janet Jackson and 1984's Dream Street by toughening up the groove with a bass line that just wouldn't quit. When you think of upbeat Janet songs, you think of this one.

4. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (1991): At one point, this was envisioned as a duet with Prince, which explains why Jackson sings the first verse in a lower register and the second verse in a higher one. But with the lush, layered vocal arrangement -- a chorus of Janet's never sounded better -- she hardly needed anyone else.

3. "Miss You Much" (1989): After the big breakthrough of Control, Miss Jackson made clear that she was here to stay with the first single from Rhythm Nation. The slamming, industrial-edged beats of this classic Jam & Lewis production make this one of the funkiest things she's ever done. Bonus points for the iconic choreography.

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2. "Together Again" (1997): One of many Velvet Rope tracks that found Jackson digging deeper lyrically, this was her personal ode to those who have been lost to AIDS. But instead of getting weepy, she turned this into an uplifting celebration, channeling Diana Ross while perfectly setting a '60s girl-group vibe to a disco-house beat.

1. "That's the Way Love Goes" (1993): This was Jackson's longest-running No. 1, with eight weeks at the helm, as well as a winner of the best R&B song Grammy. Unlike anything she'd ever done before, it oozed sensuality -- coming straight from the Marvin Gaye school of seduction -- and set the sexy standard for many Janet songs to come. 

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