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Ask Billboard: Janet Jackson’s Biggest Billboard Hits

With the news that Jackson is planning a new album, her first studio release since 2008, and world tour, "Ask Billboard" counts down the superstar's 25 biggest Hot 100 hits.

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Dear Gary,

With the exciting news that Janet Jackson is planning a new album, her first studio release since 2008, and world tour, I was wondering if you could give us a recap on Ms. Jackson’s Billboard successes. What are her top-performing singles over her career?



Matt Cormier
Providence, Rhode Island

Hi Matt,

This past Saturday was Janet Jackson’s birthday (happy 49th!) and it was us who got a present. “I promised you’d hear it from my lips and now you will,” she teased. “This year: new music; new world tour; a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”

Janet Jackson Announces New Album, Tour

As we wait for new music from Jackson (let’s wait [only] a [little] while?), let’s count down her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits in a career that has resulted in one of the most impressive chart histories of any artist. She’s one of just nine acts with at least 10 Hot 100 No. 1s, having tallied 10 between 1986 and 2001, while her 27 top 10s are tied for fifth-best all time (with Mariah Carey and Elton John).

And, with two No. 1s in the ’80s, six in the ’90s and two in the ’00s, Jackson is one of just two solo artists with multiple Hot 100 No. 1s in three decades. The other: Her brother Michael, who notched two in the ’70s, nine in the ’80s and two in the ’90s (not counting his four, all in 1970, as part of the Jackson 5, as well). (Combining Paul McCartney’s work with the Beatles and Wings, plus his solo fare, he would also qualify, with 18 No. 1s in the ’60s, eight in the ’70s and three more in the ’80s.)

Let the countdown begin … Here are Janet Jackson’s biggest Hot 100 hits, from No. 25 to No. 1:

25, “Scream” (Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson), No. 5, 1995
24, “I Get Lonely” (Janet feat. BLACKstreet), No. 3, 1998
23, “You Want This”/“70’s Love Groove,” No. 8, 1994
22, “Someone to Call My Lover,” No. 3, 2001
21, “What’s It Gonna Be?!” (Busta Rhymes feat. Janet), No. 3, 1999

20, “If,” No. 4, 1993
19, “Any Time, Any Place”/“And On and On,” No. 2, 1994

18, “Come Back to Me,” No. 2, 1990
17, “Let’s Wait Awhile,” No. 2, 1987
16, “Nasty,” No. 3, 1986

15, “Black Cat,” No. 1 (one week), 1990
14, “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” No. 4, 1986
13, “Control,” No. 5, 1987
12, “Alright,” No. 4, 1990

11, “Rhythm Nation,” No. 2, 1990

10, “Doesn’t Really Matter,” No. 1 (three weeks), 2000
9, “Runaway,” No. 3, 1995
8, “Again,” No. 1 (two weeks), 1993

7, “When I Think of You,” No. 1 (two weeks), 1986
6, “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” No. 1 (one week), 1991

5, “Together Again,” No. 1 (two weeks), 1998
4, “All for You,” No. 1 (seven weeks), 2001
3, “That’s the Way Love Goes,” No. 1 (eight weeks), 1993

2, “Escapade,” No. 1 (three weeks), 1990

And …

1, “Miss You Much,” No. 1 (four weeks), 1989

“Much-anticipated release from the Jackson sibling has all the trimmings for an across-the-board smash,” Billboard correctly predicted in its Aug. 26, 1989 single review for “Much.” “Hooky rhythmic pulse and memorable chorus.” Also proven true: “First of what’s sure to be many from the forthcoming Rhythm Nation.”

Janet Jackson’s Biggest Billboard Hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.