BIG News, Janet Jackson Fans

by Jennifer Still

There are tons of amazing musicians out there, but only a handful can truly be considered a true legend. Janet Jackson is certainly one of those artists, and after a lengthy hiatus from the industry (her last album, Discipline, was released all the way back in 2008), I was absolutely ecstatic to hear that Jackson's releasing a new album AND going on tour in the coming months. While we don't know much in the way of details about either the new music or live dates, one thing's for sure: this is going to be incredible, and I'm already scrimping and saving to get tickets the minute they go on sale. After all, Janet Jackson is great on record, but she really comes alive on stage.

Because I lack the ability to contain my excitement in any way, I've already started fantasizing about my perfect Janet Jackson tour setlist. While doubtless she'll spend much of her concerts performing the new material that's yet to be released, obviously she'll be peppering quite a bit of her former hits into the show, because isn't that really what we all want to hear? There's no way of telling which tracks will make the cut, but that won't stop me from dreaming.

Here are 7 songs Janet Jackson needs to perform during her new tour.

"That's The Way Love Goes" (1993)

Who doesn't love this one? The video is pretty much etched into my childhood memory and it's still one of my favorites. It's smooth, it's groovy (for lack of a better term), and it's probably one of her biggest and most memorable hits. It's a MUST on her new setlist.

"Got 'Til It's Gone" (1997)

Janet Jackson remixing Joni Mitchell AND inviting Q-Tip into the mix? This is a recipe for genius and it certainly turned out that way. Admittedly, I'm generally not thrilled about the idea of artists remixing classic songs, but this one just works.

"Miss You Much" (1989)

Rhythm Nation 1814 is quite possibly one of the best albums ever made, and it's certainly one of Jackson's highlights, full of way too many hits. "Miss You Much" came out in 1989, but it's still as good today as it was 26 years ago. And now I bet you feel old, to boot.

"Rhythm Nation" (1989)

Speaking of, we can't leave out "Rhythm Nation", which is still lauded as an absolute classic today — particularly in video form. The costumes and dancing are iconic, as is the fact that the whole thing is shot in black and white. Everything about it is perfect, and if Jackson and her background dancers recreate this one on stage, it'll make the entire ticket price worth it.

"What Have You Done For Me Lately" (1986)

This is one of Janet's sassiest tracks, basically telling some no good guy that he's not worth having around, because after all, he's useless. The attitude of "What Have You Done For Me Lately" is just so fierce, don't you think?

"If" (1993)

If (no pun intended) this song didn't define much of your '90s existence, I don't know where you were living. It's probably the best Jackson song out there, and that's saying something, considering her amazing back catalog. Ugh, it doesn't even need any introduction, it's just that good.

"All For You" (2001)

Last but certainly not least, let's go for something a little more recent. This track was Jackson's attempt to bring her sound — which was very of its time while still being timeless, if that makes sense — into the new millennium. It's just a feel good song that sounds really good blasted from your car stereo on a summer's day. Hearing it live just seems right.

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