10 Janet Jackson Lyrics That Will Make You Smile Everywhere You Go

Janet Jackson songs are on fans’ minds as they tune into her new documentary on A&E and Lifetime.

BILBAO, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 04:  Janet Jackson performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 on November 4...
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I’m not a prude, I just want some respect / So close the door if you want me to respond

Janet Jackson ("Nasty")

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“I’ve heard no too many times, because of my race / I’ve heard no too many times, but with every no, I grow in strength / That is why African-American woman, I stand tall with pride”

Jackson sings about her experience of being a Black woman and celebrates their accomplishments on her 1993 anthem “New Agenda,” an anthem that speaks to generations of Black women.

With music by our side to break the color lines / Let’s work together to improve our way of life / Join voices in protest to social injustice / A generation full of courage, come forth with me

Janet Jackson ("Rhythm Nation")

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“To get over, get better / Try to be the possessor of the one thing we all need in life / To succeed, take my advice”

Jackson’s album Rhythm Nation 1814 tackles social injustice on many songs, with “The Knowledge” placing an emphasis on the importance of education.

I’m on my own, I’ll call my own shots / Thank you /Got my own mind, I wanna make my own decisions / When it has to do with my life, I wanna be the one in control

Janet Jackson ("Control")

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“Everywhere I go, every smile I see, I know you are there smilin’ back at me / Dancin’ in moonlight, I know you are free, ’cause I can see your star shinin’ down on me”

Jackson wrote her 1997 No. 1 hit “Together Again” to celebrate the life of a friend who died of AIDS. The song has since become an anthem for the LGBTQ community.

You’re always puttin’ off what we could do today / Soap opera says you’ve got one life to live

Janet Jackson ("What Have You Done For Me Lately")

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“Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets cute girl back / Free to be who you really are / One rule, no rules”

Jackson’s sly nod to the LGBTQ community on her 1997 deep cut “Free Xone” proves that she was an ally when she was needed most.

If you want my future then you better work it, boy / No, it won’t come easy, no, I know you want this

Janet Jackson ("You Want This")

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“The skin game is still around, but you can’t keep a good man down”

“The Skin Game,” a rare B-side from Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 album, analyzes what Black people must endure to simply live. “It’s about this race issue that we have, playing the skin game,” she told MTV in 2018. “You have to be very careful, and know how to play it to get through on a daily basis.”

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