Good choices.JSparksFan wrote:Friday's Top 20 (March 16th)
01.(RE) Emeli Sandé - Read All About It, Pt. III (Best Comeback)
02.(RE) Doris Day - Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
03.(RE) Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon
04.(RE) Janet Jackson - If It Takes All Night
07.(RE) Idina Menzel - Let It Go
09.(RE) Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes
11.(RE) Janet Jackson - If
13.(RE) Kristen Bell & Santino Fantana - Love Is an Open Door
19.(RE) Mariah Carey - Lead the Way
20.(RE) The Supremes - Love Child
I feel like you introduced me to some of those songs (Doris Day for sure).Spartan wrote:This is my sort of chart. Doris Day, Love Child, The Fry, Frozen, Miley, Emeli! All such good songs.
Glad you like them! Especially pleased to see someone appreciating "Rivers of Babylon".RayRay wrote:Good choices.
I LOVE "Rivers Of Babylon". My mother used to play it over and over again (together with Brown Girl In The Ring).JSparksFan wrote:Glad you like them! Especially pleased to see someone appreciating "Rivers of Babylon".RayRay wrote:Good choices.
Hey, Jake!JakeP wrote:Hi Akini
I'm not sure why it took so long for me to check it out actually. I think I've just been too busy recently to keep tabs on new releases. Also, sometimes when I'm stressed out, I don't have the mental bandwidth for new music because what if I come home after a 12-hour work day and try to listen to new songs and they suck? That wouldn't be much fun.JakeP wrote:13.(NE) Kylie Minogue - Stop Me from Falling (Highest Debut)
I'm quite surprised this is only entering for the first time today...but better late than never. That said...
Busy season is coming for my entire existence this year. I suspect I'll find a way to survive, but "Breathe" wouldn't be a bad year-end #1 actually.JakeP wrote:02.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Breathe
...it appears you're getting stressed out again. The way its going Breathe is gonna be your year end #1
I'm presently in the process of switching phones, and I've uploaded all the music from my computer to the new phone. Quite a few of these songs are tracks that aren't on Spotify, so the last two days have seen some returns from songs I haven't heard in ages. Today's chart will be no different.JakeP wrote:There are a couple of tracks i don't recognise (or might if i give them a listen) but my other faves are:
05.(09) Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes (Greatest Gainer)
06.(RE) Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation
07.(RE) Sia - Chandelier
08.(RE) Girls Aloud - Call the Shots
09.(RE) Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - Scream
11.(RE) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
14.(RE) Years & Years - Sanctify
Ah, "Brown Girl in the Ring" was an ever-present song in my childhood, too! We used to play it in school during our culture class sessions every Tuesday afternoon.RayRay wrote:I LOVE "Rivers Of Babylon". My mother used to play it over and over again (together with Brown Girl In The Ring).
It's one of those songs that really reminds me of my childhood.
Also, there used to be those girls in my class that used to perform songs together and this was one of them.
They used to do girl group songs, but when they did this one, one of the macho guys of our class joined in.
I 100% support this notionJSparksFan wrote:Busy season is coming for my entire existence this year. I suspect I'll find a way to survive, but "Breathe" wouldn't be a bad year-end #1 actually.JakeP wrote:02.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Breathe
...it appears you're getting stressed out again. The way its going Breathe is gonna be your year end #1
I'm all for you creating a new, unique hybrid of the two: Akinglish! That disconnect you mentioned between using British English in the classroom/academic settings, but seeing American English everywhere outside the classroom, really adds a whole 'nother layer to the struggle of keeping all the rules straight!JSparksFan wrote:Yeah, I can be a bit pedantic with language sometimes, and I typically favour British English rules to American English rules, but there are a few exceptions, and I do go back and forth between the two systems depending on what I'm comfortable/agree with. The absence of "u" in American words is my only gripe, but even there, I have to admit that some words look cleaner without the "u" such as "candor" for instance. It's weird because I grew up in an academic system that is British-based (English-wise) but the American influence is more pervasive in non-academia parts of the culture so that makes adhering to the rules complex, but I agree; once the message is not lost, who cares? We're here for a good time, not a rigidly-adherent-to-outdated-English-rules time.
Ah, turns out you were onto something there! Apparently "Trust A Try" was in consideration to be a single (along with "Come On Get Up", which eventually got a very limited release in Japan.) Wikipedia links to this old interview with MTV:JSparksFan wrote:Oh my! Why did I think "Trust a Try" was a single? It definitely sounds like one, and it is strange that I'm so familiar with it despite not having heard All for You in full (yet). Hmm...what a way to throw away a potential chart-topper.
JSparksFan wrote:What I should be punishing it for is that awful video, but the song has grown on me. I get why so many people love it.
• Thrilled to see you still holding "Velvet Rope" in high regard as we (hopefully) inch ever closer to you starting that certain special something! This track really resonated with me as a gay teen when I was first delving into Janet's catalog, and it still makes quite the impression today. It's as relevant/topical as ever too...JSparksFan wrote:01.(RE) Janet Jackson - Velvet Rope (Best Comeback)
02.(RE) Michael Jackson - Remember the Time
03.(RE) Adele - Skyfall
04.(02) Kylie Minogue - Breathe
05.(RE) Janet Jackson - Together Again
06.(RE) Michael Jackson - Bad
07.(RE) Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
08.(RE) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
10.(12) Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies (Greatest Gainer)
11.(RE) Janet Jackson - I Get Lonely
13.(NE) Janet Jackson - Go Deep (Highest Debut)
14.(NE) Janet Jackson - Rope Burn
20.(NE) Janet Jackson - Can't Be Stopped
Well, I certainly like "Breathe" more than "Dancing" and "Stop Me from Falling" so let's see what happens.SummerPeur wrote:I 100% support this notion
She does have better material, but the song is a big grower. I definitely encourage you to revisit it.SummerPeur wrote:10.(12) Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies (Greatest Gainer) - I only checked this out today - I feel like she has a lot better material tbh.
In revisiting "Skyfall", I was rather surprised to hear how epic the instrumental is. Adele does melodrama well, and now that I'm a few years removed from the song's premiere, I can say that it definitely deserved to be a bigger hit.SummerPeur wrote:03.(RE) Adele - Skyfall
Even though it was a success, this song deserved so much more attention.
And novels only add to the drama because there's a mix of fantastic British and American authors in my library, and most of what I've retained about grammar and English rules in general I would have learned through reading storybooks.phoenix98 wrote:I'm all for you creating a new, unique hybrid of the two: Akinglish! That disconnect you mentioned between using British English in the classroom/academic settings, but seeing American English everywhere outside the classroom, really adds a whole 'nother layer to the struggle of keeping all the rules straight!
So after promising to get around to it, she never got around to it. Janet needs to work on her follow through, to be honest.phoenix98 wrote:Ah, turns out you were onto something there! Apparently "Trust A Try" was in consideration to be a single (along with "Come On Get Up", which eventually got a very limited release in Japan.) Wikipedia links to this old interview with MTV:
MTV: Your fans have a lot of strong feelings about everything, from what the set list should be to the next single. They did an informal poll on your Web site and they thought the next singles should be "Come On Get Up" and "Trust a Try." Do you have any idea what the next single will be?
Janet: There will be two. "Come On Get Up" and "Son of a Gun." But I'll get around to "Trust a Try," because I love that song.
Yeah, the video doesn't match the tone of the song at all.phoenix98 wrote:
I mean, there's a cuteness to it...but it's not at ALL what I envisioned/hoped for that song. I'm especially protective of that track, since I love it so much, so it probably would've been tough for any video to truly do it justice in my eyes (and what she actually gave us doesn't even come close.) **Sigh**
"Velvet Rope" was definitely a big discovery for me. The hook is immaculate.phoenix98 wrote:• Thrilled to see you still holding "Velvet Rope" in high regard as we (hopefully) inch ever closer to you starting that certain special something! This track really resonated with me as a gay teen when I was first delving into Janet's catalog, and it still makes quite the impression today. It's as relevant/topical as ever too...
It was definitely a stand-out on my first run-through of the album.phoenix98 wrote:• It might not be on quite the same level as "If," but "Rope Burn" is definitely among Janet's catchiest smutty songs The whole chorus (well, the whole track, really) give such satisfying shivers.
I like the lyrics on "Can't Be Stopped". "Whoops Now" was a bit of a quiet storm; I wasn't expecting to enjoy it much when the song started.phoenix98 wrote:• I don't have any strong feelings one way or the other about "Can't Be Stopped," but the whole "hidden track" concept is a fun relic of the days of physical music mediums and a great nostalgia vehicle for my CD-consuming youth! "Whoops Now" is probably one of the few examples to ever become a big chart hit (albeit only overseas.)
Ah, love the adjective, Paul! And thanks!phoenix98 wrote:Yet another plush chart, Akini!
He really did give us some stunners during his time. Incredible man.Tansike wrote:Nice to see some MJ classics on your latest chart
I honestly didn't even notice anything suggestive about the thread title, honestly.Tansike wrote:+1SummerPeur wrote:+ Akini you almost had me gagging with this title!!!!!
Everything you wrote, I either agree with, or it applies to me as well.RayRay wrote:Love Tried To Welcome Me by Madonna is such a beautiful song.
Encore Un Soir is one of my most played songs by Celine Dion.
If and Velvet Rope both epic in their own way by Janet.
I'm Your Baby Tonight (European version) is one of my all time Whitney favorites.
Oh, really? I can believe that, though, and if I were Virgin, I'd have gone for the contract buyout out after Glitter, too.biscuits wrote:It’s not Janet’s fault that ‘Trust a Try’ didn’t get released. Virgin cut the era short after paying Mariah out of her contract.
I just listened to All for You, and I enjoyed it. It's probably the Janet album I went into with the greatest familiarity.biscuits wrote:I hope you like the ‘All For You’ album. Nearly every song on there is in my top 50 Janet songs.
By the way, will you be requiring a list of unreleased Janet songs for your upcoming project?
I actually like "When We Oooo", but yesterday was a tough day. It'll probably debut sometime this weekend, or early next week.biscuits wrote:Happy to see China Love and Truth (my #1 album track) in there, although no When We Oooo?
But Love Scene? One of my least favourite Janet songs!
Many, many thanks for this!!!biscuits wrote:Some of her most famous miscellaneous tracks:
You Need Me (1989) the original concept for the follow-up to Control was the Jackson family, and this track is all about that. Janet decided against the idea because she was trying to distance herself from the family name professionally, and instead opted for social issues
Skin Game (1989) unreleased from RN1814
Work (1989) unreleased from RN1814
One More Chance (1993) B-side to 'If', a cover of a Randy Jackson song
And On And On (1994) B-side to 'Any Time, Any Place', performed well on US airplay
70s Love Groove (1994) appeared on 'janet. remixed', along with And On And On
Accept Me (1997) B-side to 'Every Time'
God's Stepchild Japanese bonus track for 'The Velvet Rope', appeared on 'Down in The Delta' soundtrack
The Beat of Black Wings (1999) a Joni Mitchell cover which was supposed to appear on a tribute CD
Ask For More (1999) a song recorded for Pepsi
Who (2001) 'All For You' bonus track in Japan
Love Me (2004) unreleased demo from 'Damita Jo', which many fans think should have been the lead single
Could This Be Love (2004) unreleased track from 'Damita Jo', supposedly pulled for sounding too much like Usher
I'm Here (2004) Japanese bonus track on 'Damita Jo'
Put Your Hands On (2004) Japanese bonus track on 'Damita Jo' - it won the Miscellaneous Janet Songs survivor on here a few years ago
Put It On You (2004) unreleased from 'Damita Jo' sessions
Pops Up (2004) Rich Harrison produced track from the 'Damita Jo' sessions
Clap Your Hands (2004/6) same as above. but leaked in 2006
What Can I Say (2004/6) same as above
Weekend (2006) Janet posted this on her website on May 1st 2006, supposedly as the lead single from the then untitled '20 Y.O.' The backlash was real, and it was pulled from the site, Janet said it was a gift, and the album was reworked
Roll Witchu (2006) Japanese bonus track for '20 Y.O.'
Days Go By (2006) Japanese bonus track for '20 Y.O.'
Let Me Know (2008) bonus track on 'Discipline'
HeartBeatLove (feat. Pitbull) (2010) recorded for a Darkchild album