Janet Jackson‘s album Control started with one of the most iconic and straight-to-the-point feminist statements ever recorded in pop music: “This is a story about control: my control. Control of what I say, and control of what I do.” It’s hard to imagine today with the term “classic” being thrown around every 5 minutes whenever a pop star drops a new single on the Internet, and even harder to imagine the significance and influence Control had on pop music when it was released in 1986. But the album itself gave rise to six spectacular Janet music videos (“Nasty,” “Control,” “The Pleasure Principle,” “Let’s Wait Awhile,” “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” and “When I Think Of You”) that not only set the bar for female pop in general, but were the first of a massively influential catalog that ultimately broke down the door for black female pride to take the front seat in pop music.
Bow down. Gag on these throwback videos from Control, and clock the legendary Diana Ross herself introducing Janet Jackson when she performed “Control” at the 1987 American Music Awards!