This week Billboard announced music legend Janet Jackson will be honored with the prestigious ICON Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. At the ceremony, the six-time Grammy winner will also hit the stage for a highly-anticipated performance—her first on television in nearly a decade.
Janet, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty, has earned more than 100 number one hits across Billboard’s charts spending more than 300 weeks at the top. She’s also one of only four artists to have a number one album on the Billboard 200 in each of the last four decades.
To celebrate the pop queen, we put together a list of our 10 favorite Jackson videos from her impressive career spanning three decades. From her high-energy dance routines and commentary on social issues, to her memorable outfits and sexiest looks, we’ve ranked Jackson’s best.
The Pleasure Principle (1986)GIPHY
“I love that there are are no backup dancers. It’s just Janet and her skills.” —MB
What Have You Done For Me Lately? (1986)GIPHY
“It has so many perfect ’80s music video hallmarks: The skit intro lead in; the half-realistic, half-cartoonish set; a dance battle that somehow solves everything in the end. Plus, it’s a damned catchy song.” —JT
Rock With U (2008)GIPHY
“A ’one shot’ clip where you are invited into Janet’s club wonderland fantasia full of fierce dancers and drag queens? Pure heaven!” —CR
Any Time, Any Place (1993)
“If this isn’t one of the sexiest videos ever, I don’t know what is.” —SM
Got Til’ It’s Gone (1997)
“A celebration of freedom and unity during the time of apartheid in South Africa. I love it when Janet weighs in on the issues.” —LD
I Get Lonely (1998)
“This is the best dance sequence featuring women wearing suits I’ve ever seen.” —CG
“With its spaceship, anime, spiky sweaters, and, of course, her brother, Michael. Legendary.” —BVG
Rhythm Nation (1989)GIPHY
“High-octane dance routine, the iconic, military outfits, and a message about unity and activism. Amazing!” —LD
“Whenever I watch this video, I always imagine this is what my night out would be, but my dance moves never quite matched up.” —CR
Love Will Never Do Without You (1990)
“Super sexy Herb Ritts imagery and direction. Janet is so intimate here, plus baby Djimon Hounsou, swoon! Antonio Sabato, Jr., looks good too. Just try not to think about his politics.” —MB
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.