Memorable, groundbreaking videos have been a hallmark of Janet Jackson’s career. We asked Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to pick their three all-time favorites.
• “All for You” (2001): I love the color. It’s a very vibrant video, and the song’s very vibrant.
• “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993): It was the perfect visual to go with the Janet that was present at that point in time. Her hanging out with her friends in her own environment. My favorite song, too.
• “Scream” (1995): I think it is one of the best — if not the best — videos ever made. Talk about a video that influenced a million other videos. Mark Romanek, who did that one, was making the best videos out there at that point in time before he became a filmmaker.
• “Rhythm Nation” (1989): The choreography of that. I love the black-and-white [photography]. It was a stunning, powerful statement.
• “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993): To me, it was like an inside look at Janet. Just chill. She wasn’t trying to be a superhero or anything like that. I’d like to see Janet make a phone-camera video. It would be so simple. I love that video because it’s just very inviting.
• “Alright” (1990): I love the filmmaking of it. Its aesthetics and all the different people in it. I love Heavy D coming in. And Cyd Charisse. And Cab Calloway. I love that Hollywood thing. And I love that song, too.