Heather’s Song of the Day: Black Cat

I grew up listening to Janet Jackson. I was nine years old when Rhythm Nation 1814 was released and it was one of the first cassette tapes I ever bought. I listened to that album constantly and I am pretty confident that I still know all of the songs and “interludes” by heart. That album features my favorite Janet song of all time, “Black Cat.”

Today Janet Jackson releases her second greatest hits collection, titled “Number Ones.” As the title implies, it is a complete roundup of all of her Number One hits in a 2CD set.

The track list is impressive. Her most recent albums, Damita Jo, 20 Y.O. and Dicipline, haven’t been nearly as successful as her earlier efforts and that fact is proven here. Only one track from each of those discs has made it on to her Number Ones album. But we mustn’t forget that in her prime, Janet was a hit machine. Six of the 34 tracks in the collection are from her debut album Control, and seven are courtesy of multi-platinum smash Rhythm Nation 1814. janet., The Velvet Rope and All For You are also well represented, and Janet rounds out the album with some number one hits that were collaborations with artists like Busta Rhymes, Luther Vandross, Herb Alpert and of course, her brother Michael.

I was lucky enough to see Janet live during her All For You tour in July 2001. She put on a fantastic show and I was beyond excited when she played “Black Cat.” It truly is one of her best songs and since it was completely written by Janet herself, (awesome guitar riff included) it is the best showcase of her amazing talent as a songwriter. So enjoy the Song Of The Day, “Black Cat” and pick up Janet Jackson’s Number Ones.


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