Go Deep: A Brief History Of Janet Jackson’s Raunchiest Sex Anthems

Janet Jackson's "No Sleeep" Teaser
And she's back! Listen to 30 seconds of Janet's slinky slow jam "No Sleeep."

It’s only fitting that Janet Jackson kick off her comeback with a sultry bedroom romp. After all, “No Sleeep” is the latest in a long line of pulse-quickening sex jams that stretch all the way back to seminal 1993 opus Janet. That was when the pop icon began celebrating her sexuality on tracks like “Throb” and underrated “You Want This” B-Side “70’s Love Groove.” Since then, she has perfected the art of the semi-pornographic interlude and baby-makin’ bop.

To celebrate the legendary diva’s new single (and to give “No Sleeep” a little context for newcomers), I’ve rounded up a dozen of the diva’s dirtiest anthems. Some of them will be familiar to you, but — more often than not — Janet’s raunchiest anthems weren’t released as singles. Probably because the label knew radio would balk at lyrics like: “Your smooth and shiny feels so good against my lips!” Close the door, light a candle and get to know Damita Jo’s discography a little better below.

1. “Throb” (Janet) 1993

Wrap yourself around me Love to feel you throbbin’

An orgy of orgasmic groans and X-rated lyrics, “Throb” could be one of the sexiest singles released in the ’90s. It reinvented Janet as R&B’s naughtiest vixen and set the tone for her next few albums. Interestingly, the track is lyrically similar to big sister La Toya Jackson’s “Sexual Feeling,” which was released three years earlier. (#JusticeForToy).