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

Mike Wass | June 22, 2015 6:00 am
Janet Jackson's "No Sleeep" Teaser
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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).

2. “70’s Love Groove” (“You Want This” B-Side) 1994

Your smooth and shiny feels so good against my lips
I want you so bad, I can taste your love right now baby
You’ve got me so wet
Ooh, I want you inside me

This eye-watering gem was relegated to B-Side status — probably because it’s the closest thing to aural porn in the diva’s discography. The breezy production is a delight, however, and it still holds up surprisingly well today.

3. “Twenty Foreplay” (Design Of A Decade: 1986 – 1996) 1995

You’ve made love to my mind
Now you gotta take me from behind

More sensual than explicit, “Twenty Foreplay” was one of two new tracks on Janet’s greatest hits compilation Design Of A Decade: 1986 — 1996. It was a minor international hit, but stands out as one of the pop icon’s classiest mid-tempo jams.

4. “My Need” (The Velvet Rope) 1997

Won’t make excuses
I just want you inside baby

If the 49-year-old raised eyebrows with the overtly sexual content of 1993 LP Janet, she positively made jaws drop with The Velvet Rope. The album takes no prisoners lyrically — documenting the diva’s interest in S&M, role play and various other fetishes. Believe it or not, “My Need” is actually one of the less explicit cuts.

5. “Rope Burn” (The Velvet Rope) 1997

Take off my clothes
No one has to know
Whisperin I wanna feel a soft rope burn

The lyrics to this blush-inducing anthem speak for themselves. I’m told “Rope Burn” is still in high rotation wherever there is a pole to swing on.

6. “Go Deep” (The Velvet Rope) 1998

Ooh I’m gettin freaked from behind
I don’t even mind
Cuz he’s lookin damn fine

It says a lot about the relaxed social mores of the late ’90s than Jan’s ode to anal was a hit on pop radio and a major hit around the globe. The fact that it’s a total jam certainly helped radio programmers overlook the rampant innuendo.

7. “Love Scene (Ooh Baby)” (All For You) 2001

Feel your touch
As your hands move slowly
Up my thighs
You taste the honey

If you thought Janet was going to find some chill after airing all her bedroom habits on The Velvet Rope, you’re obviously too young to remember the All For You era. The nude album cover should have been some indication that the hitmaker still had sex on the brain and she let it all hang out on tracks like “Love Scene (Ooh Baby).”

8. “Would You Mind” (All For You) 2001

Baby would you mind coming inside of me
Letting your juices free

Easily one of the freakiest songs Janet ever whispered over a sensual beat. Not for the weak of heart.

9. “Sexhibition” (Damita Jo) 2004

Sexhibition
If you listen
We’ll be drippin’
I’ll drop that ass

In the wake of Nipplegate, releasing yet another album comprised of X-rated sex jams turned out to be an unwise decision. While Damita Jo was not a commercial success (at least, by her standards), it did deliver more than its fair share of guilty pleasures. A prime example is the ludicrous/amazing “Sexhibition.”

10. “Strawberry Bounce” (Damita Jo) 2004

The way I work it gonna keep you cumin’
Do a dance that’s so sexual
I’m gonna make you lose control

Co-produced by a young Kanye West, “Strawberry Bounce” is a comparatively vanilla bedroom romp by Janet’s standards. It hold up, however, astoundingly well.

11. “Like You Don’t Love Me” (Damita Jo) 2004

I saw your manhood rising
Cause you were fantasizing

Miss Jackson was plain nasty on this X-rated bop.

12. Discipline (Discipline) 2008

My punishment should fit my crime
Tie me to something
Take off all my clothes

Age did not weary Janet’s prodigious sex drive on 2008’s Discipline LP. The title track is something of a throwback to The Velvet Rope era in that it explores the chart-topper’s passion for S&M. Play this loud and proud in your sex dungeon!

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