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When you think of a true unafraid and free rock-star, Janet Jackson comes to mind. For her 49th birthday on May 16, Mommynoire salutes the superstar who has provided us with decades of quality tunes replete with sensual and reaffirming lyrics. Janet has a way of showing black women how to be comfortable with our bodies and admire each curve.

She also represented a sisterhood that we could all appreciate. Remember the early 90s? She was rarely seen without her fly coterie of friends. In 1993, Janet Jackson spoke with Rolling Stone (The Joy of Sex) about intimacy and demanding respect and her comments still ring true decades later. “It’s insulting to be seen as some object,” Janet said “he must call her by name. It’s not a brazen demand – I didn’t want to be obnoxious – but I wanted to be clear. Women want satisfaction. And so do men. But to get it, you must ask for it. Know what you need. Say what you want.Intimacy.”

Demands aside, one thing for sure about Janet Jackson’s catalog of songs is that there’s one for every occasion and mood. We’ve matched some of her biggest hits to match every mood and emotion, take a look:

 

Anytime, Anyplace?: 10 Best Janet Jackson Songs for Every Mood

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