CSPC: Janet Jackson Popularity Analysis

That's The Way Love Goes

    • BIGGEST TRACKS – Janet Jackson

      The list of most successful songs is compiled in equivalent album sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

      1 1993 – That’s the Way Love Goes [Janet] – 10,360,000
      2 2001 – All for You [All for You] – 3,990,000
      3 1997 – Together Again [The Velvet Rope] – 3,710,000
      4 1986 – Nasty [Control] – 3,330,000
      4 1989 – Escapade [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 3,330,000
      6 1989 – Rhythm Nation [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 2,940,000
      7 1997 – Got ’til It’s Gone [The Velvet Rope] – 2,830,000
      8 1993 – Any Time, Any Place [Janet] – 2,710,000
      9 1986 – When I Think of You [Control] – 2,680,000
      10 1989 – Miss You Much [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 2,600,000
      11 1986 – Let’s Wait Awhile [Control] – 2,510,000
      12 1986 – What Have You Done for Me Lately [Control] – 2,420,000
      13 1989 – Alright [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 2,160,000
      14 1989 – Love Will Never Do (Without You) [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 2,100,000
      15 1993 – Again [Janet] – 1,930,000
      16 1993 – If [Janet] – 1,850,000
      17 1997 – I Get Lonely [The Velvet Rope] – 1,770,000
      18 1989 – Black Cat [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 1,660,000
      19 1986 – The Pleasure Principle [Control] – 1,620,000
      20 1989 – Come Back to Me [Rhythm Nation 1814] – 1,510,000

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I find the estimates here for both janet. and The Velvet Rope to be overly conservative. Some totals are reasonable but many major markets are simply too low. Even in February 1995, media reported the janet. album as a “13 million seller”. It’s important to note this is before the release of janet.Remixed and her Australian, Asian and European tour. March 1995 also saw the release of final single Whoops Now which was a big radio and sales hit in various markets. See this news report of Janet arriving in Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEK4iQkE1CE&list=PL8J8yEW5Ps5YGlayX3SUr5eQ1-yU77qYk&index=152 Reissues of janet. from this period in Europe… Read more »


According to the 1999 EMI report:

Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” shipped 6.1M copies April 1998-March 1999.

And yet the album was certified:
12x Platinum US (6,000,000 units) – December 17, 1998
6x Platinum Canada (600,000 units) – February 12, 1999
= 6.6M  

So over 500,000 copies were officially “confirmed” which according to that EMI report didn’t exist?

Joseph John

one question: does this account for BMG and club sales as those were specifically never counted in other formatted tallies? I know in the 90searly aughts she had several millions related to the clubs..

Joseph John

Per capita based on amount of music released, press/marketing done, $$ collected/earned, ownership of masters, and yes – her music is extremely timeless due to avant garde innovative production from JJ & TL and its getting that recognition now bc well, the 2nd most powerful mogul sent out a hit on her and had her “erased” and barred from things – Janet might be tops. Id say the big females except Enya – have done maybe 2-3 – in madonna’s terms – 500x – of publicity, press, marketing, endorsements, interviews, products blah blah blah…madonna is the queen bc she damn… Read more »


ukmix + the rock n’ roll hall of fame seem more credible sorry. there’s no way people would just randomly lie about another 80 million sales especially for someone like a janet.


The janet. album sold 20 million worldwide Virgin Records themselves stated this it’s even on Janet Jackson website stating the claim and there is a 1998 article stating it sold 20 million.

Andrew Mark

Thanks to the fanatics! When Janet updated her website years ago, the sales of the albums in the discography section were very similar to the numbers here at Chartmasters, but a flurry of fanatics went to Twitter saying that sales were higher and mostly outdated. The sales were withdrawn and some time later in the news section the inflated sales began to appear. Unfortunately, the way the site was made at that time did not allow it to be archived on archive.org and the information became lost. Someone who managed to get a print should post it on Ukmix, even… Read more »

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