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Released: Sept. 19, 1989

Rating: 3.963 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: R&B/pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Interlude: Pledge
  2. Rhythm Nation
  3. Interlude: T.V.
  4. State of the World
  5. Interlude: Race
  6. The Knowledge
  7. Interlude: Let’s Dance
  8. Miss You Much
  9. Interlude: Come Back Interlude
  10. Love Will Never Do without You
  11. Livin’ in a World They Didn’t Make
  12. Alright
  13. Interlude: Hey Baby
  14. Escapade
  15. Interlude: No Acid
  16. Black Cat
  17. Lonely
  18. Come Back to Me
  19. Someday Is Tonight
  20. Interlude: Livin’…in Complete Darkness


sales in U.S. only 6 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 4
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Miss You Much (9/2/89) #1 US, #1 RB, #22. Sales: 1 million
  • Rhythm Nation (11/11/89) #2 US, #1a RB, #23 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Escapade (1/20/90) #1a US, #1 RB, #16 AC, #17 UK
  • Come Back to Me (1/27/90) #1a US, #2 RB, #1 AC, #20 UK
  • Alright (4/7/90) #2a US, #2 RB, #20 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Black Cat (9/15/90) #1 US, #10 RB, #15 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Love Will Never Do without You (10/27/90) #1 US, #2 RB, #33 AC, #34 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • State of the World (2/16/91) #5a US, #23a RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year

Rhythm Nation 1814
Janet Jackson
“After shocking the R&B world with 1986’s Control – a gutsy, risk-taking triumph that was a radical departure from her first two albums – Michael and Jermaine Jackson’s younger sister reached an even higher artistic plateau with the conceptual Rhythm Nation 1814. Once again, she enlists the help of Time graduates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (one of the more soulful production/songwriting teams of 1980s and '90s R&B) with wildly successful results” (Henderson).

“In 1989, protest songs were common in rap but rare in R&B – Janet Jackson, following rap’s lead, dares to address social and political topics on The Knowledge, the disturbing State of the World, and the poignant ballad Living in a World (which decries the reality of children being exposed to violence)” (Henderson).

“Jackson’s voice is wafer-thin, and she doesn’t have much of a range – but she definitely has lots of soul and spirit and uses it to maximum advantage on those gems as well as nonpolitical pieces ranging from the Prince-influenced funk/pop of Miss You Much and Alright to the caressing, silky ballads Someday Is Tonight, Alone, and Come Back to Me to the pop/rock smoker Black Cat” (Henderson).

“For those purchasing their first Janet Jackson release, Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control – and that's saying a lot” (Henderson).

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Previous Album: Control (1986) Next Album: janet. (1993)

Last updated March 25, 2008.