Bet You Didn't Realize How Much Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation Has Inspired Pop Stars Today
This month marks the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson's groundbreaking Rhythm Nation 1814. It was the fourth studio album from Janet, who had only recently separated herself professionally from her father, Joe Jackson. It also served as a carefully crafted concept album that focused on socially conscious lyrics and explored the way that racism, poverty, and substance abuse were reported within the media. Despite its 1989 release, many of the songs on Rhythm Nation 1814 are still just as important and inspiring today — and Janet's influence on the world of pop and R&B music is undeniable.
From the all-black outfits to the meticulously controlled dance sequences, elements of Janet's Rhythm Nation 1814 music videos have influenced performers like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and more — and in honor of the epic 25th anniversary of the album's release, we're highlighting the styles, moves, and overall badass attitude that Janet has inspired in others over the years. Keep reading to see them all now.