500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Janet Jackson, 'The Velvet Rope'

259. Janet Jackson, 'The Velvet Rope'

Virgin, 1997

Janet Jackson left behind her girl-next-door image forever with The Velvet Rope, an album of sexy, confessional, freewheeling hip-hop soul. She pairs Joni Mitchell and Q-Tip in "Got 'Til It's Gone" and does house music on "Together Again," but the shocker is her girl-girl version of Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night."

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