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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

259

Janet Jackson, 'The Velvet Rope'


Janet Jackson, 'The Velvet Rope'
259/500

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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