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15 Janet Jackson Dance Moves That Will Bring You BACK

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Janet Jackson is officially back.  

It's been four long years since Janet has been on tour and seven since her last album release. The 49-year-old superstar is promoting her new album Unbreakable on a world tour, which is currently in Canada and will be coming to the U.S. September 11. Janet fans know exactly what to expect -- hit songs, but also epic choreography performed by the queen herself backed up by world-class dancers.

From her classic slow jams to her uptempo hits over the decades, Janet's versatility as an artist and a dancer solidifies her place as one of music's all-time legends. Her signature dance moves have held the test of time. 

In honor of Janet's return, we've compiled 15 of her best dance moments that will bring you back. Enjoy!

  • 15 "What Have You Done For Me Lately"
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    "What Have You Done For Me Lately" reached number one on the chart of the U.S. Billboard Hot Black Single's back in 1986. Check out retro Janet get down with the get down as she slays with the shimmy.
  • 14 "Nasty"
    "Nasty," from 1986's "Control," is the track where Janet demanded&nbsp;her name isn't "baby," it's "Ms. Jackson if you're nas
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    "Nasty," from 1986's "Control," is the track where Janet demanded her name isn't "baby," it's "Ms. Jackson if you're nasty." Those dance moves? Definitely nasty.
  • 13 "When I Think Of You"
    "<a href="http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=13627">The When I Think Of You"</a>&nbsp;music video is peak&nbsp;'80s Janet
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    "The When I Think Of You" music video is peak '80s Janet -- it's almost too much. The song was a single for the highly successful "Control" album. 
  • 12 "Control"
    The lyrics to "Control" speaks to the rebellious teen in us all, and takes it's title from Janet's third studio album.&nbsp;I
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    The lyrics to "Control" speaks to the rebellious teen in us all, and takes it's title from Janet's third studio album. In this live performance of "Control" at the 1987 American Music Awards, Janet slayed.
  • 11 "Pleasure Principle"
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    Admit it. You tried to do this move over the chair, and it didn't end well. "Pleasure Principle" was the sixth single from from 1986's "Control," and won the best choreography at The MTV Video Music Awards in 1988. 
  • 10 "Rhythm Nation"
    Janet's army from the "Rhythm Nation" has gone down in dance history. The single was from Janet's fourth studio album, "Rhyth
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    Janet's army from the "Rhythm Nation" has gone down in dance history. The single was from Janet's fourth studio album, "Rhythm Nation 1814," back in 1989 and over 20 years later, the choreography is still on point. 
  • 9 "Escapade"
    Who else could look this fierce dancing in the desert in so many layers? Only Janet could pull this off in the video for "Esc
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    Who else could look this fierce dancing in the desert in so many layers? Only Janet could pull this off in the video for "Escapade," a featured single from her "Rhythm Nation 1814" album. 
  • 8 "Scream"
    There will never be a cooler celebrity sibling moment than Michael and Janet in the video for "Scream." The legendary stars p
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    There will never be a cooler celebrity sibling moment than Michael and Janet in the video for "Scream." The legendary stars proved why they're icons in this black-and-white video from Michael's 1993 album "History."
  • 7 "That's The Way Love Goes"
    Janet put her heart and soul into this 1998 performance of "That's The Way Love Goes" at Madison Square Garden. She never mis
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    Janet put her heart and soul into this 1998 performance of "That's The Way Love Goes" at Madison Square Garden. She never misses a beat, but what else would you expect from Janet?
  • 6 "If"
    In the video for "If, "Janet and her bad-ass team of dancers pull off this intricate hand and arm sequence in perfect harmony
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    In the video for "If, "Janet and her bad-ass team of dancers pull off this intricate hand and arm sequence in perfect harmony. 
  • 5 "Got Til It’s Gone"
    In this<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjuNo7wycY"> 1998 live performance of "Got Til It's Gone,"</a>&nbsp;featurin
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    In this 1998 live performance of "Got Til It's Gone," featuring Q-Tip, Janet brings the house down. 
  • 4 "I Get Lonely"
    Janet bared it all in the music video for "I Get Lonely" from 1997's "The Velvet Rope." Flawless, Ms. Jackson.&nbsp;
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    Janet bared it all in the music video for "I Get Lonely" from 1997's "The Velvet Rope." Flawless, Ms. Jackson. 
  • 3 "Doesn't Really Matter"
    Janet performed on a moving platform in the music video for "Doesn't Really Matter," which peaked at number one on the<a href
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    Janet performed on a moving platform in the music video for "Doesn't Really Matter," which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000.
  • 2 "All For You"
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    We'd like to pretend that Janet's dancing all for us in this music video for "All For You" off the 2001 album of the same title.
  • 1 2009 American Music Awards Medley
    At the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzC78pNk0MM">2009 American Music Awards</a>,&nbsp;Janet&nbsp;performed a medl
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    At the 2009 American Music Awards, Janet performed a medley of her best hits, which could be every Janet song ever, and she killed it with her precise moves. The move in the above GIF is from "Miss You Much" off the classic "Rhythm Nation 1814".

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