It’s customary for music-loving individuals to debate which songs, albums, and artists they consider the best, especially when comparing one artist head-to-head with another. Opinions are openly expressed, facts are justifiably revisited. It makes for a great, educational, and often aggressive but fun conversation.
SoulTrain.com is going to start one right now!
Albums: Dangerously In Love (2003), B’Day (2006), I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011), Beyonce (2013)
Singles: “Crazy In Love,” “Check On It,” “Irreplaceable,” “Single Ladies,” “Halo,” “7/11”
#1s (Singles, Albums): 19
Artist: Janet Jackson
Albums: 11 total albums including Control (1986), janet (1993), The Velvet Rope (1997), Damita Jo (2004), 20 Y.O. (2006), Unbreakable (2015)
Singles: “Young Love,” “The Pleasure Principle,” “Escapade,” “If,” “Runaway,” “All For You,” “Doesn’t Really Matter,” “Call On Me,” “No Sleeep”
#1s (Singles, Albums): 20
Extraordinary. Polarizing. Captivating. These are three of many adjectives used to describe both Beyoncé and Janet Jackson.
As the little sister of the world famous group The Jacksons and with constant comparisons to “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson, Janet worked tirelessly to forge her own legacy as a recording artist. For her efforts she emerged triumphant from their shadow as one of the world’s true entertainment icons. Often teamed with production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, their longtime relationship led to some of the greatest songs of all time, topping Billboard’s pop and R&B charts several times over in four different decades. When performing live, Janet creates an unforgettable spectacle.
We were introduced to Beyoncé as the leading voice of quartet-turned-trio Destiny’s Child, a breakout group who hit the scene and never looked back. During their meteoric rise as Billboard darlings, it was always assumed Beyoncé had solo success in her future. Once on her own her star went supernova. Dominating pop and R&B, a new generation clung to everything she released. A trendy artist with traditional soul fundamentals, Beyoncé quickly became a world-renowned spectacle, a fiery performer, drawing comparisons to Tina Turner.
To those who felt Beyoncé didn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Tina, she proved again and again just how inaccurate they were. Janet did the same with comparisons to Michael. Both women are worth discussing without being compared to Tina or MJ at all, but what about to one another? Their stats and reputations make for a compelling argument of who is better.
Let The Great Debate begin! Tweet your choices to us @SoulTrain, using #TheGreatDebate!
—Mr. Joe Walker
Mr. Joe Walker is an urban and pop culture enthusiast. Known as “The Word Heavyweight Champion”, the biographer, author, entertainment and celebrity journalist, and columnist is currently a senior writer for SoulTrain.com, staff writer for Muskegon Tribune Newspaper, and writer of weekly classic hip-hop reviews for Concrete Magazine’s Concrete615.com. Also co-creator of TheGrooveSpot.com, Walker’s acclaimed, award-winning work has been published thousands of times regionally, nationally, internationally, and online. He is also working on a book project with Liquid Arts & Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @mrjoewalker, connect with him on Facebook, and also visit his blog MrJoeWalker.blogspot.com.