Chart Rewind: Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ Kissed Its Hot 100 Peak This Week in 1993

Published: Friday 11th Sep 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week, we’re pushing play on Janet Jackson‘s seismic 1993 hit, ‘If.’

Join us inside:

For an artist already etched in history books thanks to her tertiary and quaternary studio albums – the hit factories ‘Control’ (1986) and ‘Rhythm Nation’ (1989) respectively – detractors who hoped Janet Jackson couldn’t carry that level of success into the 90’s were sorely disappointed after watching her first album of the decade, 1993’s ‘Janet.,’ debut at #1 with the highest first-week sales for a female act at the time.

Fueled by the success of her longest-running Hot 100 chart-topper to date, ‘That’s the Way Love Goes,’ if anything Jan’s enduring popularity was pacing to eclipse the commercial performance of her previous efforts.

To amp the stride of her eponymous fifth effort, Miss Jackson and team selected the high octane ‘If’ as the set’s second single.  Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the guitar-driven track skillfully merged Rock-ier sounds from the star’s preceding LP (see: ‘Black Cat’) with her newfound drive in more Urban and rhythmic lanes.

And, if its dominant Diana Ross & the Supremes“Someday We’ll Be Together” sample wasn’t enough to get bodies moving, its accompanying Tina Landon-choreographed music video would definitely do the trick.  Under the helm of Dominic Sena, the visual – set in a kinky, voyeuristic Japanese nightclub – boldly buried the subdued Janet of yesteryear and abundantly showcased the nasty Miss Jackson.

Audiences welcomed the transition with open arms.

Peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week in 1993), the tune was eventually certified GOLD in the United States and even helped to add a few more trophies to the diva’s crowded mantel including MTV VMAs, Billboard Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and more.  Etched in her personal history as a fan favorite, ‘If’ joined the likes of ‘That’s the Way Love Goes,’ ‘Again,’ ‘Because of Love,’ and more to assist their parent album with becoming the singer’s best-selling LP to date (worldwide).

As we stretch before breaking into an embarrassing attempt at the music video’s iconic breakdown, look below to see who joined Janet in the top 25 this week 27 years ago.

Hot 100 This Week in 1993

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Hot 100 This Week

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  1. Fancy BISH September 11, 2020

    ICONIC MASTERPIECE…IF still sounds way ahead of its time! ❤️ #MUVA

    • Fancy BISH September 11, 2020

      You want my attention so bad….it’s sad…I’m not clicking on anything that has to do with you or listening to ANYTHING any DELUSIONAL hater has to say…get a life.

    • Paulo September 11, 2020

      Yesss! One of the best songs in a LEGENDARY discography 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  2. Pat September 11, 2020

    Iconic. The story about her writing the lyrics to the melody/rhythm of a Native American chant. Her mind!

    • DeanD September 11, 2020

      I had totally forgot about that! Thanks for reminding me.

  3. Jeans September 11, 2020

    Still a BOP! Legend❤️

  4. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭 September 11, 2020

    When her nose was normal…. 👃

    • Superwoman September 11, 2020

      Umm she got a nose job in the 80’s. Still more beautiful than you could ever be. Stay jealous.

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭 September 11, 2020

        Right…. I’m so jealous of her that she can sucking JT’s 🍆 and swallow all his babies 👶

  5. DeanD September 11, 2020

    “If” is my s—! Surprised if didn’t hit No. 1 because it was EVERYWHERE at the time. Shout out to Mariah! The whole top 25 is fire! The only song I don’t recognize is Kris Kros. Anyway, “If” is always in rotation as my favorite Janet video, and the song would probably still be a hit today, except it might be too complicated for these chillins of now. I remember how unique people thought the video was. They called it s*** Blade Runner and it kind of is. I also remember it lost best choreography to “Whatta Man” at the VMAs that year but I think she still won for Female video, (when she should’ve won Video of the Year!) The album is also the only one to be the top selling for 2 years in a row. That’s how huge Miss Jackson was as a star for those who don’t know. Love Janet! Love janet.! Love, love “If”!

  6. eric September 11, 2020

    It always hurts to look at the charts then vs. now. “If” is probably my favorite Janet song. I still have the VHS documentary. I want to see Janet perform the song exactly like the video just one more time. The way she comes down those stairs…

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