Number Ones (Janet Jackson album)

Number Ones (Janet Jackson album)
Number Ones / The Best
Greatest hits album by Janet Jackson
Released November 17, 2009
(see release history)
Recorded 1985–2009
Genre R&B, pop
Length 149:47
Label UMe, A&M
Producer Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, René Elizondo, Jr., Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, D'Mile, LRoc, Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson chronology
Number Ones
Icon: Number Ones (2010)
Singles from Number Ones
  1. "Make Me"
    Released: September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)

Number Ones (released internationally as The Best) is the second greatest hits compilation by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on November 17, 2009 by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).[1] The double-disc album is composed of 33 of her number one hit singles spanning various music charts across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa.

Number Ones collects singles from her third studio album Control (1986) to her tenth studio album Discipline (2008), and was made possible as a joint venture between UMe and EMI Music. The album's single, "Make Me", was made available for digital download on September 22, 2009. On December 22, Make Me became her nineteenth number one hit single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[2]



Following her performance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, "Make Me" was released on Jackson's official website as an audio stream for those who joined the site's e-mail newsletter.[3] On September 22, 2009 it was released as a digital download for purchase. Although claims were made that "Make Me" is a tribute song to her late brother, Michael Jackson's 1979 single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", Jackson later stated in an interview with Ryan Seacrest it is not, despite the similarity of the lyrics in the song's outro.[4] In October, 2009, UMe issued a press release stating "Make Me" would be included in Jackson's second greatest hits album, comprising 33 of her global number one singles. The two-disc set spans chart-topping singles from Control (1986) to Discipline (2008) across the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Dance Club Songs, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, and international charts such as Oricon and the South African Singles Chart.[5]

To celebrate the release of Number Ones, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Flash Mob America organized three fan gatherings on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles.[6][7] Kyle Anderson of MTV reported fans' gatherings in various Los Angeles locations "to dance and pay tribute to some of the veteran diva's best dance moves and songs."[8] Jackson made an appearance at the gathering which took place at The Grove at Farmers Market.[8] ABC's "In the Spotlight" with Robin Roberts profiled Janet Jackson in a one-hour interview special that aired November 18, 2009. Good Morning America aired a preview of the interview on that same day. ABC touted a special eight-minute performance by Janet on the 37th Annual American Music Awards, which aired November 22. On the telecast, Janet performed a medley that included five past hits, in addition to "Make Me."

To further promote the album, Jackson will embark on her biggest world tour entitled, Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.[9]



The compilation sold 40,374 copies (80,748 units) in the first week in the USA, debuting at number 22 on the Billboard 200,[10] and has since sold 172,000 (344,000 units) in the U.S.[11] "Make Me" became Jackson's 19th number one Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[12]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[13]
RockStar Weekly (favorable)[14]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[15]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine gave the album four-and-a-half stars, commenting "the songs on Janet Jackson's first-ever comprehensive hits collection, Number Ones, have been sequenced in chronological order only magnifies the impact she had on late-'80s and early-'90s pop, when she helped define the sound of Top 40 radio along with the likes of Madonna, Prince, and her brother Michael.[15] He also comments on the commercial decline of her recent work, stating "[b]ut just as Number Ones's sequencing highlights Janet's impressive early years, it also underscores her startlingly abrupt decline...and the "hits" from her last three albums are a mere footnote here."[15] Andy Kellman of Allmusic remarked: "Say what you want about Janet peaking with Jam & Lewis during the latter half of the '80s—to be fair, the argument is valid—but she did rack up a career's worth of solid hits during the years that followed. Even if they were not as sonically innovative and lacked the same amount of pop appeal of the Control/Rhythm Nation-era singles, they clearly made a significant impact and have aged well."[13] Val Christopher with RockStar Weekly commented saying "A look back at Jackson’s storied career provides more than ample reason for her being one of the world’s most recognizable people. Number Ones opens with a string of Jackson’s best and most memorable tracks. “What Have You Done For Me Lately”, “Nasty”, “Control”, “Miss You Much” and perhaps her finest single, “Rhythm Nation”."[14]


  • "Make Me": It was released as the first and only single from the album on September 22, 2009. It is the only new song included on the album. The song was presented as an audio stream to those who joined her official mailing list in September, later that month it was released via digital download. The song failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it reached the number one position on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and it peaked at number 71 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It entered the top 50 in Italy, the top 20 in Japan and the top 75 in UK.

Track listings

US Edition - Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) #1 Length
1. "What Have You Done for Me Lately" (from Control) James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson Dutch Top 40
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
2. "Nasty" (from Control) Harris, Lewis, Jackson Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
3. "When I Think of You" (from Control) Harris, Lewis, Jackson Hot 100
Hot Dance Club Songs
4. "Control" (from Control) Harris, Lewis, Jackson Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
5. "Let's Wait Awhile" (Single Remix) (from Control) Harris, Lewis, Jackson, Melanie Andrews Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4:37
6. "The Pleasure Principle" (LP Edit) (from Control) Monte Moir Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
7. "Diamonds" (Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith) (from Keep Your Eye on Me) Harris, Lewis Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
8. "Miss You Much" (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Harris, Lewis Hot 100
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
Canadian Singles Chart
9. "Rhythm Nation" (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
10. "Escapade" (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot 100
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
11. "Alright" (Single Remix) (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 featuring Heavy D) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot Dance Club Songs 4:59
12. "Come Back to Me" (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5:36
13. "Black Cat" (Video Mix - Short Solo) (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Jackson Hot 100 4:31
14. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (Single Edit) (from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) Harris, Lewis Hot 100 4:35
15. "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson with Special Guests BBD and Ralph Tresvant) (from Mo' Money) Harris, Lewis, Michael Bivins, Ronald DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4:36
16. "That's the Way Love Goes" (from janet.) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot 100
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
Rhythmic Top 40
Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs)
Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs)
Australian Singles Chart
Canadian Singles Chart
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
US Edition - Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) #1 Length
1. "If" (from janet.) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot Dance Club Songs
Canadian Singles Chart
2. "Again" (from janet.) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot 100 3:47
3. "Because of Love" (from janet.) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Top 40 Mainstream 4:18
4. "Any Time, Any Place" (R. Kelly Remix) (from janet. Remixed) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Rhythmic Top 40
5. "Scream" (Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson) (Radio Edit) (from HIStory) Michael Jackson, J. Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot Dance Club Songs
Belgian Ultratop 50 Charts (Flanders)
Belgian Ultratop 40 Charts (Wallonia)
French SNEP Singles Chart
Italian FIMI Singles Chart
New Zealand Singles Chart
6. "Runaway" (from Design of a Decade 1986/1996) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Canadian Singles Chart 3:34
7. "Got 'til It's Gone" (featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell) (LP Edit) (from The Velvet Rope) Jackson, Lewis, René Elizondo Jr., Harris, Joni Mitchell, Kamaal Ibn Fareed Oricon
South African Singles Chart
8. "Together Again" (Radio Edit) (from The Velvet Rope) Jackson, Lewis, Elizondo, Harris Hot 100
Hot Dance Club Songs
Dutch Top 40
European Hot 100 Singles
9. "I Get Lonely" (LP Edit) (from The Velvet Rope) Jackson, Lewis, Elizondo, Harris Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4:01
10. "Go Deep" (from The Velvet Rope) Jackson, Lewis, Elizondo, Harris Hot Dance Club Songs 4:43
11. "What's It Gonna Be?!" (Busta Rhymes featuring Janet Jackson) (LP Clean Edit) (from Extinction Level Event) Trevor Smith, D. Allamby, A. Roberson Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Rap Songs
12. "Doesn't Really Matter" (Soundtrack Version) from Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Soundtrack and All for You) Jackson, Harris, Lewis Hot 100 4:56
13. "All for You" (Video Mix) (from All for You) Jackson, Harris, Lewis, David Romani, Wayne Garfield, Mauro Malavasi Hot 100
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs)
Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs)
Canadian Singles Chart
14. "Someone to Call My Lover" (Single Edit) (from All for You) Jackson, Harris, Lewis, Dewey Bunnell Hot Dance Club Songs 4:15
15. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" (from Damita Jo) Jackson, Harris, Lewis, Tony "Prof T" Tolbert, Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson, Melvin Ragin Hot Dance Club Songs 3:27
16. "Call on Me" (featuring Nelly) (from 20 Y.O.) Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, James "LRoc" Phillips, Cornell Haynes, Jr., Harris, Lewis Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3:35
17. "Feedback" (Single Version) (from Discipline) Rodney Jerkins, Dernst Emile, LaShawn Daniels, Tasleema Yasin Hot Dance Club Songs 3:56
18. "Make Me" (previously unreleased) Jackson, Jerkins, Thomas Lumpkins, Michaela Shiloh Hot Dance Club Songs 3:38
19. "Make Me (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)" (itunes Bonus Track) Jackson, Jerkins, Thomas Lumpkins, Michaela Shiloh   3:19



Chart (2009) Peak
Belgium Albums Chart[17] 70
Japan Albums Chart[18] 20
UK Albums Chart[19] 28
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 22
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[20] 3
U.S. Top Pop Catalog Albums[21] 4
Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[22] 40

End of Year Charts

End of Year Chart (2010) Position
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 48[23]

Release history

Release Title Country Date Label Catalogue
Number Ones United States November 17, 2009 UMe, A&M Records 001361202
Canada[24] Universal Music B001361202
The Best Mexico[25] November 17, 2009 602527254326
Japan[26] November 18, 2009 UICY91510
Germany[27] November 20, 2009
United Kingdom November 23, 2009 Polydor Records 2725300
France[28] Universal Music
Australia November 27, 2009
Brazil[29] December 1, 2009 602527254326


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