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  • Audio CD (October 9, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B00000714V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Runaway
2. What Have You Done For Me Lately
3. Nasty
4. When I Think Of You
5. Escapade
6. Miss You Much
7. Whoops Now
8. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
9. Alright
10. The Best Things In Life Are Free
11. Control
12. The Pleasure Principle
13. Black Cat
14. Rhythm Nation
15. That's The Way Love Goes
16. Come Back To Me
17. Let's Wait Awhile
18. Twenty Foreplay

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Import pressing of the R&B diva's 1995 compilation includes different artwork and two bonus tracks unavailable on the U.S. edition: 'Whoops Now' and 'The Best Things In Life Are Free'. Once thought of as 'Michael's little sister', Janet has carved out her own musical identity and has become one of the most successful female R&B vocalists of all-time. Her string of hits in the '80s equaled that of her controversial brother, even surpassing his success in the '90s. Though not a prolific artist, Janet's albums are always a cause for celebration and this collection of hits is a party waiting to explode! 18 tracks.

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Most the song are one's that most have heard before, but love.
B. Downey
`The pleasure principle' is an upbeat synth driven dance song, US #14.
Nse Ette
Like with all Janet albums, the ballads are left until the very end.
Busy Body

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
`Design of a decade' is Janet's career retrospective of the previous ten hit filled years. A US #3 and UK #2. An amazing collection released when she was 29 and had amassed a staggering 19 US top 10 singles, most co penned by her. The songs are however not arranged chronologically. Released in 4 different versions with slightly different track lists, this is the UK/Europe version.

Unlike quite a number of other female (especially dance) artists, Janet does not have a powerful voice. Her forte is finding catchy, funky, incredibly danceable tracks to suit her very pretty but wisp like vocals to perfection, and this collection shows just how clever that pairing is.

Opening up with the brand new track, the oriental tinged pop/R&B of `Runaway', with lyrics taking the listener on a trip around the world, and an amazing video. A US #3 and UK top 5 hit.

Next up is the razor sharp dance track `What have you done for me lately', her first US or UK top 10 (US #4 UK #3), and the lead off single from her ground breaking `Control' album. Featuring man bashing lyrics, this track inspired acts like Jody Watley (`Lookin' for a new love') and Pebbles to name a few.

`Nasty', the Prince like funk track calling for respect. `My middle name aint baby/it's Janet/Ms Jackson if you're nasty'. US#3 UK#19. Taken from `Control'.

The upbeat pop/dance number `When I think of you' was her first US #1, and a UK #10. From `Control'.

The catchy, fun filled `Escapade' which is faintly similar to `Runaway' was from the ambitious concept album `Rhythm Nation 1814', and was a US #1 and UK #17.

The sparse Prince sounding but hard hitting `Miss you much' was a US #1 and UK #22. From `Rhythm nation'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By niesha129@hotmail.com on June 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this cd has all the hit singles from control and rhythm nation, plus two bonus tracks: whoops now (which is the hidden track on janet.) and the best things in life are free (from the mo money sound track) The best things in life are free is a very cool duet with luther vandross. All the other cd's with this song are out of print, so this is the last chance to get it! the cover of the cd has a B&W picture of janet with some fierce cleavage, in a satin shirt. you may know this picture from inside the booklet of the regular D of a D cd. I love this cd! if you want to trade rare janet stuff, email me! niesha129@hotmail.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on April 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Janet Jackson's career over the past 20 years has been one of the most creative and interesting by any music artist. The release of her first two majorly successful records "Control" and "Rhythm Nation: 1814" in 1986 and 1989 respectively brought hit after hit in the US - with many No.1's, award wins and record-breaking sales. There was a time, although brief, when Janet was easily more successful than her much more famous brother, Michael. And so came "Design Of A Decade" in 1995. This greatest hits type collection boasts a wide range of hit singles that defined US pop culture and set new trends for the way music was made.

Many may argue that Design Of A Decade doesn't feature any material from Janet's first two very unsuccessful records ("Janet Jackson" and "DreamStreet"), but the time between the years 1986 and 1996 is, believe it or not, 10 years, so it gives us the massive hits along the way of a remarkable career. The collection charts Janet's rebellious years (Control), her political thinking years (Rhythm Nation) and her all out sexual exploration years (Janet).

Design Of A Decade begins with the 'new' song "Runaway." The song was one of two new songs on the record at the time, and is very fresh and upbeat. We are then treated to three undeniable classics, all from the "Control" album. These are "What Have You Done For Me Lately," "Nasty" and "When I Think Of You." All three songs have the trademark Janet beats, the funky and hard-hitting ones that really are nasty! The vocal arrangements are brilliant, and are perhaps the three songs which define what Janet Jackson's entire musical exploration is about - happy times, love, girl power, funk and strong opinions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Woah !! Janet Jackson's career over the past 20 years has been just abousolutely amazing !! (21 years to be exact) Anybody who has given this incredible album less than 5 stars, then I just can't understand why, it's amazing !! I especially got a shock when a reviewer on Amazon.co.uk said that this was a cheesy little hits collection over the past decade and titled their review BAD. You just need to listen more ... Well, this album managed #2 in the UK Top 75 and did not top the US Charts but has been highly succesful selling more than 1000 million copies around in europe (? - or around the world) but anyway, has been highly succesful. Many viewers and listeners argued that Design Of A Decade 1986 - 1996 had no releases from her flopped albums in the state, 'Janet Jackson' (her debut) and 'Dream Street' which flopped even more than her debut ! Please note that there were no singles from those 2 albums. Her 5th album 'Janet' also nearly being completely wiped out ... Here is my review.
The album 'Design Of A Decade 1986 - 1996' begins with one of the 'new' songs, at the time of the albums release, just at the end of 1995. 'Runaway' (10/10) has a fresh new upbeat and a nice chorus, and verses for that matter.This song grew up to be in my Top 10 Janet songs !! We are next treated to Three unforgetable classics from the 'Control' album. Beginning with 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' (10/10) Janet's first ever single !! Not many people release it but it was. It got up to #3 in the UK Charts spanning a 14 week period. Next is 'Nasty' (10/10) a underrated #19 in the Charts with, this time a 9 week period. Includes the Tounge (sp ?
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