A History Of R&B/Soul Songwriters : Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Part 3 (1986)

  1. What Have You Done For Me Lately – Janet Jackson

Album: Control (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced Janet Jackson’s first hit “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” Critical reviews for “What Have You Done for Me Lately” were positive, with music critics believing it erased the former “pop-ingénue image” of Jackson’s first two albums, reestablishing her as an “independent woman” figure. The song peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the US Dance Club Songs and #1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

2. Nasty – Janet Jackson

Album: Control (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Nasty” the second single from the Control album. On “Nasty” Janet makes the message clear: She’s still basically a nice girl but ready to kick some butt if you try to put her on a pedestal”. “Nasty” peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

3. When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson

Album: Control (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “When I Think Of You” the third single from the Control album. “When I Think Of You” became Jackson’s first number 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. “When I Think Of You” peaked at #3 on the Hot Black Singles (making it the only single from the Control album that did not reach number-one on the R&B chart), and #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play.

4. Control – Janet Jackson

Album: Control

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Control” the fourth single from the album of the same name. The arrangement for “Control” were built upon complex rhythmic tracks, showcased state-of-the-art production. “Control” peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot Dance Club Play charts.

5. Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson

Album: Control (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Let’s Wait Awhile” the fifth single from the platinum album Control. “Let’s Wait Awhile” was inspired by a conversation Melanie Andrews had with her childhood boyfriend, just young teenagers at the time. The song speaks of sexual abstinence and postponing sexual intimacy within a relationship until the time is right. “Let’s Wait Awhile” peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

6. Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun) – Janet Jackson

Album: Control

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)” the seventh single and final single from the multi-platinum Control album was officially released in the United Kingdom and Australia only. The single performed poorly on the UK Singles Chart, only reaching #59 but peaked at #24 on the Irish Singles Chart. In the U.S., though it never charted, it became a famed quiet storm staple on adult R&B and soul radio stations. 

7. The Finest – S.O.S. Band

Album: Sands Of Time (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “The Finest” for The S.O.S. Band. “The Finest” was a major success on the US R&B charts, reaching #2 and was their last entry on the Hot 100, where it peaked at #44. On the dance charts, “The Finest” peaked at #8.

8. Borrowed Love – S.O.S. Band

Album: Sands Of Time (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Borrowed Love” the second single from Sands Of Time. “Borrowed Love” peaked at #14 on the R&B charts while failing to chart on the Top 100.

9. Even When You Sleep – S.O.S. Band

Album: Sands Of Time (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Even When You Sleep” the bands second single from Sand Of Times. Not as successful as “The Finest”; Even When You Sleep did manage to peak at #34 on the Billboard R&B Charts.

10. No Lies – S.O.S. Band

Album: Sands Of Time

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “No Lies” the bands third single. No Lies contains Jam & Lewis’ rehashes the hallmarks of a typical S.O.S. Band song such as their 1980 hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” with its chime flourishes and distinctive rhythm guitar motif. Though the single only made it to #43 on the R&B charts, it rocketed to as high as #2 on the US Dance charts.

11. Human – Human League

Album: Crash (1986)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Human” recorded by British synth-pop band The Human League. “Human” is a mid-tempo ballad which lyrically is an exchange between a man and a woman in a relationship who have reunited after a separation. “Human” became the second million-selling and final number-one single for The Human League on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

12. I Need Your Loving – Human League

Album: Crash (1986)

“I Need Your Loving” was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, David Eiland, Langston Richey, Danny C. Williams and H. Randall Davis (a.k.a. Randy Ran). Peaking at #44 on the Billboard Top 100 and #52 on the Billboard R&B Songs; the song was savaged by critics at the time and has now been largely disowned by the band since.

13. Love Is All That Matters – Human League

Album: Crash (1986)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Love Is All That Matters” the band’s third single aken from their 1986 album Crash, but was released two full years after the album on 3 October 1988 to promote the band’s Greatest Hits album. However, this single failed to chart on the Billboard and only charted in the UK where it peaked at #41.

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