Third time is the charm for Janet Jackson, when her third studio album’s third single led her to the top of the charts with When I Think of You.
Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Control was Jackson’s third album, a combination of R&B, funk, disco and rap that had produced singles What Have You Done for Me Lately? and Nasty.
Recorded at Flyte Tyme Production Studios in Minneapolis, the album was released in February 1986. The third single, When I Think of You, was written by Lewis, James Harris III and Jackson.
The stylized music video, with choreography by Paula Abdul (who is in the video) shows Jackson, the epitome of ’80s style, wandering through a neighbourhood while singing about him.
Released in July 1986, the single was a steady climber on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and in October it hit number one, the first time for Jackson. As a result, she and her brother Michael Jackson became the first siblings to hit number one on the Hot 100.
The single also charted on the Hot Black Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts on Billboard and with the other songs of the album, confirmed Janet Jackson’s solo career.