By no means exhaustive, this post compiles the tracks on a private Spotify playlist. One of the many reasons why Todd Burns should be remembered alongside Jackson and Jefferson is running a magazine called Stylus that a decade ago ran a week’s worth of pieces on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as part of inducting them into our hall of fame. I contributed an essay on Alexander ONeal’s 1987 Hearsay, a record that matters to me like Thomas Hardy or Tender is the Night.

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1. Janet Jackson – Control
2. The S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me
3. Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
4. New Edition – If It Isn’t Love
5. George Michael – Monkey (Jam and Lewis Remix)
6. Johnny Gill – Rub You the Right Way
7. Janet Jackson – Go Deep
8. Force MDs – Tender Love
9. Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
10. Janet Jackson – Escapade
11. The Human League – Human
12. Usher – You Remind Me
13. Janet Jackson – The Great Forever
14. Alexander O’Neal – Innocent
15. El Debarge – The Other Side
16. Krush – Let’s Get Together (So Groovy Now)
17. Cheryl Lynn – Encore
18. Janet Jackson – Free Xone
19. Sounds of Blackness – Joy
20. The S.O.S. Band – The Finest
21. Alexander O’Neal – Sunshine
22. Herb Alpert – Diamonds
23. Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
24. Crystal Waters – Say…If You Feel Alright
25. Janet Jackson – Someday is Tonight
26. Karyn White – Romantic
27. The S.O.S. Band – Weekend Girl
28. Ledisi – Higher Than This
29. Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson – The Best Things in Life Are Free
30. Janet Jackson – Someday is Tonight