“Nasty” is a song by American singer Janet Jackson, released on April 15, 1986 with “You’ll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)” on the B-side as the second (out of seven) single from her album “Control.” The track is a fusion of R&B, funk, and dance-pop, featuring a catchy and assertive melody with a strong beat.
Lyrically, “Nasty” reflects Janet Jackson’s empowerment and independence, addressing themes of self-confidence and standing up against unwanted advances or mistreatment. The song’s lyrics convey a message of female empowerment and assertiveness, as Janet Jackson asserts her own identity and sets boundaries.
The accompanying music video for “Nasty” was directed by Mary Lambert and choreographed by Paula Abdul, who also made a cameo. Abdul won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography.
“Nasty” was a major success for Janet Jackson, becoming one of her signature songs. It received critical acclaim and attained high chart positions in several countries, including the United States, where it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song’s infectious rhythm, memorable chorus, and its empowering message made it a standout track in Janet Jackson’s career and a notable anthem for self-empowerment.