CD single cover art.

"If" is the third single from Janet Jackson's 1993 album, Janet. Written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the ballad was released as the album's third single on October 12, 1993. "Again" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late 1993 and recieved nominations for Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song.


Based on a lost love, "Again" was included as the closing song to her 1993 box-office film debut in Poetic Justice. While not included on its soundtrack album, the song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 66th Academy Awards, where Jackson performed the song live. The janet. jazz-funky track "Funky Big Band" appears on the single as a B-side. A French version of the song was also recorded by Jackson and appears on the CD single as well as the limited edition of the janet. album. The track became her seventh number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, staying atop for two weeks.


Jackson performing "Again" on the Janet. Tour in 1995.

Since its release, Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours, including the Janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour, and the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour where it was dedicated to Phoenix, Ariz and Oslo, Norway. She also performed it on the season 9 finale of American Idol.


"Again" is set in common time with a key of C major. Jackson's vocal chords ranges between the tonal nodes of high-tone G3 to low-tone D5. The song is in a moderate tempo of 64 beats per minute with the chord progression being set like C–G–Am–F–C–Dm7/G in the first verse and C–E–Am7–D9 in the chorus.

Music videoEdit


Screen cap from the video.

The music video for the song was directed by Jackson's then-husband René Elizondo, Jr. in 1993. It features actor Gary Dourdan as Jackson's lost love, with Jackson writing in her diary as she reminisces about her love through flashbacks. The alternate version of the video contains scenes from Poetic Justice playing on a television. The original video appears on the 1994 compilation janet. and the 2004 DVD From Janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos, while the Poetic Justice version is included on the 2001 DVD edition of All for You.

Track listingsEdit

U.S. promo CD single (DPRO-12801)
  1. Album version – 3:47
  2. Piano/Vocal – 3:48
  3. Instrumental – 3:50
U.S. CD maxi single (V25H-38411)
CD single
UK CD maxi single (VSCDG 1481)
  1. Album version – 3:47
  2. Piano/Vocal – 3:48
  3. Instrumental – 3:50
  4. "Funky Big Band" – 5:25
Japanese 3" CD single (VJDP-10212)
UK 7" single (VS1481)
U.S. 7" promo single
  1. Album version – 3:47
  2. Piano/Vocal – 3:48
Japanese CD single
UK CD single
  1. Album version – 3:47
  2. Piano/Vocal – 3:48
  3. French version – 3:50
  4. "That's the Way Love Goes" (We Aimista Win Mix) – 5:38

Official versions/remixesEdit

  • Album version – 3:47
  • Instrumental – 3:50
  • Piano/Vocal – 3:46
  • French version (Amoureuse de toi) – 3:50


Chart (1993–94) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 19
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 31
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Dutch Top 40 20
Finnish Singles Chart 20
French Singles Chart 59
German Singles Chart 29
Italian Singles Chart 12
Irish Singles Chart 12
New Zealand Singles Chart 13
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 7
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4

End-of-year chartsEdit

End-of-year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 74
End of year chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12

End-of-decade chartsEdit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 56


Country Certifier Certification Sales
United States RIAA Platinum 1,000,000
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