This Day in 1989, Janet Jackson scored her second US No.1 single with 'Miss You Much', a No.22 hit in the UK.
"Miss You Much" is the lead single from American R&B and pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814(1989). The song was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Selling over four million copies worldwide, it was named by TIMEmagazine as the second best-selling single of the year behind "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins.According to Radio & Recordsmagazine, "Miss You Much" was the number one radio hit of 1989. "Miss You Much" is Jackson's third-biggest number-one single on the BillboardHot 100, the second being "All for You" (7 weeks at #1) and the biggest being "That's the Way Love Goes" (8 weeks at #1).
After the success of "Control" and her long absence, this was was an important single for Jackson. As it happened, the single was Jackson's biggest selling single at the time, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stood for four weeks. Miss You Much also became her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the first being When I Think Of You from her Control album. The song sold over four million copies, becoming one of the biggest-selling songs of 1989. Apart from the United States, the song peaked at number two in Canada and managed to reach the top twenty in Australia and many European countries.
Jackson was honored with two American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Single and Favorite Dance Single for "Miss You Much", and was nominated for Favorite Dance Artist and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The single also won a Soul Train Music Award forBest R&B/Soul Single, Female. "Miss You Much" was also Jackson's fourth number one on the dance chart. The single was aided by remixes byShep Pettibone who would later use a similar backing track on Madonna's number one hit Vogue (Madonna song).
The single also contains a B-side called "You Need Me", an outtake from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. The song is about Jackson's personal feelings about her father, and how the tables are turned, that now he needs her. Although an obscure B-side, the music of "You Need Me" would later reappear to an extent on If (Janet Jackson song), a big hit from the album. "You Need Me" had a strikingly similar melody to "If", so is one of the more interesting oddities in her catalog.
Jackson has performed "Miss You Much" on all of her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour and Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.
Heavy anticipation and pre-retail-single radio airplay during the late summer of 1989 allowed "Miss You Much" to debut at number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 2, 1989, and soared to the number-one spot in four weeks, by October 7, 1989, where it remained for four weeks.
Despite the top 10 success of the Control (Janet Jackson album) singles, "Miss You Much" peaked at a disappointing #22 in the UK. The album did go top 5 however, some have speculated why the singles didn't do as well internationally, but it may be the case the harder US-centric swingbeat style, with emphasis on beats over melody, did not translate as well to UK audiences at that time, with Bobby Brown being a notable exception and success that same year but also many US R&B and pop hits not crossing over to the mainstream.