“Alright” was released as the fourth single from Janet Jackson’s 1989 album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. The single was released on March 4, 1990, and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
I was in the ninth grade and about to turn 15 years old when this single was released. It’s not surprising that I liked this song right away, considering how much I liked Janet’s material from both this album and the Control album. It’s a nice, upbeat track that has a musical arrangement that gets stuck in your head. From what I’ve learned recently, “Alright” actually includes samples from two different songs: “Think (About It)” by Lyn Collins and “Do You Like It” by B.T. Express. But learning this fact hasn’t diminished my appreciation for the song.
The music video is incredibly awesome. It was done as a kind of “mini musical movie,” with sets styled to resemble a 1930s and 1950s music, and featured cameo appearances from Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway in one of his last on-screen appearances. The choreography for this video is so well done, and some the moves look absolutely incredible. I hadn’t seen this video in a long time, but I was just as impressed and blown away by this music video as I was 25 years ago. The video has really held up well over the years, and I would have to rank it up there among some of the best music videos to ever be produced.