"Let's Wait Awhile" is the fifth single from Janet's third album "Control." The single was released on January 6, 1987 in the United States and on March 9, 1987 in the United Kingdom.

The song was written by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Melanie Andrews & produced by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It was the first song Janet Jackson produced.

The song can be interpreted as an anthem to sexual abstinence as it was successful during the height of the AIDS pandemic.

In Brazil, "Let's Wait Awhile" became a successful international theme of the soundtrack of the Globo TV telenovela "Brega Chique" in 1987.

Music VideoEdit

The video was directed by Dominic Sena and takes place in New York as Janet & her boyfriend (portrayed by actor/martial artist Taimak Guarriello) go out on a date. Janet's boyfriend wants to end the evening by taking their relationship a step further, but she wants to wait until they are both ready.


Chart (1987) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 21
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 15
Canadian Singles Chart 11
Dutch Top 40 16
German Singles Chart 34
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 26
Swiss Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 2

End-of-year chartsEdit

End-of-year chart (1987) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 48


The song was certified Silver by the BPI.