"The Pleasure Principle" is the sixth single from Janet's third album "Control." The single was released on May 12, 1987 in the United States and on June 29, 1987 in the United Kingdom.

The song was written & produced by Monte Moir. It was recorded in October of 1985 at Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The single photo cover was shot by photographer David LaChapelle.

Music VideoEdit

The video was directed by Dominic Sena and used the Shep Pettibone Mix version. In the video, Janet enters a loft to practice her dancing. She gives a solo dance performance while singing about the pleasure principle.

The elements of the choreography in the video incorporate a chair and a microphone stand.


1988 Soul Music Train Awards

  • Best Single, Female: Nominated

1988 MTV Video Music Awards

  • Best Choreography: Won
  • Best Female Video: Nominated


Chart (1987) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 50
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 17
Canadian Singles Chart 35
Dutch Top 40 15
Irish Singles Chart 23
New Zealand Singles Chart 37
UK Singles Chart 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1