SoulBounce’s Top 30 Janet Jackson Singles: #15 ‘Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)’

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Control single-handedly redefined Janet Jackson throughout 1986 and 1987, but the set’s seventh and final single would lay the groundwork for her mature sound that evolved in later years.

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“Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)” — co-penned with collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — smooths Control to a close, following what was started by the sequentially preceding “Let’s Wait Awhile.” The drip-drop finger snaps ooze sensuality on this quiet storm favorite, as a youthful Janet dabbles in casual introspection as much as she loathes the ticking clock for cutting time with her lover far too short.

But time never ends / Let’s find the time to get together once again / Someday soon

The seduction in “Funny How Time Flies” is real — not only was Miss Jackson unable to escape the warm and cozy embrace of her beau, but the love was so good it had her speaking in tongues — specifically French. The slow jam was a seemingly innocent segue to ready fans not only for Rhythm Nation tracks “Come Back to Me” and “Lonely,” but also the grown-woman anthems “Someday Is Tonight” and janet.’s “Any Time, Any Place” (or the entire janet. album, for that matter), and a further look into Janet’s sensuality as she matured into a queen of R&B and pop.

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