This week in 1990: Janet, Paula & Salt-N-Pepa dominated the charts #tbt #girlpower

Let’s rewind 25 years — even before the Spice Girls made “girl power” a slogan of the mid-’90s — and remember some talented women who dominated the charts the first week of March 1990.

Janet Jackson‘s Escapade led Billboard’s The Hot 100 for three weeks in March ’90 — and the song’s message is still No. 1 in the hearts of everyone crying over more snow this week, and ready for an out-of-town escapade:

It took a while, but Paula Abdul‘s 1988 debut album Forever Your Girl fought its way to the top of Billboard 200 — and stayed there through all of February and March of 1990. And a girl as loyal as this title track deserved it:

Salt-N-Pepa‘s Expression was crushin’ it on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart in March 1990. We may owe some of today’s Beyonce anthems to these ladies, with lyrics like this: “I’m not a man, but I’m in command/Hot damn, I got an all-girl band.”

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