Released July 13, 1993
"If" is a song by American singer-songwirter and entertainer Janet Jackson from her fifth studio album, janet.. Written and produced by Jackson with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional writing from Harvey Fuqua, John Bristol and Jackey Beavers, "If" was released as the album's second single on July 13, 1993 by Virgin Records. While a pure pop song, it fused various genres, including dance-pop, rock, trip hop, and industrial music with elements of hip hop and new jack swing. Its racy lyrics were a forefront of discussion among critics, showcasing Jackson's evolution into a sexual persona from her prior reserved, celibate image.