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Song Author: Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
That's the Way Love Goes

Single by Janet Jackson from the album janet.
Released April 20, 1993
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded December 1992 – January 1993; Flyte Tyme Studios, (Edina, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, soul, downtempo, new jack swing
Length 4:25
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)

"That's the Way Love Goes" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her fifth studio album, janet. (1993). Released as the album's lead single in April 1993, the song became Jackson's biggest number-one single ever in the United States, staying atop the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, in addition to winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1994. To date, the single has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

"That's the Way Love Goes", written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, contains a sample of James Brown's 1974 number-one R&B hit "Papa Don't Take No Mess". As the lead single from janet., the mood was a stark contrast to her previous album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814.

In 1994, the track earned Jackson her second Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, and was also nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Since then, the song has been covered by Norman Brown, 'N Sync, Chantay Savage, Deborah Cox, and Brownstone.

Jackson performed the song as a medley with "If" at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards; the audio recording of which appears on the limited edition double disc edition of janet. A remix of the song entitled CJ FXTC Club Mix & CJ FXTC Bass Hit Dub appears on her 1995 remix album janet. Remixed.

Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours since its release, including the janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour, and Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.

On April 1, 2009 "That's the Way Love Goes" was ranked number 427 on Blender's list of The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born

Music video

The video was directed by Jackson's ex-husband René Elizondo, Jr. in March 1993. Set in a loft, Jackson is depicted amongst her friends who persuade her to play her new song. Jackson performs the song, being interrupted by Tish who pauses it to tell her, "Yo, this is slamming!" Tish plays the tape and everyone there begins to dance along to it.

Tina Landon choreographed the video. The video also features then-unknown Jennifer Lopez as Jackson's backup dancer. "That's the Way Love Goes" was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards in 1993: Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, and Best Choreography. The video is featured on the 1994 compilation janet., the 1996 compilation Design of a Decade, the limited bonus-DVD edition of 2001's All for You, and 2004's From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos.

An alternate version of the video, the One Take Version, is set in the same hotel room and is a single take focusing solely on Jackson. It appears exclusively on the 1994 VHS video compilation janet.

N*SYNC paid tribute to the video exclusively on mtvIcon, where they covered a shortened version of the song in a similar setting.