The Janelle Monáe Rate: Winner & Album Averages

Favourite Janelle Album?


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Greetings Cy-boys and Cyber Girls!

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Welcome to the very first Janelle Monáe rate here at PJ! Janelle’s music has been featured in various rates here however this is the first to spotlight the heroine herself. The rate brings together Janelle’s albums as well as a selection of solo and feature extras.

Let’s find out a bit more about our Electric Lady:

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Janelle’s career started after she dropped out of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, shortly after released her demo album ‘The Audition’ in 2003. The album caught the attention of Big
Boi who helped her get signed to the label, Bad Boy Records. Things picked up pace with ‘Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase)’ being released in 2007. Since then Monáe has gone from strength to strength with three studio albums alongside a successful career as an actress and author. With three Billboard Top 20 albums and a bunch of awards to their name, I am sure Janelle still has much to deliver in her future but for now let’s celebrate the music we have been gifted so far!


Protocols:
1. Score every song between 0-10. One song may receive an 11. I will be accepting one/two decimal places. Keep it sensible bots!
2. Commentary is encouraged in your ballot; I’d particularly like something for your 11.
3. No trolling, please! Of course, we all have our tastes and preferences in music but please no tanking of particular albums/sections.

Ballot closing date: 19th June


Big thank you to @ohnostalgia for the stunning graphics and to @Sprockrooster for being my backup host, who will also be doing some reveals when I’m away in July.
 
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Metropolis: The Chase (2007)

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1. Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!! (ft. The Skunks)
2. Many Moons
3. Cybertronic Purgatory
4. Sincerely, Jane
5. Mr President
6. Smile

The Archandroid (2010)


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7. Dance or Die (ft. Saul Williams)
8. Faster
9. Locked Inside
10. Sir Greendown
11. Cold War
12. Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
13. Neon Gumbo
14. Oh, Maker
15. Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
16. Mushrooms & Roses
17. Neon Valley Street
18. Make the Bus (ft. of Montreal)
19. Wondaland
20. 57821 (ft. Deep Cotton)
21. Say You'll Go
22. BabopbyeYa

The Electric Lady (2013)

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23. Givin' Em What They Love (ft. Prince)
24. Q.U.E.E.N. (ft. Erykah Badu)
25. Electric Lady (ft. Solange)
26. PrimeTime (ft. Miguel)
27. We Were Rock & Roll
28. Dance Apocalyptic
29. Look Into My Eyes
30. It's Code
31. Ghetto Woman
32. Victory
33. Can't Live Without Your Love
34. Sally Ride
35. Dorthothy Dandridge Eyes (ft. Esperanza Spalding)
36. What an Experience

37. Hell You Talmabout
38. I Want You Back


Dirty Computer (2018)

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39. Dirty Computer (ft. Brian Wilson)
40. Crazy, Classic, Life
41. Take a Byte
42. Screwed (ft. Zoe Kravitz)
43. Django Jane
44. Pynk (ft. Grimes)
45. Make Me Feel
46. I Got The Juice (ft. Pharrell Williams)
47. I Like That
48. Don’t Judge Me
49. So Afraid
50. Americans

Extras – Solo

51. Lettin Go! (2006)
52. Heroes (2014)
53. Yoga (ft. Jidenna) (2015)
54. Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down) 2016
55. Isn’t This the World (2016)
56. That’s Enough (2019)
57. Unbreakable (ft. Kelly Clarkson) (2019)
58. Turntables (2020)
59. Stronger (2021)

Extras – Features

60. My First Love – Jaspects (2005)
61. Call the Law – Outkast (2006)
62. We Are Young – fun (2011)
63. Do My Thing – Estelle (2012)
64. Special Education – Goodie Mob (2013)
65. Sweet Life – Jeezy (2015)
66. Pressure Off – Duran Duran & Nile Rogers (2015)
67. Venus Fly – Grimes (2015)

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1. Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!! (ft. The Skunks)
2. Many Moons
3. Cybertronic Purgatory
4. Sincerely, Jane
5. Mr President
6. Smile

7. Dance or Die (ft. Saul Williams)
8. Faster
9. Locked Inside
10. Sir Greendown
11. Cold War
12. Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
13. Neon Gumbo
14. Oh, Maker
15. Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
16. Mushrooms & Roses
17. Neon Valley Street
18. Make the Bus (ft. of Montreal)
19. Wondaland
20. 57821 (ft. Deep Cotton)
21. Say You'll Go
22. BabopbyeYa

23. Givin' Em What They Love (ft. Prince)
24. Q.U.E.E.N. (ft. Erykah Badu)
25. Electric Lady (ft. Solange)
26. PrimeTime (ft. Miguel)
27. We Were Rock & Roll
28. Dance Apocalyptic
29. Look Into My Eyes
30. It's Code
31. Ghetto Woman
32. Victory
33. Can't Live Without Your Love
34. Sally Ride
35. Dorthothy Dandridge Eyes (ft. Esperanza Spalding)
36. What an Experience
37. Hell You Talmabout
38. I Want You Back


39. Dirty Computer (ft. Brian Wilson)
40. Crazy, Classic, Life
41. Take a Byte
42. Screwed (ft. Zoe Kravitz)
43. Django Jane
44. Pynk (ft. Grimes)
45. Make Me Feel
46. I Got The Juice (ft. Pharrell Williams)
47. I Like That
48. Don’t Judge Me
49. So Afraid
50. Americans

51. Lettin Go!
52. Heroes
53. Yoga (ft. Jidenna)
54. Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)
55. Isn’t This the World
56. That’s Enough
57. Unbreakable (ft. Kelly Clarkson)
58. Turntables
59. Stronger
60. My First Love
61. Call the Law
62. We Are Young
63. Do My Thing
64. Special Education
65. Sweet Life
66. Pressure Off
67. Venus Fly
 
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1 Cold War 9,947368421
2 Q.U.E.E.N. (ft. Erykah Badu) 9,513157895
3 Electric Lady (ft. Solange) 9,342105263
4 Screwed (ft. Zoe Kravitz) 9,184210526
5 Tightrope (ft. Big Boi) 9
6 Crazy, Classic, Life 8,842105263
7 Wondaland 8,802631579
8 Take a Byte 8,789473684
9 Ghetto Woman 8,736842105
10 Locked Inside 8,671052632

11 Americans (2 x 9.5) 8,631578947
11 PrimeTime (ft. Miguel) (1 x 9.5) 8,631578947
13 BabopbyeYa 8,565789474
14 Dance Apocalyptic 8,539473684
15 Come Alive (The War of the Roses) 8,5
16 Make Me Feel 8,486842105
17 Sincerely, Jane 8,460526316
18 Dance or Die (ft. Saul Williams) 8,447368421
19 Many Moons 8,434210526

20 Faster 8,421052632
21 Django Jane (1 x 11) 8,407894737
21 Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!! (ft. The Skunks) 8,407894737
23 Pynk (ft. Grimes) 8,394736842
24 Oh, Maker (7 x 10) 8,381578947
24 57821 (ft. Deep Cotton) (6 x 10) 8,381578947
26 Sir Greendown (5 x 10) 8,355263158
26 I Like That (4 x 10) 8,355263158
28 So Afraid 8,315789474
29 What an Experience 8,289473684

30 Neon Valley Street 8,263157895
31 We Were Rock & Roll (1 x 11) 8,144736842
31 Givin' Em What They Love (ft. Prince) 8,144736842
33 Dorthothy Dandridge Eyes (ft. Esperanza Spalding) 8,118421053
34 Look Into My Eyes 8,092105263
35 Don’t Judge Me (2 x 10) 8,026315789
35 Victory (1 x 10) 8,026315789
37 Say You'll Go 7,986842105
38 Yoga (ft. Jidenna) 7,907894737
38 Sally Ride 7,907894737

40 Do My Thing 7,828947368
41 Lettin Go! 7,789473684
42 Can't Live Without Your Love 7,736842105
43 Mr President 7,723684211
44 Dirty Computer (ft. Brian Wilson) 7,684210526
45 It's Code 7,657894737
46 Mushrooms & Roses 7,539473684
47 Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down) 7,407894737
48 Heroes 7,328947368
49 Make the Bus (ft. of Montreal) (2 x 9) 7,263157895
49 Pressure Off (0 x 9) 7,263157895

51 Venus Fly 7,236842105
52 Hell You Talmabout (1 x 10) 7,223684211
52 Call the Law (0 x 10) 7,223684211
54 Turntables 7,171052632
55 My First Love 7,144736842
56 Cybertronic Purgatory 7,118421053
57 I Got The Juice (ft. Pharrell Williams) 7,039473684
58 Smile 6,934210526
59 Stronger 6,881578947

60 I Want You Back 6,842105263
61 Isn’t This the World6,526315789
62 Neon Gumbo 6,355263158
63 That’s Enough 6,065789474
64 Special Education 6,026315789
65 Sweet Life 6
66 Unbreakable (ft. Kelly Clarkson) 5,684210526
67 We Are Young 5,144736842

Features
Overtures & Interludes (Part I)
Overtures & Interludes (Part II)

Overtures & Interludes (Part III)
 
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I liked what I heard in the Quirky Rates and Cold War was already an alltime fav level song for me before that. I will have to give it a try. I pray there is going to be listening party I can attend.
 
Extremely here for this! And already preemptively annoyed by the way her early material is inevitably going to be done wrong. Many Moons belongs in the top 10

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Many Moons won't be flopping on my watch, that's for sure!


I liked what I heard in the Quirky Rates and Cold War was already an alltime fav level song for me before that. I will have to give it a try. I pray there is going to be listening party I can attend.

Please do, each era has so much to give. I wish I could back to the moment I listened to The Archandroid for the first time.

I don't think I have the scope to do a listening party, if someone has the desire to host one or a Watch2Gether, feel free to go ahead. I will be doing some spotlights as we go along, for example of the interludes and other songs that could have been featured.
 
Janelle has such a great videography, and it really complements her music, so it could be fun/worthwhile to do a watch2gether session where we watch all of her videos. I don't think it would take very long either, maybe around one hour? I'm happy to organise it if need be. Could be next Sunday for example.
 
Janelle has such a great videography, and it really complements her music, so it could be fun/worthwhile to do a watch2gether session where we watch all of her videos. I don't think it would take very long either, maybe around one hour? I'm happy to organise it if need be. Could be next Sunday for example.

I'd be down for this, that's a great idea. Are you meaning the 22nd? If so that works for me if we can do the evening.
 

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