Nasty by Janet Jackson was released in the United States on April 15, 1986, with You’ll Never Find (A Love Like Mine) as the B side. It was a single from Jackson’s third studio album Control. In the United States, the song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It peaked at No. 19 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1987, Jackson won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single for Nasty.