Janet Jackson’s State of the World Tour has received rave reviews since it kicked off in early September. It’s not just her catalog of songs that makes her tour an iconic one—it’s the true meaning behind them. Social issues like racism, poverty, crime and illiteracy were the highlight of Jackson’s 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, with songs like “Rhythm Nation,” “The Knowledge” and “State of the World” (which the tour is named after and is the focus, as these issues are more relevant than ever).

The tour also highlights Jackson’s most memorable hits over the past three decades since Control, including “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “The Pleasure Principle.” With each album, Jackson showed progression as an individual and as an artist with concept themes—her sexual and grown-up side on 1993’s Janet (“If,” “That’s the Way Love Goes”) and 1997’s Velvet Rope (“What About,” “I Get Lonely”); finding herself again after her second divorce on 2001’s All For You (featuring the self-titled track) and 2002’s Damita Jo; and finally coming full circle on 2015’s Unbreakable.

Mandalay Bay, 8 p.m. Oct. 14, starting at $99 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster