In an interview with VH1, Janet Jackson was asked about this track. She replied: "I love 'The Body That Loves You.' It has this island feel. It's not Brazilian, but it has a little bit of that feel about it. One of my favorite genres of music is Brazilian music. I got into that when I was 14 years old. That and jazz. As much as I loved Stevie and my brothers' music, I listened to Astrud and João Gilberto, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethânia. I keep telling myself, 'You gotta do something that has that feel to it.' ['The Body That Loves You'] was the closest I ever came to that. I'm still going to, but I've never tapped upon that sound the way I want to. 'Body' has that cool, relaxed, laid-back, ocean-beach, just chill feel to it. It's just a beautiful song to me."