Saturday, May 16, 2020

New Jack Swing: Top 50 Songs

First posted 5/16/2020.

New Jack Swing:

Top 50 Songs

New Jack Swing is a sub-genre of R&B generally traced back to Janet Jackson’s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced Control album in 1986 and running into the ‘90s. It used some of the sampling, rhythm, and production techniques of hip-hop. Other significant producers included Babyface & L.A. Reid, Teddy Riley (who also fronted Guy and Blackstreet), and Bernard Belle. New Edition were one of the genre’s significant acts as well as former members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant, as well as offshoot group Bell Biv DeVoe. 1991’s Dangerous album by Michael Jackson, and produced by Jackson and Riley, is the genre’s best-selling album with 30 million.

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1. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (1988)
2. Boyz II Men “Motownphilly” (1991)
3. Tony! Toni! Toné! “Feels Good” (1990)
4. Bell Biv DeVoe “Poison” (1990)
5. Keith Sweat “I Want Her” (1987)
6. Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid” (1988)
7. Johnny Gill “Rub You the Right Way” (1990)
8. Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” (1992)
9. Guy “Groove Me” (1988)
10. Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991)

11. Joe Public “Live and Learn” (1992)
12. Janet Jackson “Miss You Much” (1989)
13. Bobby Brown “Don’t Be Cruel” (1987)
14. Guy “Teddy’s Jam” (1988)
15. New Edition “If It Isn’t Love” (1988)
16. Jade “Don’t Wallk Away” (1992)
17. Christopher Williams “I’m Dreamin’” (1991)
18. Al B. Sure! “Nite and Day” (1988)
19. Bobby Brown “Every Little Step” (1989)
20. En Vogue “Hold On” (1990)

21. SWV (Sisters with Voices) “Weak” (1993)
22. Hi-Five “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” (1991)
23. Wreckx-N-Effect “New Jack Swing” (1989)
24. TLC “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” (1992)
25. TLC “What About Your Friends” (1992)
26. Public Announcement “She’s Got That Vibe” (1992)
27. Portrait “Here We Go Again’ (1992)
28. Karyn White “The Way You Love Me” (1988)
29. Ralph Tresvant “Sensitivity” (1990)
30. Troop “Spread My Wings” (1989)

31. Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
32. Teddy Riley with Tammy Lucas “Is It Good to You” (1992)
33. Tony! Toni! Toné! “If I Had No Loot” (1993)
34. Hi-Five “She’s Playing Hard to Get” (1992)
35. Whitney Houston “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)
36. Bell Biv DeVoe “Do Me!” (1990)
37. Shanice “I Love Your Smile” (1991)
38. Soul II Soul “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” (1989)
39. Timex Social Club “Rumours” (1986)
40. En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (1992)

41. LL Cool J “Around the Way Girl” (1990)
42. Club Nouveau “Lean on Me” (1987)
43. Heavy D & the Boyz “Now That We Found Love” (1991)
44. Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do Witthout You” (1989)
45. Janet Jackson “Nasty” (1986)
46. Paula Abdul “Straight Up” (1988)
47. Another Bad Creation “Iesha” (1990)
48. Jodeci “Come and Talk to Me” (1991)
49. Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nationa” (1989)
50. Bobby Brown “On Our Own” (1989)

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