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.
So how was this list created? As with any genre lists at Dave’s Music Database, this is an aggregate based on other sources. In this case, a dozen lists of the top new jack swing songs of all time were compiled. In response to some of the comments left on this page, you may not think a particular song falls into this genre, but enough people on the aggregated lists did think so.
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1. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (1988)
11. Joe Public “Live and Learn” (1992)
21. SWV (Sisters with Voices) “Weak” (1993)
31. Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
41. LL Cool J “Around the Way Girl” (1990)
First posted 5/16/2020; last revised 9/4/2023.