My Top 5 New Jack Swing Albums



Dangerous by Michael Jackson is the greatest and most successful album ever in the new jack swing style. It has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and produced four top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Dangerous album appealed to the young urban audience because of the new jack swing sound. It kept Michael Jackson fresh and hip in the music scene. Songs such as “Remember the Time,” “Dangerous,” “Jam,” “Will You Be There” and “Can’t Let Her Get Away” were my favorite on the album.

Don’t Be Cruel by Bobby Brown was a new jack swing masterpiece. It transformed Bobby Brown into a bad boy sensation in the music world. The new jack swing sound complemented Bobby Brown brilliantly. Don’t Be Cruel was the best-selling album in 1989 on the Billboard Year-End Pop Album Chart and sold over seven million copies. The album helped Bobby Brown win a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1990. “My Prerogative,” “Roni,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Every Little Step” were my jams on this album.

Make It Last Forever by Keith Sweat was one of the earliest R&B albums that displayed the new jack swing sound. It helped put that new sound on the map. Keith Sweat and musical genius Teddy Riley, two Harlem natives, proved to be a great combination. The album’s biggest hit and No. 1 R&B single “I Want Her” is widely considered the first new jack swing hit. “Make It Last Forever,” “Don’t Stop Your Love” and “Something Just Ain’t Right” were also some of my beloved tracks on the album.

Guy by Guy was one of the most sophisticated albums that changed the sound of R&B music. It not only remade R&B soul music in hip-hop’s image, but also helped put fledging record label Uptown Records on the map. Aaron Hall’s strong voice merged excellently on the new jack swings beats produced by Teddy Riley. “Groove Me,” “I Like,” “Teddy’s Jam,” and ‘Round and ‘Round (Merry Go ‘Round of Love)” were my much loved tracks on the album.

Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe pioneered the new jack swing sound of the early 1990s. The album appealed to hardcore hip-hop fans, and the youth movement in the R&B scene. Bell Biv Devoe explained new jack swing perfectly with this quote, “Our music is mentally hip-hop smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop appeal to it.” The highlights of the album were “Poison,” “She’s Dope!,” “Do Me!”

By Shamarie, 27th Nov 2014


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