April 9, 2013


The Best New Jack Swing Playlist Ever

Jeff Kravitz
Jeff Kravitz

In today's Obituary for a Genre, we fondly look back at New Jack Swing, the genre popularized in the mid-1990s that combined hip hop, pop and R&B in unprecedented ways. Before New Jack Swing, hip hop and R&B agreed to disagreed, with rap barely existing on R&B radio and the only R&B tracks you’d hear on hip hop albums being the occasional Side B ballad. Now, TLC, Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men (who are still doing it big) and countless others melded the genres together, creating one of the decade's most popular genres. We've compiled 45 of the best New Jack Swing tracks below. We dare you to not move in your chair.

Related: 10 New Jack Swing Artists You Need to Know