New jack swing
Bobby Brown

New jack swing is an uptempo subgenre of music that combines elements of R&B, hip-hop, funk, and dance-pop. Pioneered by producers Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle, new jack swing was most popular from the mid-’80s to mid-’90s.

Notable artists of the genre include Bobby Brown, Tony! Toni! Toné!, and Heavy D & The Boyz. Artists like Janet Jackson and Keith Sweat also had a series of new jack hits.

Discover the genre’s essential tracks with our New Jack Swing playlist below.

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