Out of Harlem, New York, Keith Sweat is considered one of the godfathers of the new jack swing movement, which is a fusion of rhythmic music meeting with hip-hop, soul, and urban music. Since 1975, the artist has recorded and released thirteen studio albums as a soloist and two studio albums while performing with the R&B supergroup, LSG.
13. Playing For Keeps
October 26, 2018, sees the thirteenth studio album released by Keith Sweat. Unlike all the albums before it, it did not find a spot on any of the US Billboard album charts. It did, however, have two charted singles. (How Many Ways) includes K-C’s performance with Sweat, which charted at number thirty-three on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single, (Boomerang) is another collaborated single, this time with Candace Price. That song charted as high as number twenty-five.
12. Til the Morning
Released on November 8, 2011, (Til the Morning) was Keith Sweat’s eleventh studio album. It debuted at number eight on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and had two of its singles become charted hits. (Making You Say Ooh) charted on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number forty-six, which was the first single released from the album. The second single to chart was (Knew It All Along), a collaborated performance between Sweat, Johnny Gill, and Gerald Levert. It charted at number eighty-five.
11. Dress to Impress
On July 22, 2016, the twelfth studio album recorded and released by Keith Sweat is (Dress to Impress). It debuted at number four on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and produced three chart-hitting singles. (Good Love) was the first, which peaked at number twenty-one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The duet Sweat performed with Takiya Mason, (Just the 2 of Us), peaked on the same chart at number forty-one as the album’s second hit. The third single, (Tonight), was another duet but performed with Silk. In 2018, it charted at number thirty-eight, also on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
On the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, (Rebirth) debuts at number four after it’s August 13, 2002 release date. (One on One) was the only single released from the album, which peaked at number forty-four. The album itself received fairly favorable reviews as the eighth studio recording credited to Keith Sweat. Although not considered a stellar album as it sounded much like the previous work from his previous albums, it’s still good enough to please the discerning audience.
9. Ridin’ Solo
July 22, 2010, sees (Ridin’ Solo) as the tenth studio album credited to Keith Sweat. It debuts at number one on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. (Test Drive) was the lone single that came from the album, which featured Sweat pairing up with Joe in its performance. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the single peaked at number fifty-eight.
8. Just Me
On the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, (Just Me) debuted at number one. On the US Billboard 200, at number ten. Released on May 6, 2008, it was Keith Sweat’s ninth studio album. Two singles were released with the first, (Love You Better) was a duet with Keyshia Cole. The song did not chart when it was released in 2007, before the album itself did. The second single, (Suga Suga Suga) was another duet, this time with Paisley Bettis. That one earned chart success in 2008 as it appeared at number thirty-six on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
7. Didn’t See Me Coming
Keith Sweat’s seventh studio album is (Didn’t See Me Coming), which was released on November 14, 2000. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold since its release. In 2000, the first of two singles from it was (I’ll Trade (For a Million Bucks)), which featured Lil’ Mo performing with Sweat. It did moderately well on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as it peaked as high as number thirty-six. The second single, (Real Man), also charted, coming in at number seventy-three.
6. Keep It Comin’
On November 26, 1991, (Keep It Comin’) is released as Keith Sweat’s third studio album. Since its release, it has become certified platinum by RIAA. The title track charted at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, followed in 1992 with (Why Me Baby?), a single Sweat performed alongside LL Cool J. That song peaked at number two on the same chart. The third single, (I Want to Love You Down), charted as high as number twenty and was the third and final single to chart from the album.
5. Get Up on It
The fourth studio album released by Keith Sweat is (Get Up on It), which came out on June 28, 1994. The RIAA-certified platinum album realized three chart-hitting singles that include (How Do You Like It?), which was a duet performed with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. The second hit single was (When I Give My Love) and the third was (Get Up on It), one that was performed with Kut Close.
4. Still In the Game
The sixth studio album from Keith Sweat is (Still In the Game), which was released on September 22, 1998. It was the first album from Sweat that did not reach number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, but it still earned a respectable number two spot. It did, however, become certified platinum by RIAA. From it, two singles were released and they both charted well on the singles billboard. The first, (Come and Get with Me), was a dual performance Sweat did with Snoop Dogg and it charted at number six on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and at number twelve on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1998. It also became certified gold by RIAA. In 1999, the second hit, (I’m Not Ready), peaked at number twelve on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and at number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100.
3. I’ll Give All My Love to You
(I’ll Give All My Love to You) was the second studio album recorded by Keith Sweat. Released on June 12, 1990, the album since became double platinum by RIAA’s certification standards. Four charted singles came from it, starting with (Make You Sweat), which became certified gold by RIAA. (Merry Go Round), (I’ll Give All My Love to You), and (Your Love Part 2). Each of them did extremely well on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart as Make You Sweat and the title track of the album each peaked at number one. Merry Go Round peaked at number two and Your Love Part 2 reached number four.
2. Make It Last Forever
Keith Sweat’s debut album, (Make It Last Forever), was released on November 24, 1987. He, along with the songs in it, officially introduced to the world the new jack swing movement that would become a staple of modern pop culture. Certified platinum three times over by RIAA, the album also brought forth the top-charting single, (I Want Her), which became certified gold, also by RIAA. Three more singles charted from the same album, but not quite as well as the first. (Something Just Ain’t Right), (Make It Last Forever), and (Don’t Stop Your Love) all came from each cracked the top ten of the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but did not peak at the very top like Make It Last Forever did.
1. Keith Sweat
The self-titled album released on June 25, 1996, was Keith Sweat’s fifth studio recording. It is also the most successful as it has been RIAA certified Platinum four times over. Full of urban soul and new jack swing, the album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number five. Four hits came from Keith Sweat’s best-selling album where two of them each became certified Platinum by RIAA themselves. (Twisted) was the first of two hits that featured Kut Klose and Pretty Russ collaborating with Sweat on it. The second hit single, (Nobody), also featured Kut Klose, but with Athena Cage. The other two singles, (Just a Touch) and (Come with Me) also charted, but neither did nearly as well as the first two.