Twisted – Keith Sweat | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#2) & R&B (#1 for 3 weeks); 1996

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Harlem-born Keith Sweat has it all: good looks, a college education, plus experience as a commodities broker with the prestigious Paine Webber. Oh, and then there’s his gig in music. Keith first struck gold with I Want Her, cut in collaboration with Teddy Riley.

Melding classic R&B with the newer hip-hop beat, I Want Her hit #1 R&B and #5 Pop (1988), and helped usher in New Jack Swing. Keith’s debut album sold multi-platinum, yielding two more Top 3 R&B tunes in the process.

LP’s #2 and #3 generated six Top 5 R&B hits, including three more #1’s. Then, from mid-1992 until 1996, Keith managed just one #9 R&B hit. 1996’s Keith Sweat disc reversed his slide.

It’s first single, Twisted – Keith’s take on the value of moving slowly in a relationship – became his first single to enter the Top 10 in six years.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Keith Sweat
  • Eric McCaine

Lyrics Written by:

  • Keith Sweat
  • Eric McCaine
  • Athena Cage
  • Lavonn Battle
  • Tabitha Duncan
  • Marvin Gaye
  • David Ritz
  • Elliott Brown