Top Ten Best Black Male Music Artists of All Time

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1Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

He is the greatest of all times. Sublime music and a master at physical expression. Pure genius. Made sense of the world and had one the greatest intellect to write songs and better skill to represent them on T.V.. There will be no other Michael Jackson. He will be the greatest, not only black, but in humanity. RIP.

more awards than any other artist - period - plus he has the largest worldwide fan following - news of his death nearly crashed the internet - no one compares alive or dead!

He is a king of pop AND Love. You can tell because you see it in His wonderful and heart taking music. I just lobe him with all my heart for that. THANK YOU Michael JACKSON YOUR AMAZING

As I though I knew it he is on the list.

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22pacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Ignorant ass Michael had a skin disease called Vitiligo as his autopsy confirms...He did not have "surgery" to turn himself white.

Secondly Michael has put over 200 black students through college and has given all of his We are the world proceeds to Africa and has had thousands of inner city kids visit Neverland Ranch. You know nothing about him so shut up.

One of the greatest artists of all time and influential rap artists. Should be one. Jackson didn't do anything for the blacks and become a white through surgeries. Tupac dedicated his life to them and his lyrics. are amazing! And deep.

Rap is a joke, it shouldn't even be on the list. I put it just above the guys who play buckets with sticks on the difficulty level

Was much more than the average rapper he was an idol, a poet and a very intelligent human should be number 1

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3Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Greatest guitarist ever according to Rolling Stone Magazine

The Greatest guitarist of all time.

Hendrix was a true musician, he played, wrote, produced and sang. #1 to me

Hendrix should be #1, then Prince, then Jackson.

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4Stevie WonderStevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

I think stevie wonder should be head to head with michael jackson for the first place, he's such a great composer and he sings from his hearth and soul.

Stevie Wonder is an amazing artist. The fact that he was blind and made such inspirational and great music is astonishing.

Stevie Wonder is the BEST of the best musician in the world. He's gifted. Musical genius!

I don't think there is any song by him and can't listen to or I don't like. Can't say that about Michael.

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5Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He is just too smart and positive in his lyrics.

Just an amazing artist. Music today needs a role model like Bob in my opinion.

He is a god number 6 is not fair at least number 5, come on he is my favorite singer of all time

I love this guy. Music today needs a role model like him.

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6Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

He could be so much more. His music is good. Unfortunately, his words confuse and detract from his ability to move to another level.

I actually like his music. I just wish he wasn't such a jerk like he always is.

He is one of, if not, the most influential artist/s of the 21st century

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7Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Again holding a mic upside down and babbling words using made up English accompanied with computer repetition is hardly impressive.

This ugly slacks doesn't even measure up 2 the likes of bob Marley and Marvin Gaye so what idiot put him higher than them.

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8Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

Very underrated. Deserves higher than #8. - Alpha101

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9Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

Number one to me. So much talent, so much vision, so much soul. Rest in peace brother.

The father of motown isn't in the top 10? What's Going On?

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10The WeekndAbęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Why is he above Prince, Chuck Berry and Richie - Iluvnovemberrain

Very good vocals. Love his music. He's amazing!

This dude has only been around for a year...

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?Jackie WilsonJack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr . was an American soul singer-songwriter and performer . A tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr . Excitement", and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul.

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11Dr. DreAndre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
12Miles Davis

It hurts my eyes seeing some of the artists listed on top of this genius.

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13PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

Prince should be near the top of this list, he could play write and sing. Just shows how low our standards have become. Rap artists shouldn't even be on this list.

Undeniable talent. There is no comparison. He is one of the greatest artists of all time.

He should be in the top 5 without a doubt!

Man should be #2

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14The Notorious B.I.G.Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

Biggie biggie biggie can't you see... there are so many haters in the streets and I just love you rapping ways. I guess that's why their broke and you were so paid

Great rapper, king of NYC, at least in top five

Jay-z at the top ten and Biggie 12? Unfair! He realesed one album while alive and the 2nd 15 days after his death but his the G.O.A. T like his released over a hundred..R.I.P.. you the BEST

15Lionel Richie

Three Times a Lady (long version), who can beat that song,

best song ever: listen again

He should be in the top 5 with Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson at the top.

Lionel richie is a very consistant artist. The songs that he has written and produced are evergreen, endless love, do it to me, I call it love, to name few.

16Ray CharlesRaymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

I love his Gospel and Blues with Jazzy sound I love Georgia Georgia

Ray invented a genre. He should at least be #2.

This man made soul music. A blues base with extra jazz, a twist of gospal, a squeeze of rock n roll and a sprinlking of country. This man is the greatest, smartest and by far the most unique artists ever to grace us with his soul. His music is time less. All soul singers steal insperation friom him. As brilliant as stevie wonder is he is a large ray charles fan. That says a lot

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17B.B. KingRiley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

Best blues singer ever to walk and grace planet earth.

Where is Luther Vandross on this list?

18Chuck BerryCharles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

One of the first rock artists, why is he below kanye west?

So important to all rock genres

Why, In The Name Of Freddie Mercury, Is ' Usher Ahead Of The Trie King Of Rock N' Roll - BeatlesFan1964

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19Muddy WatersMcKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
20John LegendJohn Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.V1 Comment
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