Top Ten Best Black Singers

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The Top Ten

1
Michael Jackson
I love him! He has died but he still lives in my heart!
he was amazing! The way he danced was just brilliant! He was my inspiration!
He was #1 in fame, charisma, best albums, best dance, you name it. No one has come along yet that can top him off. Name anyone you know, if possible, that could have stood next to Michael Jackson and be as good as he was for just 50 seconds. Anyone!
He is the best! He defied the saying once you go black you never go back and look at him he is pale white! That man could sing and dance his ass off on stage!

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[Newest]Miss him. Gone too soon.

2Whitney Houston
Whitney top of the angels in heaven singing there is no greater voice God knows how to send us angels of talent then he calls them back to heaven when they start to mess up... THEN HE WILL SEND DOWN ANOTHER ONE JUST WHEN YOU THOUGH YOU HEARD IT ALL HEAVEN IS FULL OF TALENT.. BUT DRUGS ALWAYS RUINS EVERYTHING TALENT AND DRUGS DON'T MIX... SOME HOW STARS WITH GREAT TALENT ALWAYS LOSE IT ALL TO A MAN MADE DRUG... TALENT IS NOT MAN MADE IS A GIFT FROM GOD... YOU ARE BORN WITH IT THEN YOU PERFECT IT. I AM SAD YOU ARE GONE MISS HOUSTON RIP BUT YOU ARE BACK WHERE YOU WERE SENT FROM SO IS NOT THAT BAD... IF EARTH WOULD HAD APPRECIATED YOU RIGHT, YOU STILL BE HERE' BUT SOME BAD PEOPLE FED YOU POISON. AND HEAVEN TOOK YOU BACK JUST LIKE M.J. aND THE REST OF ALL THE GREAT TALENT THAT GODS SENDS US FROM HEAVEN BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL BUT WE JUST GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE AND I AM PR BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING, WE ARE ALL ONE THINK OF ALL THE TALENT THAT LIVES TODAY, WE MOST RECOGNIZED IT MORE WHEN IT IS GONE SAD...
I can't believe Beyonce is above Whitney Houston. Compare their versions of the Star Spangled Banner, then anything of Beyonce to "I Will Always Love You". Thank you very much

insanedocumentarian

How on EARTH is Beyonce #2 laugh out loud. Like really, this is only a popularity vote, because Beyonce doesent even reach Whitney's toes.
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Whitney is the all time number 1.

3Tina Turner
Tina Turner is a legend. when she covers a song she makes it her own. She has a great voice and energy.
She is an awesome woman! Strong willed. Great singer. I love all her songs! That woman can dance! Up in age, but still kickin' butt!
She brought a new style to music.
[Newest]I love you Tina you are my role model I wanna be just like you except skip out the beatings

4Beyonce
TRIPLE THREAT! QUEEN OF R&B! AWESOME VOICE! And the list goes on and on...
Probably one of the most humble artists in the industry to date. Beyoncé writes her songs and places her hooks and melodies. She is always present when it comes to the creation of her music, videos, performances, and documentaries. People may go on and on saying that she is fake, etc. But Beyonce is one of the most iconic and legendary voices and figures in the music industry, period, not just in the black community, but in the human race.
She is the best singer in the world she is awesome she does not have a bad mouth she is kid aportit and a very good person she does not do drugs or smoke and does not get got drank so you go go beyonce
[Newest]I love beyonce she is so great

5Aretha Franklin
These people were the foundation of music, had it not been for them where would music be? And also these people like aretha, ella and gladys really have made the impact, I only have a simple question 4 you, which set of music had soul (listen to common-i use to love her)
She has been copied by every other females singer since she started her career. That's why she is the Queen and the others are her subjects. Long live the Queen Ms. Aretha!
Aretha Is the best. I am a singer and I learned from the best. She exemplifies feeling and control in her music. She is the truth. the the true soul singer. Without feeling you have nothing. all hail the queen!
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Love you boo, no one gets down like you.

6Gladys Knight
The Empress of Soul is still great, better than all of her contemporaries, Aretha, Diana etc.
Gladys has never got her due. Should be for sure in top three, with Aretha and Ella

7Ella Fitzgerald
She is the First lady of Music, she is just the best and a real Humble Lady.
What an awesome voice I am a newbie to hear music and still listening
Ella Fitzgerald was and always will be my hero she is a rolemodel to most people I personally think she shuld be the one at number 1

8Chris Brown
I love chris brown except that he is wit rihanna which is wrong but I just love him
He is the best ever... I don't care what others were saying... Anyway it's their choice...
But it wasn't a nice thing to hate chris brown for what he had done to rihanna, hey! He's just nineteen on that time. He's still young, so, he can still change his attitude. You know, just forgive & forget.
I love chris brown...!
He deserves the second position after Michael Jackson, he also dances like Michael Jackson and will be the Michael Jackson of present era...
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He is one of the best singer's I've ever heard I wish he was my friend.

9Janet Jackson
Janet jackson is a idol. She should be on top without her there is no rihanna, pink or beyonce. Plus she is a jackson. Oh yea this is number one.
JANET JACKSON IS THE BEST FEMALE POP STAR ON THIS PLANET MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE QUEEN AND ILL TELL YOU WHY... JANET IS THE QUEEN BECUASE EVERY SINGLE SON G, ALBUM AND FILM SHES DONE IS BRILLIANT FEATURING DIFFERENT STROKES AS A FILM GOOD TIMES POETIC JUSTICE, NUTTY PROFESSIOR, JANET, VELVET ROPE, CONTROL AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS MORE THIS IS WHY AND R@B, SOUL, FUNK, POP ARTIST IS ON THIS PLANET MICHAEL IS THE KING FOR PROBLEY THE SAME REASONS BUT EVEN BETTER HIS MUSIC IS BRILL THRILLER BEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME 65 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE AND BAD AND SO MANY OTHERS LONG LIVE THE KING AND ALSO CARRY ON MISS JACKSON CAUSE YR THE BEST FEMALE BY FAR EVEN BETTER THEN THAT MONSTER (MADONNA)
Janet Jackson is the legend and idol she can dance and sing and always was such a hit with her voice and moves. She needs to be number 2 because without her there ain't no beyonce.

10Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross has the strongest male vocals of any black male. Whitney Houston once said, "No one can hold a note like Luther can" Mhmm thats pretty much sums it up. Luther had the soul, the groove, the voice, and the passion... Luther for Life! rest in paradise brother
Michael Jackson's voice is vastly overrated, there is no way he can have more emotions and sound better then Luther
Luther's voice is just one in a million, gets you emotional. Beautiful voice and beautiful man!

The Contenders

11Teddy Pendergrass
He was the tops, no doubt

12Stevie Wonder
Stevie wonder is the most prestigious black star ever for he's endowed with qualities rarely found despite his impairment. I consider him above the other four stars Michael jackson, bob marley, ray charles and jimmi hendrix. improvisor, multilingual, cheerful and modest, there can't be a better singer in the whole world of black music? For me, he's the one, the only one.
Damn! Beyoncé and Rihanna are in the Top Ten but Stevie Wonder is only the 14th! He's the best before MJ so stop talking about Ne-Yo or Chris Brown!
Bey and Aretha I understand, but Rihanna or Chris Brown (and i¬'m 19, I should like them) being higher than him is ridiculous. All his songs are so uplifting, have so much music and Stevie can do absolutely anything with his voice. This is sad.

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13Patti Labelle
She is amazing, her voice is so powerful, and she can reach amazing high notes, its almost sobre natural!

14Rihanna
She can sing and act. I love her in battleship.
I LOVE her! shame on CHRIS BROWN! she has this voice which is sexy yet it can be serious and have fun. I love you
Rihanna is amazinger than beyonce

15Toni Braxton
She is talented, beautiful, charming and so sexy! Her voice is unique and very recognizable. Her LIVE performances are stunning. Toni should be in the Top 10. That's for sure!

Irina2932

Toni is just unique in her own right, love her just being grown and keeping us sexy at 40
Toni has it all, I love her music and, we should be greatful, she almost quit singing

16Ne-Yo
This guy should be the best love singer of all time. He can really inspire you. His songs are lyrical compare to other love singers nowadays. He is like "The Apprentice of Michael Jackson"
He is talented, smart looking and he is like a young handsome man! His voice flows like a melody without music. His classic rapping songs are always engraved in your hearts
He makes some of the greatest songs that will ever be made.

17Al Green
Just amazing and I was born to one of his songs
YES! Let's Stay Together

18Mariah Carey
I don't understand why this beautiful talent is not in the top 3 of this list. Her voice is beyond amazing. Her talent is equivalent to Whitney's and I know damn well that Mariah has way better vocals than Beyonce and Rihanna's combined! They wish they could sing like her. Besides Mimi's voice, she is also highly acclaimed song-writer; all of her hits are written by her. Mariah's music is a true work of art and it has inspire thousands of people to cultivate their own style of music similar to mariah's. She, Whitney, Michael, Prince, and Janet are the creators of today's contemporary music. Stevie Wonder needs to be on this list as well. I have nothing against Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Beyonce, I actually love them, but they are not true geniuses of music like what Michael, Whitney, Mariah, Prince, Janet, and Stevie Wonder are.
Her runs are the best runs I ever heard in my life.
Mariah Carey is only 15% to 25% black, she looks and acts white to most.

19Barry White
Barry White's music is so smooth and powerful. It puts him at the top of his peers
A part of my life!
Loved him. Nobody sings like he did.

20Prince
As much as I absolutely love MJ I feel Prince blows everyone on this list out of the water. His vocal range is crazy, his lyrics are thought provoking, his talent is undeniable and he is still creating and re-inventing himself all the time. Prince is by far the most inspirational artist I have ever seen. Have a blessed day. Jeremy.
Prince is just amazing. He rights his own songs, heplays about a billion instruments he's just awesome!

zibblewits

Prince is so original and has more musical talent than most of these artists on this list. I like him for his wide variety of voice ranges, his musical talent, his flamboyant fashions, and his unique song writing.

21Marvin Gaye
I am sorry but no one come even close to Marvin, a true legend RIP, he had the best voice and his songs had a massage not just OH Ah or I will kill you Mother F
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My second best has to be Gil Scott Heron who his father was the first Black Soccer player at Celtic football club in Scotland, listen to Gil's songs such as the Bottle, Home Where the hatred is, New York is Killing me and The Revolution will not be Televised
WHY ISN'T HE ON TOP TEN?
People who have heard of Marvin Gaye would have made sure he would be above Chris Brown..

Wrote meaningful songs, that opened difficult questions of society and African American struggle for equality etc..

And what does Chris Brown write about? Sex, Girlfriends, being a gangster. Does he even write his own songs?

22Anita Baker
You guys have this lady too low on the list. Her voice is spectacular even without music

23Alicia Keys
She has grown on me in the last couple of years.
Thank you for every thing!
I like all of them

24Jimi Hendrix
THE VERY BEST OF ALL TIME
"Hey joe" that song is just amazing people.

25Jeffrey Osborne

26Tupac Shakur
Tupac was a legend along with everything he stood for. He had a good flow and lyrics that spoke to you
Tupac belongs in the top 5
Tupac shakur is the best black singer after MJ! He sould be placed second after all!... If agree vote then!
Jay-Z ne-yo aren't better than 2PAC!

27Leona Lewis
Leona was born with a gift: HER VOICE. She's just amazing and she deserves recognition from the public.
A genuine special lady. !

28Nat King Cole
I agree that Nat King Cole should be among the Top Ten pop singers of all time.
His voice was as good as Sinatra's, his phrasing and style, just as cool.
But unlike Frank, Nat was a black man. In those days, America was utterly unable to love him the way they loved Sinatra. Later black women singers were allowed 'in' -- but it was still harder for a sexy male singer like Nat to break the racial barrier. Michael Jackson, that genius!, was able to catapult over racial 'labels'. Perhaps Michael was given a 'pass' also because of his apparent androgyny -- he was not sexually threatening. There was something 'sweet' about him. Nat King Cole, on the other hand, was a tall beautiful black man singing romantic ballads that made women swoon! He is UNFORGETABLE!
Nat King Cole broke through all barriers, before anyone else... And had perhaps the most memorable voice of all... He deserves to be in the top 5 for certain. His piano playing was superb.
Singer with a divine voice that's wraps your sole around like a warm blanket on on a cold winter night. You feel this guy not only singing his songs but it is almost as he is acting them like a stage actor.
[Newest]One of the best 10 a must

29Wanya Morris
He should be number one. From a technical standpoint and pure skill he is unmatched... Other people can sound like Michael and whitney etc... No one can do what he does
This man should be number 2 after MJ. Obviously some people have never heard him sing live before, he's unbelievable... Trust me.
The best vocals with or without musiq

moses


30Jennifer Hudson
She is the best, her voice is so soulful and she always puts her heart and soul into her music. Jennifer Hudson will always be my role model, I want to be her someday!
Amazing voice she should be top three! What is she doing at number 33! She is amazing with high notes. Love you Jennifer hudson

31Usher
Usher is super awesome and he knows justin bieber
I'm 57 yrs old and I think usher is should a great man. He love and respect his mother a father to his boy and have a beautiful smile. and no matter what he go though god his there for him he just have to go to that quiet place. I have a son his age mommy good job.
He is black I like him, that's is all

32Donny Hathaway

33James Brown
Amazing groove, amazing feel, revolutionized the music industry and was a great showman, really the King of Funk.
Get up offa that thing and dance till you feel better, Get up offa that thing and try to release that pressure!
Hep Me, Hep Me please, I'm down on my Knees, do the james Brown shuffle... Ha! Love it, Love IT,
Mans world. Need I say anything else?
He was a diva in every sense of the word, I hope his sould and his amazing songs will be remembered for many more years to come

34Nina Simone
I think she is one of the best musicians of all times, she ain't just a singer!
her wit, surprises every single show she has had... she a storyteller, an actress, a drama queen a diva! RIP

35Phyllis Hyman

36John Legend

37Jay-Z
KING. <-(notice the full stop)

38Smokey Robinson
Still got the Voice I remember when I was a kid in the 60's.

39Nicki Minaj
Yas girl you could rap and sing and yo hair was on point in highschool you one of my favorite singer/rapper you be killin it
My role modle that girl can rap In super bass she killed it also she can be really sass as if she were the queen of sass like the girl can sing.
I love her new song anaconda

40Johnny Mathis
The best natural voice
Far better than #41
One of my all time favorites. Smooth style, glowing voice

41Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia I love your songs bittersweet and free your self you be killin it and you need some more songs girl you been Mia but I still love you and like you inspire me cause your voice is raspy like mine but you don't let it get to you and your voice let me just say I love it yyaaasss

42Seal

43Akon
This guy is very good, his song "Right now" (Na na na) is beast. Listen to it and rate it people
He should be the second
No doubt the best

44Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke, arguably has the most smooth and controlled voice in this list..

Such a shame that such an iconic music legend, is lower than some singers above who can't do either of these feats; relying on their dance moves and auto tune to offset that..
For Sam Cook to be at #60 tells me the majority of people voting in this poll don't know music. Michael Jackson was a showman not a top 10 male singer. Not even Stevie Wonder should be in the top ten, Listen to some real singers and not voice enhanced bolony.
You have to be kidding. You apparently know very little about music. Cook was simply great!
[Newest]A sad ending for one of the most talented!

45Lionel Richie
Lional Richie is one of the best singers in the world, any singer whose music makes you feel good, is just that bit special! And Lionel is very special indeed...
Better then any of the newer singers he has the best voice!
Top 5 singer of all time!

46Issac Hayes

47Billy Paul

48Etta James
I love etta james one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.
RIP etta she did so much for the music industry and opend so many doors

49Bill Withers

50Dobie Gray

51Diana Ross
She's just dynamic as a singer, has the most beatiful voice you've ever heard.

52Dionne Warwick

53R. Kelly
Now first of all when it comes to pure singing R. Kelly is right at the top, top 10 - 15 maybe. He sure is better than Rihanna, Ne-yo or Chris Brown, that's for sure. The Man is the King Of R&B! And yes, I love Jay-Z and 2-Pac but they are not SINGERS...
He is the best pure singer hands down

54Wilson Pickett

55Jason Derulo
Totally the best! Don't Wanna Go Home, It Girl, In My Head... All the best songs I've EVER heard! I listen to his music everyday! And on his Future History album cover he looks AWESOME! Go Jason Derulo!
Amazing singer and dancer!

Love his songs like: Don't Wanna Go Home, In My Head, Watcha Say and Breathing!

56Otis Redding

57Ciara
My god she is great

58Roberta Flack

59Shawn Stockman
What a beautiful voice!

60Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong should be number 1 there never has been nor will there ever be another one like him.
Great voice with a lot of soull

61Rita Ora
I love rita oras beautiful voice

62Swamp Dogg

63Koko Taylor

64Jerry Butler

65Nathan Morris
Baddest baritone you'lleva hear

moses


66Michael McCary

67Lil Wayne
You can't NOT love him! Best rapper you will ever find out there! I love this guy so much he even has a sweet side, How to Love baby!
Very talented rapper, Who fell off a little

68Sade
Sweet melancholy. The queen of Melancholy soul. So timeless and classy.
Classy, down to earth and good soul-jazzy chillin music

69Trey Songs
Tremaine is the hyottest guy evah, idc how much haters he had and how some people like HIM LIKE ME

70Emeli Sande
Georgeous voice - she wrote the lyrics by herself (by the way: also for beyonce, katy perry etc. ) and is not that stereotype of a "build" act

71Natalie Cole

72Curtis Mayfield

73Melinda Doolittle
Her voice is amazing and there is so much emotion into her. She has one of the best voices I've ever heard. I hope she'll do incredible things in the music industry in the near future. She is just incredible.

74Donna Summer

75Ray Charles
For me is right up there sharing fist place with Nat King Cole.

76Taio Cruz

77Drake

78Irma Thomas

79Jazmine Sullivan

80Sarah Vaughan
Best of all time for men, particularly, because of her throaty, sexy delivery. Ella Fitz was better overall but without sex appeal

81Chaka Khan

82Nancy Wilson

83Zendaya
Zendaya is my role model! She is a very talented girl! She kind of makes me like school!

84Willow Smith

85Iyaz

86Coco Jones
Coco I love you you like a older sis plus you black and pretty yas your outfits be cute if you could just let me. Browwow that's what me and my besties be thinking but I love you an your singing

87Ann Peebles

88Heather Small

89Adam Warren

90Tammi Terrell

91Joe Simon

92Mary Wells

93Missy Elliot
Brought new, fresh quality in rap music.

94Little Eva

95Muddy Waters

96Dinah Washington

97Kenneth Edmonds (aka: Babyface)

98Gloria Gaynor

99Chuck Berry
How can be Chuck Berry so low!? This guy just invented rock'n'roll! He inspired the greatest bands, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And he is also, according to me, one of the greatest guitarist on earth.

100Craig David

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