Greatest Soul Group / Artist of All Time


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The Top Ten

The Jackson 5
The beautiful band! Was made from 5 brothers each tried to do the best! But it`s seems that in this band was a genius, and this is Michael Jackson, the reason that this band must to be no. 1!


Only Black group to headline a stadium tour, most global record sales, and oh by the way, they gave us Michael Jackson, enough said.
The temptations are better than the Jackson 5 blue, David ruffin, and Eddie Kendrick, also, Paul. Those are the best singers ever. Put a David ruffin record on and we will see who is better

2The Temptations
Hands down the greatest group of all time. Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. All were capable lead singers and unlike the Jackson 5... Every member had a hit record with they're voice as lead. Just My Imagination, My Girl, Since I Lost My baby, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, I Can't Get Next To You, Cloud Nine, Get Ready, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Ain't too Proud To Beg, I Wish It Would Rain and many many more. Perfect harmonies and could out dance, out sing and out dress any other group in sight!
The Jackson Five were not in the same class as the Temptations as performers - they had Michael, which is true, but the Temptations had some of the best male singers ever to sing soul, pop, show tunes, top-40, American Tin Pan Alley, etc. They are and have been in a class by themselves. The first Motown group to be awarded a Grammy.
Unbelievable.! The Temps are THE greatest soul group of ALL TIME! My girl, Just my imagination, Get ready, ain't too proud, I know, I'm losing you, I'm gonna make you love me, I wish it would rain, Law of the land, Since I lost my baby and THE ALL TIME GREAT Papa was a rolling stone. The list is too long to mention but they also pushed back barriers and took Soul to new levels.
And anyway the Jackson 5 and or Michael Jackson, as good as he was, aren't SOUL!

3James Brown
Soul Brother No. 1 should be No. 1 on this list... if people were smart.
James brown hands down! Greatest live show artist of all time! Nobody could rock the apollo theatre like this man! When you played that place you'd better come correct!
7th? Not possible! James Brown, is THE king of SOUL music!
[Newest]Get real people SHOULD BE #1

4Earth, Wind & Fire
Shining star, september, mighty mighty, fantasy, boogie wonderland, lets groove these are all great songs
Love the many talents and superb musicianship that made up this group! So much more than just a bunch of guys singing and dancing. I enjoy their music still today.
I totally agree with you. earth wind and fire is easily the best group of all time

5Marvin Gaye
Really?! Do I really need to share my opinion about Marvin Gaye, he's a genius! He was a damn great artist, it's a pity that he is in 3rd place, shame on you voters = )
Every abuma work of art

6Ray Charles
Wow what a genius!
Genius of a man

7Gladys Knight
Most of the songs out out there from some of the greatest artist Gladys Knight has performed at some time or another and delivered throughout the years on stage and T.V. at 70 years old she still showing us all she's got it and she's not going anywhere she well earns the title the Empress of soul
I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard it.
What a powerful voice!

8Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke pioneered the genre and was ultimately unmatched as one of the best and most iconic voices of all time. The perfect voice, perhaps somewhat lacking the passion at times of Otis, lent to the quality of just about any song.
Sam Cooke is the BOSS. he inspired and influenced everyone. he has the perfect voice. he is FLAWLESS!... "The Man Who Invented Soul"!
Sam gets my vote. The purest voice of them all. He was as smooth as silk


10Otis Redding
A career cut too short, just the few years of work that we do have to base our judgement blows away everyone else! His voice, with so much feeling, is so amazing that you almost forget the music that is playing behind it.
Deep music. Soulful voice with unbarred emotion. A great artist. Superb songwriter. Relatable lyrics. If he hadn't died in that plane crash, he would be definitely one of the most popular artists ever.
The maddest, grooving like hell, singing like a possessed god! He makes me want to shake my body, even though I know I shouldn't dance, out of respect for my fellow human beings...
[Newest]Just recently got into him, Amazing singer, great lyrics and really a powerful voice

The Contenders

11Sly & the Family Stone
Musically, Sly and the Family Stone is the best (Curtis Mayfield is a close second). The band is very tight and their music has intricacies not present in other soul acts at the time (Except CM).

12Curtis Mayfield

13Stevie Wonder
Countless albums, appealing to generations, spanning decades - continually redefining the genre while shaping modern chart music. An unrivalled musician with a voice that's unique and inspiring. Truly the greatest artist of all time!

14Jackie Wilson

15The Miracles
Without these guys motown would have never been as big as it was. They helped Berry Gordy start Motown as they brought talent to motown and they wrote and produced tons of songs for the temps, marvin gaye, stevie wonder, supremes, mary wells, jackson 5, the 4 tops and even influenced the beatles. More groups have remade their songs than any other Motown group or artists and they had more top 40 hits than the other groups.

16Al Green
Al green is the man. he makes me want to boogie even when I'm asleep.
The one and only Al Green!!!!
A better singer than Marvin or Otis.

17Bobby Womack

18Ben E. King

19Faith Evans
A great singer but 2 high on the list and ahead of too many legends

20David Ruffin
He is amazing how he sings should be number 1

21The Ojays
Everlasting mighty, soulful and will be forever in the minds and memories. Music that will make you snap your fingers.
They are still around making money, money, money
Please welcome, and always remember, the Mighty, Mighty O'Jays!

22George Clinton
Why is he here when he sings funk

23Aretha Franklin
She is the one and only Queen of Soul.
The one and only Queen of Soul.

24Luther Vandross
Whats that... Here all stupid!

Luther was the greatest soul man of all time...

Death and forgotten

25The Chi-Lites
Awesome group. Should be in the rock and roll hall fame and higher on this lit.

26Barry White

27Teddy Pendergrass
Nobody had more soul then Teddy P. The emotion in his voice was on unparalleled. I think he was the most overlooked great singer of all time.
Fantastic artist, his songs are so so moving
What a great artist!

28The Delfonics

29Isley Brothers
Inspired the Beatles and still going timeless

30Jeffrey Osborne

31The Four Tops
50 years of hits make this everlasting group special

32The Spinners
As usual the Spinners don't get the proper credit for their greatness!

33Whitney Houston
She's the Greatest Voice of All Time... An idol for the next generations, no one will ever be like her! Her sound is so special that you will always recognise her! RIP The Voice!

34Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

35Diana Ross

36Solomon Burke
The King Of Rock 'n' Soul - Everybody needs somebody to love...

37Patti LaBelle

38Minnie Riperton

39Wilson Pickett


41The Commodores
Lionel Richie is one of the best singers ever this list is the most retarded list ever

42Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes was such a beast that he made this list twice! Love YA CHEF! R.I.P. "You, and Me, and Her, Simultaneous Lovin BABY! "


44Sam & Dave

45Howard Tate

46Billy Paul
Me and mes jones



49John Legend
John Legend is legend. I keep on repeating his songs. I love his new single All Of Me which is just so fluent and soothing. Its just wonderful how he sings. He will definitely be the best soul singers of our generation.

50Kool And The Gang

51En Vogue

52The Intruders
The best vocal group to come out of Philly.

53Tower of Power

54Johnnie Taylor
Johnnie Taylor No. 69? You got to be kidding. He deserves at least in the first top 10

55Joss Stone

56Rick James & The Stone City Band
This guy should be #1. Him and his band was great!

57Lorraine Ellison


59Jill Scott
Simply wonderful! My baby!

60Bettye LaVette

61Jerry Butler

62Linda Jones

63James and Bobby Purify

64Erykah Badu

65Toni Braxton

66Alicia Keys

67Percy Sledge
Too good for that position

68The Stylistics

69Jean Terrell

70The Impressions

71Macy Gray

72The Supremes

73Issac Hayes

74Mary J. Blige



77Lauryn Hill

78The Dells
A group that have done so much quality and been together over 50 years with the same line up says "They are the Greatest

79Detroit Spinners / The Spinners

80Sam Salter

81Florence and the Machine

82Chairmen of the board


84Booker T. and the M.G.'s
Should be in the top 10. These guys pathed the way for about 90% of the groups on this list.


86The Fifth Dimension

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This list was created 7 years, 337 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

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