Greatest Soul Group / Artist of All Time

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1The 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! - Laryssa

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

Gotta agree. no one compares to the Jackson5 nor to Michael

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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.

The Temptations had two of the greatest songs ever "My Girl" and "Just my Imagination* and loads more to back them up. But as you can see from the list they are in very good company

Way before there time

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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!

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4Marvin 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 = )

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5Earth, 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

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6Ray Charles

Clearly, this genius should be top ten on the list. He was basically the inventor of soul music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. He definitely should be at the very least in the top 3.

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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

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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

Simple, Sam Cooke is what we call Soul today.

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9Otis 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...

Just recently got into him, Amazing singer, great lyrics and really a powerful voice

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10PrincePrince 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".

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.

Without the Miracles Motown would not have had the success it had. They had the most angelic harmony and had the most all around impact on Motown with their singing, songwriting, A&R work and production. They were the most copied group. They were even copied by groups like the Beatles.

16Al Green

Al green is the man. he makes me want to boogie even when I'm asleep.

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17Bobby Womack
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19David Ruffin

Amazing singer combining passion, vulnerability, range, and downright soulfulness

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20Faith Evans

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

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