Top 10 Most Legendary R&B Singers of All Time

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1R.Kelly

Well there is so much to say about Kelly. He has been around for so long with hits on each of his major albums. The main thing here is his voice and his mind. No one compares to when it comes to his beautiful voice and his intelligence as a song writer and artist. The best vocalist ever right here!

R kelly is in a league of his own. Timeless... Classic hits. Genius song writing and vocal skills that punish all other voices. Everything he touches is phenomenal. Bow down to the king!

The rest of these names shouldn't even be on the list.

His voice is so good.

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2Michael JacksonMichael 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.

These artists are terrible. Seriously, Beyonce does not deserve a number 1 spot on this list and what.. You have Usher and Chris Brown in the top 5. What a disgraceful list. Usher and Chris Brown would be nothing without the influence of one of the greatest entertainers of all time MJ. He is unrivaled today as not only one of the best dancers that ever lived, but also was a great songwriter and influenced people to the far corners of the earth with his artistic and musical genius. Anything less than number one is a disgrace to truth. Also someone better add the other Motown artist that invented the means to modern music! - SoulofTheLegends

I'm speechless. Get this boy higher. And Whitney in the 20s, seriously? Come on now! - anewman

Amazing voice, amazing charisma, amazing dancing. It just doesn't get better than the one and only Michael Jackson!

Are you all dumb? He should be number 1.

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3UsherUsher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee was where he lived until moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 12 where his mother put him in local singing competitions all over the city.

He's the best anyone can hear! He's mutlitalented, cool and he's got the moves. He can touch the hearts of millions and the smoothest guy I've ever seen!

King Michael Jackson should be on spot 1

I guess you guys all forgot about usher because if you remembered he would be number one. Yeah! On the confessions album was number one for ever. If you turned on the radio back then that was all you heard. Even before that he making classics like Nice^^Slow and you Remind Me. Also ever since then he has made non-stop number one hits. Although they are not as good as the old songs there are still some good ones. And Rihanna ahead of him! She's not even R^^B and all her songs sound the same.

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4Beyonce KnowlesBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.V2 Comments
5Chris BrownChristopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

Al I can say the he has the most AMAZING voice ever! And he no.8 on the best dancers list... He must be at least at no.5 I mean like you'll probably won't vote because the rihanna thingy but he is changed and he's a better person now... I really want him to be at no. 1

He overcame so many difficulties and had the courage to carry on making great music. He is the best dancer out there and is the greatest and most talented artist out there right now.

Best ever he brings things to the table that people struggle to bring, he never disappoints when it comes to his music

A great artist

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6PrincePrince 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".V2 Comments
7Stevie WonderStevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

I love Stevie Wonder And wanna see Him Live

8Mariah CareyMariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry. ...read more.

Mariah IS THE BEST SINGER IN THE WORLD! Her voice is angelic, it takes you to whole another dimension! Her songs are so emotional and beautiful! She's an angel! Her voice range is unreachable, and she's also a very talented songwriter! I mean, there's no doubt, Mariah is number 1, and will always be! There's no singer like her. She's a legend!

Mariah carey should be the best female singer. She got the power to be "the voice". 5 octave range and her powerful voice makes the crowd feel the emotions and the meaning of the song. Most of the song she sing was written by her.

Greatest singer of all time, just ask one of her 18 #1 hits

I love the songbird tittle of her she really deserve it

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9Outkast

I mean come on. They said R&B! Anita Baker and Luther at 24 & 25, I mean Usher, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Beyonce are good, but their voices are predictable and they don't have staying power. Luther and Anita music was out in the 80's yet you ALWAYS hear their music playing on the radio DAILY. That won't be the case 30 years from now with Rihanna. None of her songs are oldies but goodies worthy.

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11Charlie Wilson

Been in the industry for 40+ years and still going strong - Mickeyrule

He's most definitely legendary and timeless!

Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Picket & Maurice White musical spirits have morphed into what we call "Uncle Charlie! "... He's a beast..

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12Nate DoggNathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, ...read more.V1 Comment
13AaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

Aaliyah should be higher on this list. I love Aaliyah, It's just so sad we never got to hear more of her beautiful voice as she was taken from us, Her voice is like silk, so smooth and soft, I could kick back and Listen to Aaliyah every day, We miss You Princess Rest In Peace.x

I would just like to point out the fact that one of the most beautiful voices that has ever graced this planet is under Justin BEIBER on this list, this list is a joke...

I've always thought Aaliyah was amazing! Beyonce's cool, but I prefer Aaliyah any day. But sadley her life was taken August 25, 2001 in Marsh Harbor, The Bahamas. REST IN PARADISE AALIYAH. WE STILL LOVE YOU!

Aaliyah should be in the top 5. She has a voice like no other - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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14Ne-YoShaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.

Hands down the best R&B singer ever. Had the most catchy music, the best voice, and relatable lyrics

Stay away from them for Gods blessings

BEST R&B SINGER IN THE WORLD! VOTE FOR NE-YO! HE HAS THE BEST R&B SONGS, THEY ARE VERY GENTLEMAN LIKE AND SMOOTH! ONE OF THE BEST STORY TELLER AND SONGWRITER ALIVE! - ClimaxProductons

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15Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Her voice is very powerful. Her song still be familiar for music lover in the new millenium. Such as "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", "Greatest Love Of All" etc. Maybe she not a best selling singer but she has many title such as the voice, best debut album for the female singers, first female singer who has 3 number one single in billboard 100, first female singers who has album debuted at number 1 in US, singer who has biggest consecutive number 1 single I'm US, best soundtrack album for the bodyguard soundtrack, best selling gospel album for the preacher's wife soundtrack etc. She also a strong female. She can clear her struggless although she can't win the drugs. I Will Always Love You, Ms Whitney

The most amazing singer in history!

Her strong voice brings sincirity and purity to all of us you're the number of me we will always love you

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17Ray CharlesRaymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

Ray Charles is the best thing music world has seen

18Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige has a Four Octave Vocal Range and can hit high notes in the Baritone Range and can sing all of her songs live really splendid, Mary J. Blige has a strong voice and I think her songs fit her style and her songs work for her, and Mary J. Blige she can sing without a doubt great voice.

I think mary j blige should be number 1 because she has the grearest voice I have ever heard she can never be duplicated and I love her songs no one can make a song come alive like mary j can she is my idol.

Mary is the R&B Queen. She was the one who redefined R&B, bridging the gap between Hip Hop and Soul with a new swing of what we call contemporary R&B today.

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19Aretha FranklinAretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul why isn't she higher

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20Curtis Mayfield

He helped bring r&b&soul to the fore front of our minds

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