Best Soul Singers of All Time
The Top Ten
1 Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.
2 Aretha Franklin
Aretha 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.
3 Ray Charles
Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
4 Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .
5 Otis Redding
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
6 James Brown
7 Little Richard
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
8 Michael 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. V 1 Comment
9 Sly Stone
More funk and funk-rock than soul.
10 Bill Withers
11 Ben E. King
12 Smokey Robinson
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive.
13 Etta James
Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
Technically R&B, but there's no doubt she had soul. RIP
14 Sam Moore and Dave Prater (Sam and Dave)
15 Junior Wells
Brought a distinct soul element to Chicago blues.
16 Wilson Pickett
17 Mavis Staples
18 Patti Labelle
Wandered around genres over the years, but deeply rooted in gospel/soul. One of the most phenomenal female voices ever.
19 Allen Toussaint
A different, Louisana style of R&B/soul, and a very talented guy. RIP
20 Whitney Houston
Whitney 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. V 1 Comment
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