Top Ten Best Black Male Music Artists of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

He is the greatest of all times. Sublime music and a master at physical expression. Pure genius. Made sense of the world and had one the greatest intellect to write songs and better skill to represent them on T.V.. There will be no other Michael Jackson. He will be the greatest, not only black, but in humanity. RIP.

more awards than any other artist - period - plus he has the largest worldwide fan following - news of his death nearly crashed the internet - no one compares alive or dead!

He is a king of pop AND Love. You can tell because you see it in His wonderful and heart taking music. I just lobe him with all my heart for that. THANK YOU Michael JACKSON YOUR AMAZING

He's amazing, I listen to him every day!

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2 2pac 2pac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Ignorant ass Michael had a skin disease called Vitiligo as his autopsy confirms...He did not have "surgery" to turn himself white.

Secondly Michael has put over 200 black students through college and has given all of his We are the world proceeds to Africa and has had thousands of inner city kids visit Neverland Ranch. You know nothing about him so shut up.

One of the greatest artists of all time and influential rap artists. Should be one. Jackson didn't do anything for the blacks and become a white through surgeries. Tupac dedicated his life to them and his lyrics. are amazing! And deep.

Rap is a joke, it shouldn't even be on the list. I put it just above the guys who play buckets with sticks on the difficulty level

Seems like you haven't listened to 2Pac, Idiot. Just listen to Dear Mama or Changes, Changes is against racism and the equality of all races and Dear Mama is about loving your mom. All 2Pac songs are great. - venomouskillingmachine

Was much more than the average rapper he was an idol, a poet and a very intelligent human should be number 1

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3 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

This man had more talent on an instrument than any other popular musician. Jackson is a great singer, that's it. 2pac is a poet but Hendrix was as well. And nobody has ever done more for a instrument than Hendrix has for the guitar. Ask any blues/rock/metal guitarist. They will tell you so much about what Hendrix created for the guitar

Greatest guitarist ever according to Rolling Stone Magazine

The Greatest guitarist of all time.

Better than tupac and mj - emilk

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4 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

I think stevie wonder should be head to head with michael jackson for the first place, he's such a great composer and he sings from his hearth and soul.

Stevie Wonder is an amazing artist. The fact that he was blind and made such inspirational and great music is astonishing.

Stevie Wonder is the BEST of the best musician in the world. He's gifted. Musical genius!

Why is this AMAZINGLY, TALENTED, GENIUS man with God-given talents at number 4? He is my favorite musician and singer. He has a smooth velvet tone and has done many genre's of his music(raggae, country, pop, 80's, blues, gospel...) that the other artists hadn't even touched on.

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5 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

Number one to me. So much talent, so much vision, so much soul. Rest in peace brother.

The father of motown isn't in the top 10? What's Going On?

He is the best of all time

Marvin Gaye is easily the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time].
Michael Jackson couldn't carry Marvin Gaye's jockstrap.

6 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Should be top five, but hey, rankings like these are disrespecting. Most of the people on this page are 'top five' material. Top tier talent is just that, tops.

Prince should be near the top of this list, he could play write and sing. Just shows how low our standards have become. Rap artists shouldn't even be on this list.

He should be in the top 5 without a doubt!

Undeniable talent. There is no comparison. He is one of the greatest artists of all time.

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7 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He is just too smart and positive in his lyrics.

Just an amazing artist. Music today needs a role model like Bob in my opinion.

He is a god number 6 is not fair at least number 5, come on he is my favorite singer of all time

Jay-Z above this guy? What?!?!?!

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8 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

He could be so much more. His music is good. Unfortunately, his words confuse and detract from his ability to move to another level.

I actually like his music. I just wish he wasn't such a jerk like he always is.

His music and talent is amazing. But he's not so good in real life - venomouskillingmachine

Canyae West is a NEVER AT HOME & Married to a. FATASS...

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9 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Again holding a mic upside down and babbling words using made up English accompanied with computer repetition is hardly impressive.

This ugly slacks doesn't even measure up 2 the likes of bob Marley and Marvin Gaye so what idiot put him higher than them.

One of the best

He doesn't mumble at all, he is a very skilled MC. - venomouskillingmachine

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10 James Brown James Brown

Woow really do ya homework

You're joking? this man shd be number one

The Contenders

11 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

Very underrated. Deserves higher than #8. - Alpha101

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

I love his Gospel and Blues with Jazzy sound I love Georgia Georgia

Deserves to be here.

Ray invented a genre. He should at least be #2.

Fantastic vocalist. Soulful.

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13 John Legend John Legend John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. V 1 Comment
14 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Why is he above Prince, Chuck Berry and Richie - Iluvnovemberrain

Very good vocals. Love his music. He's amazing!

Good but not even top 50 - venomouskillingmachine

This dude has only been around for a year...

15 Lionel Richie Lionel Richie

Three Times a Lady (long version), who can beat that song,

best song ever: listen again

He should be in the top 5 with Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson at the top.

Lionel richie is a very consistant artist. The songs that he has written and produced are evergreen, endless love, do it to me, I call it love, to name few.

16 Miles Davis Miles Davis

It hurts my eyes seeing some of the artists listed on top of this genius.

Whats THE black music Genre? Right! Jazz
And whos THE Jazz musician? Right! Miles Davis
(Accept Coltrane, Armstrong, Charles & co)

17 Brian McKnight Brian McKnight Brian McKnight, born June 5, 1969, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in ...read more.
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19 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
20 Johnny Gill Johnny Gill Johnny Gill started out as a solo artist in the 1980s, releasing two albums that didn't garner much attention. It was not until later, when Gill became a member of the r&b/pop group New Edition, that people started to take notice of his music and his talent. He went on to release his most successful ...read more.
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