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 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Even though other singers had started way before his time, I still loved how he has pioneered through both singing, acting and dancing. I even admire him a lot than other celebrities, especially the notes days. I loved the way how he became the best dad in the world towards his 3 beloved children. Michael Jackson is the best celebrity in the world. And no matter what skin colour he has and how he looks, he is still very beautiful.

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

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 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.

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

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

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 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.

Hendrix was a true musician, he played, wrote, produced and sang. #1 to me

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.

IsI think he he way more talented, gifted and musically blessed and inclined than Michael Jackson could ever hope to be!

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

5 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

I love this guy. Music today needs a role model like him.

6 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.

Best singer ever! Rest in peace.

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

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7 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" .

Amazing guitar skills - InsertCleverName

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!

8 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

In 2009 Bob Dylan was asked to name musicians who were bigger legends than him. He could only think of one- Chuck Berry!

The greatest legend in popular music

One of the first rock artists, why is he below kanye west?

This is complete bull he should be number one, he is ate best musician of all time

9 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

Energy + Music + Creativity + Passion = Iconic

Woow really do ya homework

You're joking? this man shd be number one

10 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of more.

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.

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

One of the best

This guy is awful why is he here?


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

Deserves to be here.


12 Ray Charles Ray Charles Ray 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.


Sorry not black

14 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards

Absolutely garbage. He’s not even top 100. Why is he abound guys like muddy waters

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

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

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

15 Lionel Richie Lionel Richie Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and then launched a solo career in 1982.

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 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 more.
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18 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.

Number 1 the best ever

Top 5, he wrote the mist sincere lyrics

No singer had Luther's depth or put as mush emotion in his songs.

Luther should be at the top 5

19 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
20 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
21 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 more.
22 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 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.

Sniveling crybaby!

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

23 Miles Davis Miles Davis Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

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)

24 Joey Badass Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.
25 KRS-One KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York.

Ice T should not be ahead of krs on any list and krs should definitely be higher

26 Ronald Isley
27 Usher Usher Usher 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.

I accidentally voted for him. - RalphBob

My son loves his tunes

The guy is talented

Better than Kanye

28 John Lee Hooker
29 Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive.

Smokey, Marvin and Luther. Never before...never since. No one else can even compete, now or ever.

30 B.B. King B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

Best blues singer ever to walk and grace planet earth.

Where is Luther Vandross on this list?


31 Nat King Cole Nat King Cole Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist.

He broke boundaries and gave us more good music through his daughter

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33 is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor known for being the lead vocalist in The Black Eyed Peas. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He has released several solo albums such as "Songs About Girls" and "Will Power" .

He is awesome

34 Barry White Barry White Barry Eugene Carter, better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer.

Below Royce come on

35 The Notorious B.I.G. The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only more.

Biggie biggie biggie can't you see... there are so many haters in the streets and I just love you rapping ways. I guess that's why their broke and you were so paid

Great rapper, king of NYC, at least in top five

Jay-z at the top ten and Biggie 12? Unfair! He realesed one album while alive and the 2nd 15 days after his death but his the G.O.A. T like his released over a hundred..R.I.P.. you the BEST

36 Teddy Pendergrass Teddy Pendergrass Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was an American singer–songwriter and composer. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

By far the best.

37 Lou Rawls
38 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. more.

I love him but he's not black - RnBLover

39 Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.

Whereas Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, this man is the King of SOUL


When I think of soul I go right to Sam Cooke. His voice is always so smooth and soothing and his lyrics are heartwarming.

His voice has the key to my sole

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40 Jason Derulo Jason Derulo Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo (an alternate spelling of his surname), is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is best known for his singles such as "Whatcha Say", "Ridin' Solo", "In My Head", "What If", "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "Trumpets" and "Want To Want more.

The guy is magic, he is fit, his moves are fitter and what a voice

41 Tinchy Stryder
42 T.I. T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA.

Where is T.I. he is the greatest ever! Better than Jay-z.T.I. is for the people. He didn't join any crew, he stands for himself, that's what makes him the greatest ever. King!

This chap is brilliant and I'm glad he's on this list he should b recognized

43 Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, rapper, and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music.

You're joking, right? Dude makes one good song and he's considered a legend. - Alpha101

Daft punk and him

44 Billy Ocean
45 David Ruffin David Ruffin David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known.

On the strength of "My Girl" alone, he deserves to be in the top 5; throw in the rest of The Temptation's songs and he's the best of all.

46 Philip Bailey
47 Chipmunk

It's only his name that is good not him

48 The Ink Spots

Come one, these dudes were savage before it was cool

49 Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, a band known for a variety of Motown hit records and other songs created in the 1960s and 1970s.

The best Motown voice

50 Derrick Green


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