Top Ten Best Black Singers

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21 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. V 1 Comment
22 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. V 2 Comments
23 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" .

With no disrespect to the other artists on this list, Prince is in a league of his own, and his placement on this list is embarrassing for whoever wrote this list to have placed him in the 20s. It reveals a huge lack of knowledge on the part of the author. It makes the entire list lack credibility, There isn't a more talented artist, in the entire list, from his voice, to the range of instruments he plays, to his incredible and prolific writing and composing. He even had incredible business savvy, in producing and distributing his music, first negotiating for complete control over his songs and albums, as a teenager, in his first contract with Warner Brothers. Most don't realize the number of songs he wrote and let others sing, which ended up topping charts. Despite the list of incredible talent, here, Prince is incomparable -- even against
Michael Jackson who, while amazingly talented, wasn't half as prolific as Prince.

As much as I absolutely love MJ I feel Prince blows everyone on this list out of the water. His vocal range is crazy, his lyrics are thought provoking, his talent is undeniable and he is still creating and re-inventing himself all the time. Prince is by far the most inspirational artist I have ever seen. Have a blessed day. Jeremy.

Prince is just amazing. He rights his own songs, heplays about a billion instruments he's just awesome! - zibblewits

Should at least be in the top five.

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24 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.
25 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
26 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 .

I am sorry but no one come even close to Marvin, a true legend RIP, he had the best voice and his songs had a massage not just OH Ah or I will kill you Mother F
My second best has to be Gil Scott Heron who his father was the first Black Soccer player at Celtic football club in Scotland, listen to Gil's songs such as the Bottle, Home Where the hatred is, New York is Killing me and The Revolution will not be Televised

Meghan Trainor ruined his name by writing that annoying Marvin Gaye song.

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27 Barry White Barry White

Barry White's music is so smooth and powerful. It puts him at the top of his peers

His music is all about loving women. Very sexy music. It will put your lady in the mood!

Loved him. Nobody sings like he did.

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28 Lisa Lopes Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.
29 Anita Baker

You guys have this lady too low on the list. Her voice is spectacular even without music

30 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
31 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She has grown on me in the last couple of years.

Alicia keys is amazing and deserves to be up in the top 10 at least. I bet more than 3/4 of the people who voted are white.

Piano player and singer she is good

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32 Etta James 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.

At last is an amazingly good song

I love etta james one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.
RIP etta she did so much for the music industry and opend so many doors

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33 Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.

Leona was born with a gift: HER VOICE. She's just amazing and she deserves recognition from the public.

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35 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 "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "Trumpets", "Want To Want Me", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say", all of which have more.

Totally the best! Don't Wanna Go Home, It Girl, In My Head... All the best songs I've EVER heard! I listen to his music everyday! And on his Future History album cover he looks AWESOME! Go Jason Derulo!

Amazing singer and dancer!

Love his songs like: Don't Wanna Go Home, In My Head, Watcha Say and Breathing!

36 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.

I agree that Nat King Cole should be among the Top Ten pop singers of all time.
His voice was as good as Sinatra's, his phrasing and style, just as cool.
But unlike Frank, Nat was a black man. In those days, America was utterly unable to love him the way they loved Sinatra. Later black women singers were allowed 'in' -- but it was still harder for a sexy male singer like Nat to break the racial barrier. Michael Jackson, that genius!, was able to catapult over racial 'labels'. Perhaps Michael was given a 'pass' also because of his apparent androgyny -- he was not sexually threatening. There was something 'sweet' about him. Nat King Cole, on the other hand, was a tall beautiful black man singing romantic ballads that made women swoon! He is UNFORGETABLE!

Nat King Cole broke through all barriers, before anyone else... And had perhaps the most memorable voice of all... He deserves to be in the top 5 for certain. His piano playing was superb.

Singer with a divine voice that's wraps your sole around like a warm blanket on on a cold winter night. You feel this guy not only singing his songs but it is almost as he is acting them like a stage actor.

One of the best 10 a must

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37 Wanya Morris

He should be number one. From a technical standpoint and pure skill he is unmatched... Other people can sound like Michael and whitney etc... No one can do what he does

This man should be number 2 after MJ. Obviously some people have never heard him sing live before, he's unbelievable... Trust me.

No one can top the Vocal versatility that Wanya Morris has. NO ONE!

Just... Come on guys.

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38 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.

She is talented, beautiful, charming and so sexy! Her voice is unique and very recognizable. Her LIVE performances are stunning. Toni should be in the Top 10. That's for sure! - Irina2932

Toni is just unique in her own right, love her just being grown and keeping us sexy at 40

Toni has it all, I love her music and, we should be greatful, she almost quit singing

39 James Brown James Brown

Amazing groove, amazing feel, revolutionized the music industry and was a great showman, really the King of Funk.
Get up offa that thing and dance till you feel better, Get up offa that thing and try to release that pressure!

Hep Me, Hep Me please, I'm down on my Knees, do the james Brown shuffle... Ha! Love it, Love IT,

Mans world. Need I say anything else?
He was a diva in every sense of the word, I hope his sould and his amazing songs will be remembered for many more years to come

40 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

She is the best, her voice is so soulful and she always puts her heart and soul into her music. Jennifer Hudson will always be my role model, I want to be her someday!

Amazing voice she should be top three! What is she doing at number 33! She is amazing with high notes. Love you Jennifer hudson

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