Top Ten Best Black Singers

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21 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.

Louis Armstrong should be number 1 there never has been nor will there ever be another one like him.

I love Louie Armstrong. I found out about him in my music class. I wish I'd knew earlier who he was. He's a great trumpet player and an awesome man.

One of the greats

Great voice with a lot of soull

22 Al Green Al Green

Just amazing and I was born to one of his songs

YES! Let's Stay Together

Hottest male R&B voice ever... even a simple pop song like "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)" turns into a love making, heart breaking emotional turmoil.

23 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.

Yeah he should be top 10

24 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.

Great singer

KING. <-(notice the full stop)

25 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.
26 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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27 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
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 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
30 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which more.

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

31 John Legend John Legend John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.

I love his song All Of Me! I basically memorized the lyrics just from listening to it!

John legend I love all of me

32 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!

A part of my life!

Loved him. Nobody sings like he did.

33 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.

He is very good singer just listen to growing can be a pain he killed it he should be in top 20

He's the other Luther Vandross, just listen to the song Boys to Men by New Edition

34 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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36 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!

37 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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38 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.

A genuine special lady. !

She is not black - DaWyteNight

39 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.

Nat's voice was one of the best of all time. He should be No. 1. Every ballad was a love song for the ages, plus he was that rare person who could accompany himself on the piano as he sang, Any professional musician will tell you that is extremely diufficult, and he made it smooth as silk.

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40 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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