Best R&B Singers

These are the most amazing RnB singers ever... take a look.

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

Putting a woman beater above the King of Pop is a crime.

The greatest of all time

The king of pop is at Number 1

Obviously The Best

2 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.

Usher set the bar with Confessions and has easily been the one of the biggest inspiration for a lot of new R&B artists (not talking about those mainstream "R&B" singers)

I think he's good, Confessions is one of my favorite r&b albums of all time and Here I Stand is great too, but he's definitely not better than Joe, Brian McKnight, Johnny Gill, Luther, Teddy, Marvin etc.

he is quite hot and perfect.. amazing dancing and voice

THE REAL KING OF RNB(unlike jacques)

3 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.

No way is ugly overrated beyonce higher ranked than this legend. Luther has more talent and worth than beyonce's entire career!

Beyonce above Luther is an insult to music. Beyonce not even r&b, pop is not r&b!

Beyoncé and chris brown above Luther? Wow. They shouldn't even be in the top 50, there are so many better singers than overrated beyonce and chris brown!

This is truly comical! Chris Brown above Luther?

4 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.

I'm kinda okay with Luther Vandross or Michael Jackson (who let's be honest, inspired Brian himself in some way) being above him but I wouldn't put Usher, Akon or Nicole Scherzinger (who are good but not as legendary as Brian) above him, and I definitely would not put Chris Brown or Beyonce (who are very overrated) even near him!

Come on him and Joe are supposed to be in the top five not chris brown or beyonce

Love McKnight! His voice takes me to another dimension.

Half of the people above him shouldn't even be here.

5 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls.

She has an amazing voice, enough said. Her songs don't always show it but just listen to her live and just know she has an amazing voice that rivals and even trumps that of Beyoncé's. I do wish that she'd stick more to the r&b genre though, since that that is where she excels the most. Leave the pop to katy perry, Britney spears, lady gaga and rihanna.

Shes good and deserves to be on the list but she definitely shouldn't be higher than Brian McKnight, Teddy Pendergrass, Johnny Gill, etc.

Nicole Scherzinger! No doubt about this chick!

I can't believe that we have this woman.. she is quite perfect

6 Beyonce Knowles Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

Um, this ugly piece of crap should be nowhere on this list. She is so overrated and makes horrible songs like 711 and single ladies, doesn't even write any of her songs and is just all around a joke. The most ugly overrated waste of space to ever be called a "legend."

Single Ladies is one of the biggest pieces of crap I've ever heard.

Ewww no not her, she isn't the best in anything especially r&b, she's so ugly and overrated!

Her? Best r&b artist? Hell no! Where is the best? She sucks.

7 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. ...read more.

He has amazing vocals. Listen to "Wicked Games." "Starboy" is awesome and sincere. Just like Beyonce's "Hold Up", his "The Hills" and "Party Monster" reveals his darker persona. He should be at least 10 on the list

This man set the bar for modern R&B. His trilogy is still one of the best albums ever.

Listen to his old stuff (trilogy, kissland) and you understand that he should be higher on this list.

He's not that good, Zayn Malik is so much better than him!

8 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.

He has one of the best voices I've ever heard! It's upsetting that people with so little talent are more famous than him.

He needs to be higher! He should be above Beyoncé the pretentious mainstream artist and Chris Brown who is no where as good as Johnny is and uses auto-tune on every song!

This guy really has a gift from God

9 Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-Senegalese singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.

I miss the days of Akon! He was everywhere and it was great. Now we have wack singers like ty dolla $ign, Bryson tiller, tory lanez, chris brown and august alsina who mostly sing about stupid crap and can't sing that well. THey will never replace Akon and T-Pain! The only one who comes close is the Weeknd but still his voice is very weak and girly!

He's good but definitely shouldn't be higher than Brian McKnight, Teddy Pendergrass etc.

He has one of the most best lyrical and flowing songs. Konvict, and Koncrete are the two of his albums that reached platinum.

We love you so much akon

10 Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

Given a lot of his new music isn't really R&B anymore. His older works are definitely worthy of some recognition. From 'With You' to 'No Air' with Jordan Sparks. Chris definitely has it in him if he ever chooses to go back to it.

He is a disgrace to the genre r&b. He is just disgusting and vulgar in all his songs now. It's not even r&b anymore, now it's trap/hip hop. He can't sing that well, he uses auto-tune, and sings about stupid crap. His songs aren't even catchy either, how can people even like him.

How can anybody still like him he's a woman beater and makes crappy auto-tuned songs

not to mention how on "Freaky Friday" he (as lil dicky) spits out this line:
"Ain't nobody judging cause I'm black or my controversial past"

The fact that he is this high on this list is just embarrassing!

The Contenders

11 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.

Love me some Teddy P! Even if the production of the song is not that good, anything Teddy sings is magical! Luther too! He can make any song good, even if the production is meh. Wish we still had him today. If it wasn't for him we might not have Johnny Gill. Wish it was chris brown or b. smith who died and not Teddy or Luther.

This list is just sad. How is the man who inspired all of these people not even in the top five, let alone the top 10! And to make it worse, he is under beyonce, chris brown, rihanna, drake, Eminem and the weekend as well as some singers who are good but are not as legendary as than Teddy.

Best singer of all time

12 Zayn Malik Zain Javadd Malik, born on 12 January 1993, who records mononymously as ZAYN, is a British singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, ZAYN aspired to pursue a career in music from a young age leading him to audition as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X ...read more.

He's much better than the weeknd and frank ocean, him and BJ the Chicago Kid are the best doing it right now!

For a 2010's artist, he's one of the few good ones.

13 Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

He has some r&b songs here and there, but he's more of a rapper to be honest. But I do think he's a better r&b singer than he is as a rapper. As an r&b singer he's kind of like a better version of The-Dream.

WHAT? He's no where near R&B who put this generic rapper on this list lol you know nothing about R&B.

14 Charlie Wilson Charles Kent "Charlie" Wilson, also known as Uncle Charlie, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, producer and the former lead vocalist for The Gap Band.
15 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

Meh...in the 90's she was good but during the 2000's she was so awful, I wouldn't place her very high on the list, her music has always been more pop/hip hop than real r&b, she just doesn't have that rnb soul!

Her voice now is so annoying. In the 90's she was a good singer but now I'd even go as far as calling her one of the worst singers

Hell no she should not be here, she's wack!

She is the breast singer!

16 R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.

One of the greatest r&b singers of all time is not number 1 and is below chris brown the mainstream pop artist, Akon who is good but not as legendary as R. Kelly is, and beyonce the pretentious mainstream artist?

17 Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.

The only guy in the whole list with creative writing and a perfect album.

Frank has no bad songs and all great albums, easily the best on this list

Easily the most creative on this list

18 Rick James Rick James was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, James began his musical career in his teen years in various bands and groups before entering the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted in the early 1960s.
19 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.

This is just insulting. How is she not at least in the top 3? And she is under beyonce and rihanna? Those girls are nowhere near Whitney and never could dream of being half as great as she was. "Saving All My Love" is better than beyonce's entire career.

It's an insult to have her listed so low. Easily one of the greatest inspiration for a lot of R&B artists (especially women)

No one can sing better than Whitney!

How is she not at least in the top 5?

20 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 ...read more.

With his incorporation of K-pop elements he's somewhat strayed from his R&B roots. However, every now and then he releases a song that'll remind you he is an R&B artist.

21 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She's not as good as she once was but he set a high standard for female R&B artists.

Alicia Keys is a very talented woman. I'm glad to see her at #7

This girl's on fire!

hot girl, hot voice... very amazing to see her singing...

22 Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
23 Amir Tataloo Amirhossein Maghsoudloo, better known by his stage name Amir Tataloo, is an Iranian singer and songwriter. An underground musician unauthorized by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Tataloo is "a rapper with so many fans" in words of Time and has a "strong fan base" among the youth in Iran ...read more.

Amir Tataloo is the best R&B singer in the world.

Iranian best r&b singers

Father of the irans r&b

king

24 Al Green Albert Leornes Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s.

Maybe people have heard an Al Green song, they just didn't know the song was his. Another trailblazer for R&B artists.

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