Best R&B Singers

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

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 ...read more.

Putting a woman beater above the King of Pop is a crime. - 445956

The greatest of all time

2 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.

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

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

This is truly comical! Chris Brown above Luther? - RnBLover

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! - DaWyteNight

3 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 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. - DaWyteNight

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

4 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.

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! - IHaveGreatTaste

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

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

Love McKnight! His voice takes me to another dimension.

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5 Nicole Scherzinger 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. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group ...read more.

Hot girl, hot voice!

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

Nicole Scherzinger! No doubt about this chick! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

She has a great voice and I wish she had more true r&b songs to show it off. Plus, don't forget she fine!

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6 Beyonce Knowles 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." - RnBLover

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

Hell no she should not be here - DaWyteNight

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

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7 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.

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. - IHaveGreatTaste

This guy really has a gift from God - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

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! - DaWyteNight

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

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

We love you so much akon

The greatest ever!

Move akon sir up...whole world loves him..

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9 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

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

The weeknd has amazing vocals and deep lyrics he is one f the best just listen to my dear melancholy and those who say his music is to dirty listen to something by r kelly he is better then zayn to zayn is overrated and only has clout from one direction

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

Most of his music is so garbage. He is not a real alternative RnB singer. Also, Bryson Tiller, August Alsina, Tory Lanez, PARTYNEXTDOOR, they sing songs are mostly dirty.

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10 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.

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. - RnBLover

Best singer of all time

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. - DaWyteNight

The Contenders

11 Chris Brown 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.

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. - DaWyteNight

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

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

To me r&b is about uplifting music that speaks to lovers, not objectifying women. Therefore, this guy doesn't deserve to be on the list.

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12 Drake 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. - IHaveGreatTaste

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

13 Zayn Malik 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.

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

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

Pillow talk - adarshjeet

14 Charlie Wilson 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 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.

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 - RnBLover

She is the breast singer! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

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

I only like her first three albums. After that, shes just pretentious and annoying and I can't stand her voice. She thinks that she is all that when she really isn't.

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16 R. Kelly 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? - RnBLover

17 Rick James Rick James

Fire & Desire

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

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

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

This girl's on fire! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

Simply wow.

19 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 ...read more.
20 Whitney Houston 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. - RnBLover

No one can sing better than Whitney!

How is she not at least in the top 5? - DaWyteNight

What? The best female singer of all time is not number 1 and she is under Beyoncé the ugly sellout music industry whore, Chris Brown the auto-tune abusing woman beater, Rihanna the horrible no talent having auto-tuning pop artist who isn't anything close to r&b at all, Jason Derulo the talented but below average mainstream pop artist, Usher and Akon who are good but not as good as Whitney, Nicole Scherzinger who is good but who herself was inspired by Whitney and wouldn't be singing if it wasn't for her, Drake the rapper, The Weeknd the mediocre PBR&B singer and Zayn Malik who is good but still a newcomer and isn't close to Whitney's level? The only one's I could see being higher than her are Michael Jackson or Luther Vandross. She inspired all of these singers today, even that slutty sellout whore beyonce and that piece of crap rihanna who got famous for no reason. - IHaveGreatTaste

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

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

23 Al Green Al Green
24 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.
25 T-Pain T-Pain Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American recording artist and music producer from Tallahassee, Florida.
26 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".
27 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

Shes not an r&b singer at all! - IHaveGreatTaste

Wrong list, this is the r&b list not the pop list, Rihanna's a pop singer. - RnBLover

She's not r&b she's pop! Who put rihanna and bieber on here! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

What? She's nowhere near r&b who added this talentless pop tart to the list?

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28 JoJo JoJo

this great young girl is very amazing... world is lucky to have her

This singer is way better than The Weeknd - waraypiso

29 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. ...read more.
30 Amir Tataloo 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.

Iranian best r&b singers

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

The best

31 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.
32 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.
33 Rain bi

amazing man from korea... dance and voice are good... very talented

RAIN BI IS THE BEST,
SINGER, DANCER, ACTOR AND MODEL,
IS THE ARTIST MOST COMPLETE IN THE WORLD
LOVE RAIN BI

34 August Alsina August Alsina August Anthony Alsina, Jr. is an American recording artist from New Orleans signed to Def Jam Recordings.

His music is mostly garbage for sure. - waraypiso

He has such a great voice and he went throug a lot and people should appreciate his thaughts and feeling

35 Joe

Joe should be top 5, beyonce, rihanna and chris brown are not r&b

Joe is one of the greatest singers period! - DaWyteNight

36 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales.
37 Tinashe Tinashe Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, known professionally as Tinashe, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model.
38 Jaheim Jaheim Jaheim Hoagland, born May 26, 1978, is an American R&B singer and former rapper. He was signed by Naughty by Nature's Kaygee to Divine Mill Records in 2000, and released his debut album Ghetto Love in 2001. His second effort, Still Ghetto (2002), contains the hit "Put That Woman First" (2003), both ...read more.

Robbed! Might I just point out that one of the greatest voices to ever exist is under rihanna! - DaWyteNight

Should be number one better voice than a lot of artists before him!

39 Khalid Khalid
40 Trey Songz Trey Songz
41 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

Trash - DaWyteNight

42 Whitney McClain
43 Ginuwine Ginuwine Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
44 Ne-Yo Ne-Yo Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.
45 Case
46 PnB Rock
47 Brandy Brandy Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She's the best Singer/Vocalist ever.. I mean Beyonce is good but Brandy is Marvelous! BRILLIANT! From "I Wanna be Down" '94 to "Wildest Dream" 2K12... But She's beautiful.. not perfect.. but she's god's most precious angel.

Her melodies are amazing and music straight fro the heart, listen "fall" and you'll agree...

Best singer of our generation

48 Agnes Monica

She has amazing voice
Good dancer
Good songwriter
I love her so much

She has amazing voice
Good dancer
Good songwriter
Proud with her

49 Miguel
50 Emeli Sande
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1. Brian McKnight
2. Nicole Scherzinger
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1. Michael Jackson
2. Rick James
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