Greatest Soul Group / Artist of All Timeoutlaw_ridah
The Top Ten
No question about it!
Hands down the greatest group of all time. Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. All were capable lead singers and unlike the Jackson 5... Every member had a hit record with they're voice as lead. Just My Imagination, My Girl, Since I Lost My baby, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, I Can't Get Next To You, Cloud Nine, Get Ready, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Ain't too Proud To Beg, I Wish It Would Rain and many many more. Perfect harmonies and could out dance, out sing and out dress any other group in sight!
The Jackson Five were not in the same class as the Temptations as performers - they had Michael, which is true, but the Temptations had some of the best male singers ever to sing soul, pop, show tunes, top-40, American Tin Pan Alley, etc. They are and have been in a class by themselves. The first Motown group to be awarded a Grammy.
The Temptations had two of the greatest songs ever "My Girl" and "Just my Imagination* and loads more to back them up. But as you can see from the list they are in very good company9 Comments
The beautiful band! Was made from 5 brothers each tried to do the best! But it's seems that in this band was a genius, and this is Michael Jackson, the reason that this band must to be no. 1! - Laryssa
The temptations are better than the Jackson 5 blue, David ruffin, and Eddie Kendrick, also, Paul. Those are the best singers ever. Put a David ruffin record on and we will see who is better
Only Black group to headline a stadium tour, most global record sales, and oh by the way, they gave us Michael Jackson, enough said.
the jackson 5 is honestly the best group ever. everysong i hear i like. and michaels smooth voice is BEAUTIFUL ! and the dance moves, everything just makes you LOVEE the,5 Comments
Soul Brother No. 1 should be No. 1 on this list... if people were smart.
James brown hands down! Greatest live show artist of all time! Nobody could rock the apollo theatre like this man! When you played that place you'd better come correct!
Please, please, please get it to Number 1. He is the Godfather of Soul2 Comments
He is the boom
Really?! Do I really need to share my opinion about Marvin Gaye, he's a genius! He was a damn great artist, it's a pity that he is in 3rd place, shame on you voters = )
Every abuma work of art
Best ever singer - especially when 'pleading' such as in Distant Lover.
He also perfected the technique of harmonizing with himself in 3 different voices - any of which are fantastic.
Gladys Knight is indeed the Empress of soul but she must bow to the "Queen" of soul, Aretha Franklin who should be in this spot! - Terrax
I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard it.
Most of the songs out out there from some of the greatest artist Gladys Knight has performed at some time or another and delivered throughout the years on stage and T.V. at 70 years old she still showing us all she's got it and she's not going anywhere she well earns the title the Empress of soul
What a powerful voice!
Countless albums, appealing to generations, spanning decades - continually redefining the genre while shaping modern chart music. An unrivalled musician with a voice that's unique and inspiring. Truly the greatest artist of all time!
Clearly, this genius should be top ten on the list. He was basically the inventor of soul music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. He definitely should be at the very least in the top 3.
Wow what a genius!
Genius of a man
A career cut too short, just the few years of work that we do have to base our judgement blows away everyone else! His voice, with so much feeling, is so amazing that you almost forget the music that is playing behind it.
Deep music. Soulful voice with unbarred emotion. A great artist. Superb songwriter. Relatable lyrics. If he hadn't died in that plane crash, he would be definitely one of the most popular artists ever.
The maddest, grooving like hell, singing like a possessed god! He makes me want to shake my body, even though I know I shouldn't dance, out of respect for my fellow human beings...
Wow, even though the world only had the pleasure of seeing him alive for such a short time. His music will surely live on till' the end of time. The greatest, no doubt!6 Comments
Al green is the man. he makes me want to boogie even when I'm asleep.
The one and only Al Green!!!!
A better singer than Marvin or Otis.
To many music legends, but Al will always be my first choise!1 Comment
Come on now, this is the greatest boogie/soul group of all time. Positive uplifting music at its best. No one ever did it better than Maurice White. Music, lyrics, craftsmanship, style, they had it all. Top ten musical group of all time.
Shining star, september, mighty mighty, fantasy, boogie wonderland, lets groove these are all great songs
Love the many talents and superb musicianship that made up this group! So much more than just a bunch of guys singing and dancing. I enjoy their music still today.
I totally agree with you. earth wind and fire is easily the best group of all time5 Comments
She is the one and only Queen of Soul.
The one and only Queen of Soul.
Everlasting mighty, soulful and will be forever in the minds and memories. Music that will make you snap your fingers.
They are still around making money, money, money
Please welcome, and always remember, the Mighty, Mighty O'Jays!
There is a dance called American smooth and if we invent a music genre called the same Sam Cooke would be it's Emperor and he would reign SUPREME, as he already does in Soul. Please let us vote him up this list to the top, where he TRULY belongs. He was the first African American to own his own recording business, a pioneer in the music industry. One of his greatest admirers was Muhammad Ali, yes even the champ had someone he looked up to and Sam Cooke was one of them. They even recorded music together, just check YouTube. Sam Cooke the best there ever was!
Sam Cooke pioneered the genre and was ultimately unmatched as one of the best and most iconic voices of all time. The perfect voice, perhaps somewhat lacking the passion at times of Otis, lent to the quality of just about any song.
Sam Cooke is the BOSS. he inspired and influenced everyone. he has the perfect voice. he is FLAWLESS!... "The Man Who Invented Soul"!
Sam gets my vote. The purest voice of them all. He was as smooth as silk2 Comments
She's the Greatest Voice of All Time... An idol for the next generations, no one will ever be like her! Her sound is so special that you will always recognise her! RIP The Voice!
What a shame that virtually nobody at Top Tens knows the name Levi Stubbs.
Levi had the most soulful voice of all - he was able to sing like a saxophone at full blast. A great example of this is 'I just can't walk away'.
50 years of hits make this everlasting group special
As usual the Spinners don't get the proper credit for their greatness!
The spinners are the VERY BEST GROUP BY FAR TO ME OF ALL TIME.
Musically, Sly and the Family Stone is the best (Curtis Mayfield is a close second). The band is very tight and their music has intricacies not present in other soul acts at the time (Except CM).
Inspired the Beatles and still going timeless
Should be much higher
This list is truly illegitimate if the Stylistics are not in the top 10 soul groups.
They were and are the best
Johnnie Taylor No. 69? You got to be kidding. He deserves at least in the first top 10
Without these guys motown would have never been as big as it was. They helped Berry Gordy start Motown as they brought talent to motown and they wrote and produced tons of songs for the temps, marvin gaye, stevie wonder, supremes, mary wells, jackson 5, the 4 tops and even influenced the beatles. More groups have remade their songs than any other Motown group or artists and they had more top 40 hits than the other groups.
Without the Miracles Motown would not have had the success it had. They had the most angelic harmony and had the most all around impact on Motown with their singing, songwriting, A&R work and production. They were the most copied group. They were even copied by groups like the Beatles.
Awesome group. Should be in the rock and roll hall fame and higher on this lit.
WHAT A VOICE NONE BETTER IN SOUL MUSIC THE GREATEST
Amazing singer combining passion, vulnerability, range, and downright soulfulness
He is amazing how he sings should be number 1
Why is he here when he sings funk
Listen to George Clinton & The Parliaments first hit song "Testify". Dr. Funkenstein does have a soul background! - Terrax
A great singer but 2 high on the list and ahead of too many legends
Lionel Richie is one of the best singers ever this list is the most retarded list ever
Whats that... Here all stupid!
Luther was the greatest soul man of all time...
Death and forgotten
The "maestro" of The love Unlimited Orchestra should be higher on this list. His body of work is enormous! The true innovator of "Baby-Making music"! - Terrax
Should be higher up the list!
Nobody had more soul then Teddy P. The emotion in his voice was on unparalleled. I think he was the most overlooked great singer of all time.
Fantastic artist, his songs are so so moving
What a great artist!
The King Of Rock 'n' Soul - Everybody needs somebody to love...
Isaac Hayes was such a beast that he made this list twice! Love YA CHEF! R.I.P. "You, and Me, and Her, Simultaneous Lovin BABY! "
Me and mes jones
John Legend is legend. I keep on repeating his songs. I love his new single All Of Me which is just so fluent and soothing. Its just wonderful how he sings. He will definitely be the best soul singers of our generation.
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