Top 10 Most Legendary R&B Singers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 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 more.

First R&B singer in Iran. He Put so Emotion in his songs

Addicted of your voice

The best in the world - Saeedkian

Amir Tatalo is one of the best musicians in Iran. He is the first to perform the R & B style in Iran in principle. He is the father of this genre in Iran, considering that he had no facilities and was the son of a tailor who left that big job empty. done

2 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 more.

These artists are terrible. Seriously, Beyonce does not deserve a number 1 spot on this list and what.. You have Usher and Chris Brown in the top 5. What a disgraceful list. Usher and Chris Brown would be nothing without the influence of one of the greatest entertainers of all time MJ. He is unrivaled today as not only one of the best dancers that ever lived, but also was a great songwriter and influenced people to the far corners of the earth with his artistic and musical genius. Anything less than number one is a disgrace to truth. Also someone better add the other Motown artist that invented the means to modern music! - SoulofTheLegends

King r&b tataloo

Awesome Singer He should Be number one not that Dumb With Beard

Stage performance is awesome energy...

3 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.

Really! Chris stupid brown above Stevie Wonder! Really! - DaWyteNight

I love Stevie Wonder And wanna see Him Live

4 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.

Usher and R Kelly are good, but Luther is the master of this genre! - DaWyteNight

13...seriously? You got Chris Brown, Usher and Jay baby momma before this legend!

Luther is one of the BEST R&B of ALL time! Not many compare to him! Miss him... RIP

Luther @ 23! Really!

5 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.

Been in the industry for 40+ years and still going strong - Mickeyrule

He's most definitely legendary and timeless!

Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Picket & Maurice White musical spirits have morphed into what we call "Uncle Charlie! "... He's a beast..


Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Picket & Maurice White all morphed into what we call "Uncle Charlie! "... He's a beast..


6 Joe

This man is the truth. He's purely into r&b, unlike Usher and R. Kelly. Don't get me wrong Ush and Kellz are great too but they didn't always stay true to r&b, when talking about r&b Joe should be regarded much higher than the two of them, he deserves much more respect and recognition. He never went pop or hip hop, he's always stayed true to r&b and gets no credit for it, SMH and people complain that r&b is dying...yeah I wonder why. Joe and Brian McKnight should be top 10 at least. - DaWyteNight

One of the greatest voices of all time is not even in the top 10 and is under rihanna the pop artist, chris brown the hip hop/pop artist and beyonce the pretentious mainstream artist. - DaWyteNight

7 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. more.

No, she sucks. She had a weak voice and a limited range and couldn't sing live. - RnBLover

Such a weak voice, I dunno why people like it so much - DaWyteNight

Rest in peace to her, but as a singer, she sucked.

Aaliyah should be higher on this list. I love Aaliyah, It's just so sad we never got to hear more of her beautiful voice as she was taken from us, Her voice is like silk, so smooth and soft, I could kick back and Listen to Aaliyah every day, We miss You Princess Rest In Peace.x

8 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" .

To be honest, I think many other artists probably rank at the top right with Prince, but here’s why I voted him. I hate to always see Michael Jackson ahead of him on lists. Prince was far more influential and talented. Prince was so musically diverse. Just the fact that you would see him on a top list for rock, soul, R&B, pop, funk guitarist, and more just shows his musical talent. In his main eighties work, he pioneered new wave sounds at their best while smoothly combining near Van Halen level guitar solos, funky, complex rhythms, keyboard riffs, James Brown level dancing, a unique voice, a completely self-produced music, and many other talents. While maintaining an r&b identity, he experimented with many genres such as new wave, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, r&b, jazz, new jack swing, blues, and a killer guitar solo in the 2004 rock and roll hall of fame. RIP to a god - Dannyjalonso

How is this genius below R. KELLY?! Seriously? Prince shouldn't be behind, that "thing"...

The true definition of artist. Some of the best love songs ever made belongs to this man, along with his incredible musical sound that blended with his lyrics setting the mood.

Princess Peach. - AlphaQ

9 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.

Martin gaye aretha franklin AND ray charles out of the top7 but usher is 6th? byatchh please.

More then half of these artist were influence by marvin and he's not number 1 what is wrong with people these days, come on we talking about r&b

Chris Brown above Marvin Gaye? This list must be removed. - 445956

Chris Brown above Marvin Gaye and Luther? This list needs major fixing. - RnBLover

10 R.Kelly

He had a Beautiful Voice, his mind is very GENUINE. I think there no one that compares to his song writing skills. I Believe He Is The King Of R&B for his Intelligence as Artists and Song Writer.

He Can Hold A Note With His Very Artistic BEAUTIFUL VOICE. He is a outstanding league of his own. The Man Is A Pure Genius When It Come To R&B ARTIST WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE A GENUINE VOICE AS ROBERT S. KELLY.

He's good, but some of his contemporaries such as Joe, Maxwell, Johnny Gill and Brian McKnight are better. - DaWyteNight

Regardless of this guys past his voice is pure baby making

Hands down the king! One of the best to ever do it


The Contenders

11 James Ingram James Ingram
12 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 more.

Her voice is very powerful. Her song still be familiar for music lover in the new millenium. Such as "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", "Greatest Love Of All" etc. Maybe she not a best selling singer but she has many title such as the voice, best debut album for the female singers, first female singer who has 3 number one single in billboard 100, first female singers who has album debuted at number 1 in US, singer who has biggest consecutive number 1 single I'm US, best soundtrack album for the bodyguard soundtrack, best selling gospel album for the preacher's wife soundtrack etc. She also a strong female. She can clear her struggless although she can't win the drugs. I Will Always Love You, Ms Whitney

Mariah Carey was cool when I was in the third grade and she was popular, but Whitney Houston is absolutely amazing and legendary! - DaWyteNight

Only # 2 foul

The most amazing singer in history!

13 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 more.

No, this auto-tune abusing douchebag is not legendary at all and should be removed from the list asap.

Al I can say the he has the most AMAZING voice ever! And he no.8 on the best dancers list... He must be at least at no.5 I mean like you'll probably won't vote because the rihanna thingy but he is changed and he's a better person now... I really want him to be at no. 1

Hell no he should not be here, he is not legendary and he is more pop than r&b. - RnBLover

He is da best of all dancers

14 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.

It's a joke that he isn't in the top five - DaWyteNight

15 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.

She deserves more R-E-S-P-E-C-T, put her up higher! - Coastergirl003

Without her there would be no mariah or beyonce, so she should definitely be much higher. - DaWyteNight

Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul why isn't she higher

The queen shold be number 2

16 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.

No doubt that Usher is legendary, but he isn't more legendary than Luther and Marvin. - DaWyteNight

He's the best anyone can hear! He's mutlitalented, cool and he's got the moves. He can touch the hearts of millions and the smoothest guy I've ever seen!

I guess you guys all forgot about usher because if you remembered he would be number one. Yeah! On the confessions album was number one for ever. If you turned on the radio back then that was all you heard. Even before that he making classics like Nice^^Slow and you Remind Me. Also ever since then he has made non-stop number one hits. Although they are not as good as the old songs there are still some good ones. And Rihanna ahead of him! She's not even R^^B and all her songs sound the same.

King Michael Jackson should be on spot 1

17 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 more.

Seriously, most of the singers above him shouldn't even be here. Rihanna? Chris Brown? Beyoncé? Mariah Carey? R. Kelly? Usher?

Don't get me wrong, R Kelly and Usher are great but they still can't touch Brian or Joe! - DaWyteNight

He has the better R&B voice. A good sample for a good quality of a R&B. He supposed to be the Greatest R&B Singer of All-Time next to Luther Vandross.

18 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.

Come on yall Its Anita...

19 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.

Amazing voice

His voice is too legendary to be this low! - DaWyteNight

20 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.

Hands down the best R&B singer ever. Had the most catchy music, the best voice, and relatable lyrics

Stay away from them for Gods blessings

He's good, but definitely not the best. - DaWyteNight


21 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.

Why is Adele not on here? She is going to be the new 2010's icon

She's the best singer in this list

Adele is my favorite female singer.

22 Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Linton Osborne is an American musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, and lead singer of the band LTD.
23 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 is an RB devil

Half of these on top of him is pop artists come on he should be top 5

Number 1 there are no words to describe him I love him so do the world

Crazy talented, I'm loving his transition from Dark R&B to Pop and R&B

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

No 5 in my opinion... crappy list

he is good

He is good.better than chris brown.his song smack that is gangsta

25 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.

I think mary j blige should be number 1 because she has the grearest voice I have ever heard she can never be duplicated and I love her songs no one can make a song come alive like mary j can she is my idol.

Mary J. Blige has a Four Octave Vocal Range and can hit high notes in the Baritone Range and can sing all of her songs live really splendid, Mary J. Blige has a strong voice and I think her songs fit her style and her songs work for her, and Mary J. Blige she can sing without a doubt great voice.

Mary is the R&B Queen. She was the one who redefined R&B, bridging the gap between Hip Hop and Soul with a new swing of what we call contemporary R&B today.

How is she number ten

26 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 more.

Awful mindless trash, she only made one good album everything after that was trash.


Nope - DaWyteNight

Bee is the number 1 queen vocalist of all time. Her songs single ladies, halo, diva, crazy in love, irreplaceable, listen, I was here, if I were a boy, broken hearted girl, run the world, poison, pretty hurts, drun in love, beautiful liar, hello are simply put the greatest songs of all time. She is more than a queen (goddess of rnb, pop). Her dancing is second only to M.J. She's the sexiest and most beautiful singer of all time, her videos are flawless, fashion sense to die for. Forget the haters who talk about rihanna, adelle, katy perry,l. Gaga E. T9 she inspired them to be who they are today. Losers only hate her coos she got every thing they don't got and uh... Her awards... She's the greatest performer I've seen and imagine writing those monster hits, don't also forget THE. C's survivor... She sings and dances at same time flawlessly, I guess that comes from lovin what you do to the point it hurts and she got a song for every mood you're in not like adelle and riri.. Love you ...more

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28 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 more.

This list is supposed to be about r&b singers, not pop singers. - RnBLover

Lol she's nowhere near r&b, who added this generic talentless pop singer to the list? - DaWyteNight


Rihanna must be number one

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29 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".

You are a very singer keep it up

The Godfather of R&B

No one is more legendary than the father of funk

30 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield Curtis Lee Mayfield was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music.

He helped bring r&b&soul to the fore front of our minds

31 Maxwell Maxwell Gerald Maxwell Rivera,, better known by his stage names Maxwell and Musze, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor.
32 Babyface Babyface
33 Nate Dogg Nate Dogg Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, more.

He is king of g funk



34 Charice Charice Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, formerly known by the mononym Charice), is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. He is a transgender man.

Having powerful voice and you can feel the emotions of the song. A total young entertainer of the new generation.

One of the legends. She is just an amazing singer ever discovered. - hatcher234

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

Frank is my favourite R&B singer. He has a really good singing voice and he has a lot of personality. His music makes me feel young whenever I'm feeling old.

Great artist one of the best songwriters ever and a very great vocalist!

How he's so low on the ranks buffles me. Most underrated artist in the industry right now.

36 Mario

He AMAZING can't describe how perfect you are ~you should letme love you! ~


37 Outkast Outkast Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping more.

I mean come on. They said R&B! Anita Baker and Luther at 24 & 25, I mean Usher, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Beyonce are good, but their voices are predictable and they don't have staying power. Luther and Anita music was out in the 80's yet you ALWAYS hear their music playing on the radio DAILY. That won't be the case 30 years from now with Rihanna. None of her songs are oldies but goodies worthy.

Outkast is hip hop, not r&b - DaWyteNight

38 Trey Songz Trey Songz Tremaine Aldon Neverson, born November 28, 1984, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005 through Atlantic Records. His follow-up album, Trey Day, spawned his first top 20 single, "Can't Help but Wait". Songz released his third album more.

Best R&B singer ever! Beautiful voice, beautiful lyrics.

39 Jay Sean Jay Sean Jay Sean is a British singer and songwriter. He debuted in the UK's Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich Project with "Dance with You", which reached No.

He's a great singer and has a great voice. I love his songs...

Jay JAY everything what MUSic means to me
Just brilliant songs PERFECT to be in the top ten

40 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.

Accidentally voted for him. I hate him as person but his rnb is alright. - SelfDestruct

He's grown from a boy into one of the sexiest men alive. I love his maturity and his sex appeal. I know he is amazing and will continue being the best at what he does. Love JB

His pop is garbage but his R&B is decent. I have to admit that. In rnb, he is not as bad as Aaliyah who was a slut. - SelfDestruct

I agree, aaliyah music is generic and overrated and lacks soul - DaWyteNight

41 Ray Charles Ray Charles Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

Chris Brown above him is an insult to music. - 445956

Ray Charles is the best thing music world has seen

42 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.

I also love some of Justin Timberlake's songs.

43 Tamia
44 Miguel

Has Unique style of Rnb

45 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. more.

Ariana Grande is okay but why is she below the moron named Aaliyah? - SelfDestruct


Rightho you just got roasted b#tch yall no nothing bout the real music from old school

46 Zayn Malik


47 Timbaland Timbaland Timothy Zachery "Tim" Mosley, known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.

The music king and seems to a professional!

48 D'Angelo

D'angelo being at only 44 just proves this list is a joke. He is perfect in every way. His songwriting is solid, his vocals are amazing, and his production is probably the greatest in the last 30 years. He has pretty much no weaknesses.

Best thin voices, impressive word.


49 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 more.
50 Seal Seal

Seal performs very emotionally, soulfully, and from the heart. You can hear the passion in every song.

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