Top 10 Most Legendary R&B Singers of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Amir Tataloo Amirhossein Maghsoudloo, born September 21, 1987 (age 33) more.

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

Amir Tataloo is the best of world singer. He is similar a scholar in music. the big music companies has to translate his musics to other languages.

Most active singer in iran. He sings 300 track in 20 years. The average time of his tracks is between 8-9 minutes. The longest track is "man 3" and the time of this track is 20:10

Addicted of your voice

2 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 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!

What the hell the world has come into? Michael Jackson is not jut the king of pop,if the title KING OF MUSIC was to be given to someone,it should be Michael Jackson and if you people wanna know why then know the definition of music and study his music before you people go and make such idiotic lists.This list is totally wouldn't have usher, Chris brown, Justin Bieber and lots of other artist if it was not for the influence of the great MJ.Sure they are all amazing and talented, that is why they are called artists but that doesn't mean that they could be put in the same list with a legend like Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson cannot be compared to anyone because Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson,he's perfection itself. Man, nobody comes near the king, words cannot describe how good he was.There will be no one like him.And those artist being in top 5 shows how dumb everyone's mind is in creating such a simple list.Seriously give the spot 1 to the king.The King is the ...more

Amazing voice, amazing charisma, amazing dancing. It just doesn't get better than the one and only Michael Jackson!

He is pop not rnb. Guys get over it. You may think he is the greatest but he ain't deserving to be in this list for not being in this genre.

3 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!

I love Stevie Wonder And wanna see Him Live

4 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.

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

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

Luther @ 23! Really!

5 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.

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.

7 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.

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

I've always thought Aaliyah was amazing! Beyonce's cool, but I prefer Aaliyah any day. But sadley her life was taken August 25, 2001 in Marsh Harbor, The Bahamas. REST IN PARADISE AALIYAH. WE STILL LOVE YOU!

I would just like to point out the fact that one of the most beautiful voices that has ever graced this planet is under Justin BEIBER on this list, this list is a joke...

Aaliyah should be the top ten look how relevant she is 15 years later even more relevant than MJ artists keep trying to get they're hands on her unreleased materials

8 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

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.

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

Just an amazing voice

9 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and more.

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 and Luther? This list needs major fixing.

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

You have got to be f-ing joking. Top 2 under Stevie Wonder right here

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The Contenders
11 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!

Her strong voice brings sincirity and purity to all of us you're the number of me we will always love you

She's incredible! One of the best selling artists in history! R.I.P. Whitney

12 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.

Well there is so much to say about Kelly. He has been around for so long with hits on each of his major albums. The main thing here is his voice and his mind. No one compares to when it comes to his beautiful voice and his intelligence as a song writer and artist. The best vocalist ever right here!

R kelly is in a league of his own. Timeless... Classic hits. Genius song writing and vocal skills that punish all other voices. Everything he touches is phenomenal. Bow down to the king!

R kelly is without a doubt the best RnB artist. His style has been emulated for 25 years now and he has written/produced for so many, from Michael Jackson to Beyonce.

13 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

14 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.

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

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

The queen shold be number 2

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

15 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!

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.

16 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 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.

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!


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

17 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.

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

Chris brown is one of my best singer and his voice is excellent
i always thinks that when will Chris brown will come in India for concert and I am sure I will be there. his voice is best

He overcame so many difficulties and had the courage to carry on making great music. He is the best dancer out there and is the greatest and most talented artist out there right now.

He's by far the younget in the top ten but the hi ts he dropped are already classics kiss kiss gimme that forever etc but he also is gettin featured on everyone's track to do the hook when its all said and done he will be the greatest

18 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 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.

His voice is too legendary to be this low!

Amazing voice

20 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

Adele is my favorite female singer.

She's the best singer in this list

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

23 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

24 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. more.

This guy is so overrated, if you want a good r&b singer of today listen to Zayn or BJ the Chicago Kid but not this guy.

Cmmon move him you stupid beings he should br bo 1 2 3 or 4 no below hear his songs he earned the position man you guys are dumb not to keep in top 5

Number 1! Legend of the fall, Revolutionized the music industry!, hipstrer music that went mainstream.

The Weeknd's a legend! Trilogy and house of balloons are the best albums ever!

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