Top 10 Most Legendary R&B Singers of All Time


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21 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

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

22 Curtis Mayfield

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

23 Mario

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


24 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy more.

In her prime she was pretty decent but now days not so much. She's made some of the most annoying songs like fantasy, honey and we belong together, and she doesn't deserve to be ranked higher than greats like Marvin, Teddy, Joe, Brian McKnight, Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, etc. - DaWyteNight

Mariah IS THE BEST SINGER IN THE WORLD! Her voice is angelic, it takes you to whole another dimension! Her songs are so emotional and beautiful! She's an angel! Her voice range is unreachable, and she's also a very talented songwriter! I mean, there's no doubt, Mariah is number 1, and will always be! There's no singer like her. She's a legend!

I love the songbird tittle of her she really deserve it


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25 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige

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 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.

27 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


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28 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...

29 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.

He should be at least in the top 10. - DaWyteNight

30 Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive.
31 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

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

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

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. - DaWyteNight

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32 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

Adele is my favorite female singer.

She's the best singer in this list

33 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

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36 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian 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.

Rihanna is R&B, stop saying she is pop, how is anti pop? The Old singers on this list are mainly rock artists. Don't be stupid. Rihanna is a great singer and anyone who thinks otherwise is deformed in their ears.

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

Rihanna must be number one

Pop - DaWyteNight

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37 Charice Charice Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, popularly known by the mononym Charice, is a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.

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

38 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean

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.

39 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.

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

40 Babyface Babyface
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