Top 10 Best R&B Artists of the 2000s

Who do you think the best r&b artist of recent times are.
The Top Ten
1 Joe

The best, point-blank. In school, I sang a song in class and got a girlfriend.

He's underrated and better than R. Kelly.

2 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

The real king of R&B, not the self-proclaimed king R. Kelly, who sold out to the rap game.

3 R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and convicted sex offender. He has been credited with helping to redefine R&B and hip hop, earning nicknames such as "the King of R&B", "the King of Pop-Soul", and the... read more

One of the best R&B artists of all time isn't first and is under Bruno Mars, the mainstream pop artist. Trey Songz, who is good but not better. Craig David, who isn't as legendary as R. Kelly. And Jay Sean, the pretentious mainstream artist. Shaking my head.

He makes great songs and has a unique, legendary voice.

4 Dave Hollister David "Dave" Hollister is an American R&B singer who found fame during the 1990s as one quarter of the R&B quartet Blackstreet, before going on to a have a successful solo career.

Criminally underrated. One of the best voices of all time, and he actually puts meaning into almost all of his songs, unlike some people on here... not saying any names: Robert, Raymond, Chris, Trey!

5 Raheem DeVaughn
6 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.
7 Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-Senegalese singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.

No one wants to see him as the king of R&B, but it doesn't matter.

8 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
9 Craig David

No one can touch him live. He covers the GOAT artists like Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green. Just listen to Craig's version of "Nice and Slow" by Usher.

In original songs, it's "My Love Don't Stop" and "Snows in July."

One of the best voices ever, and he makes really nice songs.

10 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.

Great voice, plus she is smoking hot!

The Contenders
11 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.

Wow, after seeing him on top of the list, I listened to his songs. He really is the best.

He has made a lot of amazing songs, both upbeat and slow. He really is amazing.

12 Musiq Soulchild Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or Musiq is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, gospel influences fused with hip hop.
13 T-Pain Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American recording artist and music producer from Tallahassee, Florida.
14 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... read more

He's been selling more albums than most R&B singers. He's had two number one albums in his latest releases.

A great voice who makes great songs.

15 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.

A great music writer who makes some good songs and writes great songs for other artists.

16 Kem

Kem is a great R&B singer, and he has his own style. The only person I could compare him to is Maxwell, but still, Kem has his own style.

17 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.

A great female singer who brings out fresh music, and is the queen of R&B.

So much soul in her voice, and she always puts so much emotion into her music! Truly a force to be reckoned with. Good music in three decades. From 1992 on, she has delivered one-of-a-kind, hip-hop-tinged R&B!

18 Eric Benet Eric Benét Jordan, known professionally as Eric Benét, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter and actor, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date for his musical work.
19 Marques Houston

Come on, have you heard Marques Houston? He is a great R&B singer who deserves more attention and is better than the Chris Browns of the world.

20 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

He is the best pop singer and makes great R&B songs as well.

21 Sean Kingston Kisean Anderson, known professionally as Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007.

I love his mix of R&B with reggae.

22 Beyonce 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
23 J. Holiday Nahum Thorton Grymes, better known by his stage name J. Holiday, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor.

J. Holiday, what can't be said about this man? He's underrated and slept on as hell, so sweet, so soulful! His music and voice put you in a good mood.

24 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) 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... read more

Hey guys, be serious. Adele deserves to be in the top three.

25 Ashanti Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.

Oh wow, who is she? She's so beautiful!

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