Top 10 Best R&B Artists of All Time

The Top Ten
1 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 ...read more.

Tataloo is the best ,his lyrics is full of ambiguty ,he is Iranin's protester leader ,his song is people's pain,he can change his voice ,most of his song is more than 10minute ,Man3 is 20minute,

Tataloo is king Of R&B And he's the first Persian R&B singer

He always sings about problem of the people of his country.

He's the best R&B singer that I have ever seen

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 under ...read more.

The one you can never forget

His a pop singer not r&b

The king of pop, rock and soul he was the king of music and his music will forever live throughout the generations, without michael the whole music scene would be different, he inspired most of your modern day favourite r&b artists like bruno mars and the weeknd wnd usher

old but gold

3 Boyz II Men Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.

Boyz II Men can make anything sound good, it's what they do.

I love this list! It takes me back to my 20s :) thank you! Ahh...Boyz ll Men were so good...

4 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.

The goat of rnb. There's no one who could make jams as good as his.

5 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.
6 Joe

Should definitely be higher than the weeknd and beyonce

7 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.

Greatest singer of all time

Beyoncé above him is an insult to music

8 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. ...read more.

Don't make no sense if The Weeknd ranks lower than Usher on this list

No. His music "puts you in the worst mood"

Legend of the fall.
Enough said.

Awesome musician

9 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 ...read more.

He belongs on the worst r&b artists list. This guy is a disgrace to r&b!

He's the best rnb artist but people are scared to admit it
King of r&b CB

just admit it already he the goat

greatest of all time

10 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

Yea my queen! A legend

The Contenders
11 Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

I mean, Usher and Ne-Yo are good, but Stevie Wonder is the master of this genre and the one that they all look up to.

Very surprised he is this low would have expected he would be number 1 or 2.

12 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Who the heck are those no-talent wannabees above him?

13 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.

When you talk about R&B, few on this list qualify in any traditional sense; thus many true R&B best "of all time" are omitted. Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha, Etta James, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Four Tops, Sam and Dave, Martha Reeves, Fontella Bass, Gladys Knight, The Supremes and many more are much more worthy than many on this list. They deserve respect, not only for their level of talent, but as those who led the way.

Beyonce is a joke!

14 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Alicia Keys and Beyonce are both the greatest!

15 Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Come on get him off the list

16 Erykah Badu

The Queen Of NEO Soul.. Grammy Winner,
One of the most celebrated and recognised voice in R&B

17 R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.

Is a greatest RnB singer of all time. From his voice to his soul magic lyrics he really deserves the crown. He sings & reminds u about your bae. I listened to him since iwas young. He got it.

18 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.

He's one of the greatest for sure, always with good and meaningful lyrics and great melodies.

19 Maxwell Gerald Maxwell Rivera,, better known by his stage names Maxwell and Musze, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor.
20 Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.

Come on, Donny should be higher! Donny was young, black and gifted! Chris Brown is just young and black!

21 TLC TLC is an American girl group whose original recording line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
22 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 ...read more.
23 Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
24 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 ...read more.

Her? Best R&B artist? I think I just choked a little.

Rihanna? R&B? Haha...good one...

25 Lionel Richie Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and then launched a solo career in 1982.

One of the best singer/song writer of all times along with Smokey, Stevie,

Should definitely be higher than beyonce

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