Top 10 Best R&B Artists of All Time
The Top Ten
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.
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 300,000,000 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 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
Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.
4 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. - DaWyteNight
I love this list! It takes me back to my 20s :) thank you! Ahh...Boyz ll Men were so good... - Britgirl
5 Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time . V 1 Comment
6 Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
7 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.
8 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.
Should definitely be higher than the weeknd and beyonce - DaWyteNight
10 Erykah Badu
The Queen Of NEO Soul.. Grammy Winner,
One of the most celebrated and recognised voice in R&B
11 Lionel Richie
Should definitely be higher than beyonce - MariahCareyHater
12 Alicia Keys
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
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.
I do agree with you on that. I put mostly mainstream guys on top 10 but I wanted to get people interested in the list especially young ones who don't know much about the oldies. Everyone is free to add their own entries to the list. - Mcgillacuddy
Beyonce is a joke! - RnBLover
14 R. Kelly
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.
15 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! - DaWyteNight
16 The Weeknd
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Don't make no sense if The Weeknd ranks lower than Usher on this list
Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
18 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.
20 Will Downing