Top 10 Best R&B Artists of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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 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

2 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.

King of rnb

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 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.
5 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

6 Joe

Should definitely be higher than the weeknd and beyonce

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

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

He is also partly a pop or rap artist and I would call him a disgrace to these genres as well. - Powell

8 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

9 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

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

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

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

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 Erykah Badu

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

14 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.

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!

Trash

15 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
16 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.

17 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

18 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.

Best R & B Singer in Iran

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

pleas update his photo he has changed a lot

19 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.
20 Maxwell Gerald Maxwell Rivera,, better known by his stage names Maxwell and Musze, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor.
21 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!

22 Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
23 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.
24 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

25 Will Downing Wilfred "Will" Downing is an American singer and songwriter. He is married to singer Audrey Wheeler, who was a member of the R&B group Unlimited Touch.

One of the best pure vocalist of all time

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