Best Soul Singers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.

Smooth, easy, playful, could singing feel more natural. I don't think do. Dancing voice. Simply BEAUTIFUL

A voice that will never be duplicated!

My favorite in my mind the greastest singer the greatest singing voices his songs are very good there other great singer none to me are greater than sam cooke

Wait a minute - I made this list? :O It's strange, I was never interested in soul music... - somekindofaguy

2 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .
3 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.

The QUEEN of soul.

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

Some stupid person says Mike wasnt seems you think that pop is a genre.Mike's records were not you're convectional music(beat it)rock,was sung with SOUL,funk(thriller),was sung with soul,rnb(Billie Jean),was sang with soul.and don't get me started on those j5 hits..I want you back,the love you save,I'll be there how you speak of the god

He was never soul.

6 Ray Charles Ray Charles Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
7 Johnnie Taylor Johnnie Taylor Johnnie Harrison Taylor was a three-time Grammy-nominated American recording artist and songwriter who performed a wide variety of genres, from blues, rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel to pop, doo-wop and disco.
8 James Brown James Brown

The Godfather of Soul? He should be way higher on this list!

9 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.

Otis should be no. 1 in my opinion. Nobody had more soul than Otis especially when he sang the ballads. He could make you feel his pain on those ballads. To me he defined the word "soul".

10 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.

The Newcomers

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

The Contenders

11 Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive.
12 Lionel Richie Lionel Richie
13 Little Richard Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
14 Billy Paul
15 Sly Stone

More funk and funk-rock than soul.

16 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

Technically R&B, but there's no doubt she had soul. RIP

17 Bill Withers Bill Withers William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands".
18 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.
19 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

She was pop, not soul.

20 Ben E. King Ben E. King
21 Sam Moore and Dave Prater (Sam and Dave)
22 Junior Wells

Brought a distinct soul element to Chicago blues.

23 Wilson Pickett
24 Mavis Staples
25 Patti Labelle

Wandered around genres over the years, but deeply rooted in gospel/soul. One of the most phenomenal female voices ever.

26 Allen Toussaint

A different, Louisana style of R&B/soul, and a very talented guy. RIP

27 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Not. Even. Close.

28 Glenn Frey Glenn Frey Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
29 Maverick Sabre
30 Al Green Al Green
31 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.
32 David Ruffin David Ruffin David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known.
33 Eddie Levert
34 Ronald Isley
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Top Remixes

1. Sam Cooke
2. Aretha Franklin
3. Marvin Gaye
1. Ray Charles
2. Aretha Franklin
3. Sam Cooke
1. Marvin Gaye
2. Stevie Wonder
3. Johnnie Taylor


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