Top Ten R&B Artists

R&B has many talented artists, many with prolific and unique styles, these artists not only have talent but have influenced many others and changed the sound of R&B.

10. Smokey Robinson

Prolific and supportive of fellow musicians,  as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and record executive, he equally delights his fans with his sweet falsetto.

9. Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye’s opulent tenor paired in duets with Tammi Terrell, were magical. As a singer, songwriter and record producer, he helped to shaped the sound of Motown.

8. Prince

Prince was known for his flamboyant stage presence, and makeup. He played many instruments and thrilled with his wide vocal range.  His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including R&B,  funk, rock, soul,  new wave, psychedelia, and pop.

7. Whitney Houston

Whitney reigned as a singer, actress, model and producer with her powerful and expressive soprano voice.   She released nine albums, all of which have multi-platinum, platinum, diamond, or gold certification.

6. Al Green

The Reverend,  is a singer, songwriter and record producer, that brings faith and heart to everything he touches.

5. Etta James.

Her smooth contralto voice dominates with her gutsy colorfully interpreted songs  in various genres  including R&B, blues, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

4. Aretha Franklin

The Lady who Commands Respect.   Whether singing for the Pope, a Presidential Inauguration or singing Opera, she brings her distinctive mezzo-soprano and her incredible heart and work ethic.

3. Ray Charles

The Genius.  His skills as a singer, songwriter, and musician are unsurpassed.   He pioneered the soul genre with his unique combination of R&B, gospel and blues.

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2. James Brown

The Godfather of Soul.  Working for six decades, Brown has charmed people with his high energy and gritty vocals.

1.Michael Jackson  –  King of Pop, the ultimate showman, he has conquered decades and many musical changes.   From his beginnings with The Jackson 5 to a dynamic solo career, this singer/songwriter’s multi-platinum album Thriller remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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