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R and B's Top Artists of All Time

Updated on June 2, 2016

Classics of R and B

R. Kelley is a very successful r and b singer. His songs with Ron Isley were breathtaking and he has a very clear voice.
R. Kelley is a very successful r and b singer. His songs with Ron Isley were breathtaking and he has a very clear voice. | Source
Sam Cooke has one of the most soulful voices in music history. His music is still studied and revered to this very day.
Sam Cooke has one of the most soulful voices in music history. His music is still studied and revered to this very day. | Source
Jon B released the album called Cool Relax and became instantly famous. His song entitled Are You Still Down? featuring 2Pac was a classic.
Jon B released the album called Cool Relax and became instantly famous. His song entitled Are You Still Down? featuring 2Pac was a classic. | Source
Marvin Gaye has had many hits including: How sweet it is. Gaye is one of the most famous of all the singers on this list.
Marvin Gaye has had many hits including: How sweet it is. Gaye is one of the most famous of all the singers on this list. | Source

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1. Sam Cooke: He is the king of soul, R & B and one of the best songwriters the world has ever seen. Cooke had 33 total top 40 hits before he was shot and killed at the young age of 33. Ironic with the 33 but the last three hits were after his death. My favorite songs by Sam Cooke are: A Change is Gonna Come and Bring it on Home To Me. His voice is beautiful and can be heard on a regular basis. Cooke's music came from his heart and it showed as he bellowed out those wonderful tunes.

2. Al Green: He is known for his loud and powerful voice and he is at his best with slow horns and drums leading the way. Green has made 29 albums and his voice has teamed up with other artists for years. Although he is an r and b legend, his work in soul, pop, rock and country can't be overlooked either. His life revolved around music and music of all genre's. My favorites by Al Green are: Ain't no mountain high enough, Let's stay together and Soon as I get home.

3. Ron Isley: He is a founding member of The Isley Brothers but is also known as Mr. Big. Isley has made many songs with other entertainers that has made his solo career so special especially sing hooks. His songs for R. Kelly are legendary and he has made hooks and duets with everybody from 2Pac, UGK and Warren G to Rod Stewart and Burt Bacharach. My favorites by this genius of music are: Contagious, Let's Stay Together and Just Came Here to Chill.

4. Marvin Gaye: This guy was r and b, slow jam and contemporary rolled into one. His life and career were cut short but his music was great no less. My tops by this legend are: Sexula Healing, I heard it through the Grapevine and Let's Get it On. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his voice has a very distinct sound to it.

5. Nat King Cole: Not only is Alabama's Cole an r and b artist but a Jazz Pianist as well. A unique thing about Cole besides his soft baritone voice was his versatility. He and his band had a variety show on television and a radio show. He was also in 26 films which is the most of any r and b singer ever. My tops by my man King Cole are: Nature Boy, Smile and Autumn Leaves.

6. R. Kelley: He bust onto the scene in 1993 with his solo album called 12 Play. From that moment forward he outsold all other r and b artists throughout the entire 1990's and is considered the king of r and b by many. I would not call him a rap artist but his themes are more like a Tupac than a Barry White. Actually maybe them two cats rolled into one. He has been on over twenty tours from 1994 until the present. My top R. Kelly jams are: I Wish, I Believe I Can Fly and Bump and Grind.

7. Luther Vandross: Vandross was inducted into the Soul Hall of Fame but he was a legend in blues as well. His voice was masterful to say the least. He could sing soft or loud and forceful in an instant. He even had a Saturday morning cartoon. He performed with disco bands and rock bands, Luther was versatile to say the least. The songs I like best from the great voice are: Dance with my Father, Ain't no stoppin us now and Here and Now.

8. Stevie Wonder: Somehow Wonder has been performing since 1961 and continues to sing and play piano today. He has been blind since 6 months old but he overcame this handicap to become one of the most successful Singers in music history. My favorites from Stevie Wonder are: Light my Fire, We can work it out and For once in my life.

9. Baby Face: He was magnificent with a guitar and a keyboard but his voice and songwriting skills are second to none. Baby Face was a pioneer in the New Jack Swing movement and he has performed duets with other music groups. He has had 8 studio albums and won an astounding ten Grammy Awards. My top tunes by Face are: Whip Appeal, Someone To Love and Sunshine.

10. John B.: He is a gifted songwroter who has written music for Michael Jackson, Babyface, Toni Braxton and Color me Badd to name a few. He gained fame with Babyface in his first album but his second album took off. Cool Relax to this day is classic r and b album. My favorites are: Are you still down, They Don't Know and Ooh So Sexy.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder has been making r and b and pop hits for decades. Wonder is known worldwide for his musical prowess.
Stevie Wonder has been making r and b and pop hits for decades. Wonder is known worldwide for his musical prowess. | Source

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Rhythm and Blues is Timeless!

Rhythm and Blues never gets old. The best love songs ever are R & B songs and some of the best voices in music comes from this genre. Music from legends such as Barry White and Sam Cooke are as prevalent today as they were 40 years ago.

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    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Nice list, I like the diversity. My favorites on here inlcude Jon B., Al Green, and Marvin Gaye.

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