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bands/musicians The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists  

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Doo-wop music is a genre of music that emanated from some of the biggest cities in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s. Mixing vocal harmony with mainstream R&B, some of the best doo-wop artists were considered some of the first pop artists during those early years. Usually, doo-wop groups consisted of African American singers who delicately balanced each other out vocally and the songs consisted of a high tenor lead singer along with deep voiced talking bass part in the middle of the song.

That said, who are best doo-wop groups? It's not a question that can be answered easily. Some of the biggest doo-wop artists are among the most recognizable face in music history. When you think of doo-wop bands, however, some of the first singers that come to mind are The Platters, The Drifters and The Temptations. These are among the best doo-wop groups and most popular doo-wop bands of all time. There are other doo-wop artists on this list that have resonated with the public, and it's up to you that their place on this doo-wop bands list is where it should be.

So, all things considered, this poll of doo-wop groups seeks to answer the questions of "who are the best doo-wop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest doo-wop musician ever?" There are a lot of great doo-wop artists, but it's up to you to determine who is the best doo-wop group. This list of doo-wop groups will provide the definitive answer. If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular doo-wop bands that you might've heard of. (71 items)

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The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Drifters Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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The Platters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Platters Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Flamingos Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Dion DiMucci Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Penguins Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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24 4
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Moonglows Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Cadillacs Doo-wop, Rock music, Rock and roll

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The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Shirelles Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music

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The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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The Dells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Dells Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Lymon Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Five Satins Doo-wop

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The Crows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Crows Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Valli Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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The Earls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Earls Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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17 6
The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Del Satins Doo-wop

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The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Marvelettes Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Steinettes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Steinettes Doo-wop, A cappella

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The Orioles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Zaliste added The Orioles Rhythm and blues

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Billy Ward and the Dominoes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

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The Capris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Capris Doo-wop

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The Ravens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Ravens Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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9 2
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Edsels Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

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Sha Na Na is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Sha Na Na Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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Randy & The Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

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The Valentinos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Valentinos Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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The Delltones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Delltones Doo-wop, Rock and roll

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The Chords is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Chords

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Harvey Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Harvey Fuqua Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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The Five Sharps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Five Sharps Doo-wop

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The Hollywood Flames is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Hollywood Flames Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Vocal harmony

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7 5
Curtis Lee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Curtis Lee Doo-wop, Pop music

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Richard Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Richard Berry Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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6 4
The Parliaments is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Parliaments Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Little Willie John Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Crew-Cuts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Crew-Cuts Doo-wop, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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Johnnie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnnie Taylor Doo-wop, Disco, Pop music

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention

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Johnny Carter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Carter Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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The Mad Lads is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Mad Lads Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mink DeVille Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

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Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Otis Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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The Mighty Echoes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Mighty Echoes Doo-wop, A cappella

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Vampiri is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Vampiri Doo-wop, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Brooklyn Dreams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Brooklyn Dreams Doo-wop, Disco, Pop music