The Best Neo Soul Artists

12k votes 1.3k voters 230k views 152 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Only neo-soul acts, no legends should be on here

This neo soul artists list ranks the best neo soul singers and musicians by votes. This list of good neo soul groups and artists let’s you see who neo soul fans think are the best neo soul artists. While soul music remains one of the most popular music genres, neo soul emerged in the 1990s as new take on an old favorite. Neo soul incorporates more modern takes on soul music, including fusing elements of hip hop, jazz, and funk to create a sound that has soul elements. The best neo soul artists have the rare ability to blend the past and present and the soul revival movement has allowed for many new artists to emerge and become hugely popular. Different from contemporary R&B, neo soul artists are an alternative to the producer-driven sound of modern R&B music and is a refreshing sound that continues to evolve.


So, who are the best neo soul artists? A list of neo soul artists wouldn't be complete without female singers like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, or Amy Winehouse. Male vocalists like D'Angelo and John Legend are bound to be included on any top neo soul artists as well. These neo soul musicians are known to many as being the best in the genre and are the names closely associated with the genre. If not for these fantastic musicians, it's highly unlikely that neo soul would be as popular as it is today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best neo soul artists. If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best neo soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest neo soul musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the artists's music. Vote for the neo soul acts you love, just not the ones that are popular. 
Collection Photo:  Music Scene / ABC
  • 10 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 428
    - 35


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

    ;
  2. 2
    + 441
    - 34


    Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

    ;
  3. 3
    + 322
    - 33


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

    ;
  4. 4
    + 322
    - 36


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  5. 5
    + 327
    - 25


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

    ;
  6. 6
    + 294
    - 22


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

    ;
  7. 7
    + 216
    - 83

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  8. 8
    + 222
    - 19


    Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul

    ;
  9. 9
    + 259
    - 26


    Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

    ;
  10. 10
    + 287
    - 32


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  11. 11
    + 131
    - 13


    ;
  12. 12
    + 147
    - 12


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  13. 13
    + 233
    - 28


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  14. 14
    + 171
    - 17


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  15. 15
    + 196
    - 36


    Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  16. 16
    + 201
    - 27


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  17. 17
    + 199
    - 28


    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  18. 18
    + 192
    - 28


    Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    ;
  19. 19
    + 237
    - 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music

    ;
  20. 20
    + 148
    - 20


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

    ;
  21. 21
    + 98
    - 24

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

    ;
  22. 22
    + 143
    - 25


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  23. 23
    + 177
    - 40


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  24. 24
    + 119
    - 33

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  25. 25
    + 132
    - 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  26. 26
    + 118
    - 21


    Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  27. 27
    + 167
    - 27


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  28. 28
    + 125
    - 18


    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

    ;
  29. 29
    + 93
    - 24


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  30. 30
    + 102
    - 37


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  31. 31
    + 75
    - 21


    Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  32. 32
    + 91
    - 19
    Eric Roberson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


  33. 33
    + 129
    - 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

    ;
  34. 34
    + 106
    - 10

    ranked low on reranks
    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    ;
  35. 35
    + 84
    - 17


    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  36. 36
    + 100
    - 16


    Neo soul, Folk music, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  37. 37
    + 90
    - 13


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

    ;
  38. 38
    + 72
    - 14

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  39. 39
    + 119
    - 23


    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  40. 40
    + 76
    - 10


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  41. 41
    + 124
    - 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

    ;
  42. 42
    + 65
    - 14


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

    ;
  43. 43
    + 68
    - 9


    Contemporary Christian music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

    ;
  44. 44
    + 36
    - 12
    N'Dambi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

  45. 45
    + 61
    - 21


    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Neo soul

    ;
  46. 46
    + 81
    - 23


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

    ;
  47. 47
    + 79
    - 22


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Acoustic music

    ;
  48. 48
    + 100
    - 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing

    ;
  49. 49
    + 62
    - 17


    Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  50. 50
    + 78
    - 18


    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Electronic dance music

    ;
153 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >