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Best Neo Soul Artists

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. 

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    Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Volume 1, The Real Thing: Words and ...

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    New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), Baduizm, Worldwide Underground

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    Now, MTV Unplugged, Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)

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    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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    Comin' from Where I'm From, Ain't Nobody Worryin', Soulife

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    Flo'Ology, Floacism "Live", Floetic

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    Voodoo, Live at Cirkus, Stockholm

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    Juslisen, Aijuswanaseing, Luvanmusiq

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    Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, Acoustic Soul

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    Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue, Lost & Found, It's Christmas

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    Stone Rollin', Instant Vintage, All Hits at the House of Blues

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    The Love Experience, Love Behind the Melody, A Place Called Love Land

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    Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged

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    Let Freedom Reign, I Am, Better

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    Album II, What Christmas Means, Intimacy: Album III

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    A Gangster and a Gentleman, The Id, Instant Vintage

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    Sketches of a Man, Subject, The Dresden Soul Symphony

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    Closer, Even Closer, Change It All

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    Love for Sale, Fast Lane, 1st Born Second

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    Surrender to Love, The Arrival, In This Life Together

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    Late Nights & Early Mornings, Friends & Lovers

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    A Change Is Gonna Come, Loving You More... In the Spirit of Etta James, ...

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    Outrun the Sky, A Moment, Lalah Hathaway

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    Groove Theory, Tell Me - The Remixes, Tell Me

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    Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver

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    Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

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    Corinne Bailey Rae, The Love EP, The Sea

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    Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, The World Has Made Me the Man of My ...

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    Fearless, Love Me Back, Bust Your Windows

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    Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

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    In My Mind, This Is Who I Am, Only One In the World

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    Love in Stereo, After Hours, Wine & Spirits

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    Vivian, A Love Story, The Green Room

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    Morning, Infinite Possibilities, Bravebird

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    Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

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    Where I Wanna Be, Life Goes On, My Heart

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    The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

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    ...Left, The Esoteric Movement, esoteric

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    A Day in the Life, True to Myself, Hurricane

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    Estelle EP

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    Sons of Soul, Lets Get Down, House of Music

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    The Soul Sessions, Mind Body & Soul, Introducing Joss Stone

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    Chamber Music Society, Esperanza, Junjo

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    The Red Clay Chronicles, As Above So Below, Love Out Loud

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    The Id, On How Life Is, Big

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    Chapter 3: The Flesh, Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness

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    Connected, Love In Flying Colors, Dear Friends: An Evening with the ...

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    On the Jungle Floor, Van hunt, What Were You Hoping For?

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    A Low Down Dirty Shame, Saturday Night, Hey Mr. DJ

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