Best Neo Soul Artists Bands/Musicians
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Best Neo Soul Artists

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

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? Any list of neo soul artists has to include the likes of Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend and Amy Winehouse. These neo soul musicians are known to many as being the best in the genre and are the names closely associated with neo soul. 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 band's music instead of just voting for the most popular neo soul bands that you might've heard of. (139 items)

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