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List Rules 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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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Erykah Badu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
D'Angelo Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Maxwell Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

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+ - 362 31
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 250 93
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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Anthony Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Anthony Hamilton Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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+ - 154 16
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

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+ - 282 31
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

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+ - 237 23
Floetry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Floetry Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul

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Musiq is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Musiq Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 211 40
Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Angie Stone Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 246 34
Raheem Devaughn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Raheem Devaughn Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 160 16
Ledisi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Ledisi Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 178 22
Dwele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Dwele Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 253 30
Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Raphael Saadiq Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music

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+ - 203 32
Kem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Kem Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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+ - 208 33
Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Chrisette Michele Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 101 29
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Meshell Ndegeocello Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

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+ - 152 26
Bilal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Bilal Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 156 29
Leela James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Leela James Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 132 39
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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+ - 192 49
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
John Legend Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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+ - 141 18
Goapele is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Goapele Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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Kindred the Family Soul is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Kindred the Family Soul Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Corinne Bailey Rae Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Marsha Ambrosius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Marsha Ambrosius Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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+ - 97 29
Rahsaan Patterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Rahsaan Patterson Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Joss Stone Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Esperanza Spalding Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 101 23
Eric Roberson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

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+ - 138 27
Jazmine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Jazmine Sullivan Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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+ - 119 13
Lalah Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Lalah Hathaway Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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+ - 88 22
Eric Benét is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Eric Benét Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 107 19
Amel Larrieux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Amel Larrieux Neo soul, Folk music, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 126 27
Vivian Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Vivian Green Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 99 17
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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+ - 86 14
Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 130 20
Groove Theory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Groove Theory Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 74 22
Donell Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Donell Jones Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Estelle Swaray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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N'Dambi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
N'Dambi Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Heather Headley Contemporary Christian music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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+ - 65 25
Syleena Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Syleena Johnson Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Neo soul

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+ - 86 26
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 108 24
Tony! Toni! Toné! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Tony! Toni! Toné! Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing

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+ - 82 27
Anthony David is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Anthony David Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Acoustic music

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+ - 64 22
Van Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Van Hunt Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 81 23
The Foreign Exchange is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
The Foreign Exchange Hip hop music, Neo soul, Electronic dance music