The Best Neo Soul Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Neo Soul Artists

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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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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

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    Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

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    Anthony Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul

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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Ledisi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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    Dwele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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    Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


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    Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Leela James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    John Legend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Groove Theory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

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    Lalah Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Rahsaan Patterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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    Neo soul, Folk music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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    Eric Roberson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


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    Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Contemporary Christian music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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    Tony! Toni! Toné! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing

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    Donell Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Estelle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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    Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Acoustic music

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    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Electronic dance music

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    Syleena Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Neo soul

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    Van Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists


    Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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