The Best Soul Music Artists/Groups of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Best Soul Music Artists/Groups of All Time

Soul music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good soul music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top soul music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Soul music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all soul music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest soul music bands of all time, since the most famous soul music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best soul music music.

You can click on the soul music band names to see more information about that particular notable soul music group. If they're near the top of the best soul music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top soul music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the soul music band names themselves.

List features items like Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé. Downvote your least favorite items and upvote the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. Which is the better choice for the top of this list Jennifer Love Hewitt or Kanye West?

All important, significant and iconic names in soul music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new soul music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of soul music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into soul music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good soul music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent soul music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best soul music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soul music 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 soul music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

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    added by crmflava Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Disco, Rock music, Black metal

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Southern soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Philadelphia soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Soul music

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    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by Zaliste Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    The O'Jays

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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul, Pop music

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

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    added by Zaliste Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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    added by Zaliste Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    added by Zaliste Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Doo-wop, Disco, Rhythm and blues

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    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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