rock The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists  

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The best soul rock have the ability to blend traditional rock music with classic elements of soul that emanated from the 1950s and 1960s. What separates soul rock bands from traditional soul bands is that they can be a bit heavier in the sense that their guitars could be louder and while the singers are very soulful, the R&B elements that are in soul are translated into a heavier rocking sound. That's not to say that soul rock abandons the qualities of soul that made it so distinct, instead, the best soul rock bands can transcend and have thus, appealed to many people regardless of background, race and the like.

So, what are the best soul rock bands? You couldn't have a soul rock list without the likes of Ben Harper, the Black Crowes, Hall & Oates, Mott the Hoople and John Mayer on this list. These are the bands most closely associated with soul rock and are among the best soul rock bands of all time. Their music is inherently soulful, and the fact that their sound manages to merge rock music into it makes them different from other soul musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best soul rock bands. If you notice someone on this list who isn't there, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soul rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soul rock 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 rock bands that you might've heard of. (29 items)

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Faces is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Faces Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Palmer Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Humble Pie Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Rascals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Rascals Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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Them is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

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Rival Sons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rival Sons Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Ben Harper Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Average White Band Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Mott the Hoople Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Steven Van Zandt Heartland rock, Rock music, Soul rock

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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Huey Lewis & the News Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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Lukas Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists

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Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists

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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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Eric Lindell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Lindell Blues-rock, Soul rock, Pop rock

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The Hippriests is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Hippriests Punk blues, Garage punk, Soul rock

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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The Detroit Cobras is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Detroit Cobras Punk blues, Garage rock, Soul rock

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Danny Goffey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Danny Goffey Experimental rock, Soul rock, Britpop

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The Dirtbombs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Dirtbombs Punk blues, Rock music, Garage punk

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Something With Numbers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Something With Numbers Pop music, Emo, Soul rock

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Electrasy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Electrasy Rock music, Soul rock, Folk rock

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Paris Bennett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Paris Bennett Christian music, Pop music, Soul rock

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Motel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Motel Pop music, Rock music, Soul rock