Bands/Musicians The Best Adult Contemporary Artists  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite AC artists. Only artists who are popular and featured or have been featured on AC radio stations

Adult contemporary music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good adult contemporary 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 adult contemporary music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Adult contemporary 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 adult contemporary music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest adult contemporary music bands of all time, since the most famous adult contemporary music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best adult contemporary music music.

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

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All important, significant and iconic names in adult contemporary 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 adult contemporary 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 adult contemporary music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into adult contemporary 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 adult contemporary music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent adult contemporary music bands.

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

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
jsnungaray added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists

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34 46
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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48 67
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
rus.alishev added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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62 87
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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44 62
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Michael McDonald Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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35 51
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Richard Marx Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Michael Bublé Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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43 64
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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31 47
Seal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Seal Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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21 33
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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31 48
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Diana Ross

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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26 41
Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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26 42
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added John Legend Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Martina McBride Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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30 50
Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Michael Bolton Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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16 29
Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Joe Jackson New Wave, Pop music, Ska

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Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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12 23
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
ChloeFletcher added Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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21 37
Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Kenny G Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz

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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Jason Mraz Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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18 33
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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16 30
Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Natalie Merchant Alternative rock

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23 41
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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19 35
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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22 40
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Andrea Bocelli Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

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20 37
Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Taylor Dayne Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Vadim Ukhovskiy added John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music