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 Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

2
86 96
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

3
116 133
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

4
76 102
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
50 67
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
jsnungaray added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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36 48
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists

7
75 104
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
34 47
Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
62 87
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

10
42 59
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

11
48 68
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
rus.alishev added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

12
26 37
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

13
45 64
Sting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

14
35 50
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

15
56 80
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

16
63 90
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

17
44 63
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

18
46 66
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

19
35 51
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

20
48 70
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

21
29 43
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

22
48 71
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

23
30 45
Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

24
31 47
Seal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

25
43 65
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

26
43 65
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

27
31 48
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

28
16 26
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added

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24 38
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

30
26 41
Cher is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

31
21 34
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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

33
23 38
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

34
18 31
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

35
33 54
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

36
35 58
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

37
16 29
Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added New Wave, Pop music, Ska

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14 26
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

39
12 23
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
ChloeFletcher added Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

40
29 49
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

41
21 37
Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz

42
30 51
Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

43
18 33
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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16 30
Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Alternative rock

45
23 41
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

46
19 35
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

47
22 40
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

48
20 37
Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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

50
11 23
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Vadim Ukhovskiy added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music