Bands/Musicians The Best Adult Contemporary Artists  

Reference
6.1k votes 588 voters 48.1k views 83 items

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.

Examples include Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson. Rank your favorites using the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons. Is Christina Aguilera better than Michael Jackson?

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.

Re-rank the list to fit your opinion, make it votable then share it with your friends. (83 items)
list ordered by

1
97 103
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

2
64 69
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

3
118 139
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

4
83 106
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
53 72
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
jsnungaray added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
38 52
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists

7
51 71
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
rus.alishev added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

8
49 69
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

9
37 52
Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

10
48 68
Sting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

11
44 63
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

12
37 53
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

13
57 82
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

14
63 91
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

15
45 65
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

16
65 94
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

17
76 110
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

18
31 47
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

19
49 74
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

20
49 74
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

21
26 40
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

22
36 55
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

23
28 44
Cher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

24
32 50
Seal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

25
44 68
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

26
44 68
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

27
23 37
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

28
17 28
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added

29
30 48
Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

30
26 42
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

31
31 51
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

32
34 57
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

33
26 45
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

34
24 42
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

35
23 41
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

36
30 52
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

37
19 35
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

38
24 43
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

39
18 34
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

40
35 61
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

41
21 39
Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

42
20 38
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

43
30 54
Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

44
21 40
Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz

45
16 32
Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added New Wave, Pop music, Ska

46
14 29
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Coolza added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

47
12 26
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
ChloeFletcher added Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

48
16 33
Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
wimvi added Alternative rock

49
20 40
Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

50
11 26
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Contemporary Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music