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The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists  

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With the popularity of soul music in the 1960s that came primarily from African-American singers, there was an offshoot called blue-eyed soul, which was the label given to white singers who were soul singers. While the name was controversial at the time, the genre has grown to singers in predominantly urban-centric genres like hip hop, R&B. Originally being a blue-eyed soul singer meant someone would cover or rework a hit from an African-American artist and water it down for a white audience. Though controversial by nature, blue-eyed soul singers have evolved over the years are seen in a more positive light by a widespread audience and some of the biggest names in music are blue-eyed soul artists.

So, that said, who are the best blue-eyed soul singers? If you're thinking about blue-eyed soul, might as well go back to the genre's beginnings with singers like Rod Stewart, Justin Timberlake and even Adele. These singers, though also associated with other genres, are among the most well-known blue-eyed soul singers. These blue-eyed soul singers are some of the most recognizable music artists and with good reason. Their songs are catchy and incorporate different genres that relate to people across different cultures. The best blue-eyed soul band can connect with an audience and their music is catchy and familiar. All of the best blue-eyed soul artists have sold millions of records across the globe.

It's up to you to determine who is the best blue-eyed soul artist. Though most are blue-eyed soul singers, there are some who are some blue-eyed soul artists as well. If you notice someone that isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best blue-eyed soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest blue-eyed soul 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 blue-eyed soul bands that you might've heard of. (57 items)
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Pop, R&B, Soul
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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
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The Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Bobby Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz
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Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
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Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock
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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Pop, R&B, Soul
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
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Michael Franks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Smooth jazz
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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Pop, Contemporary R&B, Hip hop
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Player is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Disco, Pop music, Rock music
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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Jon B. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
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Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
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Robin Thicke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
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Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Harry Wayne Casey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music