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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. (44 items)
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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
2
Taylor Hicks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock
3
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
bojanthebest added Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music
4
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
5
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
6
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music
7
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
8
The Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
9
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
10
Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul
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Bobby Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz
12
Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
13
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
14
Remy Shand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Neo soul, Rhythm and blues
15
Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz
16
KC and the Sunshine Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
18
Mayer Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Neo soul, Soul music
19
Sweetback Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Soul Guru added Soul / Neo-Soul/ R&B
20
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
21
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues
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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
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Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blue-eyed Soul Artists
Michael Gangi added Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock