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The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 342 votes 107 voters 8.6k views10 items

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

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

List is made up of artists like Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top. Which is better for this list, Jerry Butler or Leroy Hutson?

All important, significant and iconic names in chicago soul music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new chicago soul 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 chicago soul, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into chicago soul 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 chicago soul bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent chicago soul bands.

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

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    William Larry Stewart II (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist who was popular during the 1960s....  more
    • Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Northern soul
    • Albums: Hits and Rarities, Unbelieveable, I Do Love You, Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks, Greatest Hits
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    Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music. He first achieved success and recognition with The Impressions during the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to the North Side, he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined the vocal group The Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social...  more
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
    • Albums: Superfly, Curtis, The Anthology: 1961-1977, Curtis/Live!, Roots

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    Leroy Hutson (born June 4, 1945) is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of R&B vocal group The Impressions. His music concerns '70s soul, as noted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He is the father of producer JR Hutson....  more
    • Genres (Music): Smooth soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
    • Albums: Love Oh Love, Feel the Spirit, Hutson, Unforgettable, Hutson II
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    Donny Edward Hathaway (October 1, 1945 – January 13, 1979) was an American soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger. Hathaway has been described as a "soul legend" by Rolling Stone. His enduring songs include "The Ghetto", "This Christmas", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Little Ghetto Boy", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". Hathaway is also renowned for his signature versions of "A Song for You", "For All We Know" together with "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of many collaborations with Roberta Flack. He's been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame and won one Grammy from four nominations. Hathaway was also posthumously bestowed with a Grammy...  more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
    • Albums: Extension of a Man, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, Everything Is Everything

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