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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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    Tyrone Davis (born Tyrone D. Fettson or Tyrone D. Branch, May 4, 1938 – February 9, 2005) was an American blues and soul singer with a long list of hit records over more than 20 years. Davis had three number 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart: "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975)....  more
    • Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
    • Albums: I'll Always Love You, Relaxin' With Tyrone, Simply Tyrone Davis, I Had It All The Time, Turn Back the Hands of Time
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Jerry Butler, Jr. (born December 8, 1939) is an American soul singer-songwriter, producer, musician, and retired politician. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the R&B vocal group the Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Since leaving The Impressions, Jerry has had over 55 Billboard Pop & R&B Chart Hits as a solo artist, including some 15 Top 40 Pop Hits in the Hot 100, and 15 R&B Top 10's. He served as a Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois, from 1985 to 2018. As a member of this 17-member county board, he chaired the Health and Hospitals Committee, and served as Vice Chair of the Construction Committee....  more
    • Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk
    • Albums: The Ice Man Cometh, The Best of Jerry Butler, Need to Belong, Platinum Pop "Best of" Series Presents Jerry Butler, The Sagittarius Movement
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Genres (Music): Smooth soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
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    John William "Johnny" Pate (born December 5, 1923, Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former jazz bassist who became a producer, arranger, and leading figure in Chicago soul, pop, and rhythm and blues.He learned piano and tuba as a child and later picked up the bass guitar. He learned arranging while serving in the United States Army....  more
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Chicago soul, Jazz, Funk
    • Albums: Shaft in Africa, Outrageous, Brother on the Run
    • Nationality: United States of America