bands/musicians The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists  

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Doo-wop music is a genre of music that emanated from some of the biggest cities in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s. Mixing vocal harmony with mainstream R&B, some of the best doo-wop artists were considered some of the first pop artists during those early years. Usually, doo-wop groups consisted of African American singers who delicately balanced each other out vocally and the songs consisted of a high tenor lead singer along with deep voiced talking bass part in the middle of the song.

That said, who are best doo-wop groups? It's not a question that can be answered easily. Some of the biggest doo-wop artists are among the most recognizable face in music history. When you think of doo-wop bands, however, some of the first singers that come to mind are The Platters, The Drifters and The Temptations. These are among the best doo-wop groups and most popular doo-wop bands of all time. There are other doo-wop artists on this list that have resonated with the public, and it's up to you that their place on this doo-wop bands list is where it should be.

So, all things considered, this poll of doo-wop groups seeks to answer the questions of "who are the best doo-wop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest doo-wop musician ever?" There are a lot of great doo-wop artists, but it's up to you to determine who is the best doo-wop group. This list of doo-wop groups will provide the definitive answer. 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 doo-wop bands that you might've heard of. (84 items)
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The Platters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Platters Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

2
74 19
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Flamingos Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

3
56 10
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

4
64 15
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
70 19
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Dion DiMucci Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

6
57 13
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
53 15
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Penguins Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

8
54 16
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Shirelles Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music

9
21 2
The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Cleftones Pop music - Queens NY doo-wop. 

10
29 4
The Del-Vikings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Del-Vikings Rhythm and blues - Pittsburgh doo wop.

11
59 23
The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Drifters Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

12
40 10
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Lymon Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

13
35 9
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Crows Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

14
28 9
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Edsels Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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15
31 12
Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

16
24 10
Richard Berry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Richard Berry Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

17
34 19
The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Five Satins Doo-wop

18
33 19
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Frankie Valli Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

19
36 22
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Moonglows Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

20
29 16
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Marvelettes Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

21
27 15
The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Del Satins Doo-wop

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31 19
Sha Na Na is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Sha Na Na Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

23
31 19
The Earls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Earls Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

24
29 18
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Dells Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

25
19 9
Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Otis Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

26
31 21
The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Cadillacs Doo-wop, Rock music, Rock and roll - Chicago doo-wop. Hip, jazzy instrumental support from top Chicgao studio guys.

27
27 18
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

28
21 15
The Capris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Capris Doo-wop

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29
18 13
Billy Ward and the Dominoes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

30
17 12
The Orioles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Zaliste added The Orioles Rhythm and blues

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8 5
The Crests is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Crests Rhythm and blues - Early integrated doo wop group. Brooklyn. Check out "My Juanita" originally on JoYce Records. Later stuff is more in the pop vein, but very good (i.e., "Molly Mae" on Coed).

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5 3
The Channels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Channels NY Doo-wop. 

33
15 14
Harvey Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Harvey Fuqua Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

34
13 12
The Delltones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Delltones Doo-wop, Rock and roll

35
12 11
The Valentinos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Valentinos Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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12 11
The Ravens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Ravens Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

37
25 25
The Steinettes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Steinettes Doo-wop, A cappella

38
10 10
The Five Sharps is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Five Sharps Doo-wop

39
14 15
Randy & The Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

40
11 12
Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Little Willie John Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

41
9 10
The Crew-Cuts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Crew-Cuts Doo-wop, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
8 9
The Parliaments is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Parliaments Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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2 3
The Nutmegs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Nutmegs New Haven CT doowop group. Exceptional acapella sides recorded on Times Square Reords.

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2 3
The Rocketones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Rocketones One-hit NY doowop group: "Mexico" b/w "Dee I" on Melba. Exemplars of this genre. 

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2 3
The Jesters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Jesters Gang doo wop. Attitude, swagger. NYC.

46
8 10
Johnnie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnnie Taylor Doo-wop, Disco, Pop music

47
8 10
The Hollywood Flames is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Hollywood Flames Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Vocal harmony

48
6 8
The Mad Lads is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
The Mad Lads Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

49
6 8
Johnny Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Johnny Carter Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

50
2 4
The Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added The Heartbeats Rhythm and blues - later known as Shep and The Limelights (trio). NY doo wop. Exceptional lead singer.