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The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists 

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Updated January 15, 2020 3.8k votes 688 voters 44.7k views 84 items

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
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The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Frankie Lymon & The ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Del-Vikings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

Chicago doo-wop. Hip, jazzy instrumental support from top Chicgao studio guys.

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The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Crows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

Queens NY doo-wop. 

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The Earls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Dells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Rosie & The Original... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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Johnny Maestro & The... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
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The Capris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists