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. (83 items)
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1
102 31
The Platters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

2
94 28
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

3
87 26
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

4
75 19
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
73 18
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
83 24
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
48 7
The Del-Vikings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Rhythm and blues -

Pittsburgh doo wop.

8
72 19
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music

9
79 27
The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

10
63 17
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

11
56 14
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

12
46 11
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

13
33 5
The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Pop music -

Queens NY doo-wop. 

14
50 21
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

15
48 23
The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

16
39 17
Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

17
33 13
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

18
43 22
The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rock and roll -

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

19
35 16
The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

20
41 21
The Earls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

21
41 21
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

22
37 18
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

23
31 13
Richard Berry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

24
44 24
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

25
39 20
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music