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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70 14
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

2
81 22
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
84 24
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

4
89 27
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

5
94 30
The Platters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
69 16
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

7
43 6
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
69 19
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music

9
61 17
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

10
74 27
The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

11
31 4
The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Pop music -

Queens NY doo-wop. 

12
50 13
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

13
43 11
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

14
32 10
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

15
37 15
Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

16
44 21
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

17
44 22
The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

18
29 11
Richard Berry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

19
35 17
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

20
38 20
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

21
40 22
The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

22
38 21
The Earls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

23
32 16
The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

24
41 24
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

25
36 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

26
30 18
The Capris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

27
16 7
The Crests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added 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).

28
36 26
Sha Na Na is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

29
22 13
The Orioles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Zaliste added Rhythm and blues

30
20 12
Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

31
22 14
Billy Ward and the Dominoes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

32
12 5
The Channels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

NY Doo-wop. 

33
8 5
The Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Rhythm and blues -

later known as Shep and The Limelights (trio). NY doo wop. Exceptional lead singer.

34
7 5
The Jesters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

Gang doo wop. Attitude, swagger. NYC.

35
6 4
The Nutmegs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

New Haven CT doowop group. Exceptional acapella sides recorded on Times Square Reords.

36
17 16
Harvey Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

37
4 3
Norman Fox and the Rob Roys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

Integrated NY group that lays down some solid R&B style doowop work.

38
14 14
Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

39
14 14
The Valentinos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

40
1 0
The Chords is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added

41
17 18
Randy & The Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

42
15 16
The Delltones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock and roll

43
13 14
The Ravens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

44
11 12
The Five Sharps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

45
10 11
The Parliaments is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

46
25 28
The Steinettes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, A cappella

47
11 13
The Earth Angels is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

48
10 12
The Hollywood Flames is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Vocal harmony

49
8 10
Johnny Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

50
0 1
The Chords is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Pop music, Power pop, Mod revival