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. (81 items)
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1
88 25
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

2
84 23
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

3
67 14
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

4
92 29
The Platters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
78 21
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
67 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
30 3
The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Pop music -

Queens NY doo-wop. 

8
41 6
The Del-Vikings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Rhythm and blues -

Pittsburgh doo wop.

9
66 19
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music

10
60 17
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

11
73 26
The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

12
49 13
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

13
42 11
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

14
32 9
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

15
36 14
Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

16
42 20
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

17
42 21
The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

18
38 19
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

19
28 11
Richard Berry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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

21
34 17
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

22
39 22
The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 22 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.

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 16
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
22 13
The Orioles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Zaliste added Rhythm and blues

29
35 26
Sha Na Na is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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
15 15
The Delltones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock and roll

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

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

40
17 18
Randy & The Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

41
3 3
Norman Fox and the Rob Roys is listed (or ranked) 41 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.

42
13 14
The Ravens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

43
11 12
The Five Sharps is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop

44
10 11
The Parliaments is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

45
25 28
The Steinettes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, A cappella

46
10 12
The Hollywood Flames is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Vocal harmony

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

48
11 14
The Crew-Cuts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Traditional pop music

49
3 5
The El Dorados is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added

Chicago. Vee-Jay super group. R&B doo wop.

50
10 13
Johnnie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Disco, Pop music