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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. (82 items)
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The Platters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
2
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
3
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
4
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
The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
6
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music
7
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music
8
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
9
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
10
The Del-Vikings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Rhythm and blues

Pittsburgh doo wop.

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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
12
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
13
The Five Satins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop
14
The Cleftones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Eddie_M added Pop music

Queens NY doo-wop. 

15
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
16
The Del Satins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop
17
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
18
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
The Edsels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
20
Rosie & The Originals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
21
The Earls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
22
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
23
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
24
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
25
The Crests is listed (or ranked) 25 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).