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This neo soul artists list ranks the best neo soul singers and musicians by votes. This list of good neo soul groups and artists let’s you see who neo soul fans think are the best neo soul artists. While soul music remains one of the most popular music genres, neo soul emerged in the 1990s as new take on an old favorite. Neo soul incorporates more modern takes on soul music, including fusing elements of hip hop, jazz, and funk to create a sound that has soul elements. The best neo soul artists have the rare ability to blend the past and present and the soul revival movement has allowed for many new artists to emerge and become hugely popular. Different from contemporary R&B, neo soul artists are an alternative to the producer-driven sound of modern R&B music and is a refreshing sound that continues to evolve.

So, who are the best neo soul artists? A list of neo soul artists wouldn't be complete without female singers like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, or Amy Winehouse. Male vocalists like D'Angelo and John Legend are bound to be included on any top neo soul artists as well. These neo soul musicians are known to many as being the best in the genre and are the names closely associated with the genre. If not for these fantastic musicians, it's highly unlikely that neo soul would be as popular as it is today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best neo soul artists. If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best neo soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest neo soul musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the artists's music. Vote for the neo soul acts you love, just not the ones that are popular. 

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615 85
Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

2
612 68
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

3
461 78
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

4
444 75
Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

5
466 60
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

6
348 162
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

7
254 36
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

8
386 47
Anthony Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

9
380 50
Musiq is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

10
365 47
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

11
302 36
Floetry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul

12
264 56
Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

13
288 47
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

14
289 51
Raheem Devaughn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

15
214 32
Ledisi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

16
258 47
Kem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

17
306 41
Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music

18
143 39
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

19
220 37
Dwele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

20
239 52
Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

21
202 68
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

22
194 40
Leela James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

23
189 40
Bilal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

24
176 38
Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

25
234 70
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul