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List Rules Only neo-soul acts, no legends should be on here

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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572 78
Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

2
571 64
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

3
432 72
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

4
411 65
Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

5
438 54
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

6
324 149
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

7
369 42
Anthony Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

8
224 35
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

9
342 45
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

10
359 50
Musiq is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

11
287 33
Floetry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul

12
249 55
Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

13
271 44
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

14
278 49
Raheem Devaughn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

15
202 31
Ledisi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

16
295 41
Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music

17
241 46
Kem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

18
135 39
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

19
212 36
Dwele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

20
229 49
Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

21
190 61
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

22
184 39
Leela James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

23
181 39
Bilal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

24
224 61
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

25
164 37
Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

26
202 40
Kindred the Family Soul is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

27
166 27
Goapele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

28
168 33
Marsha Ambrosius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

29
119 38
Rahsaan Patterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

30
145 59
Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

31
157 18
Lalah Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

32
101 38
Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz

33
163 36
Jazmine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

34
122 36
Eric Roberson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists

35
136 26
Amel Larrieux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Folk music, Contemporary R&B

36
138 27
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

37
110 33
Eric Benét is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

38
147 38
Vivian Green is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

39
114 25
Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

40
92 31
Donell Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

41
151 31
Groove Theory is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

42
81 31
Estelle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

43
110 36
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

44
136 33
Tony! Toni! Toné! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing

45
88 23
Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Contemporary Christian music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

46
48 27
N'Dambi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Rhythm and blues, Soul music

47
101 36
Anthony David is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Acoustic music

48
76 38
Syleena Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Neo soul

49
75 32
Van Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

50
97 32
The Foreign Exchange is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Electronic dance music