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The Best Neo Soul Artists  

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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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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age
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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
3
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word
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Anthony Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Soul music
6
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
7
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
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Floetry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul
9
Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm
10
Musiq is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
11
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music
12
Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
13
Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music
14
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
15
Ledisi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
16
Dwele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
17
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
18
Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
19
Goapele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
20
Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
21
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
22
Leela James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
23
Raheem Devaughn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
24
Lalah Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
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Marsha Ambrosius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neo Soul Artists
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music