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Northern soul artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good northern soul bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top northern soul bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Northern soul groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all northern soul bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest northern soul bands of all time, since the most famous northern soul artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best northern soul music.

You can click on the northern soul band names to see more information about that particular notable northern soul group. If they're near the top of the best northern soul artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top northern soul bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the northern soul band names themselves.

Examples of artists on this list: Massive Attack, Charlie Rich and more. Make sure to downvote the worst teams/people, because they have it coming. Which is the better choice for the top of this list Biddu or Gloria Jones?

All important, significant and iconic names in northern soul music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new northern soul bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of northern soul, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into northern soul music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good northern soul bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent northern soul bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best northern soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest northern soul musician ever?"

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 northern soul bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists
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Charlie Rich


Charles Rich was an American country music singer and musician. His eclectic style of music was often hard to classify in a single genre, encompassing the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel genres. In the latter part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname the Silver Fox. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". "The Most Beautiful Girl" topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the pop singles charts and earned him two Grammy Awards. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music, Rockabilly, Nashville sound, + more

Albums: Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized, The Very Best of Charlie Rich, The Masters, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: United Artists Records, Epic Records, Groove Records, Smash Records, Hi Records, + more

Career Began: Colt, Arkansas, United States of America

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Billy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists
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Billy Stewart


Billy Stewart was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Northern soul

Albums: Hits and Rarities, Unbelieveable, I Do Love You, Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks, Greatest Hits, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Chess Records, Okeh Records

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Gloria Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists
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Gloria Jones


Gloria Richetta Jones is an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She recorded the 1964 song "Tainted Love", later a hit for the British synth-pop duo, Soft Cell. She was the girlfriend of glam rock artist Marc Bolan of the band T. Rex until his death in 1977. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Northern soul, Gospel music

Albums: Windstorm, Vixen, Come Go with Me, Share My Love, Reunited, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Minit Records, Motown Records, EMI

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Junior Campbell


Junior Campbell is a Scottish composer, songwriter and musician. He was a founding member, lead guitarist, piano player, and singer with the Scottish band Marmalade and co-wrote and produced some of their biggest successes, including "Reflections of My Life", I See The Rain and "Rainbow". He also wrote and produced his own solo hits, Hallelujah Freedom and Sweet Illusion. Campbell is also known for composing music for film and television drama, and as an arranger and producer for many musicians including Barbara Dickson. He is also known for co-composing the music and lyrics for the children's TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and TUGS. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, Northern soul, Film score

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Labels: Decca Records, Rocket Records, Deram Records, Sanctuary Records Group, CBS, + more

Career Began: Parkhead, United Kingdom

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