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The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 303 votes 83 voters 10.4k views15 items

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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    Gloria Richetta Jones (born October 19, 1945) is an American singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California, who first found success in the U.K., being recognized there as "The Northern Queen of Soul". She recorded the 1965 hit song "Tainted Love", and has worked in multiple genres as a Motown songwriter and recording artist, a prolific backup singer, and as a performer in musicals such as Hair. In the 1970s she was a keyboardist and vocalist in Marc Bolan's glam rock band, T. Rex. She and Bolan were also in a committed romantic relationship and have a son together....  more
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Northern soul, Gospel music
    • Albums: Windstorm, Vixen, Come Go with Me, Share My Love, Reunited
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    William Larry Stewart II (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist who was popular during the 1960s....  more
    • 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
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  • Jamo Thomas is an American soul and funk singer, best remembered for his 1966 hit single, "I Spy (For the FBI)".Born in either The Bahamas or Chicago, he recorded for several different record labels between 1965 and 1976. His billing sometimes included his name alongside backing musicians, known as his Party Brothers Orchestra, or simply as Mr. Jamo. His biggest successes were "Bahama Mama" and a cover version of "I Spy (For the FBI)"....  more
    • Genres (Music): Northern soul, Soul music, Funk
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  • Robert 'Bob' Nelson Relf, was an African American R&B and soul musician. Best known as half of the soul music duo Bob & Earl whose song, Harlem Shuffle was released in the US in 1963 and in the UK in 1964. It was re-released 1969 reaching No 7 in the UK charts. Relf's recording of the song "Blowing My Mind to Pieces" was written by Lou Barreto as well as being produced by Lou Barreto and Rod Bumgardner. The song became popular on the Northern soul scene in the UK in the 1970s....  more
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Northern soul, Soul music
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