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The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists  

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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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Billy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists
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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) 2 on the list The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists
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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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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 on Wikipedia

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

Nationality: United States of America

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

Jamo Thomas is an American soul and funk singer, best remembered for his 1966 hit single, "I Spy". 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". ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Northern soul, Soul music, Funk

Labels: Decca Records, Chess Records

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