The Best Northern Soul Bands/Artists

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 Jones
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    17 votes
    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.
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Northern soul, Gospel music
    • Albums: Windstorm, Vixen, Come Go with Me, Share My Love, Reunited
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Billy Stewart
    Photo: user uploaded image
    27 votes
    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.
    • 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
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • 3
    11 votes
    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.
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Northern soul, Soul music
  • Charlie Rich
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    20 votes
    Charles Allan Rich (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, soul, and gospel genres.In the later 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 Billboard Hot 100 pop singles charts and earned him two Grammy Awards. Rich was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
    • Genres (Music): Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music, Rockabilly, Nashville sound
    • Albums: Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized, The Very Best of Charlie Rich, The Masters
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Jean Owen (born 17 November 1943), known as Samantha Jones is a former English singer whose career spanned the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. She won three international pop music contests and charted records in the Benelux countries. Her recordings later experienced a revival on the Northern soul scene.
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Northern soul
    • Albums: Surrounded by a Ray of Sunshine: The United Artists Recordings, Sam Leads the Way: The Penny Farthing Recordings, A Girl Named Sam
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
  • Junior Campbell (born William Campbell Jnr, 31 May 1947) 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". "Reflections of My Life" has produced sales of over two million units. In 1998 Campbell and co-writer Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese) were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement by the BMI for attaining radio broadcast performances in excess of one million in the US alone. He also wrote and produced his own solo hits, Hallelujah Freedom and Sweet Illusion and ...more
    • Genres (Music): Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, Northern soul, Film score
    • Nationality: United Kingdom