Bands/Musicians The Best Smooth Soul Bands/Artists  

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Smooth soul artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good smooth 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 smooth soul bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Smooth 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 smooth soul bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest smooth soul bands of all time, since the most famous smooth soul artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best smooth soul music.

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

Everything from Marvin Gaye to Al Green is included on this list. Make this one count by voting for your favorites on this list. What will come out on top in the end? The Isley Brothers? The Spinners?

All important, significant and iconic names in smooth 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 smooth 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 smooth soul, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into smooth 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 smooth soul bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent smooth soul bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best smooth soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest smooth 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 smooth soul bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Smooth Soul Bands/Artists
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Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles Prince of Motown and Prince of Soul. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of his production company. Gaye's later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Following a period ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues, + more

Albums: What's Going On, Here, My Dear, Let's Get It On, I Want You, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records, Tamla Records, Columbia

Also Ranked

#71 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#13 on The Best Singers of All Time

#92 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#55 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smooth Soul Bands/Artists
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Albert "Al" Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Love and Happiness" and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together". Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music". He has also been referred to as "The Last of the Great Soul Singers". Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 66. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Albums: Call Me, The Christmas Album, White Christmas, Greatest Hits, I'm Still in Love With You, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records, Myrrh Records, The Right Stuff Records, Hi Records

Career Began: Forrest City, Arkansas, United States of America

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#80 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#64 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smooth Soul Bands/Artists
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The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music". Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group originally performed gospel music until Vernon's death a couple years after its original formation. After moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, the group had modest chart successes during their early years, first coming to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, "Shout", written by the three brothers. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Gospel music, Smooth soul, + more

Albums: 3 + 3 / Go for Your Guns, Body Kiss, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Soul on the Rocks, Baby Makin' Music, + more

Labels: Buddah Records, T-Neck Records, Atlantic Records, Def Jam Recordings, Tamla Records, + more

Career Began: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Also Ranked

#73 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

#14 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#14 on The Best Black Rock Bands

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Barry White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smooth Soul Bands/Artists
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Barry White, was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe". During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world's best-selling ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

Albums: Can't Get Enough, Una serata con, Back to Back: Their Greatest Hits, In Your Wildest Dreams, Adagio - Your Heart And Soul, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Eagle Records, MCA Records, Uni Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Mercury, + more

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#64 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

#29 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#62 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#63 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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