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The best soul rock have the ability to blend traditional rock music with classic elements of soul that emanated from the 1950s and 1960s. What separates soul rock bands from traditional soul bands is that they can be a bit heavier in the sense that their guitars could be louder and while the singers are very soulful, the R&B elements that are in soul are translated into a heavier rocking sound. That's not to say that soul rock abandons the qualities of soul that made it so distinct, instead, the best soul rock bands can transcend and have thus, appealed to many people regardless of background, race and the like.

So, what are the best soul rock bands? You couldn't have a soul rock list without the likes of Ben Harper, the Black Crowes, Hall & Oates, Mott the Hoople and John Mayer on this list. These are the bands most closely associated with soul rock and are among the best soul rock bands of all time. Their music is inherently soulful, and the fact that their sound manages to merge rock music into it makes them different from other soul musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best soul rock bands. If you notice someone on this list who isn't there, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soul rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soul rock 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 soul rock bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
christina.philoon added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Palmer Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Jo Oliver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Izabela1968 added Jo Oliver Rock soul

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Faces is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Faces Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

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The Rascals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rascals Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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Rival Sons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Rival Sons Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Ben Harper Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Humble Pie Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Average White Band Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Huey Lewis & the News Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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Them is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Steven Van Zandt Heartland rock, Rock music, Soul rock

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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Mott the Hoople Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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Lukas Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
mr1back added Lukas Graham

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Eric Lindell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Lindell Blues-rock, Soul rock, Pop rock

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The Detroit Cobras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Detroit Cobras Punk blues, Garage rock, Soul rock

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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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The Hippriests is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Hippriests Punk blues, Garage punk, Soul rock

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Something With Numbers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Something With Numbers Pop music, Emo, Soul rock

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Danny Goffey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Danny Goffey Experimental rock, Soul rock, Britpop

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The Dirtbombs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
The Dirtbombs Punk blues, Rock music, Garage punk

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Electrasy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Electrasy Rock music, Soul rock, Folk rock

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Motel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Motel Pop music, Rock music, Soul rock

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Paris Bennett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Paris Bennett Christian music, Pop music, Soul rock