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The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists  

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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. (29 items)
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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
christina.philoon added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
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Faces is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock
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The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock
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Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues
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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul
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Rival Sons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll
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Jo Oliver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Izabela1968 added

Rock soul

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Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock
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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Soul rock
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Them is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock
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Lukas Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
mr1back added
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The Detroit Cobras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Soul rock
18
The Milk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added
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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
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The Hippriests is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage punk, Soul rock
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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music
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Eric Lindell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Soul rock, Pop rock
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Danny Goffey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Soul rock, Britpop
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Something With Numbers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Emo, Soul rock
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The Dirtbombs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Rock music, Garage punk