Rock 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

2
68 41
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

3
56 32
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

4
47 32
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

5
27 15
Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

6
23 13
Faces is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

7
27 17
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

8
24 15
Rival Sons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

9
27 18
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

10
13 6
Jo Oliver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Izabela1968 added Rock soul

11
23 16
The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

12
20 14
Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
DżejsonDonowan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

13
14 9
Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

14
24 21
Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Soul rock

15
13 10
Them is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

16
10 7
Lukas Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
mr1back added

17
1 0
The Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added

18
9 13
The Detroit Cobras is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Soul rock

19
12 17
The Hippriests is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage punk, Soul rock

20
6 10
Eric Lindell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Soul rock, Pop rock

21
22 29
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

22
39 49
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

23
4 10
Danny Goffey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Soul rock, Britpop

24
5 12
The Dirtbombs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Rock music, Garage punk

25
4 11
Something With Numbers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Emo, Soul rock

26
3 12
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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3 13
Electrasy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Soul rock, Folk rock

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3 13
Paris Bennett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Soul rock

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2 14
Motel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soul Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Soul rock