Soul The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs  

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List Rules Vote up the best "blue-eyed soul" songs that were originally performed by white artists.

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These blue-eyed soul songs are some of the best of all time, recorded and sung by some incredibly talented singers. But what, exactly, is blue-eyed soul? It’s traditionally soulful, R&B music performed by white musicians. Blue-eyed soul has been around since the '60s, and in the decades since has become a favorite sound for many iconic singers you’ll recognize. Some of these songs are more crossovers, blending genres like pop and rock. Others are bordering on folk tunes, and many of them are from the “easy listening” era of the 1970s.

No list of the best blue-eyed soul songs would be complete without tunes by The Righteous Brothers. In fact, a Philadelphia disc jockey is said to have coined the phrase “blue-eyed soul” when describing Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield’s music. But not all of the top blue-eyed soul songs are from decades gone by. There are also modern blue-eyed soul singers, including Sam Smith, Adele, and Justin Timberlake. All of them specialize in famous tunes that move the heart and the feet.

What is your favorite on this blue-eyed soul songs list? Vote up good tracks, vote down the ones that don’t really do it for you – just have fun watching the videos and making your decisions!

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The Righteous Brothers

2
62 20
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59 20
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Hall & Oates

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50 17
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Hall & Oates

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53 23
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Dusty Springfield

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42 17
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40 16
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The Doobie Brothers

8
34 13
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Steve Winwood

9
31 14
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33 16
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Boz Scaggs

11
32 16
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33 17
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Van Morrison

13
35 19
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George Michael, WHAM!

14
26 13
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David Bowie

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28 16
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Wild Cherry

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23 12
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Average White Band

17
18 8
Young Americans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs
murielsimnel added David Bowie

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24 14
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Lisa Stansfield

19
24 15
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Marc Cohn

20
29 20
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Van Morrison

21
19 12
Crying is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs
RobLein added Roy Orbison

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20 13
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Gino Vannelli

23
20 13
Fooled Around and Fell in Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs
onebert added Elvin Bishop

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21 14
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The Rascals

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23 16
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Elton John