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100 Greatest Male R&B/Soul Vocalists

Criteria: Vocalists are rated by their ability, in their prime, for vocal range, power, ability to convey emotion, versatility, and uniqueness.

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Last Updated: 2016-07-16

100 Greatest Male R&B, Soul Vocalists
  1. Jackie Wilson
  2. Roy Hamilton
  3. Clyde McPhatter
  4. Sam Cooke
  5. Marvin Gaye
  6. Tony Williams (Platters)
  7. Solomon Burke
  8. Levi Stubbs (Four Tops)
  9. Little Willie John
10. Al Green
11. Smokey Robinson
12. Luther Vandross
13. Ronald Isley (Isley Brothers)
14. Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)
15. Stevie Wonder
16. David Ruffin (Temptations)
17. Jerry Butler
18. Jesse Belvin
19. Michael Jackson
20. Teddy Pendergrass (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
21. Jimmy Ricks (Ravens)
22. Aaron Neville
23. Eddie Kendricks (Temptations)
24. Wilson Pickett
25. Otis Redding
26. Little Richard
27. Ben E. King
28. Big Joe Turner
29. Nate Nelson (Flamingos)
30. Frankie Lymon
31. Usher
32. Johnny Moore (Drifters)
33. BeBe Winans
34. Willie Winfield (Harptones)
35. Donny Hathaway
36. Ray Charles
37. Wayna Morris (Boyz II Men)
38. Bobby Lester (Moonglows)
39. Howard Tate
40. Garnett Mimms
41. Johnny Carter (Dells)
42. Eddie Levert (O'Jays)
43. Billy Stewart
44. Maithe Marshall (Ravens)
45. Prince
46. Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
47. Sonny Til (Orioles)
48. James Carr
49. K-Ci Hailey (Jodeci)
50. Lou Rawls
51. Little Anthony
52. O.V. Wright
53. Marvin Junior (The Dells)
54. Phillipe Wynne (Spinners)
55. Hank Ballard (Midnighters)
56. Raphael Saadiq
57. Curtis Mayfield
58. Richard Berry
59. Eugene Mumford (Larks, Dominoes)
60. Bill Withers
61. William Howard (Dramatics)
62. "Pookie" Hudson (Spaniels)
63. Barry White
64. James Brown
65. Peabo Bryson
66. Bobby Marchan
67. Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men)
68. Gene Chandler
69. Rudy Lewis (Drifters)
70. Johnnie Taylor
71. Dennis Edwards (Temptations)
72. Johnny Adams
73. Jeffrey Osborne
74. Screamin' Jay Hawkins
75. Gene Allison
76. Russell Thompkins (Stylistics)
77. DeAngelo
78. Tevin Campbell
79. Walter Scott (Whispers)
80. Wallace Scott (Whispers)
81. Major Lance
82. James J.T. Taylor (Kool & The Gang)
83. Nolan Strong (Diablos)
84. Keith Sweat
85. Chuck Jackson
86. Rudy West (Five Keys)
87. Lionel Richie (Commodores)
88. Maxwell
89. Gerald Alston (Manhattans)
90. Frankie Beverly (Maze)
91. Sly Stone
92. Earl "Speedo" Carroll (Cadillacs)
93. Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men)
94. Eugene Pitt (Jive Five)
95. R. Kelly
96. Harvey Fuqua (Moonglows)
97. Seal
98. Johnny Ace
99. Buddy Bailey (Clovers)
100. Johnny Tanner (The "5" Royales)
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