100 Greatest Lead Singers of Vocal Groups

Criteria: These lead singers were chosen and ranked based upon the popularity of the songs they sang lead on, their influence on other lead singers, their uniqueness and level of innovation, their longevity, and the importance of their lead singing as a part of their group's overall sound. Only singers who led secular groups were considered for this list.
Lead Singers of Vocal Groups
1. Clyde McPhatter
(Dominoes - Drifters)
2. Tony Williams
3. Bill Kenny
(Ink Spots)
4. Levi Stubbs
(Four Tops)
5. Sonny Til
6. Smokey Robinson
7. Russell Thompkins Jr.
8. David Ruffin
9. Eddie Kendricks
10. Frankie Valli
(Four Lovers, Four Seasons)
11. Gladys Knight
12. Curtis Mayfield
13. Martha Reeves
14. Diana Ross
15. Hank Ballard
(Royals, Midnighters)
16. James Sheppard
(Heartbeats - Shep and the Limelites)
17. Marvin Junior
18. Darlene Love
(Blossoms, Crystals, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans)
19. Frankie Lymon
20. William Hart
21. Teddy Pendergrass
(Blue Notes)
22. Jimmy Ricks
23. Little Anthony Gourdine
(Chesters, Duponts, Imperials)
24. Patti LaBelle
(Blue Belles, Labelle)
25. Ben E. King
(Crowns, Drifters)
26. Arlene Smith
27. Willie Winfield
28. James "Pookie" Hudson
29. Nate Nelson
30. Rudy West
(5 Keys)
31. Philippe Wynne
32. Bobby Lester
33. Gene Mumford
(Larks, Dominoes)
34. Nolan Strong
35. Marilyn McCoo
(5th Dimension)
36. Connee Boswell
(Boswell Sisters)
37. Mavis Staples
(Staples Singers)
38. Shirley Owens
39. Eddie Levert
40. Donald Mills
(Mills Brothers)
41. Maithe Marshall
(Ravens, Marshall Brothers)
42. Brian Wilson
(Beach Boys)
43. Michael Jackson
(Jackson 5)
44. Maryland Pierce
(5 Keys)
45. Johnny Maestro
(Crests, Brooklyn Bridge)
46. Johnny Funches
47. Jackie Wilson
48. Rudy Lewis
49. Dennis Edwards
(Contours, Temptations)
50. Johnny Moore
51. Ray Pollard
(Wanderers, Ink Spots)
52. Jesse Belvin
(Various Groups)
53. Earl Lewis
54. Jay Black
(Jay and the Americans)
55. Eugene Record
56. Richard Blandon
57. Jimmy Beaumont
58. Milton Love
(Concords, Solitaires)
59. Johnny Tanner
("5" Royales)
60. Cleve Duncan
61. Earl Carroll
62. Bobby Nunn
(Robins, Coasters)
63. Otis Williams
64. John "Buddy" Bailey
65. George "Smitty" Smith
66. Eugene Pitt
(Jive Five)
67. Lee Andrews
(Lee Andrews and the Hearts)
68. Carl Gardner
69. Pirkle Lee Moses
(El Dorados)
70. Carl Wilson
(Beach Boys)
71. Gerald Alston
72. Fred Parris
(Scarlets, Five Satins)
73. Ernie Lee Warren
74. Grady Chapman
75. Sollie McElroy
(Flamingos, Moroccos)
76. Grover "Dean" Barlow
(Crickets, Montereys)
77. George Grant
78. Herman "Junior" Denby
79. Eddie Rich
80. Cuba Gooding
(Main Ingredient)
81. Billy Murray
(American Quartet)
82. Harvey Fuqua
83. Dion DiMucci
(Dion and the Belmonts)
84. Charlie White
(Checkers, Clovers)
85. Cissy Houston
(Sweet Inspirations)
86. Sam "Little Sonny" Brown
87. Jimmy Sacca
88. Dickie Smith
(5 Keys)
89. Leroy Griffin
90. Jerry Lawson
91. Al Alberts
(Four Aces)
92. Ruby Nash
(Ruby and the Romantics)
93. Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett Spector
94. Gladys Horton
95. Ray "Buddy" Wooten
96. Wallace "Scotty" Scott
97. Jimmy Ellis
98. Mike Love
(Beach Boys)
99. General Johnson
(Showmen, Chairmen Of The Board)
100. Larry Harrison
(Four Buddies)
Clyde McPhatter
Tony Williams
Bill Kenny
Levi Stubbs
Sonny Til
Smokey Robinson
Russell Thompkins Jr.
Last Updated: 2015-06-02
Newly added names are in Red