Soul icons throughout the history of music
Adam Tait

14:16 5th December 2012

Rhythm and Blues is arguably one of the most important musical genres to have ever entered our social spectrum.

It's created some of the most touchingly memorable songs to ever be sung, forged some truly colossal musical personalities and drawn together a vast array of influences in it's search for the sweetest sound.

With a new generation of R&B stars like Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd breathing new life into the genre and reclaiming from pop's sweaty paws, we take a look at some of the greatest male R&B  vocalists since the birth of the genre right up to this year's exciting new artists.

Check out the greatest male soul and R&B singers of all time right here.

  • Tony Williams (The Platters)

  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins

  • Ray Charles

  • Sam Cooke

  • Little Richard

  • James Brown

  • Jackie Wilson

  • Johnny Moore (The Drifters)

  • Ben E. King

  • Bill Withers

  • Marvin Gaye

  • Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations)

  • Otis Redding

  • Philippe Wynne

  • Wilson Pickett

  • Percy Sledge

  • Ronald Isley

  • Curtis Mayfield

  • Sly Stone

  • Barry White

  • Terry Callier

  • Al Green

  • Lionel Richie

  • Stevie Wonder

  • Luther Vandross

  • Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)

  • Freddie Jackson

  • Michael Jackson

  • Prince

  • Keith Brian 'Babyface' Edmonds

  • Seal

  • R Kelly

  • Bobby Brown

  • Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men)

  • Tevin Campbell

  • John Legend

  • Usher

  • Miguel

  • Frank Ocean

  • The Weeknd

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