Top three R&B and Soul musicians

There have been many R&B and Soul musicians over the history of this music genre. We are lucky to have so many talented artists produce soul music for our entertainment. While there have been many musicians, few have lasted the test of time. There are of course the Soul legends and everyone has a differing opinion on who makes their top lists. Here are our humble offerings for the top three R&R and Soul musicians.

1. Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin is commonly referred to as the Queen of Soul. And for good reason. Her career has spanned decades in the R&B and Soul music genre going back to 1956. She is still active in the music industry albeit not producing any new material. Of course some of her greatest hits include, “Respect”, “Freeway of Love”, “Chain of Fools”, “Jump to it”, and “Something He Can Feel,” among her many other hits. She has stayed relevant in the music world producing hit songs throughout her career. Her vocals maybe unmatched and she is the standard to which other musicians attempt to attain. Many thought that Whitney Houston was a good contender to take the crown, before her untimely and tragic death.

2. James Brown
If Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, the Godfather of Soul had to be James Brown. He was also affectionately known as Mr. Dynamite and Mr. Please. Like Aretha Franklin, his career was long and successful having started back in 1959 until his death in 2006. Among many of his numerous hits include “Try Me”, “Papa’s got a new bag”, “The Payback”, “Living in America”, “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” and of course “I Got You (I Feel Good)” one of his all-time greatest hits. His overall talent was not reduced just to his vocals. He was an energetic all around performer.

3. Otis Redding
We had the Queen of Soul, the Godfather of Soul and now the King of Soul, Otis Redding. While he came onto the R&B and Soul scene in the early 60’s, Otis Redding quickly developed a strong fan base with his hits including, “Mr. Pitiful” , (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now)” among many of his other hits. He had strong vocals and a much deeper style than other R&B singers of his time.

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