Reflecting on the top twelve soul artists of all time

Soul music defined a whole new genre of sound that gave birth to a generation of amazingly talented artists. This article reviews the top twelve soul groups of all time.

Sometimes soul music is all in the family. Several of these groups are actually all related. The Staple Singers, The Jackson Five, and The Isley Brothers were all singing family style.

Other groups broke the boundaries of what music is by redefining Soul. Parliament-Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone rewrote the book on soul music with their unique songs and sounds.

Boyz II Men smashed the chart-toppers by breaking Elvis Presley’s record of the longest-running number-one hit with their single “End of the Road.” While not yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they’ll get there soon!

Gladys Knight and the Pips and The Supremes represent outstanding female talent with hit songs that generations have come to know and love. Their rags-to-riches stories are also inspirational.

Other soul groups that made the top twelve include The Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, The Four Tops, and Booker T. and the M.G.’s. All produced songs that defined soul music.

These outstanding artists brought soul music to the forefront of American culture. Their unforgettable names will go down in history as some of the best musical groups of all time.

The Jackson Five

The Temptations

Earth Wind and Fire

The Isley Brothers

Sly and the Family Stone

The Four Tops

The Supremes


Boyz II Men

The Staple Singers

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Booker T. and the M.G.’s

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Reflecting on the top twelve soul artists of all time