Choosing the 10 best black male singers is difficult with so many great vocalists to choose from. This list of great singers includes pop, gospel, soul, R&B, and rock singers. The following talents are major contributors to all types of music.
- Michael Jackson. Jackson's contributions to music far exceeded his bizarre life outside of music. With thirteen solo hit singles and thirteen Grammy awards, Jackson is definitely one of best black male singers to have ever lived.
- Sam Cooke. Sam crossed over from gospel to soul and rhythm & blues and was popular with fans for his smooth delivery. When he passed away, the world lost one of ten best black male singers in the world.
- Lenny Kravitz. Kravitz is the epitome of the word musician. He can write, arrange, produce, play, and sing his own music. He is the true versatile singer and one of the ten best black male singers that ever laid down a track.
- Phil Lynott. Thin Lizzy's hit single “The Boys are Back in Town” showcased his unique vocals that was just not prevalent in the 1970's. A black Irish lead singer for a heavy metal band, Lynott is a hidden gem and one of the ten best black male singers.
- James Brown. “The Godfather of Soul" sang mostly soul music, but his vocals lent to great screams like “Big Payback”. His passion gives him a spot as one of the ten best black males singers in history.
- Marvin Gaye. With his smooth and rich vocals and his genuine care that he put into his songs, Gaye launched a missile of a career into orbit. His career was short, but he remains an influence on talented musicians from generation to generation.
- Shuggie Otis. Shuggie brought a whole new sound to black based music. With his surf style attitude and sound he created songs like “Strawberry Letter 23”. Otis was and still remains a forgotten figure in the music. We give him his due here as one of the ten best black male singers in history.
- Smokey Robinson. Smokey is a multi-talented performer/ writer/ producer. His easy listening style lends listeners to hum and dance along with his band Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.
- Lionel Richie. Lionel went from The Commodores to a solo artist with easy transitioning as his fans stuck by him from the 1970s all the way through the 80s. His tender voice created a slew of ballads that melted hearts throughout the years.
- Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder started creating music at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped since that time. From “Superstition” to "Mi Amore", Stevie's singles showcase his vast talents and versatility.
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