45 Greatest R&b groups of all time

by ruffdadon | created - 04 Dec 2014 | updated - 04 Dec 2014 | Public

1. The Isley Brothers

Soundtrack | Okja

They are nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to Performance Arts.

6 decades of #1 hits... several classic albums and songs

2. Earth Wind & Fire

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

They were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

1 of the highest selling groups of all time in all genres and num 1 highest selling group in the R&b genre

3. The Temptations

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Debuted in 1961.

5. The Supremes

Soundtrack | The Sixth Sense

The greatest girl group ever had its origins in the late 1950s in Detroit's Brewster Projects. At the beginning the girls formed a quartet and named themselves "The Primettes", achieving mild success locally and recording a single for the Lupine record label. They ended up being a trio in 1960 ...

7. Kool & The Gang

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

Kool & the Gang are an American band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical ...

8. New Edition

Soundtrack | Dogma

New Edition is an actor, known for Dogma (1999), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and Dragnet (1987).

9. Jackson 5

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Group formed in 1964 containing siblings Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson. In 1975, they changed their name to The Jacksons and replaced Jermaine with another brother, Randy Jackson.

10. The O'Jays

Soundtrack | The Martian

The O'Jays (they took their name from that of their manager, Eddie O'Jay) formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, as The Triumphs. The group members were all students at Canton's McKinley High School. They went through a few name changes before settling on The Mascots, under which they cut several records ...

11. TLC

Actress | TLC: Waterfalls

TLC is known for her work on TLC: Waterfalls (1995), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and The Other Guys (2010).

13. En Vogue

Actress | En Vogue: Free Your Mind

Ranked #48 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

15. Destiny's Child

Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels

Is mentioned in O-Town: Liquid Dreams (2000).

16. Parliament

Soundtrack | Cloverfield

Members have included George Clinton,

17. The Chi-Lites

Soundtrack | Taxi

1970s singing group.

18. Xscape

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

1990s R&B vocal group.

19. Ohio Players

Soundtrack | Boogie Nights

They were known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics, and flamboyant outfits. They topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight," and "Funky Worm." Their lineup changed through the years, but featured horns, bass, guitar, drums, and keyboards.

20. Dru Hill

Soundtrack | Rush Hour

Dru Hill is an actor, known for Rush Hour (1998), Wild Wild West (1999) and Soul Food (1997).

21. S.W.V.

Soundtrack | Free Willy

1990s R&B singing trio.

22. The Miracles

Soundtrack | Wild Things

Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.

24. The Stylistics

Soundtrack | Cradle 2 the Grave

The Stylistics were an R&B group out of Philadelphia, PA, formed in the late 1960s. Their first hit was "You're a Big Girl Now"--recorded in 1970 but not released until 1971--on Avco Records that hit #7 on the R&B charts. Avco approached producer Thom Bell, who had produced many hits for another ...

26. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Soundtrack | Radio

Members have included Harold Melvin, Bernie Wilson, Don Haney, Roosevelt Brodie, Jesse Gillis Jr., Franklin Peaker, John Atkins, Teddy Pendergrass, Lawrence Brown, Lloyd Parks, Jerry Cummings, Sharon Paige, David Ebo, Dwight Johnson, William Spratelly, Gil Saunders.

27. Silk

Actor | Soul Train

Silk is an actor, known for Soul Train (1971), Apollo Night LA (2013) and Silk: Happy Days (1992).

28. The Gap Band

Soundtrack | Sleepers

The Gap Band are a funk, soul and rhythm and blues group from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band is fronted by the three Wilson brothers: Charlie, Robert, and Ronnie. The Wilson brothers are the sons of a Pentecostal minister and began their music careers singing in their father's church. The Wilson ...

30. The Four Tops

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

The group's original members were Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir and Lawrence Payton.

33. Guy

Soundtrack | New Jack City

Guy is a Harlem-based R&B group from New York City, comprised of Aaron Hall, Damion Hall and Teddy Riley. The group is an influential R&B group that introduced and spurred the growth of the "new jack swing" era of Rhythm-N-Blues during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group released several ...

34. The Spinners

Soundtrack | Avengers: Infinity War

Called the Detroit Spinners in the UK because of a conflict with a British group of the same name.

37. The Drifters

Soundtrack | Superman Returns

Group member Rudy Lewis died on May 20, 1964, at age 28. Johnny Moore died on December 30, 1998, at age 64.

39. The Whispers

Soundtrack | Collision Course

The Whispers is an actor, known for Collision Course (1989), Waiting to Exhale (1995) and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005).

40. Bell Biv DeVoe

Soundtrack | Pineapple Express

R&B group.

41. Zhane

Soundtrack | A Low Down Dirty Shame

Zhane is an actress, known for A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), Major Payne (1995) and More Than a Game (2008).

43. Shai

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop III

Shai is an actor, known for Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), So You Think You Can Dance (2005) and Shai: If I Ever Fall in Love (1992).

44. 702

Soundtrack | Stuart Little

45. Brownstone

Soundtrack | Woo

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