32 Essential Neo Soul Artists (On 1 Playlist)

by (@sllambe)

The return of Erykah Badu on Janelle Monae‘s new song, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, reminded us of a genre that hasn’t seen much love in the past few years: Neo Soul. In the late ’90s, it seemed like everyone was exploring a world of retro R&B influenced by soul and hip hop but these days, the artists channeling this vibe are far and few between. We rounded up 32 artists that helped define this genre of music.

1. Aloe Blacc, “I Need A Dollar”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

The singer emerged when his first single, “I Need A Dollar”, was used in the promos for the short-lived HBO series, How To Make It In America.

2. Amel Larrieux, “Get Up”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

“Get Up” is the singer-songwriter’s most successful single to date, reaching 37 on R&B charts.

3. Angie Stone, “Brotha”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

The ode to the man in her in life was penned by Stone and Raphael Saadiq who is responsible for a lot of the production on this list. Stone herself helped write and record D’Angelo’s early albums, Brown Sugar and Voodoo.

4. Anthony Hamilton, “Comin’ From Where I’m From”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

“Comin’ From Where I’m From” is Anthony Hamilton’s breakout single, which earned him two Grammy nominations in 2003.

5. Blu Cantrell, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

Cantrell burst onto the scene with this “a man who done me wrong” anthem that took advantage of her jazzy vocals.

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