32 Essential Neo Soul Artists (On 1 Playlist)

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6. Corinne Bailey Rae, “Put Your Records On”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

The British import became popular for her homegrown sound exemplified with the single, “Put Your Records On”.

7. D’Angelo, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

D’Angelo oozed all the sex into this single, which was made doubly popular by with the singer’s naked body in the music video.

8. Eric Benet, “Spend My Life With You”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

Benet’s duet with Tamia topped the charts in 1999, during the height neo soul’s popularity on the radio.

9. Erykah Badu, “Tyrone (Live)”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

Badu is the quintessential example of the sub-genre, earning her the title, “Queen of Neo Soul.” The live version of Tyrone is the best example of her sound that combines, R&B, jazz and hip-hop.

10. Esperanza Spalding, “Little Fly”

Essential Neo Soul Artists

This jazz singer was around for a few years before she won 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The song is actually a William Blake poem set to music.