26. Musiq Soulchild, “Just Friends (Sunny)”
“Just Friends” was Soulchild’s lead single from his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, which fused blues, gospel and hip hop.
27. Nikka Costa, “Like A Feather”
Costa combined funk, blue-eyed soul and R&B in her debut album, Everybody Got Their Something, which included the song, “Like A Feather.” The track was most famous for being the soundtrack to the 2000 Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign.
28. Raphael Saadiq, “Sure Hope You Mean It”
If Badu is the Queen, then Saadiq is the “King of Neo Soul.” Following his days with Tony! Toni! Toné!, the singer built a career on writing and producing hit records for everyone from D’Angelo to Whitney Houston.
29. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, “When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle”
The funkiest entry on the list, the Dap Kings are famous for filling out Amy Winehouse’s sound on Back To Black. Jones fronts this group with incredible passion needed to be seen live.
30. Solange Knowles, “I Decided”
Beyonce’s younger sister hasn’t quite reached the same level of fame, but Knowles has done a great job of building her own sound that has verged heavily into neo soul and alternative R&B.