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11) R Kelly
A lot of people think of R Kelly as another average hip-hop artist, but he is so much more than that and on quite a few occasions has shown to be a really good singer and all-round solid musician. Not a lot of guys in the urban music industry these days are great vocalists and not many of them have a tone as nice, soulful and unique as R Kelly’s, making him the King of R&B today.
12) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz is similar to one of his biggest musical influences, Jimi Hendrix – a rare black rockstar with a really good, yet underrated voice. Lenny has a good mix of soul as well as that great, classic rock tone to his voice that he can add for stylistic purposes when needed, or keep it clean and smooth if he prefers.
13) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson may have been known as the King of Pop, but there probably aren’t that many people who would say he has a fantastic voice. Wrong! Ok, he wasn’t sublime, but he sure could sing – especially when he was younger and stuck to singing soul and Motown records, before moving into pop, dance and disco.
Prince is a vocalist who really knows how to use his voice and change it for whatever style is needed to be sung, be it rock, soul and R&B, funk, jazz and blues or synth and electropop. He has lovely, sweet and sultry tone most of the time but when he lets loose for big, high notes, he can really blow you away.
15) Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has the ultimate classic rock voice – full of soul, energy and grit, with a raw rasp to it. A lot of rock singers seem to use very questionable vocal techniques that sound unhealthy and are not to everyone’s taste but Jon Bon Jovi always seems to be a firm favourite with a lot of people, and even after all these years of doing what he does best, his voice is still in tact.
16) George Michael
One of the main men when it comes to personifying “white man soul”. He may be more known for his camp, fun pop and disco tunes but George Michael is actually a very great singer, with a wide vocal range and smooth, quite sultry tone to his voice.
I must admit I am not a fan of the recent Usher who has sold out his soul and R&B roots after his “Confessions” album for generic pop-dance songs (and of course, working with that annoying Justin Bieber), but before that he was a fantastic musician with an extremely flexible voice and one hell of a sexy tone, and was a good rival for the King of R&B title back in the day.
Seal’s rich, deep and soulful voice was, sorry for the cliché description- velvety smooth like chocolate. He reminds me of a modern-day Barry White, but less boring.
19) Justin Timberlake
A lot of people probably just see Justin as someone who just has a high voice who likes to sing in falsetto all the time, which I guess is quite true, but he is in fact a pretty good singer, and any guy who can sing half a song in falsetto deserves some credibility.
20) Michael Bublé
With a warm, smooth and rather gorgeous, playful tone to his voice, it’s easy to see why Michael Bublé is so popular (asides from his looks) as he puts his own unique twist to retro jazz and blues classics and has that cool, old-school sound that is very rare on the charts these days (although his mannerisms in his performances are a bit strange…).