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Genre: classic soul

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Parent Genre: R&B

Classic soul music is a genre that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by its smooth, emotive vocals and gospel-inspired melodies. The genre often deals with themes of love, heartbreak, and social justice. Classic soul music is known for its use of horns, strings, and other orchestral elements, as well as its incorporation of blues and R&B influences. It has been influential in shaping the sound of modern pop and R&B music.


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Piano, Drum Kit, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Horn Section, Organ, Keyboard/Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Saxophone, Trumpet, Double Bass, Trombone, Clarinet, Synthesizer

Popular classic soul Songs


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Most popular classic soul albums

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Let's Stay Together
1972
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People Never Give Up
2020
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What's Going On
1971
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Soul Power
2006
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Twist & Shout
2005
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Green Onions (60th Anniversary Remaster)
1962
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No Place To Hide
2010
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Just As I Am
1971
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Aretha Now
1968
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It's All Right
1995
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The Ray Charles Story Volume 2
2005
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International (Expanded Edition)
1975
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Maggot Brain
1971
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Soul Agenda
1989
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Mothership Connection
1975
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Supremes A Go Go
1966

classic soul music by decade

Explore classic soul history by listening to songs from every decade. Click on the decade to view songs.

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List of classic soul artists

Here is a list of classic soul artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the classic soul genre. You can find out what classic soul genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 44 330522
2 47 376105
3 62 569526
4 50 238002
5 48 467960
6 58 921969
7 43 275603
8 40 220457
9 51 453676
10 47 448248
11 42 285904
12 44 331851
13 44 319492
14 53 854215
15 55 1253312
16 41 381641
17 45 671532
18 49 634344
19 50 597272
20 55 269867
21 48 696341
22 49 397835
23 54 1282884
24 48 485325
25 51 397750
26 43 581248
27 49 666490
28 51 1263721
29 43 568808
30 51 260772
31 48 349960
32 46 400298
33 55 1375660
34 64 1967144
35 46 183209
36 45 426893
37 53 586543
38 48 544202
39 60 1821189
40 47 209100
41 49 285467
42 61 1120521
43 55 697955
44 73 1708881
45 55 1012672
46 57 449991
47 72 5320310
48 43 195169
49 60 978812
50 44 273974
51 61 1687408
52 65 180167
53 55 1201104
54 54 456743
55 49 321455
56 47 350389
57 44 281033
58 50 308275
59 45 159752
60 45 227450
61 68 2237949
62 50 134771
63 68 3357034
64 43 193304
65 49 746327
66 49 789928
67 67 2922300
68 56 1096845
69 50 344493
70 41 232963
71 54 298698
72 57 333570
73 40 136477
74 50 309907
75 53 622760
76 51 508569
77 66 2277069
78 46 199690
79 66 1620105
80 54 447555
81 57 530879
82 46 39404
83 42 72590
84 41 63388
85 41 132720
86 45 98335
87 50 121633
88 47 86125
89 41 107708
90 42 123204
91 46 106304
92 41 77114
93 43 52737
94 55 208964
95 41 35107
96 44 90694
97 47 79758
98 42 45501
99 41 26576
100 40 18305

classic soul playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular classic soul music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.