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Genre: northern soul

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Parent Genre: R&B

Northern soul is a music genre that emerged in the 1960s in northern England. It is characterized by a fast-paced beat, heavy use of horns and strings, and soulful vocals. The genre gained popularity among working-class youth who were drawn to its energetic dance rhythms and the emotional intensity of the lyrics. Northern soul often features lesser-known American soul tracks that were not widely played in the US, as well as rare B-sides and obscure recordings. The genre has a dedicated following and continues to influence contemporary music.


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Popular northern soul Songs


Most popular northern soul albums

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What's Going On
1971
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Listen To Me
2017
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Ain't Nothin But A House Party
1999
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Echoes of Time
2003
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ドライブが楽しくなる洋楽ヒッツ!70年代 R&B
2023
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Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast Recording
2005
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Something Bad On My Mind
1968
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Northern Soul Legend
2010
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Love Bandit
2002
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Sunny
1966
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Nothing But A Heartache (Remastered) [Remastered 1985]
1985
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The Sensational Donnie Elbert Sings
1976
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Let The Good Times Roll & (Feel So Good) [Mono Version]
1967
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Classic and Collectable: Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl
2015
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New Vibrations
1967
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Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
1972

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List of northern soul artists

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

#namepopularityfollowers
1 74 5259014
2 49 158645
3 41 105273
4 62 619496
5 40 84603
6 37 98533
7 38 31794
8 41 27460
9 43 31680
10 52 127134
11 54 35735
12 32 25598
13 30 44785
14 49 41083
15 34 17721
16 35 15713
17 27 20466
18 27 4977
19 36 21220
20 36 7972
21 39 15321
22 39 17502
23 31 5065
24 36 12851
25 34 9956
26 34 17489
27 35 20465
28 35 27430
29 29 29008
30 33 12019
31 32 9619
32 31 2462
33 17 2888
34 25 4015
35 22 6490
36 22 6045
37 26 2167
38 26 1986
39 24 1378
40 24 1357
41 24 10261
42 23 3151
43 23 2685
44 23 3852
45 23 6042
46 22 862
47 22 1371
48 22 582
49 19 6571
50 20 3199
51 20 2676
52 20 778
53 20 620
54 20 856
55 14 6591
56 19 1125
57 19 1128
58 18 1944
59 17 638
60 17 845
61 17 249
62 17 439
63 16 1655
64 16 411
65 16 435
66 16 7188
67 16 1249
68 15 15539
69 15 791
70 14 458
71 14 1278
72 14 1619
73 13 614
74 13 562
75 13 1965
76 13 4011
77 12 480
78 11 1981
79 11 235
80 11 320
81 11 77
82 11 433
83 10 536
84 10 225
85 10 263
86 9 1014
87 9 2005
88 8 530
89 8 359
90 8 131
91 6 587
92 6 432
93 6 617
94 6 155
95 5 896
96 5 111
97 5 192
98 4 191
99 4 217
100 4 836

northern soul playlist created by Chosic

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