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Genre: philly soul

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Parent Genre: R&B

Philly soul is a subgenre of soul music that originated in Philadelphia during the 1970s. It is characterized by its lush orchestration, smooth vocal harmonies, and upbeat rhythms. The genre often features horn sections, string arrangements, and funky basslines. Philly soul artists often sang about love, relationships, and social issues. The genre gained popularity in the 1970s with the rise of record labels such as Philadelphia International Records.


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

Popular philly soul Songs


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Most popular philly soul albums

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International (Expanded Edition)
1975
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We Are Family (1995 Remaster)
1979
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Men Cry Too
2008
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Natural Man / Classic Lou
2001
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The Stylistics - The Original Debut Album
1973
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Back Stabbers
1972
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Spinners
1973
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The Ice Man Cometh
1968
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Blue Magic
1974
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360 Degrees of Billy Paul (Expanded Edition)
1972
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Something / Anything?
1972
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Be Thankful for What You Got
1980
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Essential Classics, Vol. 246: Dee Dee Sharp
2024
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The Delfonics
1970
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Ten Percent (Deluxe Edition)
1976

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List of philly soul artists

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

#namepopularityfollowers
1 58 921969
2 55 1253312
3 53 854215
4 50 597272
5 49 634344
6 55 1375660
7 49 285467
8 47 209100
9 39 245573
10 48 544202
11 37 337044
12 56 640987
13 39 122600
14 46 199690
15 41 232963
16 41 63388
17 36 81728
18 35 100493
19 34 167316
20 50 993616
21 28 62714
22 42 123204
23 45 45463
24 35 32284
25 40 39103
26 49 260042
27 24 61381
28 41 35107
29 34 40515
30 32 36896
31 27 74872
32 33 47980
33 34 9320
34 52 358800
35 28 42459
36 27 28812
37 23 3294
38 20 40904
39 30 75422
40 29 5193
41 29 13629
42 28 36443
43 22 4070
44 25 5401
45 23 2450
46 23 2718
47 15 877
48 14 6091
49 13 515
50 11 876
51 11 769
52 8 589
53 5 239
54 4 319
55 1 240

philly soul playlist created by Chosic

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