image

Genre: soul

Play genre

Soul music is a genre that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by its emotive and passionate vocal performances, often accompanied by gospel-inspired harmonies and instrumentation. It incorporates elements of R&B, blues, and gospel music, and is known for its focus on themes of love, heartbreak, and social justice. The genre has produced some of the most iconic and influential artists in music history, with its most notable figures known for their powerful and distinctive voices, as well as their ability to connect with audiences on a deep emotional level.

Most popular soul artists

Show more artists
Parent Genre: R&B

Sub genres

Related genres

Instruments used

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

Releases by year

Here you can see the popularity of Soul genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1920s 15
1923 2
1925 1
1926 2
1927 1
1928 6
1929 3
1930s 39
1930 4
1933 27
1934 1
1937 6
1939 1
1940s 1
1949 1
1950s 836
1950 7
1952 8
1953 23
1954 25
1955 47
1956 139
1957 181
1958 182
1959 224
1960s 3281
1960 148
1961 206
1962 268
1963 231
1964 329
1965 337
1966 385
1967 386
1968 506
1969 485
1970s 4815
1970 584
1971 427
1972 541
1973 506
1974 477
1975 467
1976 489
1977 451
1978 403
1979 470
1980s 2852
1980 424
1981 420
1982 402
1983 299
1984 246
1985 241
1986 217
1987 184
1988 191
1989 228
1990s 2470
1990 123
1991 346
1992 209
1993 301
1994 277
1995 288
1996 291
1997 172
1998 224
1999 239
2000s 2911
2000 284
2001 245
2002 280
2003 254
2004 207
2005 352
2006 294
2007 399
2008 320
2009 276
2010s 2799
2010 286
2011 222
2012 235
2013 246
2014 290
2015 323
2016 282
2017 277
2018 295
2019 343
2020s 1491
2020 304
2021 331
2022 291
2023 386
2024 179
21510 releases

Popular soul Songs


Top New soul Songs of 2024


Most popular soul albums

default-img
Thriller
1982
default-img
Let's Stay Together
1972
default-img
KC & the Sunshine Band
1975
default-img
Nat King Cole Sings George Shearing Plays
1962
default-img
People Never Give Up
2020
default-img
What's Going On
1971
default-img
At Last!
1960
default-img
Twist & Shout
2005
default-img
Green Onions (60th Anniversary Remaster)
1962
default-img
Good Golly!
1969
default-img
Good Thing
2018
default-img
Light Of Worlds
1974
default-img
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book
1958
default-img
Let The Music Play
1976
default-img
Innervisions
1973
default-img
Love & Hate
2016

soul music by decade

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

2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s

List of soul artists

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

#namepopularityfollowers
1 63 572528
2 52 241100
3 60 931855
4 53 460554
5 55 862603
6 51 644393
7 56 1296029
8 53 1277555
9 52 405536
10 57 1268602
11 56 273283
12 51 603522
13 50 353837
14 50 673751
15 52 263514
16 57 1395387
17 63 1888289
18 52 637078
19 65 1990255
20 59 1228787
21 61 1838045
22 61 990046
23 63 1132076
24 54 1082343
25 54 591223
26 56 1211350
27 51 471189
28 56 702782
29 74 1730729
30 73 5369449
31 59 456902
32 65 1867949
33 63 1622799
34 68 2952680
35 74 4314783
36 58 647644
37 66 2506449
38 51 288822
39 56 1019159
40 62 1703019
41 62 635943
42 60 949164
43 59 719354
44 69 3390446
45 67 182236
46 71 2261514
47 52 566807
48 52 267648
49 50 325472
50 51 752641
51 51 135487
52 67 2311358
53 54 1337151
54 55 460667
55 50 793924
56 62 2163739
57 58 1106384
58 50 310744
59 52 313958
60 65 1895049
61 56 302234
62 57 336646
63 58 538783
64 66 1635374
65 54 627425
66 52 514028
67 65 401385
68 55 451076
69 52 1003997
70 57 478378
71 63 1918316
72 66 2500829
73 63 1026594
74 75 6486340
75 68 2895801
76 70 2933140
77 64 3104662
78 58 290272
79 68 1698985
80 67 2268488
81 56 503736
82 65 1575446
83 66 471793
84 60 2732442
85 66 2015696
86 61 2543950
87 82 31620121
88 71 1680842
89 66 1442508
90 55 267360
91 55 480760
92 51 243881
93 63 793447
94 57 958556
95 65 608523
96 54 1293200
97 55 941805
98 59 1214219
99 57 186415
100 54 133745

soul playlist created by Chosic

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