10 Old School R&B Singers Who Are Popular

Michael Jackson (left) Mariah Carey (bottom right) and Beyonce (left) are all great R&B musical artists
Michael Jackson (left) Mariah Carey (bottom right) and Beyonce (left) are all great R&B musical artists( Source : facebook )

Old School R&B Singers Who Are Popular include 1. Michael Jackson 2. Madonna 3. Stevie Wonder. The R&B genre has produced many famous talent.

R&B originated in the 1940s in the African community. It is a sub-genre of Jazz music. The common instruments used in the R&B genre include drums, bass, piano, and guitar. 

The genre added to the development of rock and roll music and helped in the conception of electric blues, gospel, and popularity of the soul music. 

It is a commercially successful genre there are thousands of artists who have successfully made a name for themselves within the genre.

10 Old School R&B Singers And Their Age

Michael Jackson50 years old (1958-2009)
Madonna64 years old
Stevie Wonder72 years old
Aretha Franklin76 years old (1942-2018)
Prince57 years old (1958-2016)
Beyonce41 years old
Mary J Blige52 years old
Bill Withers81 years old (1938-2020)
Mariah Carey54 years old
Lionel Richie73 years old


10. Lionel Richie

Richie with a wig, the artist was insisted to wear wig by Katy Perry in American Idol 2023
Richie with a wig, the artist was insisted to wear wig by Katy Perry in American Idol 2023( Source : instagram )

Lionel Richie is an old-school male R&B singer. Richie is also a songwriter, producer, and judge of the American reality TV show American Idol.

The singer is from Tuskegee, Alabama, and is from a musical family. Thus he was ingrained in songs and gospels since his childhood.

Richie started his career in 1968 and is active at present as well. The 73-year-old singer has won four Grammy awards and achieved multiple accolades.

Similarly, Lionel's best-performing album to date is "Can't Slow Down (1983)" which went to number one in the US charts, US R&B charts, Australian Charts, and Canadian Charts. The album went Diamond (10 times) in U.S. and Canada.

The artist has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

9. Mariah Carey

Carey promoting her latest Christmas single,
Carey promoting her latest Christmas single, "Fall in Love at Christmas" in 2022.( Source : instagram )

Mariah Carey is already a legend among female R&B singers. Carey has received Guinness World Records for her vocal range.

The singer is especially known for her beautiful contralto and mezzo-soprano voice and is one of the gifted singers within the genre.

She is a new-school R&B artist who uses electronic sounds to enhance her music. As such, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time.

Throughout her career, Carey has sold over 75 million certified units of records and has received five Grammy awards. The artist is also part of VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Likewise, her best-performing album to date is her third studio record "Music Box" which went number one in the US, and Canada. The album was certified by Diamond in the US.

8.Bill Withers

Wither's fan club wishing happy Christmas 2022 to the singer's well-wishers and followers from their Instagram account.
Wither's fan club wishing happy Christmas 2022 to the singer's well-wishers and followers from their Instagram account.( Source : instagram )

Bill Withers is a familiar name in old-school R&B. Withers inspired generations through popular hits like Ain't No Sunshine," and "Lean on Me."

Withers have won three Grammy awards throughout his career. The artist began his music career in 1967.

Though he was a singer, he was born with a stutter and struggled for quite some time due to this condition. His inspiration for singing and writing songs came from his nine years of service in the Army.

During his career, the artist released eight studio albums, one live album, ten compilation albums, and thirty-four singles. His second album Still Bill went gold and charted at the top 4 positions on the US Billboard charts.

The artist passed away due to heart complications at the age of 81 on March 30, 2020.

7.Mary J Blige

Blige is starring at the series Ghost released 2023, she is celebrating her success with wine down bet.
Blige is starring at the series Ghost released 2023, she is celebrating her success with wine down bet.( Source : instagram )

Mary J Blige is widely hailed as the Queen of R&B. Blige has won nine Grammy awards and was nominated for two Oscars for her role in Mudbound (2017).

In the course of her career, Blige has released fourteen studio albums, two live albums, nine compilation albums, eighty-three singles, and one soundtrack album. Her best-performing album to date is her album "The Breakthrough (2005)" which topped the chart of US Billboard and US R&B charts.

The 52-year-old singer's most streamed tracks include the following:

6. Beyonce

Beyonce alongside Jay-Z in a met gala, she won four Grammy awards in 2023.
Beyonce alongside Jay-Z in a met gala, she won four Grammy awards in 2023.( Source : instagram )

Beyonce Knowles is widely regarded as one of the greatest in the genre. Knowles has received 32 Grammy awards in her career.

The singer is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with record-setting sales of 200 million records. All of her albums have gone platinum, her best-selling solo album to date is her debut album, "Dangerously in Love" which sold more than 5 million units.

Similarly, her R&B group Destiny's Child is also the best-selling girl group of all time. Moreover, the artist's singles are significantly popular achieving both Gold and Platinum record status.

The artist's most streamed songs on Spotify are as follows;

  • Run The World
  • Cuff It
  • Halo
  • Break My Soul
  • Crazy in Love
  • Single Ladies

5. Prince

Prince performing in 1985 concert, he took home two Grammy award for his song Purple Rain
Prince performing in 1985 concert, he took home two Grammy award for his song Purple Rain( Source : instagram )

Prince is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. The singer is remembered for his contribution to pop, R&b, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and funk. 

Not only has he sold over 100 million records throughout his career, but he has also won seven Grammy awards and other prizes from MTV, Golden Globes, and Brit Awards.

In the course of his musical journey, he has released forty-two studio albums, five live albums, and seventeen video albums. His best-selling album is "Purple Rain (1984)" which topped the charts in the US, Australia, and other nations.

The album was certified RIAA Diamond 13 times. The best and most streamed songs of the artists are as follows:

  • Purple Rain
  • Kiss
  • Raspberry Beret
  • When Doves Cry
  • Let's Go Crazy

4. Aretha Franklin

Aretha responding to the press, after her song became anthem to woman, she responded with delight towards her fans.
Aretha responding to the press, after her song became anthem to woman, she responded with delight towards her fans.( Source : instagram )

Aretha Franklin is forever remembered as the Queen of Soul. Franklin has sold over 75 million records throughout her career.

The singer has released 38 albums, 6 live albums, and 131 singles. Her best-selling album is "Who's Zoomin' Who (1985)" which was certified platinum.

Franklin's best albums include Young, Gifted, and Black, Let Me In Your Life, Aretha, A Rose Is Still A Rose, So Damm Happy, and many more. The singer's most performing singles from her albums are as follows;

  • I Say a Little Prayer
  • Respect
  • A Natural Woman
  • Think
  • I Knew You Were Waiting

3. Stevie Wonder

Wonder inviting his fans to his 2018 concert where he performed at Atlantic City, L.A, Springfield, and National Harbor.
Wonder inviting his fans to his 2018 concert where he performed at Atlantic City, L.A, Springfield, and National Harbor.( Source : instagram )

Stevie Wonder is known for his extraordinary musical career. Wonder's ingenious talent has led him to win over 25 Grammy Awards.

The singer has shown prowess in multiple music genres like pop, soul, R&b, and gospel. He is a man of many talents who was able to overcome the disadvantage of blindness and accomplish significant accolades.

The artist has released 23 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 91 singles over the course of his career. The artist's best-performing album to date is, "Songs in the Key of Life" which topped the charts and was certified RIAA Diamond.

That said, the most popular songs of the artists are as follows;

  • Heaven Help Us All
  • Isn't She Lovely
  • Superstition
  • For Once In My Life
  • Part-Time Lover
  • As

2. Madonna

Madonna rocking her Victorian couture in 2022, the artist's every album have received RIAA platinum certification
Madonna rocking her Victorian couture in 2022, the artist's every album have received RIAA platinum certification( Source : instagram )

Madonna has received the informal title of Queen of Pop. The artist is known for her versatility in her music, songwriting, and videos.

The singer has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. In the course of her career, she has released 14 studio albums, six live albums, and three soundtrack albums.

Her second studio album "Like a Virgin" topped the US charts and was certified RIAA Diamond.

Almost all of her albums have been certified as either Gold or Platinum. She is one of the richest female singers, who have a net worth of millions of dollars only through her music catalog.

The most streamed songs of contemporary R&B singers are as follows;

  • La Isla Bonita
  • Frozen On Fire
  • Everybody
  • Deeper and Deeper
  • Bad Girl
  • Fever

1. Michael Jackson

Jackson photographed in his album tour
Jackson photographed in his album tour "Bad" in 1988 at Mile High City concert.( Source : instagram )

Michael Jackson is known as the King of Pop. Jackson is one of the most iconic singers of all time.

The singer is estimated to have sold around 400 million records, dubbing him to be the best-selling male solo artist of all time. During his career, he sold ten studio albums, one live album, and eight remix albums.

The singer's best-selling album of all time is "Thriller" which topped U.S. and international charts. It sold 70 million units and was certified three times diamond and thirty-four times platinum.

Similarly, the album was nominated for thirteen Grammy awards, taking home eight Grammy in a single night. All of the artist's albums have been certified platinum with his last album Invincible topping all global charts.

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