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100 Greatest Neo Soul Songs of All Time

100 Greatest Neo Soul Songs of All Time
Emerging in the early '90s in the US and the UK, neo soul rose to popularity pretty quickly, generating a number of hits as the years went by. This post brings to you a list of the best neo soul songs by some of some of the most popular artists around.
Melodyful Staff
Last Updated: May 9, 2018
Fun Fact
It has been noticed that neo soul artists are mostly women, as opposed to traditional and contemporary R&B.
Neo soul came into existence in the 1990s from soul music and contemporary R&B. Not long after its emergence in the early '90s, neo soul music gained popularity through artists like Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Lauryn Hill, and D'Angelo. The term neo soul was coined by Kedar Massenburg, a music industry entrepreneur. Although this term is not liked much by the artists, it is almost commonly accepted and associated with this music all over the world.

Neo soul has elements ranging from jazz and funk, to pop, hip-hop, and fusion. The sounds of this kind of music are a bit less conventional than contemporary R&B, though, some traditional elements of R&B are retained. After its initial popularity and commercial success, it spread across other regions of the world, and newer artists started coming in. Over the years, there have been numerous hit songs generated by artists all over. We bring you a list of some of the best neo soul songs of all time, in no particular order.
100 Best Neo Soul Songs
Brown Sugar
D'Angelo

Told Ya
Jaguar Wright

Soul Sista
Bilal

A Long Walk
Jill Scott

You Got Me
The Roots

Sumthin' Sumthin'
Maxwell

Brown Skin
India Arie

Nothing Even Matters
Lauryn Hill

Didn't Cha Know
Erykah Badu

Chicken Grease
D'Angelo

Lady
D'Angelo

Hopeless
Dionne Farris

Brotha
Angie Stone

Lost Without You
Robin Thicke

Epiphany
Chrisette Michelle

Ordinary People
John Legend

On & On
Erykah Badu

Other Side of the Game
Erykah Badu

Subject
Dwele

You
Raheem Devaughn

Jonz in My Bonz
D'Angelo

Emotional Rollercoaster
Vivan Green

Don't You Forget it
Glenn Lewis

Be With You
Elisabeth Withers

Hometown Glory
Adele

Like a Star
Corinne Bailey Rae

Woman
Raheem Devaughn

Telephone
Erykah Badu

Seeing is Believing
Adriana Evans

Killing Me Softly
Lauryn Hill

You Sent Me Flying
Amy Winehouse

Ascension
Maxwell

You Should Be Here
Rapheal Saadiq

Enchantment
Corinne Bailey Rae

I Want to Dance Tonight
Lucy Pearl

Let Go
Lalah Hathaway

Spoiled
Joss Stone

Seconds of Pleasure
Van Hunt

Hypnotic
The Roots

Inside My Love
Trina Broussard

Vain
Dwele

Fade Away
Gaelle

Different
Goapele

Mary Go Round
Musiq

Rebirth of Slick
Digable Planets

Come Close
Common

Where I'm From
Anthony Hamilton

Still Ray
Raphael Saadiq

Umi Says
Mos Def

Fool of Me
Me'shell Ndeg'ecello

Untitled
D'Angelo

Even Matters
Lauryn Hill

Closer
Goapele

Makeda
Les Nubians

Butterflies (Keys Remix)
Alicia Keys

Subject
Dwele

The Way
Jill Scott

My Life
Mary J. Blige

Say Yes
Floetry

Fortunate
Maxwell

Sometime
Bilal

Charlene
Anthony Hamilton

You Don't Know My Name
Alicia Keys

Just Friends
Musiq

Lay Down
Floetry

Prototype
Andre 3000

Love Calls
Kemistry

Get Up
Amel Larrieux

Georgy Pordgy
Eric Benet

K.O.S. Determination
Black Star

Where You Are
Rahsaan Patterson

Sincere
Foreign Exchange

Whatever, Whatever
Jill Scott

Falling
Gaelle

Far Away
Kindred the Family

Pretty Girl
Eric Roberson

Heaven Only Knows
John Legend

I Wish I Didn't Miss You
Angie Stone

He Is
Heather Headley

Your Joy
Chrisette Michelle

Thieves in the Night
Black Star

Alright
Lesdisi

What is Love
Vivian Green

Find a Way
Dwele

I Love You Too Much
Eric Roberson

At This Time
Algebra

Music
Leela James

Down Here in Hell
Van Hunt

Venusian
Julie Dexter

I'm Cheatin
Dwele

Iggin' Me
Chico Debarge

Never Never Land
Lyfe

Alright
Allen Anthony

One Woman Man
Dave Hollister

Sweetest Thing
The Refugee Camp

I Can't Stop Loving You
Kemistry

If I Were You
Donnie

Wintersky
Jazzhole

Lay Your Head on My Pillow
Tony! Toni! Toné!

Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
D'Angelo
Although neo soul, as a genre, has not been able to find as concrete an acceptance as that of the hip-hop or R&B genres, it is still alive, and artists continue to engage in this type of music and produce regular hits. If you have your own favorites, do mention them in the comments section below.