50 Most Influential R&B Stars of All Time

These artists have churned out hit after hit and made musical history.

Black Music Month is one of our favorite months of the year because we get to reflect on how Black music -- our music -- has changed the cultural of America and beyond.

To celebrate this exciting month we thought it fitting to highlight the 50 artists whose body of work has uplifted, soothed, and energized us over the years.

These artists -- who are listed in no particular order -- have churned out hit after hit and made musical history. From classic stars like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, to newcomers like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce, ESSENCE.com celebrates the soul singers and producers who went hard and made history.

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