The term "legend" is so misused in today's music industry. One great album does not a legend make. No. Not when there are singers like Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers still performing onstage at sold-out venues.

Since the origin of R&B there have been two types of legends: those who debuted and were instantly tagged as being something special and those who may have needed a bit of time to prove their epic status. Either way, these artists have made an integral mark on the R&B genre and set the standard on what it takes to be recognized for having done so, for all time. highlights these great talents, past and present. Here are the Top 10 Legendary R&B Singers.

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