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Timeline of R&B/Soul Music in America

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1940s - Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
1950s - Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man
1960s - Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself
1970s - Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
1980s - Mtume - Juicy Fruit
1990s - Cathy Denis - Touch Me
2000s - Usher - Yeah
1940s - Louis Jordan - Caldonia
1950s - Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
1960s - Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour
1970s - Al Green - Let's Stay Together
1980s - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Head To Toe
1990s - Ralph Tresvant - Sensitivity
2000s - Beyonce - Crazy In Love
1940s - Lionel Hampton - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
1950s - Ray Charles - What'd I Say
1960s - James Brown - I Got You
1970s - Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
1980s - Prince - When Doves Cry
1990s - Janet Jackson - Escapade
2000s - Alicia Keys - Falling
1940s - Ink Spots - I Can't Stand Losing You
1950s - Platters - Only You
1960s - Supremes - Come See About Me
1970s - Rufus - Tell Me Something Good
1980s - Michael Jackson - Bille Jean
1990s - Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee
2000s - Mary J. Blige - Family Affair


1940s - Rhythm & Blues, an offshoot of gospel, jazz and blues, begins to take shape as a genre.
1950s - Rock and roll, which incorporates R & B, becomes popular.
1960s - Soul music floods the pop charts with labels such as Motown, Tamla, Atlantic, King and Stax.
1970s - Funk music, innovated by James Brown, influences disco, pop and rock.
1980s - R&B becomes more electronic-based music.
1990s - Hip hop, which has developed since the 70s, takes center stage on the pop charts.
2000s - Beyonce and Alicia Keys inject more traditional sounding R&B back into the mainstream.
2010s - R&B and hip hop continue to influence and dominate the pop charts.






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