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The Greatest of All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists, Songs and Albums rankings are based on weekly performance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (from its Oct. 20, 1958 inception through Feb. 25, 2017) and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (from its Jan. 30, 1965 inception through Feb. 25, 2017). Songs and Albums are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart entries.

GREATEST OF ALL TIME TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ARTISTS

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Stevie Wonder Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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James Brown Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Michael Jackson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Marvin Gaye Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Isley Brothers Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Gladys Knight And The Pips Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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R. Kelly Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Mary J. Blige Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The O'Jays Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Luther Vandross Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Prince Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Earth, Wind & Fire Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Whitney Houston Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Jacksons Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Janet Jackson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Mariah Carey Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Drake Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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JAY-Z Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Usher Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Kool & The Gang Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Supremes Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Chaka Khan Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Beyonce Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Al Green Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Four Tops Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Lil Wayne Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Commodores Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Rihanna Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Freddie Jackson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Alicia Keys Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Diana Ross Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Barry White Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Keith Sweat Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Miracles Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Chris Brown Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Eminem Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Teddy Pendergrass Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Ray Charles Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Cameo Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Smokey Robinson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Rick James Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Isaac Hayes Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Impressions Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Spinners Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Gap Band Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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2Pac Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Natalie Cole Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Whispers Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Dionne Warwick Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Ludacris Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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T.I. Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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LL Cool J Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Lionel Richie Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Kanye West Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Boyz II Men Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Stephanie Mills Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Ohio Players Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Roberta Flack Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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George Benson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Anita Baker Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Trey Songz Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Toni Braxton Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Wilson Pickett Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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New Edition Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Lou Rawls Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Bobby "Blue" Bland Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Patti LaBelle Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Otis Redding Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Johnnie Taylor Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Jerry Butler Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Quincy Jones Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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War Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Snoop Dogg Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Bobby Womack Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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TLC Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Keyshia Cole Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Gerald Levert Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Bobby Brown Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Monica Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Sade Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Babyface Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Donna Summer Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Jodeci Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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50 Cent Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Atlantic Starr Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Aaliyah Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Levert Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Sly & The Family Stone Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Nelly Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Tony Toni Tone Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Sam Cooke Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Ne-Yo Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Brook Benton Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Ashford & Simpson Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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Nicki Minaj Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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The Dells Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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B.B. King Billboard Greatest of All Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
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