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Dark r&b

Most popular artists in Dark r&b

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre dark r&b by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
6,782,537
431,504
2
4,791,327
460,588
3
Chris Grey
3,493,738
125,175
4
3,171,089
132,605
5
2,695,459
211,655
6
2,661,678
209,714
7
2,636,240
167,078
8
Dutch Melrose
2,429,093
105,640
9
2,356,331
334,215
10
Limi
1,926,733
36,337
11
1,899,389
48,021
12
1,761,545
71,644
13
zandros
1,725,101
22,657
14
1,578,395
37,669
15
Ex Habit
1,570,786
57,080
16
1,508,860
218,406
17
Toby Mai
1,418,974
48,519
18
Reed Wonder
1,398,726
10,241
19
1,293,313
56,251
20
Aurora Olivas
1,280,850
5,586
21
1,183,384
44,055
22
Rosenfeld
1,177,260
134,534
23
Omido
1,174,626
34,561
24
Chandler Leighton
1,139,784
114,942
25
Angelicca
1,128,637
17,936
26
Nicholas Bonnin
1,122,867
20,983
27
Mickey Valen
1,027,277
62,166
28
Daniel Di Angelo
1,006,038
192,802
29
Kendyle Paige
994,347
6,332
30
Madalen Duke
965,026
22,009
31
The Tech Thieves
951,038
98,520
32
Connor Kauffman
943,640
82,310
33
942,770
55,696
34
arya x
922,732
37,710
35
Avivian
869,319
3,961
36
PLAZA
834,681
178,483
37
Layto
813,815
129,852
38
Black Atlass
799,630
113,792
39
Austin Giorgio
788,954
137,932
40
CVBZ
779,701
99,574
41
King Kavalier
752,875
10,213
42
Joey Myron
693,297
2,761
43
benny mayne
693,048
24,336
44
Jake Daniels
678,853
82,206
45
Kid Travis
647,509
125,324
46
Saint Chaos
613,031
38,460
47
PatrickReza
593,950
34,173
48
586,465
74,834
49
Shaker
528,268
43,370
50
Rick Jansen
526,505
1,535
51
SWIM
526,256
21,414
52
Austin George
501,724
96,311
53
Crypto
477,280
16,546
54
Ordell
468,417
2,112
55
Joseph Feinstein
448,425
3,313
56
Always Never
443,717
115,743
57
Ashlee
443,244
24,219
58
Thomas LaRosa
442,441
41,316
59
Mitchel Dae
433,162
13,410
60
SUNDERWORLD
432,152
6,439
61
COBRA
429,877
5,700
62
ChrisLee
424,292
2,426
63
Josh Makazo
416,054
81,186
64
Kae
410,361
13,919
65
R3YAN
406,185
8,255
66
THEMXXNLIGHT
395,634
20,549
67
Santino Le Saint
394,047
93,729
68
updog
380,180
34,736
69
Retronaut
374,578
3,504
70
Stevie Howie
372,600
116,630
71
Facading
364,355
8,692
72
EMM
363,794
26,173
73
Azee
347,028
22,428
74
Vosai
341,764
7,870
75
Essiyas
334,139
21,022
76
Beauty School Dropout
309,460
59,797
77
JOY.
307,885
58,760
78
sobhhï
306,427
35,753
79
Mellina Tey
295,307
27,081
80
Gomey
287,600
10,282
81
Dxvn.
286,733
37,236
82
Teflon Sega
274,764
70,261
83
Foreign Figures
273,466
26,785
84
BOBI ANDONOV
272,239
23,204
85
OZZIE
271,657
38,965
86
Henry Verus
270,669
60,149
87
UNDREAM
261,074
14,783
88
Kodoku
258,833
110,591
89
Biometrix
258,048
21,527
90
TIMMS
254,200
32,400
91
451
239,663
23,873
92
Linn Sandin
236,743
1,803
93
Lenii
234,397
52,810
94
LOWBORN
224,309
18,749
95
BAUWZ
218,594
2,983
96
Nikki Idol
213,560
14,283
97
COTIS
211,289
32,453
98
Thorgan
209,353
2,531
99
BURY
202,672
817
100
Paper Idol
197,811
22,571
101
Nic Dean
196,655
20,845
102
Beneld
192,868
1,094
103
Page
190,504
958
104
Sani Knight
189,233
8,558
105
VIZIER
186,681
444
106
IOVA
178,251
2,791
107
BB Cooper
178,133
8,812
108
hxnry
175,364
9,283
109
Sølv
172,617
22,935
110
Constance
172,546
1,318
111
NUVILICES
170,869
6,436
112
Velvet Cash
159,760
1,195
113
Alter.
159,190
16,267
114
BLVKES
156,328
3,600
115
DREAMDNVR
154,778
15,063
116
One Hope
154,168
23,775
117
Xavier Mayne
152,447
18,478
118
Rhea Raj
151,515
17,155
119
the fashion show
149,993
3,283
120
Jonny T
149,851
2,869
121
Casual Sex
146,526
5,487
122
Eli Sostre
146,272
163,191
123
Jordyne
142,573
8,626
124
Cjbeards
133,684
11,994
125
N i G H T S
132,631
26,927
126
Kujah
131,334
4,449
127
sebabrazy
130,822
314
128
Jaymie Deville
130,763
3,764
129
Calivania
128,969
3,021
130
Hemi Moore
128,465
2,244
131
Mblue
126,498
2,474
132
Kidd Phantomm
126,117
7,524
133
Society of Villains
122,925
2,820
134
Yuppycult
122,344
2,375
135
Kaphy
121,063
3,111
136
Adrian Daniel
120,775
19,319
137
EHLE
119,371
11,626
138
WRKINSILENCE
115,918
14,121
139
TRUU
113,680
987
140
Makk Mikkael
110,701
4,821
141
LEOWOLF
110,242
1,326
142
12AM
108,239
48,045
143
Omri
107,045
24,409
144
VICE MONRÖE
105,096
5,952
145
Boon
104,424
9,895
146
Kiyashqo
102,604
633
147
Tokyo Project
100,673
6,937
148
ThatBehavior
99,572
3,434
149
Henri Werner
99,321
6,126
150
Highlnd
97,679
5,818
151
DEIIN
95,531
530
152
Andrea Russett
90,819
39,518
153
Bosquet
87,342
1,752
154
Sidi
85,921
6,513
155
QUINTA
84,607
1,425
156
Liza
80,752
808
157
Zaryah
79,263
8,074
158
Frizzy The Streetz
77,402
977
159
Nick Alexandr
77,359
14,758
160
Cheska Moore
76,004
2,363
161
Diana Goldberg
73,820
5,690
162
Say So City
71,166
3,032
163
Apollo On The Run
69,225
1,301
164
Safe Trvls
65,522
2,429
165
NEVR KNØW
65,072
2,010
166
Eloy
64,451
6,409
167
Natalie
63,622
7,712
168
Ja¥en X District
63,522
11,563
169
Hahlweg
62,959
4,907
170
K-Si Yang
59,670
20,648
171
Greg Gatsby
59,322
2,078
172
Fleuke
58,401
382
173
CLRBLND.
57,717
280
174
mxze
55,251
1,182
175
Clarei
53,886
680
176
Rohan
51,398
5,548
177
Arkane Skye
50,692
3,628
178
Bentez
48,734
788
179
DEELYLE
46,492
7,720
180
Hannabelle
45,474
830
181
Kaila Hoy
44,785
939
182
Felix Lean
44,544
351
183
Anna Cotter
44,521
383
184
NHYN
44,139
785
185
NIVO
43,617
1,939
186
Cheyanne
42,561
745
187
Alejandro Lema
42,277
49,610
188
ruindkid
40,728
404
189
ECÂF
38,887
6,521
190
notefly
38,659
627
191
Eros
38,070
379
192
SØR
36,773
400
193
MIRA
35,212
5,185
194
whatyoudid.
34,030
1,145
195
Austin Hull
32,574
6,110
196
ISEEBLUE
31,984
12,451
197
Rhea Robertson
31,512
2,878
198
memyself&vi
31,030
7,519
199
LVNDVN
30,690
19,040
200
ORZC
29,893
996
201
blurblur
29,037
2,462
202
AMEIRO
28,567
2,532
203
REGI FLIH
26,402
2,975
204
Yonexx
25,576
1,688
205
Aestetic
25,213
2,811
206
Georgina Black
24,654
590
207
Joey Luna
22,438
414
208
Lani Daye
20,877
439
209
Lucad
20,040
509
210
Noita
19,910
4,518
211
Lo Nightly
19,803
5,376
212
Lou
19,119
400
213
PNK FME
17,940
8,343
214
11 LIT3S
17,609
9,114
215
Michael Miller
17,497
1,243
216
Chase Amari
17,447
4,140
217
Koray
17,439
1,146
218
Lone Me
17,382
312
219
Kiki Beats
16,655
805
220
Perrin Xthona
16,099
4,761
221
Heather Jeanette
15,951
304
222
NotAVillain
14,947
167
223
Sarah Kennedy
14,894
1,932
224
Damaged.
14,595
1,688
225
EMBUE
13,698
2,502
226
Gianni Canetti
13,545
2,006
227
Dej Monae
12,401
33
228
SixFoor
11,721
227
229
Desire The Unknown
11,681
1,603
230
Mamie
11,460
651
231
Who's Calling
11,006
946
232
Moniac
10,600
866
233
Viktoria Liv
10,409
1,656
234
Abra Taylor
9,669
3,019
235
Loby
9,365
3,332
236
jess_xd
9,156
2,358
237
Mazzie
8,733
918
238
Wavey Vayn
8,625
1,044
239
EIGHTYEIGHTWAV
8,482
2,331
240
Strange Alias
8,475
871
241
Sayge
8,312
909
242
Saint XIX
8,193
2,380
243
Arcane
7,978
4,175
244
Thrones
7,689
1,352
245
Twenty7
7,305
1,772
246
Kreate
6,991
239
247
Minzie
6,372
980
248
LUV SCARS
6,242
571
249
notsick
6,047
3,130
250
Aegexan
5,852
325
251
ADRIVN
5,645
1,975
252
Nolo Wrldpul
5,163
1,181
253
ONZ
4,708
2,290
254
Aiona
4,555
2,087
255
Kayvahn
3,648
2,703
256
Sebi Ali
3,632
757
257
Mace Syre
3,132
1,726
258
Drudini
2,516
850
259
elio lio
2,069
691
260
Madhouse
1,613
2,949
261
Kwota B.
1,355
609

Some info about dark r&b

Dark R&B, also known as alternative R&B or emo R&B, is a subgenre that has emerged from the crossroads of traditional rhythm and blues and more introspective, atmospheric forms of music. While R&B traditionally focuses on soulful expressions of emotion primarily revolving around love and relationships, dark R&B introduces a moodier, more melancholic quality to its narratives, often exploring deeper and sometimes darker themes such as existential angst, personal struggles, and intricate emotional experiences.

The genesis of dark R&B can be traced back to the late 2000s and early 2010s, during which there was a shifting landscape in the mainstream music scene. Artists began experimenting with the traditional R&B formula by incorporating elements from other genres such as electronic, indie, and even trip-hop. This period saw the rise of artists who preferred a less polished, more raw approach to music production and storytelling.

Key figures in this movement include The Weeknd, whose early works like "House of Balloons" set a benchmark for the genre with its haunting production, ethereal soundscapes, and lyrical content that often delved into themes of hedonism, romance, and melancholia. Another pivotal artist is FKA twigs, whose avant-garde approach to music and visuals has carved a unique niche within the genre. Her use of ethereal soundscapes combined with poignant lyrical expression creates a riveting blend that has become a hallmark of dark R&B.

In the United States, dark R&B has resonated deeply, particularly among younger audiences who seek more than just the traditional themes of love and heartbreak. Its reflective and somber tone provides a space for introspection and connection on a more intimate level, something that has appealed widely to listeners navigating the complexities of modern life.

However, the genre is not confined to the US and has found followers across the globe, with countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia also hosting vibrant scenes. In the UK, artists like James Blake have contributed to the genre with his soulful electronic compositions that incorporate the emotional intensity and depth characteristic of dark R&B.

Dark R&B is also heavily influenced by advancements in production technology. The use of atmospheric synths, heavy bass, and minimalist, often sparse beats gives the genre its distinctive sound. This is complemented by vocals that can range from hauntingly subtle to powerfully emotive, adding layers of complexity to the music.

Modern day representatives like SZA and Frank Ocean have taken the genre to new heights, integrating strong lyrical themes that tackle issues from modern existentialism to social commentary, showcasing the versatility and depth dark R&B is capable of offering.

As a genre, dark R&B represents a significant shift in the landscape of contemporary music. It challenges the normative boundaries of R&B by introducing elements that are introspective, raw, and real, appealing to a generation that seeks authenticity and depth in their musical experiences. Its popularity and influence continue to grow as artists push the boundaries of what can be expressed and explored through this evocative style. This intriguing blend of mood, music, and message ensures that dark R&B remains a compelling genre within the vast tapestry of music.