A blend of gospel, rhythm and blues, soul music is one of the most representative styles of American music. This music genre has a few key characteristics, which include heartfelt lyrics, soloist instrument parts, catchy rhythms and hand claps.
Soul music evolved into other music types, including R&B and funk. Some of the best-known soul performers include Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown. You can find their songs on CDs and box sets, including complete soul collections.