The internet is ripping Rolling Stone magazine apart over their “100 Greatest Singers of All-Time” list because arguing over subjective topics is what the internet specializes in.
On Sunday night, the Twitter account “Classic Rock In Pics” shared a tweet with Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Singers of All-Time.” The Twitter account asked the internet if they had any “thoughts” on the ranking, and oh boy, did they.
It should be clarified that this “Greatest Singers of All-Time” list originally published in the November 27, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone. So that could explain why newer singers such as Adele, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse did not make the list.
Rolling Stone says that the vocalist rankings were made by “a panel of 179 experts.” The panelists formed the list by rewarding singers who had “expressivity, surprise, soul, grain, interpretive wit [and] angle of vision.”
Even though the list was created over a decade ago, there are glaring issues with the list, and Twitter dragged Rolling Stone accordingly.
The top 10 singers are Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and James Bown. Most agree that Aretha Franklin is worthy of the title of the “Best Singer of All-Time.”
However, music enthusiasts had big problems with Elvis Presley at #3, John Lennon at #5, and Bob Dylan at #7.
Many people were mad with the rankings of singers who they thought should have been higher on the list including Freddie Mercury (18), Micheal Jackson (25), Prince (30), Whitney Houston (34), Dolly Parton (73), and Mariah Carey (79).
Then there were the notable artists who didn’t make the top 100 including Beyonce, Carole King, Eddie Vedder, John Fogerty, Waylon Jennings, Robert Smith, Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Sting, Celine Dion, Lauren Hill, Chaka Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Donna Summer, Kate Bush, Roger Waters, just to name a few.
Harsh, but fair criticisms of Rolling Stone.