Rolling Stone has ruffled feathers with its updated list of the 200 greatest singers of all time.
The publication started the new year with an update to its ranking, which began in 2008, honoring the best singers in pop music.
This time around, the list excludes powerhouses like Celine Dion, Pink, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick and more.
“This new list has been compiled by our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation,” writes Rolling Stone, adding that the criteria were based on “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog and the breadth of their musical heritage.”
Many music fans argued on Twitter over which artists were snubbed and the ranking order.
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“They got THE @MichaelJackson at eighty-six?! and no @CelineDion at ALL?!” actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted. “Hang on, the way MJ sang #WithAChildsHeart as a KID puts him at least in the top three and if Celine Dion isn’t in the Top 10 AT LEAST, what do we really do?! Shit @RollingStone.”
A Twitter user wrote: “What do you mean celine dion is not on the rolling stone list???”
“I’m sorry, but Jennifer Hudson is a better singer than 95% of the people on this #RollingStone list,” another person said. said. “Her impact is immense. The EGOT winner’s contributions to film, theatre, music and television are undeniable.”
In addition to Hudson, fellow EGOT recipients John Legend and Rita Moreno were unsuccessful.
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Jazmine Sullivan, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Jackson were on the list, but they didn’t make it past the Top 100.
“Rolling Stone magazine turned out not to be credible. 1. Placing Christina Aguilera as low. 2. Placing Taylor Swift higher than Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jazmine Sullivan and Alicia Keys. 3. Not having Celine Dion on the last one that is part of the vocal trinity”, a Twitter user critical.
Another same tweeted“Rolling Stone but Taylor Swift in the top 200 singers but didn’t even mention Celine Dion or Janet Jackson. And they put Rihanna ABOVE Kelly Clarkson?????”
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Among other rebuffs were lead singers whose vocal mates were excluded. Stevie Nicks did without Fleetwood Mac, Jungkook was dropped from BTS, Beyoncé without fellow Destiny’s Child members, Diana Ross without the Supremes, Ozzy Osbourne listed without Black Sabbath, and Mick Jagger was included without the Rolling Stones.
Soul and R&B dominated Rolling Stone’s Top 10 list, with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Sam Cooke taking the top spots.
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The top 20 are listed below, with the full list of 200 available on Rolling Stone’s website.
20. Marvin Gaye
19. Frank Sinatra
18. Celia Cruz
17. Elvis Presley
15. Bob Dylan
14. Freddie Mercury
13. Patsy Cline
12. John Lennon
11. Little Richard
10. Al Green
9. Otis Redding
7. Stevie Wonder
6. Ray Charles
5. Mariah Carey
4. Billy Holiday
3. Sam Cooke
2. Whitney Houston
1. Aretha Franklin
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