Hey Rolling Stone – you missed some!
Rolling Stone published their list of the “200 Best Singers of All Time” over the new years weekend, and the Twitterverse was definitely sounding off!
Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain – really? And Carrie Underwood higher than Kelly Clarkson? BARBRA STREISAND AT 147 – lower than Courtney Love???..
Rolling Stone gave an explanation, which is understandable but at the same time, I definitely question:
“…this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices List. Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent. Sure, many of the people here were born with massive pipes, perfect pitch, and boundless range. Others have rougher, stranger, or more delicate instruments. As our write-up for the man who ended up at Number 112 notes, “Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t have what most people would call a good voice, but boy does he have a great one.” That could apply to more than a few people here.
In all cases, what mattered most to us was originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy. A voice can be gorgeous like Mariah Carey’s, rugged like Toots Hibbert’s, understated like Willie Nelson’s, slippery and sumptuous like D’Angelo’s, or bracing like Bob Dylan’s. But in the end, the singers behind it are here for one reason: They can remake the world just by opening their mouths.”
Even with the above explanation, and “best voices” aside, I think Rolling Stone left out several artists who I believe absolutely belong on this list. They may not have remade the world, but they were, and still are making a huge impact on it musically.
You can listen to the segment from this morning as The Mike & Carla Morning Show dissect the list and take calls by listeners who had some objections as well…
You certainly don’t have to like these artists, or own anything by them, but I think you’ll agree that they probably belong somewhere on this list. Their voices are amazing, and they impacted music in many ways.
So I now give you “The Singers Rolling Stone Missed”- in a big way – in no particular order.
Feel free to tell me to shut up. You too, Rolling Stone.