oh no they didn’t…

CoverI’m not sure why Rolling Stone felt compelled to publish yet another definitive list, but they did. This week, they released their Top 100 Greatest Singers (of the rock era.) One thing’s for sure: they didn’t get it right. They never do.

Every time a list such as this gets published, its quite easy to pick it apart by pointing out who was excluded and who made but shouldn’t. According to the magazine, a survey of 179 musicians, producers, other music-industry insiders, and their own editors were responsible for coming up with the esteemed 100. “Other music-industry insiders”??? WTF?

Although I agree with some of their choices, I do question their rankings. I would not have placed Ms. Franklin on the number one spot, but definitely on the top 10.

Another interesting discovery is that female singers comprised only around 25% of the list. What were they thinking? Or smoking?

Here’s the (in)complete list:

100.Mary J. Blige
99. Steven Tyler
98. Stevie Nicks
97. Joe Cocker
96. B.B. King
95. Patti LaBelle
94. Karen Carpenter
93. Annie Lennox
92. Morrissey
91. Levon Helm
90. The Everly Brothers
89. Solomon Burke
88. Willie Nelson
87. Don Henley
86. Art Garfunkel
85. Sam Moore
84. Darlene Love
83. Patti Smith
82. Tom Waits
81. John Lee Hooker
80. Frankie Valli
79. Mariah Carey
78. Sly Stone
77. Merle Haggard
76. Steve Perry
75. Iggy Pop
74. James Taylor
73. Dolly Parton
72. John Fogerty
71. Toots Hibbert
70. Gregg Allman
69. Ronnie Spector
68. Wilson Pickett
67. Jerry Lee Lewis
66. Thom Yorke
65. David Ruffin
64. Axl Rose
63. Dion
62. Lou Reed
61. Roger Daltrey
60. Björk
59. Rod Stewart
58. Christina Aguilera
57. Eric Bourdon
56. Mavis Staples
55. Paul Rodgers
54. Luther Vandross
53. Muddy Waters
52. Brian Wilson
51. Gladys Knight
50. Bonnie Raitt
49. Donny Hathaway
48. Buddy Holly
47. Jim Morrison
46. Patsy Cline
45. Kurt Cobain
44. Bobby “Blue” Bland
43. George Jones
42. Joni Mitchell
41. Chuck Berry
40. Curtis Mayfield
39. Jeff Buckley
38. Elton John
37. Neil Young
36. Bruce Springsteen
35. Dusty Sprinfield
34. Whitney Houston
33. Steve Winwood
32. Bono
31. Howlin’ Wolf
30. Prince
29. Nina Simone
28. Janis Joplin
27. Hank Williams
26. Jackie Wilson
25. Michael Jackson
24. Van Morrison
23. David Bowie
22. Etta James
21. Johnny Cash
20. Smokey Robinson
19. Bob Marley
18. Freddie Mercury
17. Tina Turner
16. Mick Jagger
15. Robert Plant
14. Al Green
13. Roy Orbison
12. Little Richard
11. Paul McCartney
10. James Brown
09. Stevie Wonder
08. Otis Redding
07. Bob Dylan
06. Marvin Gaye
05. John Lennon
04. Sam Cooke
03. Elvis Presley
02. Ray Charles
01. Aretha Franklin

Since we’re on the topic of lists, I offer you mine based from Rolling Stones’ list. And in no particular order…

Singers On The List Who Deserved To Be On The List

  • Nina Simone
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Annie Lennox
  • Bob Marley
  • Patsy Cline
  • Bob Dylan
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Curtis Mayfield

Singers Who Are Not On The List But Should

  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Eric Clapton
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Elvis Costello
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Paul Simon
  • Christine McVie
  • Jackson Browne
  • Barry White

Singers On The List Who Shouldn’t Be On The List

  • Björk
  • Thom Yorke
  • Toots Hibbert
  • Solomon Burke
  • Levon Helm
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Sly Stone
  • Howlin’ Wolf

Singers On The List Who Placed Higher Than They Deserved

  • Sam Cooke
  • Little Richard
  • Howlin’ Wolf
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Whitney Houston

Singers On The List Who Should’ve Placed Higher

  • Patti LaBelle
  • Karen Carpenter
  • Don Henley
  • Willie Nelson
  • Dolly Parton
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