How the hell could Aretha Franklin be the greatest singer of all time?

Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time"

1. Aretha Franklin

2. Ray Charles

3. Elvis Presley

4. Sam Cooke

5. John Lennon

6. Marvin Gaye

7. Bob Dylan

8. Otis Redding

9. Stevie Wonder

10. James Brown

11. Paul McCartney

12. Little Richard

13. Roy Orbinson

14. Al Green

15. Robert Plant

16. Mick Jagger

17. Tina Turner

18. Freddie Mercury

19. Bob Marley

20. Smokey Robinson

21. Johnny Cash

22. Etta James

23. David Bowie

24. Van Morrison

25. Michael Jackson

26. Jackie Wilson

27. Hank Williams

28. Janis Joplin

29. Nina Simone

30. Prince

31. Howlin' Wolf

32. Bono

33. Steve Winwood

34. Whitney Houston

35. Dusty Springfield

36. Bruce Springsteen

37. Neil Young

38. Elton John

39. Jeff Buckley

40. Curtis Mayfield

41. Chuck Berry

42. Joni Mitchell

43. George Jones

44. Bobby "Blue" Bland

45. Kurt Cobain

46. Patsy Cline

47. Jim Morrison

48. Buddy Holly

49. Donny Hathaway

50. Bonnie Raitt

51. Gladys Knight

52. Brian Wilson

53. Muddy Waters

54. Luther Vandross

55. Paul Rodgers

56. Mavis Staples

57. Eric Burdon

58. Christina Aguilera

59. Rod Stewart

60. Bjork

61. Roger Dawltrey

62. Lou Reed

63. Dion

64. Axl Rose

65. David Ruffin

66. Thom Yorke

67. Jerry Lee Lewis

68. Wilson Pickett

69. Ronnie Spector

70. Gregg Allman

71. Toots Hibbert

72. John Fogerty

73. Dolly Parton

74. James Taylor

75. Iggy Pop

76. Steve Perry

77. Merle Haggard

78. Sly Stone

79. Mariah Carrey

80. Frankie Valli

81. John Lee Hooker

82. Tom Waits

83. Patti Smith

84. Darlene Love

85. Sam Moore

86. Art Garfunkel

87. Don Henley

88. Willie Nelson

89. Solomon Burke

90. The Everly Brothers

91. Levon Helm

92. Morrissey

93. Annie Lennox

94. Karen Carpenter

95. Patti LaBelle

96. B.B. King

97. Joe Cocker

98. Stevie Nicks

99. Steven Tyler

100. Mary J. Blige




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12 Answers

  • Lolly
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    No Robin Zander either. Mehh... These lists are crap.

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  • 8 years ago

    And Rolling Stones rated Whitney Houston as #34???? Whitney should be in the top 10. Aretha is a very good singer but not the best of the rest. There are many others in that 100 list that I would list as #1 before Aretha Franklin.

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  • 8 years ago

    Well, Cohen's more of a songwriter than a singer, however, the same could be said about Bob Dylan and he's listed as #7! Cohen wrote beautiful songs but his singing voice is a-tonal. He doesn't carry a tune very well. Again, the same thing could be said about Bob Dylan. I usually ignore these lists... they're put together by people who really shouldn't have a vote in such things. Your favorite is your favorite. No one else's opinions should sway you.


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  • 8 years ago

    Rolling Stone magazine are complete morons. They've held a 40 year grudge against Queen/Freddie Mercury. On the Rolling Stone wiki page, it's even mentioned how they've been criticized for dismissing Queen (as well as other bands and singers) . It's commonly known.

    Freddie Mercury should have been number one there like he is in other polls.

    Here he is number 1 - 100 Greatest rock singers

    Here also, an online poll.

    There's plenty of other polls where he is number 1 (or at least number 2)

    He had over a 4 octave range (wiki) - and the sound of his voice beats all the rest hands down. That's why he often wins polls - but not with Rolling Stone magazine - they harbour their grudge. That magazine is only good for nothing.

    Not many of those singers could sing funk, rock, pop, heavy, ragtime, gospel, ballads, anthems AND release an opera album! Actually, none of them I think apart from him.

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  • 8 years ago

    I'm not saying this to be funny, but I really don't know who Leonard Cohen is. Never heard of him. I not only know everyone on the list, but I could name at least a few of each of their songs. Rolling Stone did a great job at summing up all the great artists of our time.

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  • 8 years ago

    This is all someone else's opinion,

    so it's not necessarily true. It's not

    like the people of the world voted for

    this to be this way.


    WHO THE HELL IS LEONARD COHEN ??????????????

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  • 8 years ago

    And what the folks at Rolling Stone "100 greatest singers of all time" understand music?

    They work for record companies, are employed and will write what the boss tells you.

    The explorers of the recording industry and entertainment will never admit that MICHAEL JACKSON was the most complete artist that existed in the last millennium.


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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    This is a great question, and one that made me curious for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    its the culture and she is the queen of soul and who the hell is Leonard Cohen thats your answer

    Source(s): personal
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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    sal bought me CD Gladys Knight and The Pips, I think its antsy.

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