Rolling stone has updated its 2008 100 Greatest Singers list with the new 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.
And while the list of artists is extensive and varied, in part due to the changed criteria, there are a few questionable decisions that have outraged fans, but probably aren’t as stimulating as having Celine Dion left the list, according to TMZ.
Known for her powerful and technically proficient vocals, the Canadian singer, 54, has also sold more than 200 million records worldwide, while winning a slew of accolades and awards over the course of her five decades in the spotlight.
Fan response: Despite being known for her powerful and technically proficient voice, Celine Dion, 54, was omitted from the Rolling Stones’ new 200 Greatest Singers of All Time, which is an update of 2008’s 100 Greatest Singers list; the Canadian singer can be seen in September 2019
There don’t seem to be any major surprises in the Top 10 of the RS list, other than Dion being rejected.
Many agree that Aretha Franklin at number one is a no-brainer, followed by Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday and Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Otis Reeding and Al Green.
While soul and R&B artists dominated the Top 10, the number 11-20 was much more varied and eclectic with the addition of rock and pop singers.
Rock and roll icons Little Richard and John Lennon were 11 and 12, followed by Patsy Cline, Freddie Mercury, Bob Dylan, Prince, Elvis Presley, Celia Cruz, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye.
Some fans outraged by Dion’s disapproval would like to point out some of the questionable names on the updated roster that don’t have what most people would consider a classic voice, but that’s where the new criteria come into play.
Star shines bright: After breaking through in her native Canada in the 1980s with French-language albums, Dion would cross over to English and become a global superstar following the release of The Color Of My Love (1993); she is pictured performing in 1988
Among the names most pundits agree don’t have a better singing voice than Celine Dion were many of the rockers on the list such as Ozzy Osbourne (#112), Glen Danzig (#199), Kurt Cobain (#36 ), Bruce Springsteen (#77), Mick Jagger (#52), John Foggerty (#118), Patti Smith (#117), Chrissie Hynde (#114), Roger Daltry (#109), , Courtney Love (#125 ) and Joe Strummer (#130).
Moreover, it is clear that crooners like Leonard Cohen (#103), Bob Dylan (#15), Lou Reed (#107) and Johnny Cash (#85) relied more on attitude and a unique poetic style in their vocal delivery and lyrics.
Critics would also go against most pop stars, including Lady Gaga (#58), Taylor Swift (#102), Usher (#97), Selena (#89), The Weeknd (#110), and George Michael (#62). ).
But readers should remember that when Rolling Stone first published its list of the 100 Greatest Singers in 2008, journalists “used an elaborate voting process with input from well-known musicians” that leaned toward classic rock and singers from the 1960s and 1970s.
This updated version was adhered to by the publication’s staff and major contributors, and tended to the last 100 years of popular music, while asking readers to “keep in mind that this is the list of the greatest singers, not the list of the greatest vote’.
What seemed most important to RS journalists was “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog and the breadth of their musical legacy.”
Making the case: Many fans and critics would argue against rocker Ozzy Osbourne (#112) being on the RS list when Dion was not
Making the case: Dion fans and singing experts would also argue against the crooners who made the list like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, as well as many of the pop stars: The late Velvet Underground star can be seen in June 2013, four months before his death
“These are the vocalists who shaped history and defined our lives – from smooth operators to raucous screamers, from gospel to punk, from Sinatra to Selena to SZA,” the article read.
Dion is by far one of the most talented and influential female singers in modern history having first emerged in her native Canada as a teen star in the 1980s with a series of French-language albums.
She would achieve international fame by winning the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.
After learning to speak English, Dion signed with Epic Records in the United States, eventually releasing her debut English-language album Unison (1990).
In the wake of her third English-language album, The Color Of My Love (1993), the Canadian-born Charlemagne, Quebec, had become a global superstar.
Over the past four decades, she has son, Grammys, six AMAs, seven Billboard Awards, 12 World Music Awards, 20 JUNO Awards, just to name a few.
She also holds a slew of worldwide records, including the best-selling French-language albums in history; best-selling contemporary female artist; the first and only female artist to have two of her albums sell more than 30 million copies worldwide; World’s #1 Selling Solo Artist of the 1990s; and the second woman in history to sell more than 50 million albums in Europe.
It seems that Dion herself doesn’t care that she was left out of the Rolling Stone 200 Greatest Singers Of All Time, given that she hasn’t commented publicly.
Key Credentials: With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, Celine Dion is one of the best-selling music artists of all time; she can be seen in France in July 2017