Despite the list being over ten years old, Rolling Stone’s ranking of “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” has resurfaced online, sparking controversy.
The list ranks Mary J. Blige at 100, Patti LaBelle at 95, The Everly Brothers at 90 and the top 10 include: Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Same Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown.
However, it’s the fact that Bob Dylan is ranked higher than Prince, Stevie Wonder and Freddie Mercury that has people up in arms.
“Bob Dylan and Neil Young…on a list of best singers? This list falls somewhere between bird cage liner and dead fish gut wrapper,” one person wrote.
Another added, “They ranked Elvis higher than Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. trash.”
However, it is the censoring of Joe Cocker’s name that left many simply shaking their heads.
“All rankings like this are trolly clickbait but the fact that someone felt the need to censor Joe Cocker’s name is really the best part of this whole thing.”
And no, they didn’t censor Willie Nelson’s name.