I honestly hate these kinds of lists. Because you will, inevitably find something to complain about. I'm not going to post the whole list, just the Top 10. And even in this top 10, I have at least 1 issue.
But it's not who is number 1, as I totally agree.
The Top 10:
10: James Brown
9: Stevie Wonder
8: Otis Redding
7: Bob Dylan
6: Marvin Gaye
5: John Lennon
4: Sam Cooke
3: Elvis Presley
2: Ray Charles
1: Aretha Franklin
Okay, so my complaint. John Lennon. I love Lennon. I love The Beatles. But as an actual "Singer"??? SINGS better than Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye??? I don't even think Lennon would be in my top 50 as a stand-alone singer.
Honestly, Aretha, Ray, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder ALL deserve to be in the top 10. No question. No if's, and's or but's. They are probably the top 6 all by themselves. It's almost like (and you may hate me for saying this) but Rolling Stone felt they had to throw in some white guys in the top 10. Because I can think of people in the 11-20 list that would be in my Top 10.
Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner. All are Top 10 material, EASY.
Some of the other 11-20 people I have issue with.
Example, Paul McCartney is number 11. Over TINA TURNER!!! Are you kidding me!!!! Mick Jagger is number 16. Again I say, over TINA TURNER!!!! Give me a break.
Hey, at least Mariah Carey isn't in the top 10. You won't find her until number 79. And you know what, I have to say, THAT may even be too low. It's not cool to like Mariah anymore I guess.
One more travesty. Gladys Knight. Number 51. Patsy Cline. Number 46. REALLY??? Below people like Kurt Cobain, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen.
Get your head out of your butt Rolling Stone.