Rolling Stone magazine snubs legends on its list of the 200 greatest singers of all-time
Fans are crying foul after Rolling Stone magazine left Celine Dion off its 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list.
But it wasn’t just the Canadian superstar who was disrespected – there wasn’t room for a single Aussie.
Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, John Farnham, Michael Hutchence and Bon Scott all failed to make the cut.
Announcing the roster on Twitter, the publication was already on the defensive.
“Before you start scrolling (and commenting), keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices List,” the tweet said. “Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent.”
But when the Dion diehards realised the Canadian chanteuse had not been deemed “transcendent” enough to rate the Top 200, they reacted as though they had just collided with an iceberg, lining up to drag the magazine through the merde.
“Rolling Stone needs to immediately exit the business of music journalism,” said Twitter user mtl_vocalist.
A furious @elasticdijon added, “The fact that Celine Dion isn’t anywhere in the top 200 is a crime against humanity.”
And user @JamieCollabro said, “Respectfully, not including Celine Dion, arguably the best vocal technician of all time, in this list is borderline treasonous.”
Celine Dion, 54, ranks among the highest selling solo artists in history, with more than 250 million albums sold.
And her two Las Vegas residencies at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace grossed a combined $681 million.
There were other surprises on Rolling Stone’s list. Michael Jackson was ranked at a lowly No. 86, while Kurt Cobain got No. 36. Taylor Swift ranked at 102, well above Barbra Streisand, who snagged spot 147.
And, like Dion, Judy Garland, Madonna and Cher didn’t make the cut at all, yet heavy metal wailer Ozzy Osbourne did.
Rolling Stone’s Top 20 were: 1. Aretha Franklin, 2. Whitney Houston, 3. Sam Cooke, 4. Billie Holiday, 5. Mariah Carey, 6. Ray Charles, 7. Stevie Wonder, 8. Beyonce, 9. Otis Redding, 10. Al Green, 11. Little Richard, 12. John Lennon, 13. Patsy Cline, 14. Freddie Mercury, 15. Bob Dylan, 16. Prince, 17. Elvis Presley, 18. Celia Cruz, 19. Frank Sinatra, 20. Marvin Gaye.