Aretha Franklin leads Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest singers of all time. So far, so understandable. The US soul singer, who died in 2018, went down in music history as the "Queen of Soul" and with unmistakable hits like "Respect".
On the other hand, it caused much more astonishment that the five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion did not even make it into the top 200. "With all due respect, not including Celine Dion, arguably the greatest vocal technician of all time, on this list is tantamount to treason," music producer Jamie Lambert wrote on Twitter. The British newspaper Daily Mail said: "There are no big surprises in the top ten on the Rolling Stone list, apart from the fact that Dion was overlooked." The 54-year-old initially did not comment on this.
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Rolling Stone first published a list of the 100 greatest singers in 2008. The authors wrote: "Before you start reading (and commenting), please remember that this is the list of the greatest singers, not the list of the greatest voices." Other well-known musicians who didn't make the list include Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and Sting.