Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time has queer Twitter calling shade
Rolling Stone has released a run-down of what it claims are the 100 greatest singers of all time that has been called the “dumbest list ever compiled in the history of lists”.
The list, as it is fast becoming known on Twitter, was decided by 179 “experts” who considered qualities such as “expressivity, surprise, soul, grain, interpretive wit [and] angle of vision”.
Sadly, the angle of vision that resonated most with the judges seemed to be white, straight and cisgender male.
Straight up the dumbest list ever compiled in the history of lists. I have zero problem with #1. But the rest of this list is completely fucked.
— Earnest Christian (EJ) (@EJChristian7) October 21, 2019
That Rolling Stone list pic.twitter.com/vWvYWFAQzS
— Rafay (@rafayagha) October 21, 2019
This list is (predictably) way too white dude heavy. Related: how many of the 28 (!) dudes that Rolling Stone says are better singers than Whitney Houston could hit “The Note” in “I Will Always Love You”? I’ll wait. https://t.co/etAKQ4f2sg
— Bill Werde (@bwerde) October 21, 2019
Already the list has been criticised for being “way too white dude heavy”, with straight white men making up roughly half of all entries.
Imagine @RollingStone put Whitney at 34 and Mariah at 79… 2 of the best technical and ranged voices in music… and also did not include Beyonce or Lady Gaga also 2 of the best ranged voices in music but Steven Tyler is here… and Bob Marley. https://t.co/jQNf52Txwq
— Josh Ryan (@joshryanrules) October 21, 2019
This is Rolling Stone magazine, a publication run by straight white men that all live in the past. This list is exactly on brand for them.
— Dougystyle 😎 (@Dougystyle4) October 21, 2019
So…no Barbra Streisand…okay. No Kate Bush? Minnie Riperton? Solomon Burke is 89th?? Wtf. No KD fucking Lang??
— Amy Bradstreet (@OnBradstreet) October 21, 2019
Judy Garland has more talent than this list of mostly mediocre white men in her thumb. She was more metal too
— Ohai (@lilacsnwaves) October 21, 2019
— Suzye (@iamoverflowing) October 21, 2019
The list included a small handful of openly LGBT+ artists, including Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Morrissey and Little Richard (who came out as gay in 1995 before denouncing homosexuality as unnatural in 2017).
Aretha Franklin, who topped the list, was only one of two women in the top 20, the other being Tina Turner (17). Overall just 24 women were included.
As the turn of the decade approaches, Rolling Stone and other publications are ranking the best music of the last few years.