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This ‘Rolling Stone’ Ranking Of The 100 Best Singers Of All Time Has Pissed Everyone Off Again

Bob Dylan over Patti Smith? Little Richard over Elton John?

Prince and Bob Dylan both feature in the 100 greatest rock singers list published by Rolling Stone

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Taste is subjective. That’s far from news, but it’s probably worth bearing in mind when considering the outrage that has broken out over the recirculation of a Rolling Stone ‘100 Greatest Singers’ list from 2010.

I mean, what does ‘great’ even mean? If art was simply about technical skill, then it’d be a finite exercise; right now, someone on earth is ‘the most skilled’ piano player. One person. But it’s not. Still, it doesn’t make something like an itemised list of great singers any less infuriating. If you need proof, just look at the fire that is music Twitter right now.

The Rolling Stone list has laid dormant for nine years, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t extremely pissed after ‘Classic Rock In Pics’ re-posted the list online.

Bob Dylan fans might be the most irate of them all. They’re unhappy that the man cashed in at the relatively low number seven, pipped at the post by Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Proving that this is all just chaos, the Dylan haters also came out in full, pointing out that the man can’t really hold a tune.

Other people can’t believe that Elvis has ranked quite so high. After all, Presley doesn’t exactly inspire the same devotion anymore that he did even 30 years ago, and Whitney Houston stans in particular reckon that an injustice has been done.

Then there’s the list of omissions, which Twitter reckons is glaring.

Basically, the whole thing has quickly turned into utter chaos, the likes of which breaks out on Twitter once every few months. There are also a lot of men on here, and a lot of white men, too: where the fuck are Etta James, Nina Simone and Mariah Carey, for starters? Thankfully, contemporary lists like Pitchfork‘s best-of the decade are much more diverse.  It might be time for a re-up, Rolling Stone.