Rolling Stone has released its latest list of the 200 greatest singers of all time. Meanwhile, the list was releas on January 1, 2023. And immediately went viral on social media because it presents. A list of legendary singers who are popular in the world.
Previously. The monthly magazine based in the United States had also released a list of the 100 greatest singers in 2008. However, in that process they involved a complicated voting process, and included input from world-renowned musicians. After a decade has passed they re-compile the list of the best singers of all time. In this project they involve staff and key contributors spanning 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation.
In this list, of course there are the names of legendary singers such as John Lennon. Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, to Michael Jackson. However, they did not forget to also include the names of contemporary pop singers, such as Lady Gaga. Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, to members of the Kpop group BTS, Jung-kook and IU.
Meanwhile, the best singer of all time according to Rolling Stone is soul singer from the United States Aretha Franklin. In the previous version. The musician who was nicknamed the Queen of Music also got the top ranking. By beating other famous singers such as Ray Charles. Elvis Presley, to Sam Cooke.
“Aretha Franklin is the vocalist who has shaped history and defined our lives – from smooth operator to raw scream. From gospel to punk, from Sinatra to Selena to SZA,” wrote Rolling Stone magazine.
In addition, Rolling Stone also emphasizes that the names that enter the list are those who are the greatest singers. Not those with the greatest voices. Not only that, but the most important thing is the originality, influence brought. He depth of the catalog, and the breadth of the musical heritage of the singers.
“Voices can be beautiful like Mariah Carey, heavy like Toots Hibbert, earthy like Willie Nelson. Luxurious like D’Angelo, or powerful like Bob Dylan. But in the end, singers are here for a reason, they can change the world by opening their mouths. ” wrote Rolling Stone.
Meanwhile, regarding K-Pop singer IU who is at number 135, Rolling Stone wrote that the singer has a soft voice. But is able to convey messages very strongly through her skills that easily move from the jazz genre to ballads.
In 2022, IU also became the first Korean female solo singer to host a concert at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Selling out tickets for the venue in five minutes, with colleagues and admirers such as Jung-Kook of BTS. Jihyo=, and Jeongyeon of Twice.
“IU has become one of the most respected vocalists in South Korean music. Despite her smooth voice, she has a wide range, powerful delivery, and versatility,” wrote Rolling Stone.