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  • Lorenzo Dillard
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    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-singers-all-time-1234642307/

    Top 10:
    01. Aretha Franklin
    02. Whitney Houston
    03. Sam Cooke
    04. Billie Holliday
    05. Mariah Carey
    06. Ray Charles
    07. Stevie Wonder
    08. Beyoncé
    09. Otis Redding
    10. Al Green

    Uh…interesting list to say the least. Who would you rank in your top 10?

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    GhostfaceDilla
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    I saw Billie Eilish and Jungkook from BTS on the list and SZA was above Jazmine Sullivan, yikes. I would put Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury to top 10.

    I got you stuck in the realness

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    Lorenzo Dillard
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    Yeah, some of the rankings & inclusions are cah cah. Not a great list imo.

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    Steezy
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    The top 10 is perfect.

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    MovieManiac405
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    Michael Jackson is #86 but Bob Dylan is #15. Throw it out….

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    GhostfaceDilla
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    Some artists like Karen Carpenter, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Donny Hathaway, Jeff Buckley, Jazmine Sullivan are too low, MJ is 86, Lady Gaga almost cracked top 50, Ariana Grande in 43 over all the legends. This list is a mess.

    I got you stuck in the realness

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    Freeman_DC3
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    Mariah getting the top 10 she deserves.

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    lovetodream
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    jungkook over brandy and kelly clarkson is insane and jazmine sullivan is way too low

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    Jam_packed
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    I like Taylor Swift, but her being above Kelly Clarkson and the vocal Bible Brandy is wild. Also, where is Celine Dion?

    I’m not mad at the top 10 though.

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    MrDLOC
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    So they basically sayin’ Mariah is the greatest living singer and stevie wonder is the greatest living male singer, with Beyoncé her closest competition….

    Got it 👍

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    LOVC
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    You should read this before commenting on the list.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-singers-all-time-1234642307/

    When Rolling Stone first published its list of the 100 Greatest Singers in 2008, we used an elaborate voting process that included input from well-known musicians. The results skewed toward classic rock and singers from the Sixties and Seventies. This new list was compiled our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation, where iconic Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar lands between Amy Winehouse and Johnny Cash, and salsa queen Celia Cruz is up there in the rankings with Prince and Marvin Gaye. You might notice that, say, there isn’t any opera on our list — that’s because our purview is pop music writ large, meaning that almost all the artists on this list had significant careers as crossover stars making popular music for the masses.

    Before you start scrolling (and commenting), keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices List. Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent. Sure, many of the people here were born with massive pipes, perfect pitch, and boundless range. Others have rougher, stranger, or more delicate instruments. As our write-up for the man who ended up at Number 112 notes, “Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t have what most people would call a good voice, but boy does he have a great one.” That could apply to more than a few people here.

    In all cases, what mattered most to us was originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy. A voice can be gorgeous like Mariah Carey’s, rugged like Toots Hibbert’s, understated like Willie Nelson’s, slippery and sumptuous like D’Angelo’s, or bracing like Bob Dylan’s. But in the end, the singers behind it are here for one reason: They can remake the world just by opening their mouths.

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    Pip
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    Queens Mariah and Beyonce are the reigning Queens.

    Kelly Clarkson deserves a higher spot than Adele.

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    AllyManion
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    George Michael in 62??yikees

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    J
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    Kelly Clarkson that low and Celine Dion not even being on the list… embarrassing

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    syrus80
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    The list is awful! Beyoncé’s description was written by a Hive member. She is nowhere near Top 10 of All-Time.

    And Celine Dion not making the list, amongst others, is a true crime.

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