And where is Bob Seger? There are some good selections here but overall I think the list is weak in where a lot of the singers are listed. I will say, Sam Cook deserves to be up there and I was surprised to see him so high. But I really think Elvis should be #1Tom Jones isn’t even on the list which is ridiculous
Since it was Rolling Stone you would have thought it was a Rock list yet many R&B and Country singers are on it as well as old timers like Hank Williams that goes back to the late '40s. So yes, they should have included folks that sang Classical, Standards, Jazz, and Broadway but then again how do you compare a howler with incredible range like Janis Joplin with a smooth singer with limited range that accented emotion through phrasing like Billie Holiday?Nobody from the 30's or 40's? Nobody from opera or Broadway? Yeah, I think Ella Fitzgerald, Julie Andrews, Billie Holiday, Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra might have a place on the list. If they wanted say rock or pop singers then the list is more realistic, but even then there are plenty of clinkers.
Agree..Karen Carpenter is angelic.This really was typical Rolling Stone list, high on 60s acts and hipster critical darlings, in what world is Kurt Cobain a better signer than Patsy Cline? By the way the most overrated name on the list is Mariah Carey, she is a product of studio polishing and her live shows are uneven vocally at best. A couple underrated names on the list>
Karen Carpenter, yes the music is sappy but if you want a clean alto there is no better instrument in the 20th century than her voice.
If looking for a growling classic rock sound John Fogerty is better than most above him on this list.