Rolling Stone Forgot About Some Huge Names in Their List of The 200 Greatest Singers


this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but the powers that be over at Rolling Stone have released their list proclaiming The 200 Greatest Singers Of All Time and boy, are there some omissions that need to be called out.

Sure, the list’s got greats like Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame. Naturally it’s got Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and I guess they’re contractually obligated to include Guns n’ RosesAxl Rose. But no Layne Staley? Have they never listened to Dirt or Mad Season?

According to the list, singers were chosen based on their “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy.” So with that criteria in mind, why isn’t Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson in the Top 200? No Chester Bennington is a bit much too. And can someone for fuck’s sake explain to me how Glenn Danzig squeezed his failed Elvis Presley cover album ass onto the list but Mike motherfucking Patton — with his six vocal octaves and insanely eclectic career — didn’t make it on?! It’s a travesty, I tells ya.

It’s not all bad though. The slate of rock and metal singers that the folks from on high in Rolling Stone’s ivory tower did manage to select were decent enough. You can see who they chose from our little corner of music below:

No. 12 – John Lennon
No. 14 – Freddie Mercury
No. 26 – Paul McCartney
No. 32 – David Bowie
No. 52 – Mick Jagger
No. 63 – Robert Plant
No. 80 – Chris Cornell
No. 82 – Steve Perry
No. 105 – Eddie Vedder
No. 109 – Roger Daltrey
No. 112 – Ozzy Osbourne
No. 129 – Rob Halford
No. 134 – Axl Rose
No. 165 – Ronnie James Dio
No. 176 – Iggy Pop
No. 181 – Bob Seger
No. 199 – Glenn Danzig

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