Continuing in its newfound tradition of questionably chosen, but interestingly written "greatest of all-time lists," Rolling Stone's latest issue includes a line-up of the "100 Greatest Singers of All-Time" with the articles written by other notable musicians, many of whom are on the list themselves. Controversial picks in the top-10 include Elvis Presley (overrated?), John Lennon (are we taking tonal quality into account?), and Bob Dylan (okay, obviously we're not). Below are the top 10, and their corresponding article writers in parenthese. You can read the whole thing in RS here .
1. Aretha Franklin (by Mary J. Blidge)
2. Ray Charles (by Billy Joel)
3. Elvis Presley (by Robert Plant)
4. Sam Cooke (by Van Morrison)
5. John Lennon (by Jackson Browne)
6. Marvin Gaye (by Alicia Keys)
7. Bob Dylan (by Bono)
8. Otis Redding (by Booker T. Jones)
9. Stevie Wonder (by Cee-Lo)
10. James Brown (by Iggy Pop)
Also, rounding out the top 25 are: Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Ray Orbison, Al Green, Robert Plan, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Etta James, David Bowie, Van Morrison, and Michael Jackson. The whole LIST.