Thursday, November 20, 2008

Soul Fixin'

What Singers Top Your Greatest List?
As you may know, Rolling Stone magazined has complied a list of the '100 Greatest Singers' of the rock era. The iconic magazine dedicated to music recruited a gang of singers, editors, producers and music-industry insiders, which included Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Etta James, B.B King & Mavis Staples - to name a few, to compile the list of 100 Greatest Singers. Aretha Franklin came out on top. Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown all pulled in enough votes to occupy space in the Top 10. The complete list can be viewed here. The message boards over at Rolling Stone are full of dissatisfied critics questioning the mag's picks. Below is a copy of Solomon Burke's handwritten ballot. Burke's ballot included some interesting picks, accommodating the likes of Beyonce, India.Arie, Irma Thomas and Christina Aguilera. Let's assume Rolling Stone sent you a ballot. What singers would top your list? No need to undertake the tedious task of listing 20 singers, drop your top 10 picks in the comments section.


Karen said...

1. Marvin Gaye
2. Sam Cooke
3. Aretha Franklin
4. Luther Vandross
5. Donny Hathaway
6. Al Green
7. Gladys Knight
8. Teena Marie
9. Whitney Houston
10. Mary J. Blige

tee said...

1 marvin gaye
2 minnie ripperton
3 al green
4 teddy pendegrass
5 teena marie
6 luther vandross
7 gerald levert
8 patti labelle
9 smokey robinson
10 stevie wonder