Rolling Stone Magazine is receiving backlash after their 200 Greatest Singers list was published without the name of a fan favourite.
To ring in the new year, the well-known American magazine Rolling Stone, released their list of "The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time" on 1 January.
The magazine, well-known for its coverage of a variety of topics including popular culture, politics and most famously, music is receiving backlash from internet users for the absence of the iconic Celine Dion.
The final list, featured 200 artists like Morrissey, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne, Gladys Knight and even Taylor Swift. And while the list is filled with voices across various generations, many took to the internet to voice their opinion that one powerhouse voice had been snubbed of a spot; Celine Dion.
The publication explained that contrary to their "100 Greatest Voices" list in 2008, the list of greatest singers was compiled by staff and key contributors rather than an intricate voting process that was used for the former.
This choice was made to avoid skewing the results based on public preference and allowed the list to encompass voices across "100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation."
Rolling Stone began their list with what seemed like a bit of a disclaimer:
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.
Despite a wordy preface to the list, readers and music lovers alike took to social media to let the publication know that they had forgotten one of the most revered voices in the music industry.
All by myself
The Canadian singer wrote her first song at the age of 12 and since then, Celine Dion has been a household name, releasing hits like "My Heart Will Go On," "It's all coming back to Me Now," "J'irai où tu iras," "Sous le vent," and "That's the Way it is."
Celine should be the whole list
Celine's absence from the list has caused such an uproar that even news networks picked up the story.
Dion's discography encompasses a whopping 27 studio albums, 7 live albums, 19 compilation albums as well as 25 box sets. A portfolio that any singer would be proud to hold.
In addition to her work in the studio, Dion has engaged in a variety of philanthropic endeavors including promoting organisations like Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and making substantial donations to relief efforts for various issues from hurricane aid to educational campaigns.
Whether Celine made the coveted list or not, there is no doubt that her voice in emblematic and among one of the greatest of all time.