Top non-classical singers? Hiding to nothing!

Rolling Stone’s heavily slanted list which many of us thought was so wrong [click screenshot and click again until it embiggens]:

Immediately, I thought Steve Harley, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman:

On that topic – other crossover artists too, such as Bocelli. Is it fair to include any of those?

What about Louis Armstrong or Robert Plant, both with “interesting” voices. Cyndi Lauper? And should they be only English singing? How about Maurice Chevalier? How about Lebedinski? His gravel voice was put on – like Rab C. Nesbitt, he speaks perfectly normally in RL:

And the falsettos? Where’s Sade on that list? Leonard Cohen? How about older singers such as Richard Tauber? Tom Jones? Kate Bush? Rammstein’s singer?

And what about the crooners? Some good people are still alive to listen to them:

8 comments for “Top non-classical singers? Hiding to nothing!

  1. FrankH
    October 22, 2019 at 19:00

    Bjork’s on the list!!!
    And do they think Joe ****er is some sort of ****? 😉

    October 22, 2019 at 19:46

    Laughable! 1234 – 1111 – Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Karen Carpenter.

  3. Lord T
    October 22, 2019 at 19:48

    Love the subtle PCness that simply uses search and replace.

  4. October 22, 2019 at 20:26


  5. Stewart
    October 23, 2019 at 08:29

    Joni Mitchell but not Joan Baez? And no Jacques Brel?

  6. Penseivat
    October 23, 2019 at 11:27

    Like humour, the enjoyment of music is subjective and, I feel, good wordsmiths, rather than good singers have been included in this (woke) list. That may be why John Lennon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen have been included.
    Ronnie Spector’s sound was studio based and, although I’m sure she is a nice lady, sounded fairly ordinary when I saw her perform live.
    Mick Jagger? Why? He is more of a performer in a successful band than a good singer. I understand his one solo album sold fewer copies than “The Greatest Hits of Bucks Fizz”.
    No mention of Al Bowlly, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Francis Rossi, Sammy Davis Junior, and a few more I enjoy listening to.

    • October 23, 2019 at 11:50

      Those last ones – yes – and there is one this evening, last of the four songs, whom I think can actually sing well, despite [?] the genre he’s chosen.

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