Rolling Stone ranks 200 best singers of all time.

World famous music magazine Rolling Stone released a now controversial ranking of the best 200 singers of all time. While being on the list is an indication of success for a number of artists, fans have taken offence to the positioning of some beloved singers on the list. There were also some notable absentees, one of whom is causing the most stir.

The music journal published a fresh list of “The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time” to start off 2023, this year, the list excludes powerhouses like Celine Dion, Pink, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick and more.

“This new list was compiled by our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation,” Rolling Stone writes, adding criteria based on “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalogue, and the breadth of their musical legacy.”

Many music fans argued on Twitter about the snubbed artists and the ranking order. Fans have gone beserk online as this is yet another error in addition to the ranking of Michael Jackson who was ranked 86th,

“They got THE @MichaelJackson way down at EIGHTY-SIX?! and no @CelineDion at ALL?!” actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted. “Shoot, the way MJ sang #WithAChildsHeart when he was a CHILD makes him top three at the least and if Celine Dion isn’t in the Top Ten at the LEAST what are we really doing?! Damn @RollingStone.”

Another user said, “I’m sorry, but Jennifer Hudson is a better vocalist than 95% of the individuals on that #RollingStone list. “She has a huge influence. The EGOT winner made indisputable contributions to television, theater, music, and cinema.”

In addition to Hudson, fellow EGOT winners Rita Moreno and John Legend were left off the list. Soul and R&B dominated the Top 10 of Rolling Stone’s list, with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Sam Cooke taking the top spots.

Two Afrobeat artistes were featured on the list; Burna boy who was ranked 187 and Fela Kuti ranked 188.