Rolling Stone's controversial list of “The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time” is drawing music fans' ire for its glaring omission: Céline Dion.
The round-up included Frank Sinatra, Morrisey, and current pop darlings SZA, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish. Aretha Franklin topped the list, with Whitney Houston and Sam Cooke rounding out the Top 3.
The publication first published its list in 2008, where the results favoured classic rock and singers from the '60s and '70s.
“This new list was compiled by our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation,” according to Rolling Stone.
“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,” the authors explain. “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.”
One name excluded from the list was Canadian icon Céline Dion, whose signature power ballads topped the charts throughout the '90s. On social media, fans called out Rolling Stone for snubbing the vocal powerhouse.
Respectfully, not including Celine Dion, arguably the best vocal technician of all time, in this list is borderline treasonous https://t.co/cy72FEpdyr
— Jamie Lambert (@JamieCollabro) January 2, 2023
— B r i a n 🇵🇸 🇺🇦 (@brian_arbeloa) January 2, 2023
— MsBizLady (@MsBizLady2) January 1, 2023
Dear @RollingStone. This is Céline Dion.
Leaving her off your Top 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list has to be an honest and regrettable mistake… because doing it intentionally would be criminal.
So… please fix it. pic.twitter.com/ZyM3YYxYzz
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 2, 2023
Ms. Celine Dion always gives 110% during live performances and recording sessions. Put some respect on her name. pic.twitter.com/VJeomzsNHB
— Miguel ³⁰ 🍷 (@elasticdijon) January 1, 2023
Any “greatest singers” list that doesn’t include Celine Dion is simply wrong lmao there is no discussion to be had
— gloria alamrew / ግሎርያ 🇪🇹🌻 (@GloriaAlamrew) January 1, 2023
My oldest daughter took her first steps, without crutches, in a choreographed dance to a Celine Dion song. It doesn't matter what Rolling Stone thinks of her. One of her songs inspired someone to walk.
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) January 2, 2023
The list also excluded Pink, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Nat King Cole, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, and many more.
Dion has 5 Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year for 1996's super-influencial and hit-filled Falling Into You. She also scored four No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "The Power of Love;" "Because You Loved Me;" "My Heart Will Go On," from the movie Titanic, which also garnered an Oscar for songwriter Will Jennings and composer James Horner; and "I'm Your Angel."
Dion recently made headlines again after announcing she would have to postpone anticipated tour dates due to her diagnosis with a rare neurological condition called Stiff Person Syndrome which affects 1 in 1 million people.