Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has been featured on Rolling Stone’s list of 200 Best Singers of All Time. The late singer is on the 84th spot as she features on the list with the likes of BTS’s Jungkook, Billie Eilish, Beyonce, late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Taylor Swift and more. However, singer Celine Dion is not part of the list and it has left her fans miffed.
Here is what Rolling Stone wrote about Lata Mangeshkar:
Speaking about Lata Mangeshkar the magazine wrote, “The crystalline, the eternally girlish voice of ‘the Melody Queen’ is a cornerstone of Indian pop music, with a global influence spread via Bollywood films, whose golden era she defined. Lata Mangeshkar was the empress of playback singers, the vocal magicians who perform songs for actors to lip-sync in lavish movie musicals, recording over 7,000 such songs, by some estimates.”
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It further added, “Even Asha Bhosle, her younger sister and only true peer among playbackers, considered “Lata Didi” her “favourite singer” — and if Bhosle was more versatile and prolific, her elder sister remained the gold standard for the piercing brilliance of her tone. The Lata Mangeshkar songbook has informed songs far beyond Bollywood, from Britney Spears’s “Toxic” (which sampled the 1981 Lata duet “Tere Mere Beech Mein”) to electronic jams by Madlib and Four Tet (who made a section of Lata’s exquisite “Main Teri Chhoti Bahna Hoon” the centrepiece of his 2015 “Morning Side”).”
The top ten artists in the list are 1. Aretha Franklin, 2. Whitney Houston, 3. Sam Cooke, 4. Billie Holiday, 5. Mariah Carey, 6. Ray Charles, 7. Stevie Wonder, 8. Beyonce, 9. Otis Redding, 10. Al Green.
Celine Dion fans reacted to her exclusion:
Celine Dion fans soon reacted to her exclusion from the list and took to Twitter to vent their ire. One wrote, “You can’t have a greatest singers list without Celine Dion. She’s one of the greatest vocalists of our generation. Need I remind you.” Another person said, “Her voice is revered in the same breath as Mariah and Whitney, so I do not understand it!” One fan shared, ‘Celine Dion was not included on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest singers of all time. Taylor Swift was’.
Lata Mangeshkar passed away in February 2022 at the age of 92. She sang many songs in her career and recorded them in over 36 languages.
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