Sunday, 28 November 2010

Top 25 Singers, #16 - Aretha Franklin

#16 - Aretha Franklin

What you want, baby Aretha's got it... and what you need, is to show her voice a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why? She's the Queen of Soul and the first woman induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A legend and icon who's voice has arguably inspired more female singers than any other. The respect she's earned from her peers in the music industry saw her claim the #1 position on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

So now you're wondering why Aretha Franklin finds herself in the somewhat low position of #16. Why go against Rolling Stone? Because I'm (well) under 45. Because the 179 industry associated voters for their countdowns will always stick with what was good in the 60s and 70s. Every Rolling Stone countdown will generally include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin fighting for the #1 spot, because that's what their voters love. That was their generation, their 'heyday' if you will. Sometimes it seems they fail to take into account anything post 1970 out of fear of bucking the trend. Don't get me wrong, Aretha Franklin has a beautiful, powerful voice that deserves the respect of everyone... but I don't feel it deserves the #1 spot. What do you think?  

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