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The P-I now has a slide show up of "The 50 best rock singers of all time." Even though this kind of list is always stupid, and this one in particular was obviously haphazardly thrown together because they needed to fill some space and get their page views up, what the hell, let's tear it apart anyway.
This is the P-I's list, as amended by me.
I've also added a list of the greatest rock singers excluded from the list. I am definitely not wrong about any of this, but please do chime in with your corrections of my corrections.
*Van Morrison* (Be honest, who else is bored stiff by Astral Weeks?)
Steve Perry (The Filipino guy who took over for him on the other hand ...)
Sam Cooke (For my money the second best singer who ever lived, period. But we're talking rock singers.)
*Janis Joplin* (I know, I know. Sue me. I just don't care for blues-beltin' mamas, much less horrible parodies of them)
Ann Wilson (Sorry, Northwest loyalists, Heart were radio-friendly cheese purveyors.)
*Roger Daltry* (Such effortful bellowing. Established the unfortunate Eddie Vedder model.)
Patti Smith (What a pompous old bore she turned out to be. Greatest question in the history of rock journalism was when the New York Times asked her, "Have you ever considered using conditioner?")
Tracy Chapman (Um ...)
Johnny Cash (Rock? Meh, OK, we'll let it slide)
Prince (Will also let this one slide)
*Kurt Cobain* (It's OK if one person on earth doesn't venerate him, isn't it?)
*David Byrne* (Formerly inept but charming. Now no longer charming)
*Bruce Springsteen* (The E Street Band was once likened to giant winged dinosaur that finally managed to take flight despite its great weight and clumsiness. Their big, ponderous sound has exerted a disastrous influence on once-promising bands like The Killers and Arcade Fire)
And here's who wasn't on the list but should have been:
Joe Strummer Kristin Hersh Bob Dylan Lucinda Williams Jerry Lee Lewis Paul Weller Bo Diddley Ray Davies Little Richard Buddy Holly Chrissie Hynde Jimi Hendrix Frank Black Jack White Pete Townshend Elvis Costello Nick Lowe Gram Parsons Beck Stephen Malkmus Thom Yorke Roger McGuinn Mark E. Smith
Jerry Lee Lewis
Mark E. Smith(The Fall, cha!)
D. Boon Johnny Rotten Morissey Nick Cave Jeff Tweedy Elliott Smith