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Axl Rose #64 on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Singers List

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I love Nirvana, but if we're talking pure singing ability he was the worst of the "Big 4" from Seattle.

Staley, Vedder, Cornell were all better -  none of who are even on this list.

 

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5 hours ago, Gunsdrummer63 said:

I've seen a lot of people defending him but also saying how the list lacks female singers. But Whitney Houston should be in the top 10 and mick jagger in the top 10 is laughable. Axl should be top 20. How is he worse then bono? Bono doesn't really come close to the range Axl has (had). 


Also funny to think that this list came out 10 years ago and CD was a year old and slash and axl being on stage together again was laughable. the RNR HOF debacle had yet to occur as well.

Nothing to do with range. It's about politics, that's what these lists are always about. 

I couldn't care less for RS's 100 greatest singers, I'll make my own mind up. Personally Axl goes higher on MY list, but in general that he makes it to #64 in 2008 (or even now), in stead of some of the other great singers (not listed) is far from a slight. 

 

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5 hours ago, ChildOfTheMoon said:

I just don’t understand why people started talking about this again, since the list is like 10 years old.

This, which is the reason? Weird.

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21 minutes ago, Live Like a Suicide said:

...Michael Hutchence... 

 

Fuck. 

Yes. 

Michael is so insanely under rated it's not even funny. 

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Cannot really fault this list too much except I'd have James Brown at number one, Presley at 2, Little Richard at 3 and the blues guys (Howlin', Muddy and Hooker) all higher. I don't see Diana Ross anywhere either?

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7 hours ago, papashaun said:

Was the soul-soothing, sultry voice of Billy Corgan on the list?  :lol:

No doubt, that exclusion is criminal.  And to add insult to injury, no Rick Astley.

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1 hour ago, DieselDaisy said:

Cannot really fault this list too much except I'd have James Brown at number one, Presley at 2, Little Richard at 3 and the blues guys (Howlin', Muddy and Hooker) all higher. I don't see Diana Ross anywhere either?

I don’t think the rank position is important to this list. That’s just for fun. The list is more about recognition of great voices and influential artists in recording history. Out of the 100, maybe only 11 of these singers are rock and only Axl Rose and Steven Tyler are hard rock. Axl is recognized as one of the greatest singers of all time and possibly the best in hard rock.  To me that’s important, not his ranking. I know you are knowledgeable about music, could you tell me who the fuck number 97. is in music?

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10 minutes ago, The Holographic Universe said:

I don’t think the rank position is important to this list. That’s just for fun. The list is more about recognition of great voices and influential artists in recording history. Out of the 100, maybe only 11 of these singers are rock and only Axl Rose and Steven Tyler are hard rock. Axl is recognized as one of the greatest singers of all time and possibly the best in hard rock.  To me that’s important, not his ranking. I know you are knowledgeable about music, could you tell me who the fuck number 97. is in music?

Joe Cocker 

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8 hours ago, papashaun said:

Was the soul-soothing, sultry voice of Billy Corgan on the list?  :lol:

Billy Corgan sounds like me struggling in the washroom.

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3 hours ago, Live Like a Suicide said:

Any list that doesn't have Michael Hutchence, Layne Staley or Chris Cornell on it is bullshit.

 

Any list by Rolling Stone is bullshit. That's always been.

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Ridiculous. This is maybe about popularity in certain circles but definitely not much about singing. Any list concerning singing where Kobain is before Axl is bullshit. The other day I saw a list of guitarists where Kurt was actually before Angus. Yeah, right... 

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that's.... litterally just a random list of 100 good - to brilliant singers

looks like somebody forgot to rank these properly

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These lists are beyond stupid, always. I guess this one was made only for the Joe COCKer joke. :D

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26 minutes ago, vloors said:

 

 

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Wow - so Axl hit notes deeper than Barry White!?! That is a great list and very informative. And also shows (at one point) how much range he possessed.

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10 hours ago, DTJ80 said:

Regardless of criteria etc if anyone says Cobain was a better singer than Axl then they are talking complete and utter shite. 

That's not true! If the criteria is who has the most cynical sadness in his voice, then Kurt Cobain would be a strong contender for the number one spot and Axl would be pretty low on that list.

When you ignore technical skill on your list, like they did on this list, you should have some other clear criterias that you are measuring. Otherwise the list is too subjective and pointless. That's the problem with this list. It doesn't have any clear measurable criterias, so it's just a subjective list of some peoples favorite singers. 

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I've seen that list before, trying to be objective:

Steven Tyler #99? That's a joke. He should be top 20 at least. Axl should be top 30. Michael Jackson should be top 10.

No Meat Loaf? No Michael Bolton? Not even in the last spots? 

Biggest joke is no George Michael. He'd be top 20 for sure.

The lack of female singers is also questionable.

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Every list of this sort is questionable but I wouldn't put this as among the most questionable, that is one helluva fucking top ten there, I certainly wouldn't argue with it.

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