Canadian living legend Celine Dion is shockingly missing from Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Singers” list this year, and fans are absolutely not having it.
Rolling Stone rang in 2023 with the annual list — something the music magazine has been known for since 2008. This time, it has 200 entries, including newer musical sensations like Billie Eilish, BTS’s Jung Kook, and SZA, as well as more seasoned artists such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Selena, Lata Mangeshkar, and Björk.
Back in 2008, Rolling Stone added celebrities to the list through an “elaborate voting process that included input from well-known musicians.” Due to results skewing in favour of older classic rockers, the determination process has now changed.
Have an opinion on our ‘The Greatest Singers of All Time’ list? Of course you do.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 2, 2023
This time, the magazine’s staffers and contributors compiled the list, which covers a century of pop music. Unfortunately, the list isn’t being received well due to a glaring absence of some seriously historic names.
“Whoever made this list can’t have taken the task seriously,” said one Twitter user in response. “How is Lana Del Rey on it but not Celine Dion when her music transcended generations… and in two languages!”
What is wrong with you @RollingStone ?? Whoever made this list can’t have taken the task seriously 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️How is Lana Del Rey on it but not Celine Dion when her music transcended generations.. and in 2 languages!
— Shehnaz (@Shen50948358) January 2, 2023
Celine dion is the greatest female singer of all time and u left her off the list
— jonathan turner (@theoneshaggy) January 2, 2023
Another pointed out that Dion has sold hundreds of millions of albums, and also stressed the fact that she’s made chart-topping music in both French and English.
That narrative you’re trying to create of Céline Dion not even being a singer is very weird. She sold 250 million albums and can easily outsing half of y’all’s top 10. Not to mention the influence she’s had on both french pop and anglophone music as a whole.
— Miguel ³⁰ 🍷 (@elasticdijon) January 2, 2023
“Just admit you guys made a mistake,” another fan of Dion stated, adding a clip of the singer performing her timeless number “My Heart Will Go On,” from the Titanic soundtrack.
You can say whatever you want, you can say we can have our “opinions” BUT the fact of the matter is @celinedion HAS THE TECHNIQUE, THE POWER, THE VOICE, THE HITS, & THE TRAILBLAZING CAREER‼️ @RollingStone just admit you guys made a mistake! 🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/NBhxjRmc3a
— ITZSOK|-|@L!F 🧡 (@ItzSoNMVAULT) January 2, 2023
Your list is painfully inaccurate and stinks of personal liking other than actual grading of vocal talent. Bocelli and Celine not on the list?! Mercury not top 10?! You should have listed singers without numbers. Your rankings are painfully wrong. Dylan 15?! Blige 25?! pic.twitter.com/G52uwyxz1A
— Antcacc 🇮🇹⚽️🇺🇸 (@AntCacc14) January 2, 2023
Last month, Dion revealed that she was battling a rare, incurable neurological disorder that inhibits normal muscle movement. Due to her diagnosis and treatment, the singer has not been able to catch up with all her concerts.
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Dion’s daily life has been impacted by spasms caused by stiff person syndrome, causing difficulties when she walks and not allowing her to use her vocal cords to sing how she used to.
Fans were heartbroken and reassured Dion of her iconic status in music history as the person who sang so many soundtracks to their love stories.
How do you feel about the list and the obvious absence of Celine Dion? Are fans overreacting or is this outrage warranted?
Let us know in the comments.