Rolling Stone has recently updated its list of Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers of All Time and many notable artists, such as Celine Dion, Pink, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Nat King Cole, and Dionne Warwick, were not included. The publication stated that the new list was compiled by their staff and key contributors and that it takes into consideration factors such as originality, the depth of an artist’s catalog, the breadth of their musical legacy, and cultural influence.

The updated list has caused controversy among music fans, with many expressing their dissatisfaction with the ranking and exclusion of certain artists on Twitter.

The public reaction to the list of Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers has not gone unnoticed by the publication. They acknowledged the backlash in the article and stated that the list is based on the singers’ overall impact and legacy, not just their vocal talent. They also emphasized that the list is about “genius” rather than just “talent”.

Hence, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Singers List to hear further public controversy over Rolling Stone’s Greatest Singers List.


  • 55.82% have seen the most recent Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers list
  • 9.38% were surprised by some of the singers on the ranking
  • 25.18% were extremely satisfied with the list

The survey found that the majority (55.82%) of respondents had seen Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers list, while a significant portion (32.44%) had only heard about it, and a small percentage (11.74%) had not seen or heard of it.

9.38% of the respondents were surprised to see certain singers on the list, 8.21% agreed with the rankings, 8.67% were excited to see their favorites on the list, and 10.97% were curious to compare it to other similar lists.

On the other hand, 7.93% expressed skepticism about the list’s credibility, 6.56% disagreed with the rankings, 8.03% felt disappointed that some of their favorites were not included, and 33.43% had no opinion on the matter.

Similarly, 25.18% of the respondents were extremely satisfied with the list, 22.85% were satisfied, 22.72% were somewhat satisfied, and 23.11% had a neutral opinion. In contrast, a small percentage (3.76%) were somewhat dissatisfied, 1.76% were dissatisfied, and 0.62% were extremely dissatisfied with the list.

Figure 1: Respondents’ satisfaction with Rolling Stones’ list

Rolling Stone’s list of greatest singers of all time faced significant criticism and controversies, with some people criticizing the exclusion of popular singers and others criticizing the low rankings of certain singers. The following poll indicates whether or not respondents are aware of it.

55.38% of the respondents were aware of the backlash and controversies surrounding Rolling Stone’s list of greatest singers of all time, 31.18% had some knowledge of it, and 15.44% were unaware of it.

Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Greatest Singers of All Time

Popular singers such as Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, and Jennifer Hudson were not included in Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers list. Results show that 9.82% of respondents were surprised by their exclusion, 7.89% felt the list was incomplete without them, 7.46% were disappointed that their favorites were not included, 13.3% were curious about the criteria used to create the list, and 8.57% believed the list would have been better with their inclusion.

Additionally, 9% were not surprised by their absence, 10.27% felt the list was not a comprehensive representation of the greatest singers in history, and 6.64% agreed with their exclusion.

Ranking According to Respondents

The poll results show that according to the respondents, the following singers deserve to be on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers list: Celine Dion (13.05%), Madonna (13.68%), Justin Bieber (12.38%), Dionne Warwick (12.1%), Janet Jackson (8.92%), Pink (7.21%), Jennifer Hudson (6.88%), Nat King Cole (6.23%), and Tony Bennett (6.08%).

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Greatest Singer, Songwriter, Dancer of All Time: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was included in the list but he was ranked 86th, which many felt he deserves more. We asked the respondents for their opinion on this.

The survey results showed that 11.76% of respondents disagreed with Michael Jackson’s placement on the list of singers, 11.89% were disappointed with his ranking, 16.26% were curious about the criteria used to select the singers, and 12.82% believed the list would have been stronger if Jackson had been ranked higher.

On the other hand, 11.67% were not surprised by Jackson’s placement, 14.74% felt that the list was not a comprehensive representation of the ranks, and 10.19% agreed with Jackson’s placement.

Figure 2: Respondents on Michael Jackson’s placement

Similarly, 23.67% believe that Rolling Stone’s Top 200 singers list is accurately complied, 27.25% say somewhat accurate, 30.75% say partially, and 18.33% say otherwise.

Is Rolling Stones Credible? 

According to the following poll, 34.04% of respondents believe that the controversies surrounding Rolling Stones may greatly impact the public’s perception of its credibility and the reliability of its music rankings. 31.28% of respondents said that it is somewhat likely, while 27.99% were uncertain. In contrast, 4.97% disagreed and felt that it is somewhat unlikely, and 1.72% said it is highly unlikely. Lastly, the majority of respondents (74.52%) say that Rolling Stone is a viable and trustworthy source for such rankings and 25.48% said otherwise.

Figure 3: The majority say that Rolling Stones is a credible source


Survey TitleSurvey on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Singers List
DurationJanuary 10, 2023 – January 17, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.