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The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
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... according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

Here's the main article.

If you're like me, you'll skip to the people you care about:

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

I can't say I disagree with the top five, but I think Paul should have been higher! There are some amazing singers on this list all the same.

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I think Macca got seriously short-sheeted in that article.  I understand that deciding who is "the greatest singer" is really, really a subjective thing, but there are certain objective points that can be measured, too.  I'm not saying John was better than Paul, or Paul was better than John, but I do think Paul had a stronger mastery over the technique than John did (even if John was phenomenal at just letting his voice become a conduit for his emotions).


Paul had a wider range of notes.  He could do the low-end stuff (listen to the way he tumbles towards the basement in "All My Loving"), and he could do the screaming high-end stuff ("Long Tall Sally" and the chorus of "Maybe I'm Amazed" come immediately to mind).  He could infuse the vocal with raw rock-n-roll growl (again, "I'm Down" or "Oh Darling" or "I've Got A Feeling"), or he could hit those exact same high notes with creamy smoothness ("My Love", or "Here, There And Everywhere").  He could even do both in the same song, as in "Too Many People".


I read somewhere that he recorded the vocal-shredding "I'm Down" in the same session that he recorded "Yesterday", in that order, one right after the other.  That takes some serious vocal flexibility, and that's not something John could have done (or at least, that seems to be the case - remember, he saved "Twist And Shout" until last in the session because he said he wouldn't be able to sing anything after that).

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John did have a cold when he did Twist And Shout, but I agree with you about Paul's range. I'm not sure who I'd kick out to put him in the top ten. More could be said than he's an impressionist.

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