In the music business, Céline Dion is a household name. With a career spanning four decades, the diva has achieved lifelong recognition and success thanks to her distinctive voice tone and excellent singing ability. Dion’s musical taste has evolved over the years while remaining mostly constant with the pop, soft rock, and chanson genres of French songs with strong lyrical content. The Power of Love, It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, and “My Heart Will Go On” are some of her best-known songs.
The French-Canadian vocalist initially began performing in her mother tongue. With the assistance of her mother and brother Jacques, she penned her debut song, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve,” when she was 12 years old in 1980. She would later record a number of French albums, several of which were commercially successful in Canada.
Dion, at 20 years old, represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Ireland. The artist, who was born in Canada, represented her homeland by singing “Ne partez pas sans me” in front of 600 million TV viewers. Ultimately, she emerged victorious.
Dion has had international popularity for decades and is still going strong with the publication of her most recent album, “Courage,” in 2019. Dion has shown that it takes perseverance and hard work to rise to the top of the charts despite her multiple number-one singles and accolades.
However, it appeared as though Dion’s influence and legacy all of a sudden went ignored when Rolling Stone, one of the most prestigious music periodicals in the world, released their list of the 200 greatest singers of all time. Fans of Dion anticipated seeing her there, but they were shocked to see that she didn’t even place.
The contentious list was published by Rolling Stone and included a host of well-known performers, including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Otis Redding, Beyonce, Adele, and even Taylor Swift.
The publication’s readers were reminded in the article that the list is a “Greatest Singers list” rather than a “Greatest Voices list.”
“Talent is striking; transcendent brilliance is not. Yes, many of the residents of this city were endowed at birth with enormous pipes, perfect pitch, and limitless range. Others play instruments that are harsher, weirder, or more sensitive, according to Rolling Stone. Originality, influence, the scope of an artist’s discography, and their artistic legacy were all factors that were important to us.
The caution did not, however, prevent the numerous magazine readers and music enthusiasts from responding badly when they failed to see Dion, one of the most well-known singers in recent memory.
On social media, some had expressed doubts about the accuracy of the list and confusion about how the highly regarded journal came up with the dubious list.
They employed a “elaborate voting method that includes feedback from well-known musicians,” the source said.
“The findings were heavily weighted in favor of classic rock and vocalists from the 1960s and 1970s. This new list, which represents 100 years of pop music as a continuous global discourse, was put together by our team and significant contributors, according to Rolling Stone.
However, a lot of people on social media, especially Dion’s admirers, were incensed by the massive omission, which for some – not placing Dion on the list – rendered the entire list invalid.
Readers were perplexed by the 54-year-old singer’s omission since they thought Dion met or exceeded every standard put out by the newspaper.
“Look, it’s fair to say that Celine Dion’s music isn’t to everyone’s taste. It’s reasonable to claim that Celine’s songs are no longer relevant in the Billie Eilish youth of today. But to claim Celine Dion is not one of the best singers of all time is absurd,” a fan said on social media.
Respectfully, leaving Celine Dion off this list, who is undoubtedly the finest vocalist of all time, is almost traitorous, said another user.
“If we’re just measuring vocal prowess by its purest meaning, not having Celine Dion is demonstrably erroneous and has nothing to do with taste. You would still be wrong if we were to judge by sound. Therefore, there are some ranking, inclusion, and omission puzzles,” someone said.
Social media users who were fans of the “Because You Loved Me” singer expressed their ire at the newspaper for giving other incredibly skilled singers and vocalists a lower placement than others.
Apart from the complete absences of Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and Adam Lambert, how is it possible that the legendary Nat King Cole is not on this list? Do better @RollingStone,” said a different person.
Dion has not responded to her absence from the list or the wrath of her devoted admirers since it was published.
Dion tearfully announced in a video last December 2022 that she had been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome, a rare neurological condition that results in her muscular spasms. Nevertheless, she expressed hope for the future despite postponing her much anticipated “Courage” Tour.
My wonderful children are supporting me and giving me hope, and I have a terrific team of specialists working with me to help me get better, Dion added.