New Delhi (ANI): Aretha Franklin is the greatest singer of the rock era, according to a new poll. Franklin, who's already the Queen of Soul, was given the new honour in the poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine. The second place on the list was nabbed by Ray Charles, followed by Elvis Presley at no.3 and Sam Cooke at no. 4, according to the magazine's survey of 179 musicians, producers, Rolling Stone editors, and other music-industry insiders.
John Lennon rounded off the top 5 of the 100 rock legends, reports China Daily. The 100-strong list will be published on Friday, when Rolling Stone hits the newsstands with four different covers. Besides Franklin, the only other living people in the top 10 were Bob Dylan at No. 7 and Stevie Wonder at No. 9. Marvin Gaye was No. 6, Otis Redding No. 8, and James Brown No. 10.
Other notables included Paul McCartney at No. 11, one place ahead of his idol, Little Richard; and Mick Jagger at No. 16, also one ahead of a key influence, Tina Turner. Among the top 25, 50-year-old Michael Jackson was the youngest, coming in at No. 25. Among the top 25, 50-year-old Michael Jackson was the youngest, coming in at No. 25.
Voters included Metallica frontman James Hetfield, folk singers David Crosby and Yusuf Islam, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, punk rock veteran Iggy Pop and English pop star James Blunt. They each submitted their top 20 choices, and an accounting firm tabulated the results.