38. Elton John
When he avoids the Donald Duck outfits and his schmaltzier side he’s fantastic.
39. Jeff Buckley
Haunting and doomed.
40. Curtis Mayfield
His voice was high and beautiful, he was a great writer and artist, but would be lower on my list.
41. Chuck Berry
Did his emphatic best with what he had. Chuck defined rock and roll attitude. His early sides were sped up to make him sound younger. “Too Much Monkey Business” may have invented rap.
42. Joni Mitchell
I know everyone worships her, but she doesn’t do anything for me.
43. George Jones
This is what a sad drunk should sound like.
44. Bobby "Blue" Bland
I'm too ignorant to comment.
45. Kurt Cobain
I saw Nirvana at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and was just astonished at how this guy could push his larynx beyond overdrive. It was like seeing John Lennon sing “Twist and Shout” for an hour and a half straight and seemed physically impossible, and yet although he was as screwed up as anyone on the planet, when you heard him scream, it sounded like he understood all the pain in the world and was absorbing it all inside of him to make you feel better.
46. Patsy Cline
Simple and wonderful.
47. Jim Morrison
I’m actually proud that Rolling Stone has him up here this high. The fact that he could really sing has too often been totally obscured by his looks, legend, and often buffoonish drunken behavior, but he was an amazingly authoritative stage presence who could command your entire attention without doing anything but standing slumping over his microphone stand. He could croon and scream and is for my money the most credible white blues singer ever.
48. Buddy Holly
“True Love Ways” is the prettiest song ever.
49. Donny Hathaway
Did you know that was him singing the Maude theme song? Sadly, didn’t live long enough to see himself become the go-to guy for American Idol contestants everywhere. Deserves to be much higher and as a vocalist was every bit as good as Stevie Wonder.
50. Bonnie Raitt
I find myself oddly attracted to her despite her age. We could delete her from this and I wouldn't care.
51. Gladys Knight
Sorry, I was always more interested in the Pips.
52. Brian Wilson
Before he destroyed his voice with substances, his ventures to the high range of his voice were the most earthly sign of angelic innocence to visit our world.