53. Muddy Waters
Those Led Zeppelin dudes owe his estate some serious money.
54. Luther Vandross
Never really a fan, but he died too soon.
55. Paul Rodgers
Way too high. Has a few classic sides, but trying to replace Freddie Mercury in Queen is either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid.
56. Mavis Staples
Definitely sang “Respect Yourself” better than Bruce Willis did.
57. Eric Burdon
Fantastic deep, scary voice. The poetry verses of “Spill the Wine” are absurd, but by the time he belts out the chorus, it doesn’t really matter.
58. Christina Aguilera
Being leagues better than Britney doesn’t merit anointing her an all time great. Talented, but something about her creeps me out. Would have won American Idol every year in her sleep.
59. Rod Stewart
Should be much higher, but has consistently made career decisions that make George W. Bush’s look brilliant in comparison.
Too whacked out and weird for me to objectively rate, I may be just too stupid to get it. Love the Spike Jonze video for “It’s So Quiet.”
61. Roger Daltrey
“Yeah!” Early in his career he was the least interesting presence in the Who, but he constantly got better and became one of the best front men ever.
62. Lou Reed
Does nothing for me. Zero. The Velvets are easily the most overrated band of all time. Sorry.
Criminally all but forgotten, the King of Doo Wop.
64. Axl Rose
Dude, seriously, what happened to you?
65. David Ruffin
An egomaniac and far less than the greatest human being in the world, nevertheless when he bragged that he was the Temptations, he was pretty much correct. “My Girl” sounds slight and worthless sung by anyone else in the history of the world. Should be in the top 20 – disagree? Listen to “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me).”
66. Thom Yorke
I know that I’m legally supposed to worship Radiohead, but I’m not convinced that Thom Yorke deserves to be on this list.
67. Jerry Lee Lewis
He’s 150 or so, and still scares the living daylights out of me. I’d never say one bad word about the Killer.
68. Wilson Pickett
69. Ronnie Spector
I still have no idea why the Ronnettes made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her being higher than fellow Phil Spector player Darlene Love is a sick joke.
70. Gregg Allman
71. Toots Hibbert
“Pressure Drop” right?
72. John Fogerty