India’s legendary playback singer Lata Mageshkar has been listed in American culture magazine Rolling Stone’s 200 Best Singers of All Time list.
The singer was ranked 84 among other pop icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Beyonce. Describing the Queen of Melody, Rolling Stone wrote, "The crystalline, eternally girlish voice of 'the Melody Queen' is a cornerstone of Indian pop music, with a global influence spread via Bollywood films, whose golden era she defined. Lata was the empress of playback singers, the vocal magicians who perform songs for actors to lip-sync in lavish movie musicals, recording over 7,000 such songs, by some estimates.”
The list also features great Pakistani late singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Moreover, South Korean singer, better known by his stage name IU, original name Lee Ji-eun also features in the list. BTS’ singer Jungkook is also part of the list.
Top 10 artists from the Best Singers of All Time list includes:
1. Aretha Franklin
2. Whitney Houston,
3. Sam Cooke
4. Billie Holiday
5. Mariah Carey
6. Ray Charles
7. Stevie Wonder
9. Otis Redding
10. Al Green
Lata Mangeshkar passed away in February 2022 at the age of 92. The singer sang more than 30,000 songs in 35 different languages over the course of her 80-year career. For her beautiful voice, she was dubbed "The Nightingale of India" and awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001.