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Aretha Franklin Tops Rolling Stone Poll Of Greatest Rock Singers

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The Queen of Soul is now the greatest singer of the rock 'n' roll era -- at least according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Aretha Franklin tops a poll that will be published on Friday in which the publication lists the top 100 singers since the mid-'50s. She was chosen from a survey of 179 musicians -- including the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee and Michigan native Iggy Pop -- producers and Rolling Stone staffers.

Paying tribute to the Bloomfield Hills resident in the issue, R&B singer Mary J. Blige says that Franklin is "the reason why women want to sing." Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, who's No. 15 on the list, describes Presley's voice as "confident, insinuating and taking no prisoners."

Neither Franklin nor her representatives have commented on the honor.

Ray Charles was No. 2 on the list, followed by Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown in the Top 10. The Beatles' Paul McCartney was No. 11, and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger showed up at No. 16.

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