Springsteen robbed of spot on NPR's 50 Great Voices list
Bruce Springsteen got snubbed. So did Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Patti Smith, Nancy Wilson, Helen O'Connell, Tom Petty and Grace Slick.
These amazing artists didn't make the final list of nominees for National Public Radio's project to explore what listeners and music experts determine are 50 great voices in recorded history.
Also snubbed? David Byrne, Shirley Temple, Annie Lennox, and Frank Zappa. And the royal snubbing of all time goes to The Beatles: there isn't a single Beatle — not a John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr — on the list.
This ambitious project is both no-win and no-lose. It's not a definitive determination of the 50 greatest voices of all time, just 50 great voices, so there are no real winners and losers. The aim of the project, according to NPR, is to "discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time."
What music lover couldn't get on board with that?
Even though there are no right and wrong answers, no one will be on board with each of the 50 great voices that end up being selected for exploration. Some music lovers are already finding huge nits to pick with the list of 126 voices from which the final 50 will be culled, including me. (Seriously, they didn't include Bruce Springsteen. Bruce! What were they thinking?)
In short, this project is genius.
Whether we music lovers are pleased or pissed, we'll have plenty to talk about when the final list is released. The year-long exploration of those 50 great voices is set to kick off in January.
You can check out the artists from which the final 50 will be selected on NPR's website.
And you can enjoy a wonderful Bruce Springsteen performance with the equally incredible E Street Band below.