And so they have done it again. VH1 has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, even though they already did it about a decade ago. I couldn't really think of anyone who may have popped up over the last ten years who is good enough to bump anyone off that list. But, then again, I know something about music. Obviously, though, they decided to poll a lot of people who do not.
I'll never deny anyone their talent, or lack thereof, but some of the names on this list should not have been on it. And many should not have been given the ranking that they were, in fact, given. People like Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, while popular for whatever reason, should not be considered in the running for this. No offense. I mean, Alicia Keys can tickle those ivories like they're all named Elmo, and Justin Timberlake can sing okay, though I prefer him as a comedian on SNL. And Beyonce . . . well, I should not even go there, because I don't need a slander lawsuit against me. But none of these youngsters should be considered better than Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, or the Bee Gees (putting them at #88 was a crime!).
And then when you think about who didn't rank at all? I'll let the absence of the Mamas and the Papas slide, since that could just be aftershock from MacKenzie Phillips' recent "Hey, guess what?" moment. But no Simon and Garfunkel. No Leonard Cohen, possibly the best lyricist ever. Please.
At least, the Beatles were number one, though Lennon and McCartney should have been in the top tweny all on their own. Just like Fleetwood Mac should have been and Bruce Springsteen, too. I don't even like Springsteen and I'm saying this, because, like I said, he's talented and you can't deny that.
Well, hopefully, one day, those in the music industry will learn something about music from someone. I'm available for that job . . . for a small fee!
Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer