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Rolling Stone chose Mercedes Sosa as one of the best singers in history

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In addition to “La Negra” Sosa, other Latin artists were recognized as the best singers of the last 100 years.

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Juan Gabriel, Vicente Fernández, Rosalía (ranked 200), Marc Anthony and Celia Cruz were other Spanish-speaking artists in the ranking.

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“A native of the province of Tucumán, Mercedes Sosa embodied the idealism of leftist politics, which she expressed as the leader of the “New Song” movement through a rich repertoire of folklore and militant protest songs. Her delicate voice, always tender but also anchored in an incorruptible value, turned Violeta Parra’s ode Gracias a la vida into an intimate hymn”, recounts the presentation of the Argentine artist.

Mercedes Sosa – Mud Maybe (Official Video)

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And he continued: “Censored in her country and forced into exile during the Argentine dictatorship of the ’70s. Mercedes became an international figure, shining live like a South American Pacha Mama. Her last album before she died in 2009, Cantora, It showed her singing duets with younger stars who couldn’t believe it.”

Rolling Stone had already created a similar list in 2008 recognizing different musicians. However, within the 100 people selected at that time, only classic rock and pop artists from the 60’s and 70’s were contemplated.

On this occasion, the magazine decided to go further and contemplate artists from other areas and contemporary singers. The new list, in addition to including Latino artists, includes artists from the last 20 years, such as Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Adele and Mariah Carey.


On the other hand, Rolling Stone was in charge of clarifying that it is about the best singers and not the best voices in the industry. This is because different music producers complained that Celine Dion does not make the list, being one of the best vocal performers of recent times.

As they detailed, the idea of ​​the ranking was to look for original voices and that contribute something different. That’s why artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Toots Hibbert, Bob Dylan and D’Angelo are part of it having very different styles.

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Icon: Aretha Franklin heads the ranking prepared by Rolling Stone.

The top 10 of “The 200 Best Singers in History” according to the traditional publication is made up of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Otis Redding and Al Greene.

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