IU And BTS's Jungkook Make Rolling Stone's List Of

IU and BTS’s Jungkook have both made Rolling Stone’s list of “The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time”!

To ring in the new year, the American magazine has published a list of what it considers the 200 greatest pop singers of all time, spanning multiple decades and a wide array of genres.

Explaining how they compiled the list, Rolling Stone wrote, “Keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices list… In all cases, what mattered most to us was originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy.”

BTS’s Jungkook made the list at No. 191, with Kristine Kwak writing, “The multifaceted youngest member of BTS boasts a long list of talents—he’s a strong performer, written several songs, and is known to be extremely hardworking and humble despite the success he’s experienced at such an early age. He’s also an extremely gifted singer. In 2022, when his track with Charlie Puth, ‘Left and Right,’ became the fastest song by a Korean soloist to surpass 400 million streams on Spotify, Puth referred to him as one of the only artists ‘to have ever sent me perfect vocals.’ He hits high notes with ease and harmonizes with his members effortlessly, always giving his audience new ad-libs and unexpected vocal riffs to keep things interesting.”

Meanwhile, IU came in at No. 135 on the list. Kwak wrote, “Since her 2010 breakout hit ‘Good Day’ (which garnered deserved praise for its magnificent three-note climax), IU has become one of the most highly regarded vocalists in South Korean music. Despite having a soft voice, she has a wide range, a powerful delivery, and a versatility that’s allowed her to move easily from bossa nova to Nineties chamber pop and from jazz to ballads. In 2022, she became the first Korean female soloist to headline a concert at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, selling out the venue in five minutes, with peers and admirers like Jungkook of BTS, Jihyo and Jeongyeon of TWICE, and TXT‘s Soobin and Beomgyu there to celebrate her triumph.”

Also on the list was rock star Karen O, the lead singer of the American band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who was born in Seoul before moving to the United States as a child. Making note of her heritage “as a Korean-American kid who grew up idolizing Sam Cooke,” Rob Sheffield wrote, “Karen O strutted her way into history with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a New York goth-punk diva in a swirl of beer, lipstick, and fishnets… As one of her era’s only female rock voices, she sparked a rising generation of rebel girls.”

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