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The New Issue of Rolling Stone: The 100 Greatest Singers

November 12, 2008 9:30 AM ET

AC/DC step aside to make way for Aretha Franklin, the top-ranked vocalist in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. Joining Franklin on other covers — hitting newsstands today — are John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. Click below for the full list of singers and thoughts on the greats from Bono, Robert Plant, Mary J. Blige and a host of others. Also check out the gallery of behind-the-scenes photos of some of the greats like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Roger Daltrey in the studio. And before you get all bent out of shape over who's on top and who didn't rank, check out how the voting worked right here.

The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
What Makes a Great Singer? By Jonathan Lethem
Gallery: In the Studio With the Greatest Singers of All Time
Behind the Ballots: Handwritten Picks From Springsteen, Richards, Love and More

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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