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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan featured on Rolling Stone’s list of 200 Best Singers of All Time

The American magazine Rolling Stone featured qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in its list of the 200 Best Singers of All Time.

He was ranked 91st on the list, which also included the late Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, Canadian singer The Weeknd, South Korean singer-songwriter IU, and Jungkook of the K-pop boy band BTS.

The list came out on Sunday.

“Watching archival performances of the late Pakistani vocal master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan — an icon in the realm of Qawwali, a type of Sufi devotional song, whose family’s musical legacy stretched back hundreds of years — it’s easy to lose track of time, and to hear how his music easily reached global audiences in the eighties when he began performing abroad and recording for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label,” Magazine wrote for Nusrat.

It featured Khan’s international music fans, including Madonna, Eddie Vedder (with whom he collaborated on the Dead Man Walking soundtrack), and Jeff Buckley (who referred to Khan as his “Elvis”).

Aretha Franklin, the late American singer-songwriter, topped the list, followed by Whitney Houston and Sam Cook.

The Top 10 section also included Billie Holiday, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Otis Redding, and Al Green.

According to the magazine, Mangeshkar,  “The crystalline, the eternally girlish voice of ‘the Melody Queen’ is a cornerstone of Indian pop music, with a global influence spread via Bollywood films, whose golden era she defined. Lata was the empress of playback singers, the vocal magicians who perform songs for actors to lip-sync in lavish movie musicals, recording over 7,000 such songs, by some estimates.”

Her Number on the List

She was number 84 on the list.

Amy Winehouse, Joo Gilberto, Billie Eilish, Rosalia, Burna Boy, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Bob Marley, Usher, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift, Bono, Michael Jackson, and Burna Boy were among the artists on the list.

Pavan Manzoor
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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.


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