Now here’s a list for the ages. The “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” from “Rolling Stone” and its blue-ribbon panel of 179 musical experts. Aretha Franklin is No. 1, ahead of Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke and John Lennon.

Mary J. Blige honors Aretha:

“You know a force from heaven. You know something that God made. And Aretha is a gift from God. When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing.”

The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time