Variety, the entertainment trade publication, has come out with their list of the top 100 entertainment icons of the 20th Century.
They ranked the Top 10 as:
I think it is cute putting Mickey Mouse in the list, but I also think it kind of slights Walt Disney who should probably merit inclusion on the list in his own right.
The rest of the 100 in alphabetical order is listed below:
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
Laurel & Hardy
Edward R. Murrow
The Marx Brothers
Rodgers & Hammerstein
The Rolling Stones
The Sex Pistols
I was upset at first when it looked like Bing Crosby had once again been snubbed until I saw that they had grouped him with Bob Hope. Still, that makes it seem like the only reason he is included is because of the popular Road movies he did with Bob. I would argue that Bing should have made the top 10 based on the fact that he was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1930s and ‘40s. But I’m still happy that he at least made the list.
One big omission in my opinion is Bruce Springsteen. How many others are there?