Eric Church And Taylor Swift (Barely) Make List of 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

“[She makes] every fan in the house feel like they have a very tall, very talented BFF who just wants to hang,” the mag says of Taylor.

Eric Church by John Peets/EB Media PR; Taylor Swift by Brian Doben/Firefly Entertainment

The list is definitely rock and pop heavy—Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Rolling Stones are 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

But two country acts snuck onto a new Rolling Stone magazine list of the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, a list voted on by a bunch of, well, rock and pop artists, industry insiders and journalists.

Eric Church came in at No. 40, with the magazine describing his show as “a gig that recalls arena rock’s golden age.”

Taylor Swift squeaked in at No. 49 (just ahead of No. 50 indie rocker Fiona Apple).

“She’s a kiddie feminist heroine who knows just the right dose of hooks, glitter, and stories about her famous exes to whip arena crowds into a teary frenzy,” the magazine says.

“Swift has grown into a live powerhouse by stepping up her singing chops and making every fan in the house feel like they have a very tall, very talented BFF who just wants to hang for a few hours and gab about boys ’n’ stuff.”

Of course, there are probably dozens of country stars—like Brad Paisley—who are glad they didn’t get a nod from Rolling Stone. Brad led the charge of country artists who spoke out against the magazine putting a glam shot of a Boston Marathon bomber on its cover.

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