I hear what you're saying.
Regarding Bono, I have changed my thinking on him recently. I had the impression of him before that he really only appreciated Elvis's work at Sun and basically thought everything was downhill from there. Then for that Elvis Lives special he said something like "Elvis lost his love for life and became an opera singer," while footage of Unchained Melody from the CBS special archives was playing. I didn't care that much for the rest of his goofy rant either, but that's just my opinion. However that Rolling Stone article seems to reflect a better understanding or appreciation of Elvis throughout his life, not just at the Big Bang.
If a magazine can be an icon, Rolling Stone certainly is one. But Elvis does not lack validation by not topping their lists. I wouldn't let it bother you too much. There are plenty of other unenlightened folks out there.
I think it was George Klein who said something like, "If you get Elvis, no explanation is necessary. If you don't get Elvis, no explanation is possible." (That is or was in somebody's signature, I believe.)