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Rolling stones Top 100 Guitarist list


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1 Jimi Hendrix

2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band

3 B.B. King

4 Eric Clapton

5 Robert Johnson

6 Chuck Berry

7 Stevie Ray Vaughan

8 Ry Cooder

9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones

11Kirk Hammett of Metallica

12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead

14 Jeff Beck

15 Carlos Santana

16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones

17 Jack White of the White Stripes

18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

19 Richard Thompson

20 James Burton

21 George Harrison

22 Mike Bloomfield

23 Warren Haynes

24 The Edge of U2

25 Freddy King

26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave

27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits

28 Stephen Stills

29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges

30 Buddy Guy

31 Dick Dale

32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service

33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

35 John Fahey

36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's

37 Bo Diddley

38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac

39 Brian May of Qeen

40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival

41 Clarence White of the Byrds

42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson

43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic

44 Scotty Moore

45 Frank Zappa

46 Les Paul

47 T-Bone Walker

48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith

49 John McLaughlin

50 Pete Townshend

51 Paul Kossoff of Free

52 Lou Reed

53 Mickey Baker

54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane

55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple

56 Tom Verlaine of Television

57 Roy Buchanan

58 Dickey Betts

59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead

61 Ike Turner

62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band

63 Danny Gatton

64 Mick Ronson

65 Hubert Sumlin

66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour

67 Link Wray

68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape

69 Steve Howe of Yes

70 Eddie Van Halen

71 Lightnin' Hopkins

72 Joni Mitchell

73 Trey Anastasio of Phish

74 Johnny Winter

75 Adam Jones of Tool

76 Ali Farka Toure

77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat

78 Robbie Robertson of the Band

79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps

80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids

81 Derek Trucks

82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

83 Neil Young

84 Eddie Cochran

85 Randy Rhoads

86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath

87 Joan Jett

88 Dave Davies of the Kinks

89 D. Boon of the Minutemen

90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper

91 Robby Krieger of the Doors

92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5

94 Bert Jansch

95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine

96 Angus Young of AC/DC

97 Robert Randolph

98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer

99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag

100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

So many things wrong with this list, but Kurt Cobain at #12, just look at the people he "beats" mainly Pete Townshend. Rolling Stone sucks. Its sad because well they are suppose to be the preimere magazine of rock...or at least they use to be, but even back then they trashed some of my favourite albums.

This is a real or more close to who I would put in the top 10.(NO ORDER)

Jimi Hendrix: Influential.

Eric Clapton: Clapton is god, or he was untill Hendriz came along..

Jimmy Page: Very influencial and very good.

Eddie Van Halen: You can not deny his abiltites on a guitar.

Angus Young: One word, amazing... and one of the most influential

Yngwie Malmsteen: Metal todays owes Malmsteen, big time.

Brain May: Do I need to explain?

Ritchie Blackmore: Two words RAINBOW RISING.

Toni Iommi: Nothing Beats his skills.

Peter Townshed: Among the greats

I would throw mentions in here too

Jason Becker

Zakke Wylde

Kirk Hammet

David Gilmour

Alex Lifeson

Peter Frampton(He gets aboslutly no credit for what he did)

So who do you think are the greatest guitarists, and what do you think of the list?

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List is old, but I rediscovered it, and remember why I hated it in the first place.

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Link Wray and Dick Dale should both be top 20 atleast, taking Kurt Cobain and Johnny Ramone's spot. I like Johnny and all, but he doesn't deserve such a high place on that list. Also, Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith at 92 and 93? Ugh.

Jack White also ahead of them, on top of Ron Asheton and Ike Turner? Take anything Rolling Stone prints with a grain of salt.

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You do realise that they'd probably place people not just on the skill, but how they actually use that skill to fashion it into songs. Therefore, people who are placed high didn't need to be the best, but needed to do the best with what they had.

Ergo, I can therefore see how Cobain and Ramone got so high.

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Yeah, well, the fact that everyone and thier mothers always have a problem with lists done in magazines, interviews done in magazines, gig and CD reviews done in magazines, I guess I'll just logically think why they may have been put there, rather than follow the crowd, moan and complain just for the sake of it.

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Cobain at number 12 is a friggin joke. Nirvana is so overated. Granted, I used to love them, but people need to move on, seriously. So is Morello at 26. But then again this magazine is retarded so I won't comment further before I anger myself anymore.

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Clapton isn't good enough to be Jeff Beck's guitar tech., let alone "God". He hasn't done anything of substance since the early 70's, and is stuck doing shit he already did (Robert Johnson cd eerily similiar to his 'From the Cradle' from 15 years ago). And I'm sorry, but I can't think of a single, rational reason why someone who has listened to Johnson and Clapton would somehow consider Clapton the better guitarist. The problem was that when Clapton was at his peak, there were other guys (Bloomfield, Beck, Green, etc.) who were at or above his skill level while playing similiar music...while Johnson was heads and shoulders above everyone else. Then there is the impact Johnson had on blues and rock music, which dwarfs anything Clapton wishes he could do.

I've seen this and bitched about it before, so I'll try and go somewhere new this time...

Vernon Reid not being in the top 20 at least is pathetic. One of the few knowledgeable, technical guitarists who can write great riffs (Cult of Personality>everything else) and is accomplished in many genres.

Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Gilmour, etc. I really fail to understand how they are sitting where they are, seeing as how evidently popularity seems to matter (Jack White, Jerry Garcia, Kurt Cobain), yet they are better than these pieces of shit in the top 20. Young, Van Halen, and Gilmour are all very, very good at what they do on guitar, whereas guys like White do what exactly? It's one thing for someone like Jeff Beck to get 14 and Hammett to get 11, because of the massive differences in popularity...however, when you have good, popular guitarists who have been influential sitting so high makes no fucking sense.

I still can't believe Derek Trucks is rated ahead of Gilmour, Young, Robert Randolph. ESPECIALLY Randolph, who somehow gets an incredible amount of disrespect.

They really seem to fuck over particular genres. Someone mentioned power metal, and then there is jazz.

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Rolling Stone gave CKY's newest album like half a star, and then banned CKY from there magazine when all of there fans complained.

IGN gave the CD an 8.5/10 if I remember correctly.

I knew there's a reason I still liked Rolling Stone. They take out the trash.

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