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Old 01-18-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

So after reading the post about the top 50 guitar riffs of all time, I thought I would post this list of what Rolling Stone considers the top guitarists ever.

Personally, It's kind of funny to see Kurt Cobain listed as number 12. He was definitely a pioneer and changed the face of music from 80's hair metal to the grunge era, but he wasn't really a very good guitar player. His songs are all simple four chord progressions and his solos are pretty basic at best.

What do you guys think?

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
11 Kirk 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 Queen
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 (1997)
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
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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Totally agree Tbone

And I'm just noticing they put Angus Young at 96....when he and Kurt Cobain kind of sit in the same bucket... at least Angus shredded on the guitar.

Or Brian May or Joe Perry where they're at?
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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As strange as this sounds, it's a shame that there can only be 10 in the top ten...there are easily another ten on the list who belong in that league in my humble opinion. (Of course I mean ten in addition to Schmange.)
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:24 PM   #4
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I hate lists about music. Music is not a competition it is art. It is also so subjective that no two people are likely to have the same list. How about we post our fave omissions. I don't see Adrian Belew in there...
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WHAT THE HELL!??? There's KIRK fucking HAMMET but no Satriani, for all i know he should be in the top 30!
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Are these in some kind of order?
Like EVH at #70 and Jack White at #12?
Gimme a break...
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well hi! welcome to the forums, tho there's an intruduce yourself thing, but what the hell, welcome.
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