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Rolling Stone top 100 guitarists

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dick Whitman, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Seems like they just did this, but interesting nonetheless.

    I usually hate to nitpick these (ultimately meaningless) rankings, but regardless.

    I'll have to find the actual list or type it out later, but among the things I noticed was that John Lennon was 11th (ridiculous) and Jack White was around 70th (even more ridiculous), just like two spots above Kurt Cobain, that well-known virtuoso.
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Here is the top 10:

    Rolling Stone’s top 10 guitarists of all time:

    1. Jimi Hendrix

    2. Eric Clapton

    3. Jimmy Page

    4. Keith Richards

    5. Jeff Beck

    6. B.B. King

    7. Chuck Berry

    8. Eddie Van Halen

    9. Duane Allman

    10. Pete Townshend
  3. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Pete Townshend was a horrible guitarist, comparatively.
  4. Gehrig

    Gehrig Active Member

    I've always hated these lists made by Rolling Stone Magazine.
  5. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Saw an article on this a few days ago, but not the full list. They mentioned Townshend in the top 10, and I thought no effin way.

    Great songwriter, great band, but not a great guitarist.

    And while I can't offer any gripe with the top 3, Eddie Van Halen should be no worse than 4. Personally, I'd list him no. 1. He did things with a guitar that I had never heard before.
  6. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    This is like Letterman complaining about year-end Top 10 lists.
  7. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    I have problems with the demographics of that list, and I'm a boomer. Granted, popular music isn't as guitar-heavy as it once was (STFU, IJAG ;D), but there are excellent guitarists who aren't over 60.
  8. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Well, you're talking about the magazine that gave Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album five stars.
  9. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Fair point.
  10. DanielSimpsonDay

    DanielSimpsonDay Well-Known Member

    These lists are deliberate trolling. Kurt Cobain and Joni Mitchell yet no mention of Joe Satriani or Steve Vai.

  11. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Duane Allman should be higher, probably third. Where is SRV?
  12. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Any list that does not have the following at or near the top is useless;

    Steve Vai
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Joe Satriani
    David Gilmour
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