Rolling Stone mag... Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Don't know if it was the most recent issue, but I found their picks to be pretty much on point with a few pleasant surprises.

#1 Jimi Hendrix of course

#2 Duane Allman

#3 I think was BB King

#4 Clapton

Of course Townsend, Richards, Paige and Stevie Ray Vaughn made the list.

A few pleasant surprises, the guitarists for Radiohead (both) and Jack White from the White Stripes. I'm glad that Brian May made the list.

Anyone who saw that list disgruntled with the choices or happy to see your favorite make it? Anyone on the list that should have been left out or anyone left out that should have been there?


  • Reply 1 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Just curious, where did Eddie land?

  • Reply 2 of 61
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    More importantly, where was Junior Brown?
  • Reply 3 of 61

    originallly posted by jeffyboy

    Just curious, where did Eddie land?

    I forget exactly, but around 80 or 70 I think
  • Reply 4 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member

    Originally posted by LiquidR

    I forget exactly, but around 80 or 70 I think

    Whoa, seriously? I'm not a "guitar guy" by any means, but that seems awfully low. He's my favorite, and I would've guessed a top 20 ranking at least.

  • Reply 5 of 61
    Yeah Eddie is great, but you have to consider the axe-men he is up against. He is definitely one of the best.
  • Reply 6 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    There was a thread on this not too long ago, but what the hey the RS list wasn't discussed too much.

    1 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 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

  • Reply 7 of 61
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    Yes, it's the current issue. This was actually a thread recently. Here's my post from the second page, with the entire list for those asking:

    (Eddie Van Halen at 70, Junior Brown didn't make the top 100)

    Jimi Hendrix: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time

    WHOOPS - beaten by a few seconds. I'll delete the list, but keep the cool shot of Jimi.

  • Reply 8 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    General observation, it seems pretty blues biased.

  • Reply 9 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Jerry Garcia at 13?

  • Reply 10 of 61
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    That's where the best guitarists are.

  • Reply 11 of 61
    Well a lot of the guitarists of the 50s 60s and 70s era of Rock were heavily influenced by the Blues. Hell, you can even hear a little bit of it in Slash's guitar work. Too bad GnR didn't have the staying power to allow Slash to show the world some more of his stuff. Too volatile of a band makeup I guess, but still some hot shit.

    I've only recently got into the Blues myself, wish I had been introduced to it earlier in life.
  • Reply 12 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    I would've thought Steve Vai would be on the list.

  • Reply 13 of 61
    Steve Vai, I don't think his stint in White Snake left him too much credibility. Plus not too many are familiar with him.
  • Reply 14 of 61
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member

    Originally posted by LiquidR

    Steve Vai, I don't think his stint in White Snake left him too much credibility. Plus not too many are familiar with him.

    Good point about Whitesnake.

    I thought his solo albums were fairly well known, now I feel all hip and stuff!

  • Reply 15 of 61
    I've only ever heard "War and Peace", Good Stuff. I think also we didn't get to see enough of him as with Slash.
  • Reply 16 of 61
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    Whoa, For The Love of God just came up in iTunes... damn Vai can crank it up, can't he? Sheesh!

  • Reply 17 of 61
    who cares what RS thinks? RS has no crediblity. they just did this issue for sales
  • Reply 18 of 61

    Originally posted by jeffyboy

    Jerry Garcia at 13?


    i was kind of surprised too. i mean, the grateful dead is my favorite band, but thats more for psychodelic reasons. i don't think of Jerry as one of the greatest. he is very skilled though.
  • Reply 19 of 61
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Well, I scanned the list. Having no Geordie Walker, David Gilmour at 82 and Curt Cobain was near the top, I called bullshit on Rolling Stone. Most popular? Sure. Best? Ha!
  • Reply 20 of 61
    midwintermidwinter Posts: 10,060member
    No Lindsay Buckingham? No Michael Hedges? No Kelly Joe Phelps? No friggin' CHET ATKINS? No Carl Perkins?



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