#1
1Jimi 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


This list pisses the crap out of me, I mean Kurt Cobain beating out Jerry Garcia, i'm sorry but since when is Kurt Cobain better than Jerry Garcia, along with many other greats. What world are they living on?
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rolling stone is the worst magazine in history, and you need to relise that you cant have everything you want. now stop crying and close this thread.
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#6
kurt cobain was creative and different, and he did invent a genre, but no, he was not a great guitar player. he was just different and new.

jeff beck should be way before him.

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#8
wat the crap! they put eddie van halen as no. 70 and jack white as 17! that is wacked.
they dont have any shredders in there.
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#10
That list sucks. There are a lot of modern guitarists that are pretty damn good too. Just because they aren't old, doesn't mean they're not good. And some of those on the list aren't that great. Jack White? Are you kidding?
#11
ehh i must say there are some mustakes but i think its focused more on heart and soul playing, and early blues and ****
#12
Perhaps they also took into account their influence on music, in addition to their technical skill (or lack thereof).
#13
^^^Jack white is actually really good

by best it may mean more influencial (vai and malmsteem dont touch the list if it is)

and i think they took out shred because a lot of people dont listen to it because its just showing off....i dont find it very musical or expressive
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#14
6 Chuck Berry
10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
45 Frank Zappa
52 Lou Reed
56 Tom Verlaine of Television
67 Link Wray
80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids
88 Dave Davies of the Kinks
89 D. Boon of the Minutemen
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag

All great picks!

I never excpected to see Ron Asheton so high.
#15
yes everyone knows the list sucks
Lyrics are just wasted time between guitar solos

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#16
Jimmy Page should have been a lot higher and there is a lot of Guitarists who shouldn't be on that list.
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#18
its a good list
its impossible to put them in an order of 1-100
because all guitarists on there are great in their own way
although
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he should be a bit higher IMO
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#19
what the F#$%K???????
Eddie Van Halen at 70!!
God, he practicaly invented the freaken TAPPIN!!!!
he shol be at least top 20
#20
jimmy page should NOT be in the top 10. end of story. i just dont think he was that great compared to some of the other people on this list. sure, he was one of the pioneers of hard rock/early metal, but a lot of people on this list could rip him up.
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#21
any time you put johnny ****ing ramone on a list higher than EVH proves your mental incapability...
#23
Hasn't this thread been done? Several times?

There is no point fighting over (or discussing) the greatest guitarist (here in the CR forum). Because:
1. There is no "greatest" guitarist; it is all opinion.
2. Not all the guitarists on the list are CR guitarists.

That list doesn't really rely just on the talent of the guitarists themselves. For the most part, its how inspirational they were, whether it be to music in its entireity, or a certain genre or generation of music listeners. Which explains why Cobain, White, etc are on that list.

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I hate to report your thread, but this will turn into a big arguement that really doesn't need to take place here.
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#24
oh yeah and what about claudio and travis from coheed and cambria? they're ****ing fantastic
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#26
I'm sorry, but...

Has Johnny Ramone ever played anything more than power chords?

Honestly, his playing style takes no skill, nor was it influential or creative in the least. Pete Townshend and Link Wray (two players who had large influences on power chords), at the very least, should be way ahead of him.

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#28
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jimmy page should NOT be in the top 10. end of story. i just dont think he was that great compared to some of the other people on this list. sure, he was one of the pioneers of hard rock/early metal, but a lot of people on this list could rip him up.


lol jimmy page is right where he should be him hendrix and clapton are always goin to be top 10 status.....


ok but joan jett? how about bonnie Rait or nacy wilson