Skrillex Ranked Among Greatest Guitarists Ever

Spin magazine has included Skrillex in a feature on the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, despite admitting they don't know if he's ever held a guitar.

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Spin magazine has included Skrillex in a feature on the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, despite admitting they don't know if he's ever held a guitar.

Skrillex has, somehow, been voted one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

The dubstep producer who appears not to include a guitar in his live act was part a feature in Spin magazine, which ranked its 100 favourite guitarists. Skrillex ranked in last place at 100.

Skrillex - real name Sonny Moore - was once a guitarist and even fronted a moderately successful hardcore band named From First To Last. Despite this, Spin confirms that it included the young dubstep producer without knowing about his rock background.

"Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life," it admits, possibly confirming that his position on the first page of the feature was simply to generate controversy and page views.

Spin goes on to justify his inclusion thanks to his "primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs" which are generated on electronic synths on his dubstep releases.

In joint-first place as Spin's greatest guitarists of all time were Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth, beating Kurt Cobain in 4th place and Tony Iommi in 18th place.

"The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water," says the article.

Try the clip below to see if you agree:

Here's the top 10 guitarists according to Spin:

10. Jam Master Jay (Run-DMC) 09. Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) 08. Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) 07. Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd (Television) 06. Prince 05. J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) 04. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) 03. John Fahey 02. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) 01. Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

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    flaphead325
    As professor Farnsworth once said in Futurama's season six: I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE.
    Rezz316
    NiinjaMaster36 wrote: Worst list ug has ever published
    UG didn't publish this. This is Spin's list.
    Yuppie1985
    I am just so confused, how can you have guitar riffs not created on a guitar, surely these aren't guitar riffs but synth riffs? I'm not even gonna start on the top ten list, who voted for this?
    Rezz316
    KingNothing666 wrote: Hahahahaha if these are the top ten of all time, I'd to see the rest of the hundred...
    I've seen it. Trust me, no you don't. Let's just say that they rank Jack White over Dimebag Darrell and Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn aren't even on the list. Nuff Said.
    shredhead~
    How can the most influential guitarist of the twentieth century and the person who was most famous for Texas Blues possibly be missed out?
    shredhead~
    Skrillex isn't even known for his guitar playing anyway and he probably doesn't even practice nearly enough as many people who weren't even on this list.
    one-dead-cop
    "Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life," it admits, possibly confirming that his position on the first page of the feature was simply to generate controversy and page views.
    Hahaha... Ultimate Guitar criticising other sources for using this tactic to "generate controversy and page views". They do this to use every week with the news they give us.
    v2a2n2g2
    channtastic wrote: Rezz316 wrote: KingNothing666 wrote: Hahahahaha if these are the top ten of all time, I'd to see the rest of the hundred... I've seen it. Trust me, no you don't. Let's just say that they rank Jack White over Dimebag Darrell and Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn aren't even on the list. Nuff Said.EndTheRapture51 wrote: Rezz316 wrote: KingNothing666 wrote: Hahahahaha if these are the top ten of all time, I'd to see the rest of the hundred... I've seen it. Trust me, no you don't. Let's just say that they rank Jack White over Dimebag Darrell and Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn aren't even on the list. Nuff Said. Whats wrong with Jack White? I prefer his riffs over Dimebag's dull metal riffs. There's nothing wrong with Jack White. I don't even argue that he's among the top 100. But to say that he's a better guitarist than DBD is joke. Dude, I feel as if Jack White is worlds above DBD. Although, I'm not really into rednecks or metal, or redneck metal for that matter. Also, on the topic of Skrillex and guitars...He can play guitar. He is pretty darn good at it too. On his track Bangarang, that is him playing that little funk riff. He can also play drums really well too. Really, I actually prefer Spin's list too other list because it's not always the same thing that I've seen a hundred times.
    Redneck metal. I can't take you seriously for calling Pantera that.
    AnnihilationUK
    I seen this on Friday and it made my weekend. I love a good laugh! Fuckin' ... shitty ass lists .
    travislausch
    Interesting to see Prince in the top 10. He's an amazing musician, regardless of genre affiliations.
    DarkWolfXV
    Next time we are going to see: "Justin Bieber ranked among top 10 guitarists"
    teknoman
    The top 5 DJs accordingly to Spin magazine 5. Dave Grohl 4. Chino Moreno 3. Tom Morello 2. Jimi Hendrix 1. Barack Obama
    emeryd1
    Just saw the whole list online...no Hendrix, Beck, Page, Van halen, Gilbert, Yngwie, Satriani, Rhoads, Clapton, Steve Vai. I could go on. Spin magazine clearly have no idea...
    GeekInThePink
    It makes sense to me. I was actually put on a list of top 100 veterinarians recently because I own four dogs.
    Ibeanez
    The 10 greatest trumpet players of all time: 1.Meatloaf 2.The Incredible Hulk 3.Gandhi 4.GG Allin 5.Barney the Purple Dinosaur 6.Alexander the Great 7.Napolean Dynamite 8.John Doe 9.The Unknown Soldier 10.Magneto I was going for recognition for underrated players, those whose playing was never heard, those who never actually played, and those who don't actually exist.
    flip666sorry
    there is legit no way this whole list isn't just a total troll. calm your nips everyone, this is clearly a joke or someone who just picked random people in music to put on a list for a crappy magazine.
    Rick_Diculous
    When Spin says "100 Greatest Guitarists," they mean "100 Greatest Indie/Alternative Guitarists". Metal guys and classic rock guys, just ignore this one. While I'm a huge indie guy, I'll say this: The Skrillex pick is dumb, Hendrix is always the best, and arguing "Where's Dimebag" is pointless given what publication it came from.
    Lightning_Ray
    UG, you've got it wrong, this "list" is a self-admitted parody from your usual top guitarists lists...
    EpiExplorer
    Dis is BO SCHITT. I bet Lil' Wayne was number 11. UG, please stop posting other websites lists...
    muir
    This is the most inaccurate thing I've ever laid eyes on...
    Maestro1600
    Mr Winters wrote: Skrillex shouldn't be on any "best 100" list of any kind. He's the destruction of music.
    'Skrillex shouldn't be on any "best 100" list of any kind. He makes a form of music I don't like.'
    Attack&Release
    Johnny Ramone shouldn't be in the top ten of anything unless it says "influential". He was a shit guitarist who literally played two or three chords every song. Spin is about as stupid UG, which is saying a lot.
    captainperoxide
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Too bad Skrillex is house electronic, not dubstep. The song doesn't prove your case at all since its not dubstep.
    Yeah, like there's any ****ing difference.
    SIEGE312
    Spin is ridiculous. They are a camp of hipsters and electronica obsessed idiots. While I will concede that Prince is a fantastic guitarist, he is not worthy of top ten, nor is even Cobain, his contributions to music through his songwriting are significant, but he was sloppy and not very inventive in his guitar playing. Aside from that fact, Skrillix? Really guys? I think he was rhythm in From First to Last, an though not a bad band were hardly significant to begin with. Making riffs on a keyboard and drum machine are not, and never will be the same as a riff on guitar, apples and oranges, you ignorant morons.
    MrFlibble
    Of course, rather than come up with original content, U-G reports on other outlets' material. And of curse, rather than reporting on the article as a whole, U-G has to pick out the most obviously inflamatory aspect in order to rile up all the 14-year-olds. It's pathetic, it really is.
    Minivirus2
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Minivirus2 wrote: This is just silly. I'm glad I listened to that song, because now I have one more, proof positive, example as to why I don't like dubstep. It sounds like a track featured in a SNES game's credit roll. Too bad Skrillex is house electronic, not dubstep. The song doesn't prove your case at all since its not dubstep.
    Funny, because he's described as a dubstep producer throughout the entire article above...
    Necrotise
    What is this nonsense? Its like including a drummer in the list because he knows how to create awesome rhythms
    Galfadez
    I actually agree with the list... ... ... ...lol jks, but yeah it's just a poll in Spin magazine, people shouldn't get too worried about it.
    Maestro1600
    Masterofpirates wrote: Kevin Shields and Skrillex the best guitarists ever? I had a good long laugh. That list really reads like a seven year old just put down guitarists that he'd heard of
    Yeah, those 7 year olds love My Bloody Valentine. You can see them at the gigs, swaying slowly to the 20 minute 'holocaust' section...
    Sundb3rg
    Really? I love Nirvana and Kurt Cobain but him being one of the best guitarists? Not likely, hell I think even I am a better guitarist then him, but if you're counting on 'how creative' the guitarist is, then he's earned that place.
    Mr Winters
    Skrillex shouldn't be on any "best 100" list of any kind. He's the destruction of music.
    Iommianity
    That is a shit list, but at the same time, I'm all for pissing people off. It's nice to see some people like Kevin Shields get recognition instead of making the same old tired lists. Look, I don't care if you love Pantera. Let's pretend Dime really did have the greatest chops (nah), the most tasteful leads (nope), or that Pantera were actually groundbreaking (**** no); do we really need to put Dimebag on another list to validate all that? Please. Be happy that Dimebag was around and left music for you to enjoy. I would say his legacy is intact without making top ten lists or people shoving him in your face. Pantera is a gateway metal band; they will always be relevant without being on a list you'll just bitch about anyways.
    EndTheRapture51
    Rezz316 wrote: KingNothing666 wrote: Hahahahaha if these are the top ten of all time, I'd to see the rest of the hundred... I've seen it. Trust me, no you don't. Let's just say that they rank Jack White over Dimebag Darrell and Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn aren't even on the list. Nuff Said.
    Whats wrong with Jack White? I prefer his riffs over Dimebag's dull metal riffs.
    Ibeanez
    Best fruit ever: 1.Pizza 2.Screen Door 3.Bedpost 4.Submarine 5.BOO! 6.Existentialism 7... . 8.1957 Buick 2-door hardtop 9.Blood Sausage 10.Avalanche Zener Diode Okay, I'll stop.
    Dostoyevskian
    I don't know if Kevin Shields deserves second necessarily, but I'm ecstatic to see him recognized. Loveless is one of the greatest albums you could never imagine, and the guy invented glide strumming. Also, Nels Cline deserves any accolade ever given to him. Anyone who's heard his solo during the outro to Impossible Germany knows what I mean, because they shat themselves listening to it.
    ne14t
    I have not and now I will never read Spin they sound like a bunch of twats.
    Minimallamb
    I chencked out the site with the list on int and, although I don't really agree whit a lot of the names, they said that they tried to pick guitarists who are good and don't tend to get the respect they should. They said they're looking for people who sound good and can write a good song as opposed to who can play the most notes per minute. It makes a change from the same list being printed over and over again (with the typical guitarists at the top), even if barely anyone agrees