Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarist List from August 27th, 2003

Submitted by: LoveMetal22 13 years ago in Entertainment
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story?id=5937559

WORST LIST EVER!!!!
There are 46 comments:
Male 528
Wheres John Pertrucci, hes talented and he can play with passion.
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Male 144
some of those guys were only there because their band made it famous. example, kieth richards is a good guitarist, and deserves to be in the top 100, but number 10 seems a little high, especially since a lot of the time he plays rythym guitar anyway
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Male 135
david gilmour came in at #82? what a crock!
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Male 125
This.........was an outrage to me.....I`m a guitar player and to see not even some of the greats on here??? What is wrong with these people
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Male 3
bullpoo! strike he
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Male 3
I AGREE WITH GCALL22 HE IS RITE MALCOM YOUNG WAS WITH ANGUS DUH! AND EDDIE VAN HALEN SHOULD BE LIKE IN THE 20s BECAUSE HE HAD SAMMY HAGAR WITH HIM HE WASNT AS GOOD AS U THINK AND WHERE IS TED NUGENT????????????? KURT COBAIN WUZ GOOD! BUT NOT THE GREATEST GUITARIST JUST LISTEN TO THOSE SONGS HE METIONED ONLY HE FORGOT HEART-SHAPED BOX AND ANEYURSEM!!!!!!!!!! AND DAVID GILMOUR SHOULD BE HIGHER!!!!!!
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Male 1
i totally and completely agree with the kid above me I know that a lot of people don`t like Kurt Cobain very much but that`s just cause they suck also they`ve never heard any other songs except for Smells Like Teen Spirit. thet song is good if people would just give it a chance a really great song where he really can play you should listen to Blew,VeryApe,About a Girl,Stay Away,and Downer. Those songs are the best I swear now I agree he wasn`t the best guitarists of all time however, he needs to be in 20,s or 30,s. You know that Angus Young needs to be in the 50,s or 60,s because he had his older bro, Malcom Young, playing along with him so he shouldn`t get all that credit when his brother was what helped other wise he wouldn`t have been that good , its not like he`s god or somethig geese!
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Male 3
COME ON!!!!!!! THIS LIST ISNT THAT Great ummmmm kurt cobain is good!!! he shouldnt be that high but i mean come on if u listened to his other songs besides smells like teen spirit and all the other popular songs hes really goood on the others! and ummm eddie van halen and david gilmour shoud be much higher and so should angus young!
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Male 158
...i fu.ckin hate it when kno1 reads my posts
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Male 2
i think jimmy page should have been rated higher, and i didn`t see Steve Vai
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Male 2
Yeah and I`m sure Kurt Cobain was stone cold sober every time he performed! And as far as passion goes, you think Cobain plays with more passion than Van Halen or Angus Young? Probably not. Passion doesn`t make you great. You could be the most passionate musician ever, but if you have no skills, you still suck. The list is called "The 100 greatest", not most passionate, most popular, most influential, or most popular. That`s why so many people disagree with this list overall. Kurt Cobain is not a "greater" guitarist than any of the other 88 people ranked under him. Jack White hasn`t done enough to prove that he`s one of the greatest of all time. In my opinion, those two should not have made the list.
One final note, this list is not that old. I remember reading this list and posting on rs.com not too long ago. The new people on the list are still relatively "new".
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Male 89
Gizmo, I disagree with the whole "three chords and the truth" thing you`re getting at. If you can play and you`re not afraid to show how well you can play, you should be recognized for it, and not ostracized for being `pretentious` or some other term that music critics use when they get something that`s over their heads.
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Male 384
slash isn`t on the list because half of the time he didn`t know what the hell he was doing because he was so drunk. but he is good though and i would have liked to see him on it.
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Male 158
but... ugh none of these guitarists are the new ones... this is an old artical... people voted on thisa while ago. if we did this right now then itll be way different
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Male 384
you people just don`t get it. you think that playing fast automatically makes you good. it doesn`t. if you don`t play with passion, you`ve got nothing.
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Male 384
again, read my prior posts on page one.
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Male 2
If it`s the most "popular", why is Jack White on and Slash not on the list? Guns n` roses was one of the biggest bands ever, The White Stripes are not. Most popular wouldn`t even make sense. Kurt Cobain shouldn`t even be on the list. He was a great songwriter and influential front man, yes. But there is no way in hell that he was better than Angus Young. Cobain`s playing couldn`t even hold a candle to Angus, Kirk Hammet, Randy Rhoads, Ann Wilson, Steve Vai, Satriani, Ted Nugent, I could go on forever. To be honest, Cobain was barely even a good guitarist. As long as they`re going that route, why not put Sid Vicious on there, too? The Sex Pistols were an influential band, so that must mean that Vicious was better than Joe Perry, Eddie Van Halen, Joan Jett, Pete Townsend, Les Paul and Frank Zappa. I think Rolling Stone really dropped the ball on this one.
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Female 82
Ugh, John Mayer... A lot of that seemed out of order.
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Male 534
Hate... list... hate Jimi Hendrix, drugged up... hippie.... damn him...

And i personally think eric clapton and bb should have been 1 and 2.... because i hate jimi.... DAMN YOU JIMI

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Male 384
John Mayer does write some great music. The song construction on a lot of his stuff is just incredible and it flows together so well, at least to me anyways.
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Female 30
John Mayer? Great music? hmmmmm....
I`m just gonna keep quiet.

Hey, did anyone ever see the SNL weekend update with Jimmy Fallon doing John Mayer`s holiday song?
Hilarious.

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Male 158
no mick thomson kicks way more ass.

u listened to, opium of the people??? the begining is SWEET

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Male 8
Billy Corgan was a brilliant guitarist. Just listen to their earliest stuff, he should be on there somewhere. Not high but somewhere.
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Male 158
those werent the best guitarists. those were the most famous. it had nothing to do with talent. but thats how the rolling stone works.
they didnt even have mick thomson....
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Male 384
In closing, if you don`t play, you don`t know, and if you don`t know, shut up.
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Male 384
I didn`t see John Mayer on the list, so if he`s not on there, he should be because he can play Vaughn`s music to the letter (i.e.: he played at Austin City Limits with Double Trouble, and the band, if blindfolded, would`ve sworn that Stevie was back up on stage again) and turn around and write great music like his stuff you hear on the radio.
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Male 384
So before you go knocking the list, think about who plays to impress (more or less), and who plays for the sake of playing. The latter are the ones at the top of the list.
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Male 384
The guys on this list know how bring you into their music and make you listen to it over and over, which is what makes it classic as well. I can only handle so much Vai or Satch or Petrucci but I could listen to Vaughn, Page, Hendrix, and Clapton forever without ever getting sick of it.
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Male 384
Yeah, that list was a little out of whack, I shoulda been #1...
j/k

Being able to play really fast doesn`t automatically make you a great guitarist. Kurt Cobain was not a great guitarist but more of a great musician (as far as songwriting goes). You`ll notice the same trend of ALL the guitarists on this list. The is more of a list of the greatest SONGWRINTING guitarists of all time, not necessarily the ones who had the best techniques. Granted, Joe Satriani and Co. are absolutely mind-blowing guitarists, but they aren`t the most popular, which is why Vai and Petrucci aren`t on this list. Jimmy Page had skills, but when he played he just played from another dimension. That`s what makes a great guitarist: not just being able to play the notes, but to put your entire soul and emotion behind them. Personally, I think Stevie Ray Vaughn should be #1 because he was so good at letting his emotion pour through his playing.

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Male 89
Steve Vai and John Petrucci are nowhere to be found.

Yet, Jack White is #17.


:-|

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Male 3
John Petrucci should have been on top. Noone has heard of him, but go listen to Dream Theater and you will agree with me!
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Male 27
the list sucks.
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Male 1
Along with the out place and missing lets talk about Joe Satriani a outstanding guitarist in his own right who both Kirk Hammet and Steve Vai owe a bit too as well
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Female 13
Well there`s always more to it that people think, you popular they were, it`s not always pure talent, but how public that telent was, and how it was reacted to by the public.
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Female 1,004
so some ppl disagree. what`s wrong with that? it`s not like we`re writing rollingstone hate mail or anything.
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Male 9
My god, how dare they have an oppinion that differs from that of the people on this site! It`s an outrage that these people, who have studied music for years, not see that people who post here know 1,000,000,000,000 times as much about music as they do. It is obvious that people at this new, untrustworthy rag "Rolling Stones" are completely moronic. I am mad enough to type in all caps and use multiple punctuation! Argh, it is obvious to anyone that people who consider the question for ten seconds would be much more reliable then experts in the field who spent a month or more debating with eachother about it.
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Male 62
what about Dave Navarro? Im not like a huge fan of jane`s addiction, but he is one of hard rock`s greatest guitarists ever...and certainly better than jack white...plus, alan collins from lynrd skynrd should be on the list for his incredible solos
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Female 336
Holy crap! Angus Young is so far down...he`s a great guitarist, one of my favs...some of those shouldn`t be so high, then again I hate Rolling Stone
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Female 336
*sigh* at least George Harrison was on there. But sheesh what a horrible list. It`s expected from something like Rolling Stone magazine...
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Female 336
Holy crap! Angus Young is so far down...he`s a great guitarist, one of my favs...some of those shouldn`t be so high, then again I hate Rolling Stone
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Male 152
WHERE IS STEVE VAI????? VAI IS GOD I NEED MORE VAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 130
Horrible list... Joni Mitchell above Angus? Stephen Stills above Frank Zappa and Les Paul? Lou Reed above Ritchie Blackmore?

No Nuno Bettencourt? No Steve Vai?


They should have called it, 100 Most Influential Guitarists maybe... instead of "Greatest"

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Male 1
I really agree this list is just terrible, granted Kurt Cobain had a big influence on music we hear today but, eddie van halen is definately a better guitarist hands down, now if this was the 100 most influential guitarist lists it would make a tiny bit more sense, except that it would still just be WRONG. That`s why rolling stone is no longer worth reading they`ve done sold out to pop.
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Female 1,004
i agree with the top 4, but that`s about it.
you`re right, since when were any of the ramones good musicians?
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Female 49
^Although Johnny Ramone and Kurt Cobain weren`t as skilled as some (like Eddie Van Halen,) you`d have to agree that they were important. Maybe not because of their skill, but because of what their playing did to music.

Skill wise, though, you`re right. I didn`t like that list either.

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Male 9
Link: Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarist List from August 27th, 2003 [Rate Link] - WORST LIST EVER!!!!

This list was horrible. They put great guitarist lower then they should be(Jimmy Page-9,Eddie Van Halen-70,Angus Young-96)...and guitarist who aren`t really *that* great, really high!(Kurt Cobain-12,Johnny Ramone-16,Jack White-17). And correct me if I`m wrong, but I didn`t even see Slash on the list!

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