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Old 06-10-2008, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Top 100 Guitarist songs

Rolling Stones did an entire section on top 100 guitar songs, I wanna know what everyone thinks. Here is the list:

1) Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"
2) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"
3) Cream - "Crossroads"
4) The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"
5) The Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar"
6) Van Halen - "Eruption"
7) The Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
8) Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven"
9) The Allman Brothers Band - "Statesboro Blues"
10) Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
11) Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
12) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
13) Derek And The Dominos - "Layla"
14) Born To Run - "Bruce Springsteen"
15) The Who - "My Generation"
16) Neil Young With Crazy Horse - "Cowgirl In The Sand"
17) Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"
18) Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
19) Prince And The Revolution - "Purple Rain"
20) The Impressions - "People Get Ready"
21) The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
22) The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night"
23) The Yardbirds - "Over Under Sideways Down"
24) Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
25) The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
26) B.B. King - "How Blue Can You Get?"
27) The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - "Look Over Tonders Wall"
28) U2 - "Where The Streets Have No Name"
29) AC/DC - "Back In Black"
30) Bill Haley And His Comets - "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock"
31) Queen - "Keep Yourself Alive"
32) Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"
33) Metallica - "Master Of Puppets"
34) Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
35) The Stooges - "1969"
36) Pink Floyd - "Interstellar Overdrive"
37) Elvis Presley - "That's All Right"
38) The Faces - "Stay With Me"
39) Santana - "Black Magic Women"
40) The Who - "I Can See For Miles"
41) Television - "Marquee Moon"
42) John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers - "Hideaway"
43) The Sex Pistols - "Holidays In The Sun"
44) Sleater-Kinney - "Dig Me Out"
45) The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There"
46) **** Dale And The Del-Tones - "Miserlou"
47) Van Halen - "Panama"
48) The Clash - "London Calling"
49) Jimi Hendrix - "Machine Gun"
50) Pixies - "Debaser"
51) Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
52) Radiohead - "My Iron Lung"
53) Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Born On The Bayou"
54) Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Little Wing"
55) Cream - "White Room"
56) The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"
57) Grateful Dead - "Dark Star"
58) Link Wray - "Rumble"
59) Jeff Beck - "Freeway Jam"
60) Funkadelic - "Maggot Brain"
61) Sam And Dave - "Soul Man"
62) Albert King - "Born Under A Bad Sign"
63) Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
64) Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"
65) The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
66) Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Texas Flood"
67) Bruce Springsteen - "Adam Raised A Cain"
68) B.B. King - "The Thrill Is Gone"
69) Pink Floyd - "Money"
70) Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
71) The Strokes - "Take It Or Leave It"
72) Weezer - "Say It Ain't So"
73) Blue Cheer - "Summertime Blues"
74) ZZ Top - "La Grange"
75) Frank Zappa - "Willie The Pimp"
76) Tom Petty And Teh Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
77) Pearl Jam - "Even Flow"
78) Buddy Guy - "Stone Crazy"
79) Sonic Youth - "Silver Rocket"
80) Steely Dan - "Kid Charlemagne"
81) Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
82) The Ventures - "Walk-Don't Run"
83) Sublime - "What I Got"
84) John Mayer - "Gravity"
85) Phish - "You Enjoy Myself"
86) Jeff Beck - "I Ain't Superstitious"
87) King Crimson - "Red"
88) Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Mona"
89) Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock N' Roll"
90) The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now?"
91) The Mars Volta - "Drunkship Lanterns"
92) Mick Jagger - "Memo From Turner"
93) My Bloody Valentine - "Only Shallow"
94) Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing"
95) Moby Grape - "Omaha"
96) Husker Du - "New Day Rising"
97) Queens Of The Stoneage - No One Knows"
98) Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under The Bridge"
99) My Mourning Jacket - "Run Thru"
100) Tool - "Vicarious"

What y'all think?
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Terrible, just like every other Rolling Stone list. Good #1 choice though.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Eh some tracks were deserved...Personally, Nirvana is too high up and missing a bunch of truly great bands.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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as soon as i read 'Rolling Stones did an entire..' i knew the list was bull****
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Terrible list.

The fact that "Seven Nation Army" is in the top 25 makes me giggle.

I taught this "great guitar" song to my 10 year old brother and it took him a single day to play it
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Typical Rolling Stone list, hit and miss. My two cents.

98) Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under The Bridge"

Love the song, such a simple guitar part though, and theres a lot of RHCP songs that make better examples of Frusciantes talent. Scar Tissue or Californication would have been a better choice.

96) Husker Du - "New Day Rising"

Are you kidding me? One of the weakest songs on the album, just a few feedback covered notes and repetitive chanting, I don't see any real guitar genius in that.

87) King Crimson - "Red"

21st Century Schizoid Man and Fallen Angel would have been better choices, but hey I can't complain.

83) Sublime - "What I Got"

Hahahahahahaha, what?

81) Michael Jackson - "Beat It"

It's a great pop song and a great riff, so why not? Certainly wasn't usual for an R&B/Soul singer to do a song with a hard rock riff and a heavy metal guitar solo.

70) Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

Of all the Smashing Pumpkins songs, they pick this one? Is this nothing more than a popularity contest?

69) Pink Floyd - "Money"

Its a sweet solo, but Gilmours best guitar song? No way, not even close.

39) Santana - "Black Magic Women"
46) **** Dale And The Del-Tones - "Miserlou"
49) Jimi Hendrix - "Machine Gun"
51) Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
55) Cream - "White Room"
57) Grateful Dead - "Dark Star"
58) Link Wray - "Rumble"
59) Jeff Beck - "Freeway Jam"
60) Funkadelic - "Maggot Brain"
75) Frank Zappa - "Willie The Pimp"

These should all be higher.

48) The Clash - "London Calling"

Great song, but no.

36) Pink Floyd - "Interstellar Overdrive"

Astronomy Domine is a better choice.

32) Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"

Well they got this one right, that solo is divine.

24) Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"

Great choice, it should be here, but nowhere near this high.

21) The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"

No way no way no way.

Sure its a hot song, but c'mon, it's just a ridiculously simple riff repeated into oblivion, it's the whole damn song.

18) Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"

And it was such a great riff they kept using it over and over.

15) The Who - "My Generation"

The Live at leeds performance alone is top 10 worthy.

11) Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
8) Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven"

Theres god knows how many Zep songs that are more deserving. Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Lovin' You and Song Remains the Same are all better choices.

10) Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

I love Nirvana, but hell f*cking no.

7) The Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Great choice, I could see this being top 10. My favorite Clapton solo.

6) Van Halen - "Eruption"

Laugh all you want, it's one of the most influencial guitar solos ever, so yeah it deserves to be top 10.

5) The Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar"

I always thought this was a dull riff, dosen't excite me at all. Where in the hell is Satisfaction?

4) The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"

Great choice, but not this high.

2) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"

Meh, a lot of better choices IMO. Voodoo Chile, All Along the Watchtower, Little Wing, Third Stone From the Sun.

1) Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"

Sure why not?
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Terrible, just like every other Rolling Stone list. Good #1 choice though.
In there defense, thats a pretty damn hard list to make. Although you are correct they could have definitely done a better job.
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@boo boo dude you have way too much time on your hands
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@boo boo dude you have way too much time on your hands
Well someones gota do it, right?
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Well it's rubbish, but then again these lists always are. Never mind.

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The fact that "Seven Nation Army" is in the top 25 makes me giggle.

I taught this "great guitar" song to my 10 year old brother and it took him a single day to play it
Just because it's technically easy to play doesn't make it a bad song.
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