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post May 20 2008, 09:29 AM
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Ok so this is voted for by many big bands from the metal and rock genre. It is much better than the Rolling Stone List. I got this list from Blabbermouth.net and it is appearing in the new issue of Roadie Crew (#112) (http://www.roadiecrew.net)

01. Jimi Hendrix
02. Eddie Van Halen
03. Yngwie J. Malmsteen
04. Randy Rhoads
05. Ritchie Blackmore
06. Jimmy Page
07. Tony Iommi
08. Steve Vai
09. Jeff Beck
10. Michael Schenker
11. David Gilmour
12. Dimebag Darrell
13. Allan Holdsworth
14. Uli Jon Roth
15. Angus Young
16. James Hetfield
17. Brian May
18. Marty Friedman
19. Joe Satriani
20. Jason Becker
21. Gary Moore
22. Paul Gilbert
23. Eric Clapton
24. Al Di Meola
25. Zakk Wylde
26. John McLaughlin
27. John Petrucci
28. Adrian Smith
29. Steve Morse
30. Stevie Ray Vaughan
31. Slash
32. Kirk Hammett
33. Robert Fripp
34. Alex Lifeson
35. Chuck Schuldiner
36. Ace Frehley
37. George Lynch
38. Dave Murray
39. Glenn Tipton
40. Neal Schon
41. Eric Johnson
42. Trey Azagthoth
43. K.K. Downing
44. Andy LaRocque
45. Malcolm Young
46. Django Reinhardt
47. Jeff Loomis
48. Steve Lukather
49. John Sykes
50. Denis "Piggy" D'Amour

Current and former members of the following bands participated in the poll:

ANGRA
ANTHRAX
ARCH ENEMY
AT THE GATES
AYREON
BEHEMOTH
BLUE CHEER
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
CACOPHONY
CARCASS
CELTIC FROST
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DARK TRANQUILLITY
DIO
DOWN
DR. SIN
EXODUS
FAITH NO MORE
FATES WARNING
FOCUS
GAMMA RAY
GENESIS
GIRLSCHOOL
GUNS N' ROSES
HALFORD
HEART
HELLOWEEN
KAMELOT
KING DIAMOND
KING'S X
KISS
KREATOR
LIVING COLOUR
MACHINE HEAD
MANOWAR
MARILLION
MEGADETH
MERCYFUL FATE
MICK JAGGER
MINISTRY
NAZARETH
NIGHTWISH
NILE
OPETH
PARADISE LOST
SAVATAGE
SCORPIONS
SEBASTIAN BACH
SEPULTURA
SIR LORD BALTIMORE
SOULFLY
STRATOVARIUS
SYMPHONY X
TEN YEARS AFTER
TESTAMENT
TOTO
TRIUMPH
TWISTED SISTER
URIAH HEEP
YES


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post May 20 2008, 09:43 AM
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Yes, that's much better than the rolling stone list!
Of course there is a lot of quibbling to be done on exact order and there are a few omissions, but on the whole a much better list.

*how did James Hetfield get above Paul Gilbert?*

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post May 20 2008, 09:47 AM
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QUOTE (Tomotoms @ May 20 2008, 09:43 AM) *
Yes, that's much better than the rolling stone list!
Of course there is a lot of quibbling to be done on exact order and there are a few omissions, but on the whole a much better list.

*how did James Hetfield get above Paul Gilbert?*

Hetfield is one of the best rhythm guitarists ever. That is undeniable but obviously Paul Gilbert is a way better lead player.


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post May 20 2008, 09:48 AM
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42. Trey Azagthoth \m/

This list is good. Lots of great players from a lot of genres of music.

Yea, top 3 is predictable, but hey I'm not complaining.


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post May 20 2008, 09:53 AM
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Where's Guthrie Govan!??! He should definitely be on that list smile.gif


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This was a much better list than the previous one on here, although the order could be rearranged a bit but overall a good list smile.gif
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Yay. Gary Moore is finally on the list. He should atleast be on top 10 though, imo..

I guess it's 100% impossible to make a list -everyone- is happy with tongue.gif


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post May 20 2008, 10:51 AM
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I miss Dave Mustaine i that list but other than that it's a great list.


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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ May 20 2008, 05:51 AM) *
I miss Dave Mustaine i that list but other than that it's a great list.

dave should be near he top. also, LOL laugh.gif at james hetfield, hes a joke.

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post May 20 2008, 11:36 AM
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Top 20 except maybe Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Marty Friedman, Satch, and Jason Becker; are still pretty wrongly placed, I think. If you took out everyone in the top 20 and put all those in there in that order, with John Petrucci, I think it would be a great list, but too be honest I don't see how guitarists who have played ONLY open/power chord riffs, and pentatonic based solos (i.e. Angus Young) get ahead of guitarists who have done not only that better, but 100x as much (i.e. John Petrucci).

Once again though, I think the list is just all personal bias, but they have to be, so I don't know. I may never understand why people think great musicians are great guitar players. So Ozzy wrote some amazing, and popular songs, so Randy HAS to be near the top, when he wasn't even that great.

And like GuitarMan said, I don't understand how James Hetfield can get in there with his predictable Powerchord chug chug chug chug Powerchord chug chug chug chug. I enjoy Metallica's music, but once again, this isn't a list where I pick what band writes my favorite songs. Dave Mustaine smokes him like no tomorrow in terms of playing ABILITY, which you would think is what these lists should be about.

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QUOTE (shellshock1911 @ May 20 2008, 11:36 AM) *
Top 20 except maybe Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Marty Friedman, Satch, and Jason Becker; are still pretty wrongly placed, I think. If you took out everyone in the top 20 and put all those in there in that order, with John Petrucci, I think it would be a great list, but too be honest I don't see how guitarists who have played ONLY open/power chord riffs, and pentatonic based solos (i.e. Angus Young) get ahead of guitarists who have done not only that better, but 100x as much (i.e. John Petrucci).

I prefer Angus Young to be honest to John Petrucci and many do. He is an incredibly influential guitarist and to be influential you have to be good. You have to remember what era they came from also remember.


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umm.. wheres jeff loomis? he pretty much destroys all other guitarists EVER. i dont think hese human.
Edit: oh hese near the bottom. what a crock.

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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ May 20 2008, 11:38 AM) *
umm.. wheres jeff loomis? he pretty much destroys all other guitarists EVER. i dont think hese human.
Edit: oh hese near the bottom. what a crock.

47th best guitarist in the world is pretty good smile.gif I'd take that biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (shellshock1911 @ May 20 2008, 11:36 AM) *
Top 20 except maybe Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Marty Friedman, Satch, and Jason Becker; are still pretty wrongly placed, I think. If you took out everyone in the top 20 and put all those in there in that order, with John Petrucci, I think it would be a great list, but too be honest I don't see how guitarists who have played ONLY open/power chord riffs, and pentatonic based solos (i.e. Angus Young) get ahead of guitarists who have done not only that better, but 100x as much (i.e. John Petrucci).

Once again though, I think the list is just all personal bias, but they have to be, so I don't know. I may never understand why people think great musicians are great guitar players. So Ozzy wrote some amazing, and popular songs, so Randy HAS to be near the top, when he wasn't even that great.

And like GuitarMan said, I don't understand how James Hetfield can get in there with his predictable Powerchord chug chug chug chug Powerchord chug chug chug chug. I enjoy Metallica's music, but once again, this isn't a list where I pick what band writes my favorite songs. Dave Mustaine smokes him like no tomorrow in terms of playing ABILITY, which you would think is what these lists should be about.



I think its also more about who wrote more memorable songs.
Just because you write complex songs does not mean they are amazing.....AC/DC have some of the most amazing songs...based on simple stuctures..

As far as randy Rhoads was concerned or even James Hetfield they are good at wht they did especially randy i mean at the time he was quite amazing and the solo's he has written for MR crowley, crazy train etc are some of the best....

People will get more and more technical as time progress'es just when u think of this guy is S***, some other guy will come with even more complex work, but only a few have sustained (no pun intended tongue.gif) long enough.

And just like organisedconfusion said, heck even i would take ac/dc songs then dream theatre anyday....

Then again opinions differ...


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Yeah that looks much better...but I am not a big fan of ranking after all..doesn't make sense to me
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Yeah indeed a fine list....though smile.gif


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I think a lot more of the 50 deserve to be in the top 50 somewhere. I'm sure everyone can agree with that.


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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ May 20 2008, 06:31 AM) *
dave should be near he top. also, LOL laugh.gif at james hetfield, hes a joke.


You try co-inventing thrash metal and then going on to create five of the best metal albums ever created, compared to Dave's two. Which is still pretty impressive wink.gif



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QUOTE (JVM @ May 20 2008, 07:30 AM) *
You try co-inventing thrash metal and then going on to create five of the best metal albums ever created, compared to Dave's two. Which is still pretty impressive wink.gif

his riffs are SO boring. the whole band is just the same thing, over and over again.


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Hi there!

Ive seen the Rolling Stones-list, but they seem to be a bit too traditionalists (if you check the 500 hundred best songs ever, more than a half were written in the sixties and the very beginning of the seventies.)

This list is much more pleasant, however, i would be delighted if someone could explain to me the keyword of this whole business: "best". Someone who is the fastest? The most influential and who made thousands of boys and girls pick up the guitar? The one who wrote the best licks/lines/riffs/themes/songs etc? The most sophisticated guitarist? The guitarist of an influential band? Someone who has the most recognizable style? The best solo guitarist? Or the best rythm guitarist?

If such a list is created to represent a handful of guitarist who are worth to be listened to, then why ranking? Why not in alphabetical order? And there would be Vai, Steve; Vaughan, Stevie Ray; and i could browse the whole list and heavy-shred guitarists would follow for example some really classical players, flawless legato licks would just be before the raw and dusty blues melodies etc.

I know its always fun to argue about who is the best and to put the well-know masters and idols on a list to compete like in an arena, but it is a bit childish. "Best Guitarists Of ALL TIME" "Best Guitarist In The UNIVERSE" C'mon... wink.gif


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