The Top 100 Guitarists According to Rolling Stone Magazine
Always a good source of WTF inclusions, exclusions, and delusions, here's Rolling Stone's 2011 attempt to list the "Top 100 Guitarists."  Admittedly, this is nowhere near as bad as they botched things in 2003 (see below), but there is plenty of room for argument yet again.


The 2011 version
1. Jimi Hendrix (no change)
2. Eric Clapton (up from #4)
3. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) (up from #9)
4. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) (up from #10)
5. Jeff Beck (up from #14)
6. B.B. King (down from #3)
7. Chuck Berry (down from #6)
8. Eddie Van Halen (up from #70)
9. Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) (down from #2)
10.. Pete Townshend (Who) (up from #50)
11. George Harrison (Beatles) (up from #21)
12. Stevie Ray Vaughan (down from #7)
13. Albert King (new to list)
14. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) (up from #82)
15. Freddy King (up from #25)
16. Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) (up from #81)
17. Neil Young (up from #83)
18. Les Paul (up from #46)
19. James Burton (up from #20)
20. Carlos Santana (down from #15)
21. Chet Atkins (new to list)
22. Frank Zappa (up from #45)
23. Buddy Guy (up from #30)
24. Angus Young (AC/DC) (up from #96)
25. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) (up from #86)
26. Brian May (Queen) (up from #39)
27. Bo Diddley (up from #37)
28. Johnny Ramone (Ramones) (down from #16)
29. Scotty Moore (Elvis) (up from #44)
30. Elmore James (new to list)
31. Ry Cooder (down from #8)
32. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) (new to list)
33. Prince (new to list)
34. Curtis Mayfield (new to list)
35. John Lee Hooker (new to list)
36. Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osboune) (up from #85)
37. Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (new to list)
38. The Edge (U2) (down from #24)
39. Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MGs) (down from #36)
40. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) (down from #26)
41. Mick Ronson (David Bowie) (up from #64)
42. Mike Bloomfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan) (down from #22)
43. Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf) (up from #65)
44. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) (down from #27)
45. Link Wray (up from #67)
46. Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) (down from #13)
47. Stephen Stills (down from #28)
48. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) (up from #48)
49. Muddy Waters (new to list)
50. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) (up from #55)
51. Johnny Marr (Smiths) (new to list)
52. Clarence White (new to list)
53. Otis Rush (new to list)
54. Joe Walsh (Eagles) (new to list)
55. John Lennon (Beatles) (new to list)
56. Albert Collins (new to list)
57. Rory Gallagher (new to list)
58. Peter Green  (down from #58)
59. Robbie Robertson (The Band) (up from #78)
60. Ron Asheton (Iggy Pop) (down from #29)
61. Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band) (down from #58)
62. Robert Fripp (King Crimson) (down from #42)
63. Johnny Winter (up from #74)
64. Duane Eddy (new to list)
65. Slash (GnR, Velvet Revolver) (new to list)
66. Leslie West (Mountain) (new to list)
67. T-Bone Walker (down from #42
68. John McLaughlin  (down from #49)
69. Richard Thompson (down from #19)
70. Jack White (White Stripes, etc.) (down from #17)
71. Robert Johnson (down from #5)
72. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (down from #18)
73. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) (down from #12)
74. Dick Dale (down from #31)
75. Joni Mitchell (down from #75)
76. Robby Krieger (Doors) (up from #91)
77. Willie Nelson (new to list)
78. John Fahey (down from #35)
79. Mike Campbell (Tom Petty) (new to list)
80. Buddy Holly (new to list)
81. Lou Reed (down from #52)
82. Nels Cline (Wilco) (new to list)
83. Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) (down from #43)
84. Joe Perry (Aerosmith) (down from #48)
85. Andy Summers (Police) (new to list)
86. J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) (new to list)
87. James Hetfield (Metallica) (new to list)
88. Carl Perkins (new to list)
89. Bonnie Raitt (new to list)
90. Tom Verlaine (Television) (down from #56)
91. Dave Davies (Kinks) (down from #88)
92. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) (new to list)
93. Paul Simon (new to list)
94. Peter Buck (REM) (new to list)
95. Roger McGuinn (Byrds) (new to list)
96. Bruce Springsteen (new to list)
97. Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) (new to list)
98. Alex Lifeson (Rush) (new to list)
99. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) (down from #33)
100. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) (new to list)

Note that jazz guitarists are mostly excluded, hence there's no Django Reinhardt, Johnny Smith, or Wes Montgomery.


For curiosity's sake, here's the 2003 version of this list.  Of note are which guitarists did not make the 2011 list... particularly Kirk Hammett (yet they included James Hetfield... WTF?!), Steve Howe, Cliff Gallup, and Eddie Cochran!

The Top 100 Guitarists According to Rolling Stone (2003 version)
1. Jimi 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       
11. Kirk Hammett of Metallica (not on 2011 list)
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 (not on 2011 list)
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 (not on 2011 list)
33. Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo 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 Qeen       
40. John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival (not on 2011 list)
41. Clarence White of the Byrds (not on 2011 list)
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 (not on 2011 list)
52. Lou Reed       
53. Mickey Baker (not on 2011 list)
54. Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane (not on 2011 list)
55. Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple       
56. Tom Verlaine of Television       
57. Roy Buchanan (not on 2011 list)
58. Dickey Betts       
59. Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead       
61. Ike Turner (not on 2011 list)
62. Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band (not on 2011 list)
63. Danny Gatton (not on 2011 list)
64. Mick Ronson       
65. Hubert Sumlin       
66. Vernon Reid of Living Colour (not on 2011 list)
67. Link Wray       
68. Jerry Miller of Moby Grape (not on 2011 list)
69. Steve Howe of Yes (not on 2011 list)
70. Eddie Van Halen       
71. Lightnin' Hopkins (not on 2011 list)
72. Joni Mitchell       
73. Trey Anastasio of Phish (not on 2011 list)
74. Johnny Winter       
75. Adam Jones of Tool (not on 2011 list)
76. Ali Farka Toure (not on 2011 list)
77. Henry Vestine of Canned Heat (not on 2011 list)
78. Robbie Robertson of the Band       
79. Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (not on 2011 list)
80. Robert Quine of the Voidoids (not on 2011 list)
81. Derek Trucks       
82. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd       
83. Neil Young       
84. Eddie Cochran (not on 2011 list)
85. Randy Rhoads       
86. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath       
87. Joan Jett (not on 2011 list)
88. Dave Davies of the Kinks       
89. D. Boon of the Minutemen (not on 2011 list)
90. Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper (not on 2011 list)
91. Robby Krieger of the Doors       
92. Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 (not on 2011 list)
94. Bert Jansch (not on 2011 list)
95. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine (not on 2011 list)
96. Angus Young of AC/DC       
97. Robert Randolph (not on 2011 list)
98. Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer (not on 2011 list)
99. Greg Ginn of Black Flag (not on 2011 list)
100. Kim Thayil of Soundgarden (not on 2011 list)

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