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Musicians Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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The Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, as picked by Rolling Stone magazine a few years back. Any 100 Best Guitar Players list is going to cause controversy and this is no exception. Hard rock fans in particular are sure to complain about the rankings on this list, but RS certainly put some thought into their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of Alltime. To see Rolling Stone's full commentary and a mess of user comments go here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-of-all-time-19691231

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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Johnny Ramone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Punk rock

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Mike Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Warren Haynes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Edge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Freddy King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Freddy King

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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John Cipollina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Acid rock, Jazz

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Lee Ranaldo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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Thurston Moore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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John Fahey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
American Primitivism, Folk music, Avant-garde music

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Steve Cropper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Clarence White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Country rock, Bluegrass

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Eddie Hazel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Soul music, Psychedelic rock

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Scotty Moore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Rock and roll

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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Pete Townsend is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Pete Townsend