As I begin to poke through the internet, I see an article from the Rolling Stone about the top 100 best guitar players of all time. Being an huge guitar nerd and a avid music listener, I decide to look through the list. The only thing I could think of was, are these guys high??
The first thing I notice is that Jimi Hendrix is number one on the list. This didn’t come as a surprise to me at all. Although I love Jimi Hendrix, I think he’s highly overrated. Yes, he is a great guitar player. Yes, he did make the guitar solos popular. There are much better.
So then I skim down the line. B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmy Page are just a few that don the top 10. Then I get to number 12. Kurt Cobain? At this point I begin to wonder if this is a joke. How is Cobain at 12 and then Carlos Santana at 15? And then I skim down even farther, and I see Eddie Van Halen, one of the best guitar players ever, is at number 70. 70?!?! This MUST be a joke.
At this point in reading my head begins to hurt. I notice that Randy Rhoads is at number 85, and Angus Young is at 96. Now my head is really throbbing. I can’t help but wonder where are Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis or Dave Mustaine? I look back in the list to see if these guitar gods are listed, but they are not.
With a second review I see that Jack White is at number 17. Any guitar list that incorporates Jack White in their list doesn’t sit well with me. At this point, I look away in disgust. Ike Turner made it in the list at number 61, while the man that played “Eruption” is still seated at number 70. No list should ever have Eddie lower than in the top 10. Ever.
So all in all it was a very disappointing read. I can’t fail to notice that there are very, very few metal guitar players on the list. It simply amazed me. Obviously, I realize the stress that it must put on the writers at The Rolling Stone to pick 100 guitar players, but it seems to be common sense to include Eddie Van Halen in the top 10 and not include Jack White at all.
The thing that got me the most was Kurt Cobain. I understand he had a huge impact on millions of people with his music, but this list is not about how much one influenced their fans. This is a “Greatest Guitar Players” list, which Kurt Cobain does not belong on.
If playing a few power chords gets you the number 12 seat on the list and creating songs such as Hot For Teacher or Eruption gets you spot 70, I deserve to be on that list as well.