Top Ten Guitarists that Shouldn't Be Higher Than Ritchie Blackmore on the List "100 Greatest Guitarists" by Rolling Stone Magazine

Ritchie Blackmore is the 50th greatest guitarist according to Rolling Stone
Magazine, which I think is very unfair. At least, he is much better and
more skillful than some guitarists who are ahead of him on their list.

The Top Ten

1 Keith Richards (#4) Keith Richards (#4) Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

It's already shown the Rolling Stone Magazine (and many other ranking magazines or websites) base their ranking on the popularity of the band. Really, what Keith Richards did to be at #4 place on a greatest guitarists list? He hasn't any notable guitar solos and the only popular riff he made is the Satisfaction and his guitar skills aren't that great... - somekindofaguy

So true. he's a good guitarist. but I don't think he's better than Ritchie. - zxm

He is a good guitarist, he and the other Rolling Stones guitarists had lots of memorable riffs like, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Gimme Shelter, Brown Sugar, and Start Me Up.

But even I admit, he's not as good as Blackmore.

2 Angus Young (#24) Angus Young (#24) Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

All of his playing is just basically power chords, and when it gets to solos, he doesn't go beyond the pentatonic scales. Ritchie did way more than that. - BrianScott01

Well he can do his solos while also spinning crazily on his side and still sound right and accurate, so I view him as skilled. I get what you're saying though. - Skullkid755

Rolling Stones sucks pretty good. Didn't see Eric Johnson or Buckethead on the list. But John Lennon was on the list. - zxm

3 Pete Townshend (#10) Pete Townshend (#10) Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .
4 George Harrison (#11) George Harrison (#11) George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
5 Prince (#33) Prince (#33) Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
6 Johnny Ramone (#28) Johnny Ramone (#28) John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

They are different types of guitar player. I mean Ritchie Blackmore was more interested on lead guitar while Johnny Ramone was more interested on rhythm guitar. - zxm

7 Billy Gibbons (#32) Billy Gibbons (#32) William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.
8 Jerry Garcia (#46) Jerry Garcia (#46) Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
9 Tom Morello (#40) Tom Morello (#40) Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

It's better not to say anything about him. every time I see a "worst guitar solos" list on the net, every third solo is by him and his skills aren't too special. RATM is overrated as hell! - somekindofaguy

Listen to the 'Take the Power Back' solo- it's great. But I get what you're saying the man in black's way better (as a guitarist, not person) - sweetbeef

10 Jonny Greenwood (#48) Jonny Greenwood (#48) Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood is an English musician and composer, mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

Another guitarist who is high on the list only because he's from a popular band (Radiohead) - somekindofaguy

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