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.

Absolutely terrible guitarist. As a songwriter and riff-creator, he is certainly phenomenal, but as a guitarist he is just horrible. No technique, bad playing in general, and I just claim that he occassionally uses playback.

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...

He is way better than Blackmore

I agree with you that he's not a lead guitarist, but he created a bunch of memorable riffs. Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up... those are the most obvious examples. - Gg2000

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

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2 George Harrison (#11) George Harrison (#11) George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
3 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.

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

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

4 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.

Better than Blackmore, just listen to Wont Get Fooled Again

I listened to it many times, and Ritchie is still definitely better

5 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.
6 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.
7 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

8 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" .
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.

I mean, I understand that Blackmore should be higher than him for his influence, but Morello really reinvented guitar playing like few others could. Disagree strongly with the other commenter. Very innovative and experimental. - JoLeKosovo

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!

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 the 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)

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1. George Harrison (#11)
2. Keith Richards (#4)
3. Angus Young (#24)
1. Angus Young (#24)
2. Jerry Garcia (#46)
3. Pete Townshend (#10)


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