Top Ten Guitarists that Shouldn't Be Higher Than Ritchie Blackmore on the List "100 Greatest Guitarists" by Rolling Stone MagazineRitchie 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.
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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. - zxm1 Comment
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
Better than Blackmore, just listen to Wont Get Fooled Again
I listened to it many times, and Ritchie is still definitely better
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
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
Another guitarist who is high on the list only because he's from a popular band (Radiohead)
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2. Keith Richards (#4)
3. Angus Young (#24)
2. Jerry Garcia (#46)
3. Pete Townshend (#10)