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Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Songs

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Elecktrablue
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1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry - 1958
2. Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1967
3. Crossroads - Cream - 1968
4. You Really Got Me - The Kinks - 1964
5. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones - 1971
6. Eruption - Van Halen - 1978
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles - 1968
8. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin - 1971
9. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band - 1971
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana - 1991
11. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin - 1969
12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1968
13. Layla - Derek and the Dominos - 1970
14. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen - 1975
15. My Generation - The Who - 1965
16. Cowgirl in the Sand - Neil Young with Crazy Horse - 1969
17. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - 1970
18. Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones - 1976
19. Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution - 1984
20. People Get Ready - The Impressions - 1965
21. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes - 2003
22. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles - 1964
23. Over Under Sideways Down - The Yardbirds - 1966
24. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine - 1992
25. Can't You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones - 1971
26. How Blue Can You Get? - BB King - 1965
27. Look Over Yonders Wall - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - 1965
28. Where The Streets Have No Name - U2 - 1987
29. Back in Black - AC/DC - 1980
30. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets - 1954
31. Keep Yourself Alive - Queen - 1973
32. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits - 1978
33. Master of Puppets - Metallica - 1986
34. Walk This Way - Aerosmith - 1975
35. 1969 - The Stooges - 1969
36. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd - 1967
37. That's All Right - Elvis Presley - 1954
38. Stay With Me - The Faces - 1971
39. Black Magic Woman - Santana - 1970
40. I Can See For Miles - The Who - 1967
41. Marquee Moon - Television - 1977
42. Hideaway - John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - 1966
43. Holidays In the Sun - The Sex Pistols - 1977
44. Dig Me Out - Sleater-Kinney - 1997
45. I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles - 1963
46. Miserlou - Dick Dale and the Del-Tones - 1962
47. Panama - Van Halen - 1984
48. London Calling - The Clash - 1980
49. Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix - 1970
50. Debaser - The Pixies - 1989
51. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne - 1981
52. My Iron Lung - Radiohead - 1995
53. Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969
54. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1991
55. White Room - Cream - 1968
56. Eight Miles High - The Byrds - 1966
57. Dark Star - Grateful Dead - 1969
58. Rumble - Link Wray - 1958
59. Freeway Jam - Jeff Beck - 1975
60. Maggot Brain - Funkadelic - 1971
61. Soul Man - Sam and Dave - 1967
62. Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King - 1967
63. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n' Roses - 1987
64. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd - 1973
65. Message in a Bottle - The Police - 1979
66. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983
67. Adam Raised a Cain - Bruce Springsteen - 1978
68. The Thrill is Gone - BB King - 1969
69. Money - Pink Floyd - 1973
70. Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins - 1995
71. Take It or Leave It - The Strokes - 2001
72. Say It Ain't So - Weezer - 1994
73. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer - 1968
74. La Grange - ZZ Top - 1973
75. Willie The Pimp - Frank Zappa - 1969
76. American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - 1976
77. Even Flow - Pearl Jam - 1991
78. Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy - 1970
79. Silver Rocket - Sonic Youth - 1988
80. Kid Charlemagne - Steely Dan - 1976
81. Beat It - Michael Jackson - 1982
82. Walk Don't Run - The Ventures - 1960
83. What I Got - Sublime - 1996
84. Gravity - John Mayer - 2006
85. You Enjoy Myself - Phish - 1988
86. I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck - 1968
87. Red - King Crimson - 1974
88. Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service - 1969
89. I Love Rock N Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - 1981
90. How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths - 1985
91. Drunkship of Lanterns - The Mars Volta - 2003
92. Memo From Turner - Mick Jagger - 1970
93. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine - 1991
94. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - 1984
95. Omaha - Moby Grape - 1967
96. New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü - 1985
97. No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age - 2002
98. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers - 1991
99. Run Thru - My Morning Jacket - 2003
100.Vicarious - Tool - 2006

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Statesboro Blues is 10 times better then Stairway to Heaven!! :evil:
But at least it got in the top 10. :wink:


   
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Yeah, there are several that I think should be higher up and several that I think should be much lower and several that I think shouldn't be there at all!

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Glad to see both new and old songs on the list.

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Dust in the Wind didn't make it ?!?
That is not right.
I am working sooooooooo hard on that song.

Expletives deleted because this forum is rated PG.

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those lists are soooo.... nevermind, i hate these things :roll:

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spides
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you can tell its a music magazine and not a guitar magazine because half of these are just great songs, that happen to have a guitar in them. That said i would be hard pressed to come up with a top 100, so many amazing songs out there, so i guess kudos go to them for that.

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dogbite
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just trying to visualize Mic and Keith playing 'Dust in the Wind" yikes.I think the first artist on the Stones list should have been
Bo Diddley then Chuck Berry.
otherwise the list works for me.

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cnev
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I'm with Twisty these lists are less than useless. Somehow people look and them is if there is some innate validity to this...it's one person or maybe two or three peoples list that they somehow came up with.

If we asked everyone on this forum to do the same list we wouldn't have two the same and they'd all be as "valid" or "invalid" as this list is.

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Mahal
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you can tell its a music magazine and not a guitar magazine because half of these are just great songs, that happen to have a guitar in them. That said i would be hard pressed to come up with a top 100, so many amazing songs out there, so i guess kudos go to them for that.
True we all have our own list but the list did its job. To sell magazines, thus advertising. It filled space until next week's Obama cover. It saved an artist specific cover until an interview could be released timed to go along with the CD release or movie opening.

And guess what it got a few guitar players who may buy Rolling Stone twice a year to pull their $5 bill out.


   
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kingpatzer
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I've never quite got the whole "list" mentality that plagues the human race. Are we really so shallow as human beings that we have to have our personal likes and dislikes not only named by others but ennumerated by them?

Appereantly they forgot that they named guys like Chet Atkins and Django to their list of all-time great guitarists. Does anyone really believe that any Nirvana tune contains a "greater" guitar part than anything done by Joe Pass or Jimmy Bruno? The list is also ludicrously rock-centric, but maybe the guys with a wider view of music were doing a list of best hairstyles that day.

All that said, if I were composing, for some odd reason, a list of top-20 rock songs with guitars of all time, many of their choices would be in my list as well. I can't really complain about their opinion, for that's all it is. But I often wonder if the editors and staff of these publications are really so devoid of sense that they think these lists are good ideas.

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King,

Editors/publishers look at this differently I think. This is about generating some type of interest in the magazine etc. and has nothing to do with being even close to reality. As a matter of fact that's probably not even a consideration.

And then "Dumb Joe Consumer" buys said product and starts debates with their friends about the validity of such list and maybe gets soemone else to buy the magazine etc.

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I like lists of obscure or neglected stuff, like this one:
http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1973667,00.html
It's titled 50 Lost Movie Classics. If someone gets intrigued by a movie or 2 and seeks them out, it serves a purpose.
But the above list, rounding up the usual suspects, I must confess I don't see the point.
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rparker
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The list is also ludicrously rock-centric KP, the article itself described that it's Rock & Roll songs right up front. Very poor list title.

Still though, it's just another list. What I cannot stand are the reviews they (and countless others) have done. I don't know where they get those people. :roll:

Roy
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Hyperborea
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I like lists of obscure or neglected stuff, like this one:
http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1973667,00.html
It's titled 50 Lost Movie Classics. If someone gets intrigued by a movie or 2 and seeks them out, it serves a purpose.

Thank you for this list. Plenty of interesting films there. I've only started to work my way through it and I've already added a few films to my NetFlix queue.

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