Rolling Stone's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists

Another week, another Rolling Stone list. This week's attempts to rank the 25 most underrated guitarists. In other words, whose really great if you're not Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Eric Claption, etc.

Here's the list with the guitarists ranking on the Rolling Stone List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time that they compiled in 2003:
  1. Prince
  2. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) (RS 2003: #12)
  3. Neil Young (RS 2003: #83)
  4. George Harrison (That Liverpool Band) (RS 2003: #21)
  5. Ace Frehley (Kiss, solo)
  6. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
  7. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac, solo)
  8. Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones)
  9. Nels Cline (Wilco, others)
  10. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) (RS 2003: #59)
  11. Tom Verlaine (Television) (RS 2003: #56)
  12. Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)
  13. Mick Jones (Foreigner)
  14. Robert Fripp (King Crimson, others) (RS 2003: #42)
  15. Johnny Marr (Smiths)
  16. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  17. Izzy Stradlin (Guns 'N' Roses)
  18. Daniel Johns (Silverchair)
  19. Vernon Reid (Living Colour) (RS 2003: #66)
  20. Robbie Robertson (Band) (RS 2003: #78)
  21. Mick Ronson (Mott the Hoople, David Bowie) (RS 2003: #64)
  22. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
  23. Elliott Smith
  24. Eddie Hazel (Parliament, Funkadelic) (RS 2003: #43)
  25. Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp)

7 comments

BrianSnat said...

Rolling Stone rates guitarists, then publishes a list of the guitarists they underrated?

Anonymous said...

Knopfler

Ren said...

Why on Earth isn't Danny Gatton in the top three of this list? I agree, Prince was overlooked for his incredible ability to sling an axe with the best of them, but Danny Gatton, Mark Knopfler, and Gerry Rafferty are all ominously missing from this list, and should be near the top of it this list as well.

Anonymous said...

Great List. The main one I would add is Malcolm Young.

As for previous commemts? who doesm't rate Knopfler?

Ron Rodier said...

I am disappointed that on all these great guitarists lists the one who is always overlooked is Terry Kath from Chicago. He tragically left us way too soon. I believe if he was still living he would be listed among the guitarists generally considered the greatest of all time, Clapton, Page, Hendrix, Etc. In fact, Hendrix loved Kath's playing so much he said "He plays better than I do".

Anonymous said...

I was glad to see Daniel Johns on this list. I have no doubt his blinding beauty and brilliance as a

Songwriter overshadowed his playing but none the less he was fantastic

Kim Reese said...

Definately got it right with Prince. I have always said that. Also glad to see Mick Ronson on there! Also thought the inclusion of Carrie Brownstein was awesome!

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