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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Jimi Hendrix, left, is ranked the best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone. (AP) Eric Clapton, shown here posing with a Gibson Les Paul guitar, is ranked #2. (AP/Random House)

Rolling Stone assembled a panel of some of the top guitar players in the world to compile a list of their favorite guitar slingers for a special issue of the magazine. Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, as you might have guessed, top the list. But who else made the cut?

Songs in this piece:

Eruption, performed by Eddie Van Halen
Johnny B. Goode, performed by Chuck Berry
Purple Haze, performed by Jimi Hendrix
Smells Like Teen Spirit, performed by Nirvana (featuring Kurt Cobain)
Rumble performed by Link Wray
Dust My Broom, performed by Johnny Winter and Derek Trucks
Back In Black, performed by AC/DC (featuring Angus Young and Malcom Young)
Brown Sugar, performed by the Rolling Stones (featuring Keith Richards)
That’s All Right, performed by Elvis Presley (featuring Scott Moore)
How High The Moon, performed by Mary Ford and Les Paul
Joyful Noise, performed by the Derek Trucks Band
See No Evil, performed by Television (featuring Tom Verlaine)
Don’t Owe You A Thang, performed by Gary Clark Junior
Little Wing, performed by Jimi Hendrix
Bliztkrieg Bop, performed by the Ramones (featuring Johnny Ramone)


  • Alan Light, Rolling Stone contributor. He profiled some of the players on the list, including Derek Trucks, Carlos Santana and Hubert Sumlin.

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