SPIN top 100 guitarists
2012-05-08 by Philip Whitehead | 83 Comments

The popular "music" magazine SPIN has published a controversial list of what it deems to be the "100 greatest guitarists of all time", albeit with an "alternative" perspective. Dubstep impresario Skrillex has been ranked at #100, with SPIN itself admitting no knowledge of whether the producer, 24, has actually ever played guitar before. Skrillex had played rhythm guitar occasionally in From First to Last, back when he was known by his birth name, Sonny Moore. He has also been seen performing guitar duties with Korn live.

The full SPIN list can be found here: http://www.spin.com/articles/spins-100-greatest-guitarists-all-time

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2012

4409 Comments


This is a terrible list, with a few exceptions.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

peaks40
May 9th 2012

2752 Comments


agreed, who the fuck comes up with these lists that i just cant take seriously

coneren
May 9th 2012

11111 Comments


good list

peaks40
May 9th 2012

2752 Comments


i dnt even know where to begin with who was left off, the fact tht skrillex made that list and guys like john frusciante, eddie van halen, AND JIMMY PAGE didnt tells me all i need to know... jonny greenwood, the edge, tony iommi, and a couple more are exeptions

peaks40
May 9th 2012

2752 Comments


and jimi hendrix wow, what a joke

KjSwantko
May 9th 2012

9277 Comments


list kicks ass

peaks40
May 9th 2012

2752 Comments


oops, i dint read ''albeit alternative perspective''. still...skrillex. wtf man

chug73
May 9th 2012

983 Comments


oh dear

hykudos
May 9th 2012

460 Comments


clicks on best 100 guitarist list

sees skrillex

Graveyard
May 9th 2012

5699 Comments


doesn't surprise me

Digging: Total Control - Typical System

chug73
May 9th 2012

983 Comments


welcome to the future

hykudos
May 9th 2012

460 Comments


rofl what the fuck JMJ doesn't play guitar and he's ranked 10?

liledman
May 9th 2012

3826 Comments


really hit and miss but i appreciate the effort to look away from generic choices. i mean not too many mainstream publications are going to put fred frith, sonny sharrock, glenn branca, james blood ulmer, and DEREK BAILEY (who should be on all of these fucking lists). focusing on their aesthetics and opening up new paths in guitar playing is great, because too many lists are just lazy, clapton/page/hammet/van halen worship. that being said, the edge doesnt deserve to be on any best of list.

liledman
May 9th 2012

3826 Comments


oh and keiji haino also. now they just need to put masayuki takayanagi in these things.

Kris.
May 9th 2012

12296 Comments


that being said, the edge doesnt deserve to be on any best of list.


this so hard
the edge has never been anything more than competent imo

Ovrot
May 9th 2012

10490 Comments


some good some bad some terrible

Graveyard
May 9th 2012

5699 Comments


this list is so random

UnnamedOcean
May 9th 2012

3965 Comments


I'm all for alternative best-of lists, but....lol at some of these choices.

It seems like they just compiled 100 people and ranked them randomly.

Scoot
May 9th 2012

17726 Comments


fucking awful list

dimsim3478
May 9th 2012

4885 Comments


Most of the bands listed are actually awesome but the guitarists are far from recognisable.

Digging: Microwave - Stovall

ThyCrossAwaits
May 9th 2012

3051 Comments


Bitch post about Skrillex. Fucking really. Hipsters.

Graveyard
May 9th 2012

5699 Comments


least kevin shields got some recognition

mangasm
May 9th 2012

672 Comments


"Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life. But no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex. Somewhere between the unfiltered piston-pumps of nu-metal and the twinkling emocore melodies that weaned him is a gaping sarlacc of yawping melodies and buzzsaw edges. The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water" - look no further than the obscene number of "Skrillex guitar cover" videos on YouTube! "


FUUUUUCCCCKKKK

porch
May 9th 2012

8453 Comments


just skimmed through it and the inclusion of guys like curt kirkwood, rowland s howard, duane denison, glenn branca and keiji haino already makes it better than the usual shitty guitarist lists

SabertoothMonocle
May 9th 2012

493 Comments


No Frusciante, Hendrix, or Gilmour, with Cobain in the #4 slot.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

static2dope
May 9th 2012

898 Comments


yeah list sucks blah blah blah but the real problem here is this news article

seriously how biased can you get

PuddlesPuddles
May 9th 2012

4772 Comments


Top 4 Best Drummers of All Time

#4 Joseph Stalin
#3 Steve Jobs
#2 Neil Peart
#1 Deadmau3

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2012

1986 Comments


Kurt Cobain at number 4...
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...
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FALCON...
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PUNCH!!!!!

laterenima
May 9th 2012

221 Comments


D. Boon was an amazing guitarist.

Imperial
May 9th 2012

1725 Comments


So apparently manipulating the sounds rather than playing the actual instrument makes you good at that instrument. I'M GONNA GET GOOD AT THE ORCHESTRA.

JizzInMyPants
May 9th 2012

2369 Comments


No Spawn of Possesion???? no Gorod??? no Anata??? no fucking BTBAM??? Protest the Hero???? BENEATH THE MASSACRE????

bullshit list

ChuckyTruant
May 9th 2012

15710 Comments


yea shit list

Digging: Palm Reader - Bad Weather

CreamCrazy
May 9th 2012

724 Comments


Corgan, Reid, Schuldiner, Dimebag, Thayil, Greenwood, D.Boon, Iommi, Hazel, J.Mascis, Ranaldo & Moore FTW!

The rest I don't know or couldn't give two shits about. This list is missing Lifeson though, NO guitar list in my humble opinion can exist without him.

americanohno
May 9th 2012

1599 Comments


List was pretty good after fucking Skrillex @ 100 which I'd imagine was done solely to drum up page views via a faux-controversy.

Instead of Skrillex @ 100 they should have put a guy like Kenny Vaughan who's awesome but doesn't get much attention 'cuz he's primarily known as a Nashville session musician.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHJbYHxeXQc

Tyrael
May 9th 2012

20824 Comments


Skrillex


what

Strider
May 9th 2012

4598 Comments


Read the Skrillex part, stopped reading the list, I've already wasted enough time

imjustthatcool
May 9th 2012

43 Comments


why the fuck is Kurt Cobain on this list

Gmork89
May 9th 2012

5510 Comments


Probably the most lolworthy guitarist list I have ever seen.

SCREAM!
May 9th 2012

10035 Comments


"Read the Skrillex part, stopped reading the list, I've already wasted enough time"

This. The explanation for him is so fucking dumb I can't believe anyone can actually believe that

he doesn't play guitar but his music is heavy thus he must be a great guitarist... makes no sense

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ThespianLesbian
May 9th 2012

248 Comments


Because people love Nirvana for their complex lead guitar parts right

porch
May 9th 2012

8453 Comments


picking skrillex was fairly base level tongue in cheek humour that's still going over your heads

YankeeDudel
May 9th 2012

9311 Comments


"So apparently manipulating the sounds rather than playing the actual instrument makes you good at that instrument. I'M GONNA GET GOOD AT THE ORCHESTRA."

Well Id rather listen to a guitarist sounding different than just do the same old junk we've heard a thousand times. Even if they can shred if it just sounds like everybody else its not that exciting to me. Experiment a little bit. Make your own style that people will recognize right away. Its what made somebody like Tom Morello pretty cool to listen to when he came out. Even The Edge who people are knocking here had his own thing going. Hes more interesting in my eyes than just another generic hard rock player, even if the hard rock guy can solo better or whatever.

Digging: Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

KjSwantko
May 9th 2012

9277 Comments


Spins greatest guitarists ever includes people who don't even play guitar. Lmao I love it.

bloc
May 9th 2012

34768 Comments


List is definitely gutsy

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

botb
May 9th 2012

9648 Comments


haha what

Mekkalayakay
May 9th 2012

167 Comments


The funny thing is that if a list was actually accurate (in terms of measuring different aspects of playing) people would glance at it and never say anything about it.

Lists like this get people talking, and by putting Skrillex at #100, the article gets 100x more views than it initially would.

ThroneOfAgony
May 9th 2012

3485 Comments


SKRILLEX?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

auberginedreams
May 9th 2012

6028 Comments


this dude on my facebook was getting intensely butthurt about skrillex's inclusion on this list, talking about how he is the downfall of music, nobody respects music as art, etc.
and i'm just shaking my head because all he listens to is shit like born of osiris and for the fallen dreams.

sixdegrees
May 9th 2012

16917 Comments


list is total shit, unsurprisingly. Seriously, fucking SKRILLEX?!

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

auberginedreams
May 9th 2012

6028 Comments


it was cool to see marissa paternoster on here.

Ire
May 9th 2012

41754 Comments


picking skrillex was fairly base level tongue in cheek humour that's still going over your heads



Twelve51
May 9th 2012

108 Comments


So Jam Master Jay is the 10th greatest guitarist of all time but Hendrix doesn't make the top 100? These lists are always stupid, but this one takes the cake.

PuddlesPuddles
May 9th 2012

4772 Comments


Uhh I wouldn't leave it up to SPIN to provide any level tongue-in-cheek material

agoraphobia78
May 9th 2012

18 Comments


Read their last issue, pretty sure they're not tongue in cheek-ing anything. I think they just have confused general douchebaggery for being 'ironic'.

ThespianLesbian
May 9th 2012

248 Comments


Meatspin.com had a much better list

Muse1748
May 9th 2012

160 Comments


Terrible list is terrible. Read #100 and #1: didn't feel that reading the rest was necessary

porch
May 9th 2012

8453 Comments


Digging: Shinedown - Amaryllis

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2012

23806 Comments


lol

also, username: Muse1748

Devastator
May 9th 2012

2481 Comments


Tosin Abosi? Didn't look at the list, is he on it? That's a problem if not.

Muse1748
May 9th 2012

160 Comments


Damn, harsh crowd today. Who knew liking Shinedown and Muse was worthy of ridicule. Noted, guess I'll have to change that
immediately.

drasticaction74
May 9th 2012

1729 Comments


this is uhhh no

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Josh D.
May 9th 2012

13967 Comments


"Dubstep impresario Skrillex has been ranked at #100, with SPIN itself admitting no knowledge of whether the producer, 24, has actually ever played guitar before."

And the list becomes null already.

Josh D.
May 9th 2012

13967 Comments


The people ahead of Stone Gossard, lol.

And Cobain, mega LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

Ire
May 9th 2012

41754 Comments


the entire list should just be mudvayne and la dispute. agreed.

Josh D.
May 9th 2012

13967 Comments


Oh, poor fatty making jokes again.

Ire
May 9th 2012

41754 Comments


Hey man, what's the best (non greatest hits) album you've heard?

Dashy
May 9th 2012

421 Comments


This list is a joke, right?

Josh D.
May 9th 2012

13967 Comments


http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3serzUiSV1qdtfruo1_500.jpg

Mom said turn it down, but I took the grounding instead.

Ire
May 9th 2012

41754 Comments


answer the question

Josh D.
May 9th 2012

13967 Comments


Turn it down, mom's orders.

Poncharelo
May 10th 2012

27 Comments


I was going to read this, until Skrillex showed up.

AlasKenColors
May 10th 2012

159 Comments


why they refer to him as "skrillex" instead of "sonny moore" on a top guitarists list is beyond me. regardless, i don't think he should be in the top 100 at all.

evilford
May 10th 2012

22353 Comments


Kurt Cobain is the 4th best guitarist of all time? huh

doesn't surprise me. somehow I got a subscription to Spin out of nowhere. 99% of what I read makes me laugh. it's usually not supposed to be funny though.

Digging: Afflicted - Prodigal Sun

Flagran12
June 19th 2012

65 Comments


This is such a pretentious list

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2012

21788 Comments


Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life. But no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex. Somewhere between the unfiltered piston-pumps of nü-metal and the twinkling emocore melodies that weaned him is a gaping sarlacc of yawping melodies and buzzsaw edges. The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water" — look no further than the obscene number of "Skrillex guitar cover" videos on YouTube!

this is the worst paragraph I have ever read

Digging: Gesaffelstein - Aleph

johnnydeking29
December 8th 2012

9014 Comments


Agreed hard
This list is still funny

Digging: Envy - A Dead Sinking Story

brokendogleg
December 8th 2012

29 Comments


I am surprised Larry LaLonde is not on there. Very inventive guitarist.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2012

21788 Comments


the fact he's only at #100 proves they were just looking for an excuse to squeeze this guy into the list to get attention

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2012

28431 Comments


cool list but where's skrillex

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2012

28431 Comments


shit just realized this is that articl

chambered49
December 8th 2012

1727 Comments


what

8bit
December 8th 2012

3315 Comments


Awful job Spin, except for obvious exceptions, surprised they had Ben Weinman.

But seriously, what the FUCK is Dave Navarro doing on this list? Kurt Cobain, number 4? What? Oh and
how edgy to put Skrillex on there.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 3rd 2013

1747 Comments


Agreed on Ler LaLonde. Awesome and versatile guitarist.



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