Rolling Stone: 100 Greatist Guitar Songs

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

wow RS totally forgot yngwie malmsteen, steve vai, joe satriani, buckethead, and john 5

how can gnrs sweet child o mine be better than freebird RS.............

I really have to say lots of these are good songs just deffinitly not the best guitar songs

It strikes me from skimming the list over, especially the first half, that a lot of these songs have fantastic, catchy, memorable opening riffs or vocals. I bet if you played just the first single second of each of the top 25 to just about any random Rolling Stone subscriber, they'd be able to name the song immediately.

Also, I love that Marquee Moon is on this list. That song sends chills down my spine. And, again, totally notable opening riff, eh!

Absolutely! I was surprised that Blue Cheer was here, however. The drums in the Cochrane cover seem more prominent to me than the guitar work, but it's all good

A few from Hendrix, but his version of 'All Along The Watchtower' is sublime.
And 'Freebird' is so far down the list. It starts as a beautiful ballad then lets rip just over half way through, Allen, Gary and Stevie an awesome guitar ensemble.

Blue Cheer probably has reasoning similar to The Ramones, The White Stripes, possibly Nirvana, etc... in that they inspired a bunch of kids to pick up guitars, form bands, and rock out. Not amazing work technically, of course, but definitely very influential and often copied styles:
Blue Cheer - Loud and Distorted
Ramones - Fast and Head-Bangy
White Stripes - Fat and Low
Nirvana - Suicidal (What, too soon?)

Definitely a decent drum song, too. I'm sure kids picked up drumsticks due to Summertime Blues. Wouldn't mind seeing this on a 100 Greatest Drum Songs list as well ;-)

All in all, seems like decent reasoning for making the list, especially since it's down in the lower half.

The list started out pretty good and went nuts quickly.They should take nominations from fans for a month prior then let them log in and vote after they narrow down the lists .The lists would look a lot better.