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Skrillex named one of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time

Spin magazine have published their list of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time courting their fair share hate (and page views) trolling us all by placing a certain wub-stepping party starter with a distinctively asymmetrical haircut in the opening slot.

Although Spin says they’re not sure if Skrillex has never held a guitar in his life (for the record he did during his time with From First to Last) but they justify his inclusion by claiming that “no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex.”

There is some logic to that apparent madness, as the list also features another non-guitar playing ‘Greatest Guitarist of All Time’ – RUN DMC’s Jam Master Jay an impressively high position. As Spin explains “the way Jay manipulated the work of guitarists… resulted was a new way of hearing guitars [and influenced] everyone from Tom Morello to Korn.”

Apparently at Spin they “don’t worship “guitar gods,” but prefer [their] axe-wielders to be resourceful, egalitarian, flawed, and human” and they’re celebrating an “alternative canon that kicks in with the Velvet Underground trying to erase that form entirely, making guitar solos gauche and using instruments as sadomasochistic tools for hammering out sheets of white heat” or something like that. So don’t expect to see any Hendrix, Clapton or Robert Johnson on the list.

Check out all the explanations and their ‘Most Heroic Moments’ on Spin

Spin’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

100 – Skrillex

99 – Paul Saulnier (PS I Love You)

98 – Mark Morgan (Sightings)

97 – Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)

96 – David Pajo (Slint)

95 – Bill Steer (Napalm Death/Carcass)

94 – Ibhahim Ag Alhabib (Tinariwen)

93 – Annie Clark (St. Vincent)

92 – James Blackshaw

91 – Viv Albertine (the Slits)

90 – Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)

89 – Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

88 – Dylan Carlson (Earth)

87 – Marnie Stern

86 – Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto (Fugazi)

85 – Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)

84 – Lydia Lunch

83 – Josh Homme

82 – Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses)

81 – Keiji Haino

80 – Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers)

79 – Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard)

78 – Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

77 – Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

76 – Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order)

75 – Bert Jansch

74 – Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)

73 – Mick Barr (Orthrelm/Krallice)

72 – Arto Lindsay

71 – Adrian Belew

70 – Jerry Harrison (Modern Lovers/Talking Heads)

69 – Eugene Chadbourne

68 – Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan)

67 – Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

66 – Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party)

65 – Mick Ronson (David Bowie/Morrissey)

64 – Wino

63 – Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

62 – Tony Maiden (Rufus)

61 – Shuggie Otis

60 – Chuck Schuldiner (Death)

59 – Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)

58 – Syd Barrett

57 – Doug Martsch (Built to Spill)

56 – Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders)

55 – Fred Frith

54 – Euronymous (Mayhem)

53 – Greg Sage (Wipers)

52 – Johnny Thunders

51 – Robbie Basho

50 – Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith (MC5)

49 – Zoot Horn Rollo (The Magic Band)

48 – Bob Mould

47 – Marc Ribot

46 – Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)

45 – Rhys Chatham

44 – John McLaughlin

43 – Nels Cline

42 – King Sunny Adé

41 – Nile Rodgers (Chic)

40 – Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)

39 – Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag)

38 – Stephen Malkmus (Pavement/The Jicks)

37 – Ali Farka Touré

36 – James “Blood” Ulmer

35 – Dr. Know (Bad Brains)

34 – Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death/Godflesh/Jesu)

33 – Jack White

32 – Robert Quine

31 – Derek Bailey

30 – King Buzzo (Melvins)

29 – Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)

28 – Glenn Branca

27 – PJ Harvey

26 – Johnny Marr

25 – Robert Fripp (King Crimson)

24 – Steve Albini (Big Black/Shellac)

23 – Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil)

22 – Jimmy Nolen (James Brown)

21 – Sonny Sharrock

20 – Neil Young

19 – d. boon (Minutemen)

18 – Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

17 – Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison

16 – Frank Zappa

15 – Greg Ginn (Black Flag)

14 – Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)

13 – The Edge

12 – Andy Gill

11 – Ron Asheton (The Stooges)

10 – Jam Master Jay (Run-DMC)

9 – Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic)

8 – Johnny Ramone

7 – Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd (Television)

6 – Prince

5 – J Mascis

4 – Kurt Cobain

3 – John Fahey

2 – Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)

1 – Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)