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My top 5 Guitarists:

1.Jimmy Page

2.Eddie Van Halen

3.Kirk Hammet

4.Eric Clapton

5.Yngwie Malmsteen

*NOTE*Hendrix is good but I don't like his style and he is overrated he would be #6

My top 5 drummers:

1.John Bonham

2.Neil Pert (Sorry Rush fans I just plain think Bonzo is better, John doesnt need a giant set to sound big)

3.Danny Carey

4.Ian Pace

5.Lars Ulrich

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Not a big Eddie fan - it's like he's off playing a different song or just randon tweedling, to me. Stevie Ray Vaughn is much more impressive. And I'd find a place for Ginger Baker and Carmine Appice in the drummer list, somehow...

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My Favorite Guitarists:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Jimmy Page

3. Joe Perry

4. Eddie Van Halen

5. Brian May

Best Technical Guitarists IMO:

1. Buckethead

2. Steve Vai

3. Paul Gilbert

4. Joe Satriani

5. Yngwie Malmsteen

Favorite Drummers:

1. John Bonham

2. Keith Moon

3. Lars Ulrich

4. Neil Peart

5. Joey Kramer (not the greatest in technical skill, but he's damn good live and I love his style)

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Lars is now an above average drummer? o_O When did that happen? =P

If I were to pick the best Thrash drummer it would be Dave Lombardo...but then again, Metallica isn't Thrash Metal anymore.

Anyways...I guess I should come up with a list or something.

Guitarists

1. John McLaughlin

2. Frank Zappa

3. Jimmy Page

4. Mikael Akerfeldt

5. Mike McCready

Drummers

1. Billy Cobham

2. Bill Bruford

3. Flo Mounier

4. Martin Lopez

5. John Bonham

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Here's mine though there should be more than 5:

Guitarists:

1. Jimmy Page/Jimi Hendrix (couldn't say who's better)

3. Brian May

4. Frank Zappa

5. Paul Gilbert

Drummers:

1. Carl Palmer

2. John Bonham

3. Phil Collins (think what you want about his music, but on drums he's excellent)

4. Keith Moon

5. Dave Grohl

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Here's mine though there should be more than 5:

Guitarists:

1. Jimmy Page/Jimi Hendrix (couldn't say who's better)

3. Brian May

4. Frank Zappa

5. Paul Gilbert

I have to say, Paul Gilbert is awesome. He's just as technical as guitarists like Vai or Malmsteen, but his songs are really interesting and creative nonetheless. Even his purely instrumental stuff is awesome, hell, especially.

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Guitarists: (on ability)

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Jimmy Page

3. Allen Holdsworth

4. Carlos Santana

5. Eddie Hazel (just listen to Maggot Brain!!!)

just missed the cut: Wayne Kramer/Fred "Sonic" Smith

whose overrated: Eddie Van Halen

Drummers: (on ability)

1. John Bonham

2. Ginger Baker

3. Bill Bruford

4. Neil Peart

5. John Densmore (the best of the "minimalist" drummers)

just missed the cut: Carmine Appice

whose overratted: Keith Moon

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You can't talk about top 5 drummers without mentioning Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer. The dude was absolutely phenominal live and hes totally under-rated.

Also, how does everyone over-look Gene Krupa? The dude practically brought the drums out of the closet as an instrument in the 1930's... the 1930's for christ's sake - 40 years before the next greats of the 70's

Tommy's Top 5 Drummers

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Danny Carey (Tool)

Gene Krupa (Various)

Neil Peart (Rush)

Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad)

Edited to add: I agree with whoever above said Keith Moon is over-rated.

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As far as inventive guitar work goes, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is always over-looked. People on this forum also seem to forget how Page was sort of slow (comparitively) on the frets after 1971. His real claim to fame IMO is his insane riffs and his work in pioneering creative new studio effects/arrangements. That is why I put Clapton ahead of him I guess, IMO he is the best overall. Its really a toss-up for me between Hendrix and Page for number 2, tho I give it to Hendrix for coming out a few years before Page and being able to recreate what he did in the studio (to some degree) and all that on the guitar live while also being lead singer.

Tommy's Top 5 Guitarists

Eric Clapton (Cream)

Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

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You can't talk about top 5 drummers without mentioning Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer. The dude was absolutely phenominal live and hes totally under-rated.

Also, how does everyone over-look Gene Krupa? The dude practically brought the drums out of the closet as an instrument in the 1930's... the 1930's for christ's sake - 40 years before the next greats of the 70's

Tommy's Top 5 Drummers

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Danny Carey (Tool)

Gene Krupa (Various)

Neil Peart (Rush)

Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad)

Edited to add: I agree with whoever above said Keith Moon is over-rated.

what about phil collins in early genisis days before they went pop he was wild

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Guitarists

1. John McLaughlin

The man who Jimmy lessons. :D

My favorite guitarists (I know you asked for greatest, but that's subjective)

1. Jimmy Page

2. Alex Lifeson

3. Angus Young

4. David Gilmour

5. Jimi Hendrix

My Favorite Drummers

1. Buddy Rich

2. John Bonham

3. Neil Peart

4. Bill Ward

5. Steve Smith (Journey)

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I don't know who are the greatest, I'll just give my favourites :P

Guitarists:

1. David Gilmour

2. Jimmy Page

3. George Harisson

4. Slash

5. The Gipsy Kings

Drummers:

1. John Bonham

2. Michael Giles

3. Stewart Copeland

4. Carl Palmer

5. Michael Lee

Funny thing is I'd vote Led Zeppelin members number one of their category, except for the guitar.

Edit: I agree with you Docron, I could definitively have put Tom Morello somewhere in my list. And thanks Jarlaxe for reminding me of Mike McCready :oops:

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Guitarist:

1. John Mclaughlin

2. Jimmy Page

3. Eric Clapton

4. Jimi Hendrix

5. Robert Johnson

Drummer:

1. John Bonham

2. Billy Cobham

3. Roy Haynes

4. Keith Moon

5. Krupa

Singer (oh what the hell):

1. Robert Plant

2. Little Robert Anthony

3. Percy

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My Favorite Guitarists:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Jimmy Page

3. Joe Perry

4. Eddie Van Halen

5. Brian May

Best Technical Guitarists IMO:

1. Buckethead

2. Steve Vai

3. Paul Gilbert

4. Joe Satriani

5. Yngwie Malmsteen

Favorite Drummers:

1. John Bonham

2. Keith Moon

3. Lars Ulrich

4. Neil Peart

5. Joey Kramer (not the greatest in technical skill, but he's damn good live and I love his style)

I like your lists, however, I wish that Stevie Ray Vaughan could have made the list. ROCK ON!

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