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97. Steve Jones

The Sex Pistols, Steve Jones' brutish power chords and flamboyant gutter-glam solos were a perfect mirror for the taunting bile of Johnny Rotten – and a yardstick for every punk-rock noise-maker that followed. His legacy was set with indelible riffs on one record – 1977's Never Mind the Bollocks... – that inspired guitarists from Slash to Billie Joe Armstrong. It was an attitude as much as a sound. As Jones told a journalist during his days with the Sex Pistols, "Actually, we're not into music. We're into chaos."

Key Tracks: "God Save the Queen," "Pretty Vacant"

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: The Sex Pistols' 'Never Mind the Bollocks... Here's the Sex Pistols'

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