View Full Version : Better musician: Eric Clapton or Mark Knopfler?

01-05-2010, 10:36 PM
Who do you think is the better musician, Mark Kniopfler or Eric Clapton?
To help with things, here are some categories you can judge them by:

Guitar ability:

Vocal ability:

Songwriting ability:


So, lets get going!

01-05-2010, 10:47 PM
Who do you think is the better musician, Mark Kniopfler or Eric Clapton?
To help with things, here are some categories you can judge them by:

Guitar ability:

Vocal ability:

Songwriting ability:


So, lets get going!

Hmmm a tough one, two of my favorite artists but i have to go with Mark Knopfler.

Guitar ability: definately a tie, both are masters, both are unique and very fast with their fingers.

Vocal: i think Clapton is the better singer here but Mark has something special in his voice, (Mark also admitted once he's not a perfect singer)

Songwriting ability: i have to go with Mark here, he is a specialist at that (wrote tons of hits)

01-06-2010, 01:36 AM
Indeed it's a tricky one. I'm going to go with Clapton however:

Guitar ability: Agree with Ericsson here, defo a tie. They are different but both amazing.

Vocal: Clapton for me sings better. I just like his voice better so that's a personal one. I don't think either of them are all that great though to be honest in this department.

Songwriting ability: Again I give the edge to Clapton. While Knopfler is more prolific I just tend to like the majority of Clapton's stuff better. Mark went down a sort of "country" route for a bit that I just found a bit strange. Clapton had his "Me and Mr Johnson" phase but I just generally rate it better. That said one of my favourite songs is Telegraph Road so.....

01-06-2010, 05:35 AM
Clapton definately, both are good but Clapton did a lot for electric guitar ,first real lead player IMO not to mention the first guy to popularise Marshalls. The other "big" guitarists switched after they heard how good the tone was from those amps

Knopfler is definately unique in his style but Clapton's influence is far greater

I prefer Mark Knopfler's vocals though

and I'd give him the edge as a songwriter

01-06-2010, 06:03 AM
It's a tossup. Unlike in tennis, there is no score in music. It's all in the eye of the beholder. You might as well ask which color is better--red or blue. Which guitar company is better--Gibson or Fender. Single coil vs humbucker. Phase 90 or Small Stone. Rat or Tube Screamer.

01-06-2010, 06:09 AM
I'm not going to take the bait...it's a silly question to ask who's better. Sure, contrasting playing styles, vocals, writing, etc. is worthwhile but both of these guys are exceptional musicians. Neither is "better" than the other when all is said and done.

01-06-2010, 06:19 AM
For sure it's a personal choice but typically people will think one is better than the other just based on their tastes...it's more a poll than a right/wrong answer type of question really

01-06-2010, 07:06 AM
Dire Straits have done better songs than Clapton managed on his own (although his Cream stuff's excellent), but I'd rate Clapton as the better player.

Brothers in Arms FTW

01-06-2010, 10:16 AM
I prefer Mark Knopfler. I've always found his music to be more like storytelling, especially his newer stuff.

Baloney Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-ejCQBCLg0)

Monteleone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDm_iqPf2w&feature=related)

01-06-2010, 11:16 AM
Knopfler has more $$$.

01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
Pre-solo Clapton (Crossroads, Derek and Domino's etc) is my fave, but anything that Clapton's done solo Im not a fan of.

Dire Straits are awesome though, and Knopfler is a fantastic guitarist.

01-06-2010, 11:48 AM
My vote goes to....



This here guitaaar solo shreds.

01-06-2010, 02:36 PM
I would say Knopfler-but then I love Dire Straits (Walk of Life is my favorite song of all time). Clapton can really move you with some of his music (examples-Tears in Heaven, Wonderful Tonight).

01-06-2010, 02:55 PM
Both are similar yet different here's where i can see it.

Clapton innovated in the blues realm, many of his songs weren't extremely original but he is technically proficient, got a bit too pop style for me later on, but he plays and sings with soul. More people can play a Clapton solo/riff as opposed to a Knopfler riff.

Knopfler was the more creative one when you think of his tone (middle pickup, aka the Knopfler setting) His style was more into country but he still retained all the rock elements, his voice is more restricted than Claptons but i find it more unique. Unlike clapton, Knopfler's solos and songwriting is much more difficult to emulate. The solo to "white room" is much more manageable than the infamous "Sultans of Swing" solo.

Technically, Knopfler gets the edge, but Clapton has had a much more successful and historic career than Knopfler.

Its like comparing Green Apples to Red Delicious apples, both very similar but with slight differences that make each just as delicious.