The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams Bands/Musicians
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The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

List Criteria: Only metal guitarist or guitar tandems. Guitarists from other genres shouldn't be included on here

List of the greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time, with photos. Clearly, the list contains a broad selection of guitarists who can still be classified as "metal," though some of the featured guitarists predate the period in which "heavy metal" was enjoying mainstream, popular success. It also includes guitarists such as Brian May and Jimi Hendrix who are not typically referred to as "metal guitarists" as their primary genre.

Who are the best metal guitarists of all time? The list also notably contains memorable duos or guitar groups, as line-ups featuring multiple guitarists who compliment one another is such a fixture of the metal genre. Guitarists who are featured as part of a group (such as Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman or KISS's Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley) should not be listed individually except in rare circumstances where that guitarist had notable success and a specific style while playing solo as well as with a metal group.
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    most listed
    Eddie Van Halen

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    95
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    Angus & Malcolm Young

    90
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    Randy Rhoads

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    89
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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    89
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    often listed
    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

    87
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    87
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    86
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    86
  10. 10
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    84
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    81
  12. 12
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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

    78
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    78
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    76
  15. 15
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    Tony Iommi

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    73
  16. 16
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal More
    72
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    72
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    Michael Schenker

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    72
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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

    72
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    Alex Lifeson

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    66
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    66
  22. 22
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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

    65
  23. 23
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    62
  24. 24
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    62
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    61
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    60
  27. 27
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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

    58
  28. 28
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    53
  29. 29
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    53
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

    53
  32. 32
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    52
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    49
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    Scott Ian Rosenfeld

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    49
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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock More
    49
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal More
    49
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    Carlos Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    48
  38. 38
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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

    47
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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

    47
  40. 40
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    Folk music, Alternative rock, Rock music More
    46
  41. 41
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal More
    46
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    46
  43. 43
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    45
  44. 44
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    45
  45. 45
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    45
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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

    44
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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

    43
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    Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton

    43
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    Jerry Cantrell

    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    C.C. Deville

    40
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