Band/Musician The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s

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List Rules Please rank these guitar players based only on their performances in the 1970s.

Alright, rock music lovers: Your time has come. This is a list of '70s guitarists - the greatest rock guitar players of the 1970s - voted on by people who live and breathe classic rock. Your job is to rank the great guitarists of the 70s listed here, based on their performance during that decade only. Consider what each of these guitarists brought to the bands that they performed with. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour: all famous rock guitarists of the '70s that heightened the sound and reputation of every band they played with. Now rank these famous rock guitarists and vote for your favorites!
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Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Ritchie Blackmore


Deep Purple, Rainbow

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Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music, Psychedelic rock Hard rock, + more

Albums: Take It!, Rock Profile, Volume One, Ritchie Blackmore/Blackmore's Night - Golden Collection 2000 Rock Profile, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Pony Canyon, SPV, Edel AG, Spinefarm Records Tetragrammaton Records, + more

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#572 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#5 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#2 on The Best Medieval Folk Bands/Artists

#74 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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22 people just voted on Jimmy Page


The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, Coverdale/Page, Page & Plant, solo

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll Jazz, + more

Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Mercury, Fontana Records Swan Song Records

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#133 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#89 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

#875 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#4 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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David Gilmour


Pink Floyd, solo

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock Progressive rock, + more

Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face Live in Gdańsk, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Sony Records, Harvest Records, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment Columbia, + more

Career Began: Cambridge, United Kingdom

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#145 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#34 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#151 on The Best Singers of All Time

#221 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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16 people just voted on Tony Iommi


Black Sabbath

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Genres (Music): Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz Blues, + more

Albums: Fused, The 1996 DEP Sessions, Iommi, Eighth star

Nationality: England

Labels: Rhino Entertainment, I.R.S. Records, Warner Bros. Records

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#3 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#107 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#154 on The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands

#828 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Eric Clapton


The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, solo

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock Soft rock, + more

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman Tears in Heaven, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: RSO Records, ATCO Records, Deram Records, Polydor Records Reprise Records, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

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#59 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#35 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#84 on The Best Singers of All Time

#23 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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3 people just voted on Jeff Beck


The Yardbirds, The Honeydrippers, solo

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music Jazz fusion, + more

Albums: Truth, Blow by Blow, Wired, You Had It Coming Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: EMI, Epic Records

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#207 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#24 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#93 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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45 people just voted on Brian May


Queen, solo

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Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock Glam rock, + more

Albums: Red Special, The Adventures of Pinocchio: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Live at the Brixton Academy, Star Fleet Project Furia, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Parlophone, Hollywood Records

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#1073 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#532 on The Best Singers of All Time

#136 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#17 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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Angus Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Angus Young


AC/DC

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll Hard rock

Nationality: Australia

Labels: Atlantic Records, EMI, Albert Productions, Epic Records

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#191 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#264 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#646 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#37 on Famous Lead Guitarists

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