The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

List Criteria: The greatest rock, metal, blues and alt rock guitarists to ever play live in a touring band

The best guitarists of all time, voted on and ranked by many music fans, with photos and other info. A Wisdom of Crowds comprehensive ranking of the greatest guitar players in history. All the top guitarists are on this list - monster guitar heroes from rock, metal, blues, and alternative music. Are you on Team Eddie or Team Jimi? Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player ever.

Who is the best guitarist of all time? To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    Down 692

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 661
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1531
    Down 700
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1422
    Down 514
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1242
    Down 701
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 976
    Down 507
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 953
    Down 458
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1143
    Down 516
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
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    Down 577
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    77
  10. 10
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    Down 479
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
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    Down 427
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    72
  12. 12
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    Down 476
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
  13. 13
    Up 720
    Down 401
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
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    Down 411
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 719
    Down 449
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
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    Down 453
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  17. 17
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    Down 464
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  18. 18
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    Down 517

    often listed
    Pete Townshend

    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  19. 19
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    Down 403
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  20. 20
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    Down 535

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  21. 21
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    Down 377
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    63
  22. 22
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    Down 382
    63
  23. 23
    Up 527
    Down 291
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 521
    Down 362
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 563
    Down 401
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 475
    Down 368
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
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    Down 311
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
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    Down 280
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    56
  29. 29
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    Down 237
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  30. 30
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    Down 483
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 409
    Down 268
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    54
  32. 32
    Up 362
    Down 296
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 415
    Down 303
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 430
    Down 320
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    53
  35. 35
    Up 334
    Down 304
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 415
    Down 428
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  37. 37
    Up 321
    Down 210
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 371
    Down 296
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 382
    Down 342
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 324
    Down 280
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 335
    Down 267
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    50
  42. 42
    Up 320
    Down 265
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  43. 43
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    Down 278
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  44. 44
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    Down 400
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  45. 45
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    Down 150
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    49
    added by: PaulMateicka
  46. 46
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    Down 157
    Classical music More
    49
  47. 47
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  48. 48
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    Down 327

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 278
    Down 286
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  50. 50
    Up 295
    Down 274
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    48
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