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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. With help from the wisdom of the crowd, you'll find a 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? How about both!

Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player in the history of music. These roock, jazz, blues guitarists have all had long careers filled with success and failure. Some are still jamming out today, which other rock stars died too young, before their talents could be fully appreciated. Now is your chance to give the best guitar players in the world some recognition.

Who is the best guitarist of all time? Add your vote to make sure your voice is heart!

To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.

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  1. 1
    + 3620
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    the people's #1 & most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 2998
    - 1206

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2599
    - 1236

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2417
    - 936

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2091
    - 1253

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2001
    - 893

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1619
    - 904

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1596
    - 830

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1732
    - 964

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1608
    - 881

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1593
    - 795

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1149
    - 696

    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1207
    - 760

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1556
    - 920

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1244
    - 725

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1200
    - 755

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1022
    - 755

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1095
    - 870

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1137
    - 834

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1169
    - 653

    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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  21. 21
    + 1343
    - 779
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  22. 22
    + 1042
    - 675

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  23. 23
    + 990
    - 929

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 958
    - 550

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 969
    - 669

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 884
    - 608

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 813
    - 532

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 777
    - 481

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 751
    - 519

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 708
    - 450

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 649
    - 410

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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  32. 32
    + 598
    - 507

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  33. 33
    + 736
    - 499

    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 605
    - 502

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 647
    - 566

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 860
    - 845

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  37. 37
    + 676
    - 543

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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  38. 38
    + 613
    - 503

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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  39. 39
    + 677
    - 714

    often listed Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 526
    - 473

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 659
    - 508

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 636
    - 650

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 474
    - 344

    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulMateicka Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 470
    - 481

    often listed & added by AntoineGrignard Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 557
    - 490

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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  46. 46
    + 498
    - 393

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  47. 47
    + 569
    - 487

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  48. 48
    + 440
    - 334

    Classical music

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  49. 49
    + 478
    - 486

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 373
    - 334

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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