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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 578
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
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    Down 613
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
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    Down 458
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
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    Down 613
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 862
    Down 395
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 899
    Down 451
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  8. 8
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    Down 515
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1037
    Down 465
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 955
    Down 404
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    75
  11. 11
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    Down 317
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    71
  12. 12
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    Down 371
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  13. 13
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    Down 393
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    68
  14. 14
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    Down 377
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    68
  15. 15
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    Down 411
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    67
  16. 16
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    Down 466
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    67
  17. 17
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    Down 432
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  19. 19
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    Down 410
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  20. 20
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    Down 338
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    64
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    64
  22. 22
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    Down 342
    62
  23. 23
    Up 463
    Down 253
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    61
  24. 24
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    Down 334
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  25. 25
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    Down 364
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  26. 26
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    Down 330
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    59
  27. 27
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    Down 287
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
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    Down 210
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  29. 29
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    Down 281
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    56
  30. 30
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    Down 270
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    55
  31. 31
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    Down 238
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  32. 32
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    55
  33. 33
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    Down 440
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
  34. 34
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    Down 305
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    53
  35. 35
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    Down 274
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    53
  36. 36
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    Down 251
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    53
  37. 37
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  38. 38
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    Down 256
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 281
    Down 183
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  40. 40
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    Down 270
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  41. 41
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    Down 234
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    52
  42. 42
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    Down 253
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    51
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  43. 43
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  44. 44
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    Down 235
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  45. 45
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    Down 241
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    50
  46. 46
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    Down 202
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  47. 47
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    Down 246
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  48. 48
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    Down 131
    Classical music More
    50
  49. 49
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    50
  50. 50
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    50
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