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. 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
    + 4345
    - 1487

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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3591
    - 1452

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3088
    - 1509

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy at  
  4. 4
    + 2669
    - 1571

    often listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2889
    - 1101

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2402
    - 1062

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1898
    - 975

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2025
    - 1140

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1918
    - 1061

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1852
    - 1062

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1837
    - 964

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1502
    - 841

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1322
    - 829

    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1406
    - 898

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1791
    - 1106

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1432
    - 865

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1176
    - 879

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1267
    - 1013

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1364
    - 761

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1649
    - 942
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1211
    - 774

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1337
    - 974

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1148
    - 1087

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1169
    - 633

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1072
    - 685

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1120
    - 767

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 920
    - 608

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 922
    - 569

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 885
    - 594

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 820
    - 522

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 768
    - 492

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 721
    - 584

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 776
    - 652

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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    + 812
    - 576

    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 697
    - 572

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 720
    - 579

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 772
    - 744

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 768
    - 623

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 985
    - 981

    often listed
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 605
    - 542

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 736
    - 579

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 763
    - 829

    often listed
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 596
    - 451

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 561
    - 550

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 469
    - 386

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 498
    - 391

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 655
    - 546

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 636
    - 554

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 567
    - 551

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 440
    - 384

    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

    ) open
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