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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
    + 3573
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    the people's #1 & most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 2961
    - 1193

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2567
    - 1225

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2395
    - 924

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2069
    - 1237

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 1979
    - 884

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1580
    - 820

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1587
    - 897

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  9. 9
    + 1710
    - 954

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1595
    - 867

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1576
    - 784

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1135
    - 691

    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1193
    - 756

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1541
    - 912

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1235
    - 719

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1189
    - 748

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1004
    - 750

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1083
    - 865

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1122
    - 829

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1161
    - 648

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

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  21. 21
    + 1317
    - 770
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  22. 22
    + 1034
    - 670

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  23. 23
    + 979
    - 922

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 948
    - 542

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 961
    - 662

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 875
    - 603

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 804
    - 528

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 768
    - 476

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 745
    - 514

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 702
    - 446

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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  31. 31
    + 639
    - 407

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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  32. 32
    + 593
    - 503

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  33. 33
    + 598
    - 500

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 728
    - 496

    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 670
    - 539

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 636
    - 562

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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  37. 37
    + 847
    - 840

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 38
    + 607
    - 498

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 671
    - 711

    often listed Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 522
    - 471

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 654
    - 505

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 630
    - 646

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

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 470
    - 340

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

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  44. 44
    + 465
    - 477

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

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  45. 45
    + 557
    - 484

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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  46. 46
    + 495
    - 388

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  47. 47
    + 564
    - 483

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  48. 48
    + 437
    - 330

    Classical music

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  49. 49
    + 372
    - 330

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  50. 50
    + 473
    - 483

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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