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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
    Up 2012
    Down 670

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1657
    Down 638
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1495
    Down 675
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1382
    Down 496
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1205
    Down 679
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 952
    Down 489
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 927
    Down 442
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1105
    Down 497
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1011
    Down 556
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    77
  10. 10
    Up 1002
    Down 461
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 894
    Down 411
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    71
  12. 12
    Up 909
    Down 468
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 705
    Down 391
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 629
    Down 401
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 703
    Down 436
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
    Up 670
    Down 502
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  17. 17
    Up 659
    Down 448
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  18. 18
    Up 662
    Down 444
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  19. 19
    Up 667
    Down 392
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  20. 20
    Up 594
    Down 522

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  21. 21
    Up 623
    Down 368
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    63
  22. 22
    Up 640
    Down 372
    62
  23. 23
    Up 509
    Down 284
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 508
    Down 355
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 543
    Down 392
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 459
    Down 357
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 454
    Down 305
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 440
    Down 272
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    56
  29. 29
    Up 409
    Down 229
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 551
    Down 472
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 395
    Down 261
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    54
  32. 32
    Up 402
    Down 293
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 351
    Down 291
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 422
    Down 311
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 324
    Down 294
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 309
    Down 200
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  37. 37
    Up 406
    Down 421
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 358
    Down 289
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 374
    Down 334
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 316
    Down 274
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 326
    Down 257
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 315
    Down 255
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    51
  43. 43
    Up 279
    Down 272
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  44. 44
    Up 354
    Down 395
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 212
    Down 144

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Winter

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    49
    added by: PaulMateicka
  46. 46
    Up 273
    Down 273
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 275
    Down 318

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 273
    Down 280
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  49. 49
    Up 224
    Down 151

    ranked low on reranks
    Andrés Segovia

    Classical music More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 290
    Down 267
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    48
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