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

    ) open
  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  4. 4
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    often listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  5. 5
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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  10. 10
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  11. 11
    + 1677
    - 860


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1217
    - 745


    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1273
    - 810


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1367
    - 758


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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  15. 15
    + 1632
    - 976


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1283
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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  17. 17
    + 1083
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  18. 18
    + 1151
    - 923

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

    ) open
  19. 19
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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  27. 27
    + 852
    - 561


    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
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    + 832
    - 512


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    + 795
    - 547


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 754
    - 478


    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    + 702
    - 434


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  34. 34
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    - 529


    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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  35. 35
    + 699
    - 594


    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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  36. 36
    + 919
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 653
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    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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  38. 38
    + 555
    - 495


    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    + 707
    - 576


    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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  40. 40
    + 708
    - 758

    often listed
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  41. 41
    + 686
    - 535


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  42. 42
    + 693
    - 679


    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    + 500
    - 504

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  44. 44
    + 534
    - 409


    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    + 599
    - 510


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    + 503
    - 368

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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    - 510


    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    + 469
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    Classical music

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    + 401
    - 352


    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  50. 50
    + 507
    - 508


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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