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 652
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
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    Down 689
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1407
    Down 505
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1228
    Down 693
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 967
    Down 500
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 945
    Down 453
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1124
    Down 508
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
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    Down 569
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    77
  10. 10
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    Down 473
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
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    Down 421
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    71
  12. 12
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    Down 472
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    70
  13. 13
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    Down 398
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
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    Down 408
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  17. 17
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    Down 461
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  18. 18
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  19. 19
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    65
  20. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  21. 21
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    Down 374
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    63
  22. 22
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    62
  23. 23
    Up 520
    Down 287
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 517
    Down 358
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 553
    Down 398
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 468
    Down 364
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    57
  27. 27
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    Down 310
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
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    Down 277
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    56
  29. 29
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    Down 235
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  30. 30
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    Down 479
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
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    Down 265
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    54
  32. 32
    Up 360
    Down 295
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  33. 33
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    Down 300
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  34. 34
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    Down 317
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    53
  35. 35
    Up 328
    Down 301
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 316
    Down 206
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  37. 37
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    often listed
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  38. 38
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    Down 294
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 379
    Down 339
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 322
    Down 277
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 332
    Down 263
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 318
    Down 262
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  43. 43
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    Down 277
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  44. 44
    Up 362
    Down 398
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  45. 45
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    Down 147
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    49
    added by: PaulMateicka
  46. 46
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    Down 157
    Classical music More
    49
  47. 47
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  48. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 277
    Down 285
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  50. 50
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    48
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