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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 1913
    Down 637

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1587
    Down 600
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1429
    Down 637
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1322
    Down 470
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1148
    Down 642
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 876
    Down 404
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 915
    Down 460
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 971
    Down 525
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1059
    Down 473
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 968
    Down 413
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    75
  11. 11
    Up 676
    Down 330
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    71
  12. 12
    Up 744
    Down 385
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
  13. 13
    Up 591
    Down 381
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  14. 14
    Up 763
    Down 440
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 673
    Down 410
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    67
  16. 16
    Up 630
    Down 425
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    67
  17. 17
    Up 640
    Down 480
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    67
  18. 18
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    Down 373
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  19. 19
    Up 630
    Down 418
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  20. 20
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    Down 344
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    64
  21. 21
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    Down 489

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  22. 22
    Up 601
    Down 348
    62
  23. 23
    Up 480
    Down 259
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 483
    Down 338
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  25. 25
    Up 509
    Down 372
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 440
    Down 336
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 429
    Down 290
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 383
    Down 214
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  29. 29
    Up 409
    Down 289
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    55
  30. 30
    Up 383
    Down 275
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 374
    Down 242
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 334
    Down 273
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 508
    Down 447
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 356
    Down 253
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 302
    Down 279
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    53
  36. 36
    Up 357
    Down 316
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    53
  37. 37
    Up 383
    Down 397
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 289
    Down 187
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 337
    Down 275
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  40. 40
    Up 301
    Down 261
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 295
    Down 239
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 301
    Down 239
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  43. 43
    Up 260
    Down 259
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    51
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  44. 44
    Up 343
    Down 370
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    50
  45. 45
    Up 209
    Down 136
    Classical music More
    50
  46. 46
    Up 263
    Down 252
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 260
    Down 255
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 264
    Down 206
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 279
    Down 246
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    50
  50. 50
    Up 260
    Down 297

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
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