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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
    + 4324
    - 1486

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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3579
    - 1448

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3078
    - 1502

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy at  
  4. 4
    + 2662
    - 1563

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2880
    - 1098

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2394
    - 1060

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1891
    - 970

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2017
    - 1137

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1908
    - 1060

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1847
    - 1056

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1833
    - 958

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1495
    - 838

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1317
    - 828

    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1403
    - 895

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1786
    - 1104

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1423
    - 863

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1175
    - 876

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1263
    - 1009

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1357
    - 758

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1643
    - 939

    ranked low on reranks

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1336
    - 970

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1206
    - 771

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1148
    - 1083

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1162
    - 633

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1067
    - 684

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1110
    - 765

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 915
    - 608

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 917
    - 568

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 880
    - 592

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 819
    - 519

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 766
    - 489

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 718
    - 582

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 772
    - 651

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 808
    - 576

    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 693
    - 571

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 717
    - 578

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 767
    - 620

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 765
    - 741

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 983
    - 978

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 602
    - 541

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 734
    - 577

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 762
    - 826

    often listed
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 591
    - 450

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 466
    - 385

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 556
    - 549

    added by AntoineGrignard
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 494
    - 389

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 650
    - 545

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 567
    - 550

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 633
    - 553

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 548
    - 402

    added by PaulMateicka
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

    ) open
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