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
    Up 1692
    Down 660
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1530
    Down 697
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1419
    Down 512
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1240
    Down 698
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 952
    Down 456
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 972
    Down 506
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1141
    Down 513
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1035
    Down 574
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    77
  10. 10
    Up 1030
    Down 477
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
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    Down 426
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    71
  12. 12
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    Down 475
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
  13. 13
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    Down 400
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 642
    Down 410
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 718
    Down 448
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
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    Down 463
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  17. 17
    Up 681
    Down 453
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  18. 18
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    Down 515

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pete Townshend

    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  19. 19
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    Down 401
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  20. 20
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    Down 533

    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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    Down 378
    63
  23. 23
    Up 527
    Down 287
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 521
    Down 358
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  25. 25
    Up 560
    Down 399
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 474
    Down 365
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 466
    Down 311
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 466
    Down 278
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 423
    Down 236
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 562
    Down 481
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 407
    Down 265
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 415
    Down 300
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 361
    Down 295
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 429
    Down 317
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 334
    Down 301
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 320
    Down 206
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  37. 37
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    Down 427

    often listed
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 369
    Down 294
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 382
    Down 339
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 324
    Down 277
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 334
    Down 265
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 319
    Down 262
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  43. 43
    Up 223
    Down 147
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    49
    added by: PaulMateicka
  44. 44
    Up 288
    Down 278
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 364
    Down 399
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  46. 46
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    Down 157
    Classical music More
    49
  47. 47
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    Down 280
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  48. 48
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    Down 324

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 278
    Down 285
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  50. 50
    Up 293
    Down 273
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    48
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