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. 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
    + 3897
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3221
    - 1326


    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2795
    - 1364


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy
  4. 4
    + 2420
    - 1416

    often listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2625
    - 1023


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2153
    - 976


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1752
    - 971


    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1718
    - 893


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1838
    - 1041


    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1707
    - 947


    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1688
    - 869


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1228
    - 754


    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1289
    - 819


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1379
    - 766


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1646
    - 983


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1296
    - 796


    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1091
    - 802

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1161
    - 931

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1216
    - 895


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1235
    - 700

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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1472
    - 831
    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1108
    - 714


    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    + 1066
    - 990

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1044
    - 581


    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 967
    - 636


    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1022
    - 709


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 856
    - 563


    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 840
    - 516


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 801
    - 551


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 759
    - 481


    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 712
    - 439


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 645
    - 542


    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 772
    - 530


    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 645
    - 533


    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 706
    - 597


    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 927
    - 897


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  37. 37
    + 660
    - 531


    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 561
    - 496


    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  39. 39
    + 713
    - 578


    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 714
    - 763

    often listed
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 701
    - 682


    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 691
    - 538

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

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 503
    - 506

    ranked high on reranks & added by AntoineGrignard
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 539
    - 412


    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 605
    - 512


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 507
    - 369

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

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 593
    - 512


    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 406
    - 354


    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  49. 49
    + 471
    - 355


    Classical music

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 516
    - 512


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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