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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
    + 4056
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3361
    - 1372

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2900
    - 1414

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy
  4. 4
    + 2518
    - 1467

    often listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2720
    - 1054

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2242
    - 1005

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1804
    - 1000

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1766
    - 922

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1896
    - 1075

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1767
    - 983

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1743
    - 899

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1260
    - 779

    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1326
    - 847

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1699
    - 1013

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1423
    - 791

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1346
    - 817

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1125
    - 829

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1206
    - 958

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1271
    - 721

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

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1261
    - 922

    often listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1537
    - 866
    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1137
    - 733

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1095
    - 1018

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1078
    - 601

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1007
    - 650

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1044
    - 728

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 875
    - 578

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 865
    - 533

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 827
    - 564

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 772
    - 498

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 726
    - 458

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 668
    - 555

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 664
    - 545

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 783
    - 545

    ranked low on reranks
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 733
    - 613

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 950
    - 929

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 675
    - 549

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 729
    - 594

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 573
    - 510

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 730
    - 701

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 707
    - 550

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 734
    - 780

    often listed
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 558
    - 422

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 521
    - 520

    added by AntoineGrignard
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 622
    - 522

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 609
    - 524

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 541
    - 523

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 515
    - 380

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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 416
    - 353

    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 415
    - 365

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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