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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    Down 629

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1578
    Down 596
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1421
    Down 632
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1313
    Down 466
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1144
    Down 633
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 872
    Down 398
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 910
    Down 455
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 966
    Down 519
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1054
    Down 468
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 963
    Down 408
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    75
  11. 11
    Up 670
    Down 321
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    71
  12. 12
    Up 715
    Down 379
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
  13. 13
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    Down 375
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  14. 14
    Up 669
    Down 403
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 732
    Down 435
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    67
  16. 16
    Up 627
    Down 421
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    67
  17. 17
    Up 638
    Down 478
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    67
  18. 18
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    Down 369
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  19. 19
    Up 627
    Down 415
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  20. 20
    Up 592
    Down 342
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    64
  21. 21
    Up 567
    Down 486

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    64
  22. 22
    Up 596
    Down 344
    63
  23. 23
    Up 476
    Down 256
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    62
  24. 24
    Up 480
    Down 337
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  25. 25
    Up 505
    Down 367
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  26. 26
    Up 438
    Down 333
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    59
  27. 27
    Up 424
    Down 289
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 377
    Down 213
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 408
    Down 286
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 377
    Down 274
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 371
    Down 241
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 333
    Down 272
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 502
    Down 444
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 342
    Down 253
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 357
    Down 311
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    53
  36. 36
    Up 301
    Down 276
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    53
  37. 37
    Up 381
    Down 394
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  38. 38
    Up 332
    Down 272
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 283
    Down 185
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  40. 40
    Up 299
    Down 259
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  41. 41
    Up 292
    Down 237
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 259
    Down 256
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    51
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  43. 43
    Up 295
    Down 237
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 342
    Down 365
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 206
    Down 133
    Classical music More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 278
    Down 242
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 264
    Down 203
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 262
    Down 248
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 257
    Down 250
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    50
  50. 50
    Up 258
    Down 293
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    50
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