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
    Up 2070
    Down 693

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1698
    Down 661
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1533
    Down 702
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1424
    Down 515
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1244
    Down 702
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 978
    Down 508
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 955
    Down 459
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1144
    Down 517
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1041
    Down 578
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    77
  10. 10
    Up 1034
    Down 480
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 976
    Down 428
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 989
    Down 477
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
  13. 13
    Up 723
    Down 401
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 644
    Down 411
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 719
    Down 450
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
    Up 687
    Down 454
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  17. 17
    Up 675
    Down 465
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  18. 18
    Up 686
    Down 518

    often listed
    Pete Townshend

    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  19. 19
    Up 685
    Down 403
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  20. 20
    Up 621
    Down 536

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  21. 21
    Up 644
    Down 378
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    63
  22. 22
    Up 669
    Down 382
    63
  23. 23
    Up 527
    Down 292
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 523
    Down 362
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 565
    Down 402
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 477
    Down 368
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 469
    Down 312
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 469
    Down 281
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 427
    Down 237
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 565
    Down 484
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 411
    Down 268
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 364
    Down 296
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 416
    Down 304
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 430
    Down 321
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 337
    Down 304
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 417
    Down 429
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  37. 37
    Up 322
    Down 211
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 373
    Down 296
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 383
    Down 343
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 325
    Down 281
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 336
    Down 268
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 320
    Down 266
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  43. 43
    Up 301
    Down 279
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  44. 44
    Up 225
    Down 151
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    50
    added by: PaulMateicka
  45. 45
    Up 366
    Down 401
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  46. 46
    Up 234
    Down 157
    Classical music More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 284
    Down 281
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 284
    Down 327

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 278
    Down 287
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  50. 50
    Up 296
    Down 274
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    48
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