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List Rules Only metal guitarists or guitar tandems. Guitarists from other genres shouldn't be included, but given the crossover between hard rock and metal, hard rock players are allowed.

List of the greatest metal guitarists of all time, with photos. Clearly, the list contains a broad selection of guitarists who can still be classified as "metal," though some of the featured guitarists predate the period in which "heavy metal" was enjoying mainstream, popular success. It also includes guitarists such as Brian May and Jimi Hendrix who are not typically referred to as "metal guitarists" as their primary genre – but their guitar sounds were actually highly influential in early heavy metal music.

Who are the best metal guitarists of all time? Which musicians shredded the hardest on their guitars? The list also notably contains memorable duos or guitar groups, as line-ups featuring multiple guitarists who compliment one another is such a fixture of the metal genre. Guitarists who are featured as part of a group (such as Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman or KISS's Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley) should not be listed individually except in rare circumstances where that guitarist had notable success and a specific style while playing solo as well as with a metal group. If you can think of anyone who would be in your personal top 100, then definitely add them to this list. 
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1
3,871 1,898
Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal
2
3,460 2,180
Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
3
3,572 1,475
Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal
4
3,281 1,884
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
5
3,587 1,725
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
6
2,308 1,528
Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
7
3,802 1,849
Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
8
2,618 1,584
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music
9
3,478 1,615
Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman
10
2,991 1,906
Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield
11
2,237 1,562
Yngwie Malmsteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock
12
2,289 1,238
Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal
13
2,633 2,127
Slash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal
14
2,363 1,624
Angus & Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Angus & Malcolm Young
15
2,272 1,231
Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing
16
2,130 1,310
Brian May is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock
17
2,508 1,365
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock
18
1,429 1,161
Michael Schenker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Heavy metal, Hard rock
19
2,413 1,111
Dave Murray & Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Murray & Adrian Smith
20
1,868 1,057
John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion
21
1,378 1,180
Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock
22
1,129 1,176
Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
23
1,404 867
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
da54 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
24
1,098 1,012
George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
25
1,523 1,062
Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman