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The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s

Updated June 13, 2018 28.0k votes 3.3k voters 84.7k views74 items

List RulesVote up the guitarists who killed it in the '70s based solely on that decade.

Alright, rock music lovers: Your time has come. This is a list of '70s guitarists - the greatest rock guitar players of the 1970s - voted on by people who live and breathe classic rock. Your job is to rank the great guitarists of the 70s listed here, based on their performance during that decade only. Consider what each of these guitarists brought to the bands that they performed with. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour: all famous rock guitarists of the '70s that heightened the sound and reputation of every band they played with. Now rank these famous rock guitarists and vote for your favorites!
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  • Jimmy Page
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    The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, Coverdale/Page, Page & Plant, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz
    • Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks
    • Nationality: England
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    • Genres (Music): Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia, United States of America
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    515
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  • Eric Clapton
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    The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock
    • Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven
    • Nationality: England
    1,374
    875
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  • Carlos Santana
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    Santana, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock
    • Albums: Legacy Edition, Eat at Whitey's, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, Legendary Latin Rock Tracks, Bring 'Em In
    • Nationality: United States of America, Mexico
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