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List Rules 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!

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Jimi Hendrix


Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th ...more

Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: MCA Records, Vee-Jay Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, Barclay Records, + more

Career Began: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Also Ranked

#11 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#46 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#24 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#89 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Jimmy Page


Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
Photo:  Dana Wullenwaber/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, OBE is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, by the mid-1960s, he had ...more

Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, Swan Song Records

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#4 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#43 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#45 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#76 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Eric Clapton


Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
Photo:  Matt Gibbons/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and ...more

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: RSO Records, ATCO Records, Deram Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#50 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#31 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#83 on The Best Singers of All Time

#30 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Eddie Van Halen


Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
Photo:  Carl Lender/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is considered to be one of the world's greatest guitarists, and one of the most influential rock ...more

Genres (Music): Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal, + more

Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia, United States of America

Labels: Warner Bros. Records

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#2 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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