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The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time 

Steve Jackson
Updated July 31, 2020 48.5k votes 2.8k voters 45.8k views 638 items

List Rules Vote up the lead guitarist with the best solos and riffs in the history of music. Lead guitar players ONLY

The lead guitarist typically has a crucial role to play and their performance both live and on tape can make or break a band.  With names like David Gilmour and B.B. King it's hard to say who belongs in the top spot. Everyone has their favorite guitar player, but which one is the most skilled? 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Slash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
Band Name: Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Angus Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott
Band Name: Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
Band Name: The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time