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The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

Updated August 13, 2020 97.9k votes 4.1k voters 50.9k views639 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Eddie Van Halen
    1,674
    1,071
    Band Name: Van Halen

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  • 2
    Jimi Hendrix
    1,437
    924

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  • 3
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

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  • 4
    Jimmy Page
    1,445
    975
    Band Name: Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Firm, Black Crowes
  • 5
    David Gilmour
    Band Name: Pink Floyd
  • 6
    Eric Clapton
    1,318
    902
    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Cream
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  • 7
    Randy Rhoads
    1,155
    788
    Band Name: Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne
  • 8
    B. B. King
    1,031
    730

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  • 9
    Brian May
    1,262
    914
    Band Name: Queen
  • 10
    Slash
    1,158
    835
    Band Name: Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit

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  • 11
    Tony Iommi
    Band Name: Black Sabbath
  • 12
    Carlos Santana
    Band Name: Santana

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  • 13
    Angus Young
    1,080
    782
    Band Name: AC/DC
  • 14
    Steve Vai
    845
    608
  • 15
    Mark Knopfler
    Band Name: Dire Straits
  • 16
    Alex Lifeson
    1,171
    877
    Band Name: Rush

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  • 17
    Les Paul
    690
    501
  • 18
    “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott
    688
    522

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    Band Name: Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel
  • 19
    Ritchie Blackmore
    Band Name: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night

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  • 20
    Billy Gibbons
    Band Name: ZZ Top

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  • 21
    Duane Allman
    Band Name: The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominoes

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  • 22
    Joe Walsh
    662
    510
    Band Name: James Gang, The Eagles

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  • 23
    Joe Satriani

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  • 24
    Jeff Beck
    674
    524
    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice

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  • 25
    Chuck Berry