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The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

Updated August 13, 2020 91.3k votes 3.9k voters 49.9k 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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    Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Van Halen

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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Firm, Black Crowes
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

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    David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Pink Floyd
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    Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne
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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Cream
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    Brian May is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: Queen

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    Slash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit

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    Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Black Sabbath
  • 11
    Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Angus Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: AC/DC
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    Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Santana

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    B. B. King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Dire Straits
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    Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: Rush

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    Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

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    Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: James Gang, The Eagles

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    Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night

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    Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominoes

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    Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
    Band Name: ZZ Top
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    Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time
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    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice

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

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