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The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

Updated August 13, 2020 106.8k votes 4.5k voters 52.8k 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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  • Jimi Hendrix1
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  • Eddie Van Halen2
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    Band Name: Van Halen

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  • Jimmy Page3
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    1,042
    Band Name: Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Firm, Black Crowes
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan4

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  • Randy Rhoads5
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    Band Name: Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne
  • Eric Clapton6
    1,417
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    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Cream
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  • David Gilmour7
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    Band Name: Pink Floyd
  • B. B. King8
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  • Brian May9
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    Band Name: Queen
  • Slash10
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    Band Name: Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit
  • Carlos Santana11
    Band Name: Santana

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  • Alex Lifeson12
    1,277
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    Band Name: Rush
  • Angus Young13
    1,178
    857
    Band Name: AC/DC
  • Tony Iommi14
    Band Name: Black Sabbath
  • Steve Vai15
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  • Mark Knopfler16
    Band Name: Dire Straits

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  • “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott17
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  • Les Paul18
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  • Billy Gibbons19
    Band Name: ZZ Top
  • Joe Satriani20

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  • Duane Allman21
    Band Name: The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominoes
  • Ritchie Blackmore22
    Band Name: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night

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  • Jeff Beck23
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    Band Name: The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice

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  • Joe Walsh24
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    Band Name: James Gang, The Eagles

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  • Chuck Berry25