Best Lead Guitarists of All Time

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1Kirk Hammett - MetallicaKirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Kirk is the best guitarist. His speed is awesome. If you don't believe it see him playing master of puppets it was great

This should be richie sambora... Kirk maybe still great but no one can beat how sambora melodized the guitar

Joe Satriani definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Why isn't Eddie Van Halen on this list?

2SlashSaul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

This is not fair at all. Kirk Hammett's solos do not have the emotion that Slash's solos have. BOO!

This guy is the king of all guitarists. He has such passion towards music. His fingers move like lightning all over the guitar.

Its pretty much hard to play slash parts of solo. I played every solo and conclude slash solos are a bit difficult than kirk

Slash can put so much emotion into his solos. Definitely one of the coolest guitarists.

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3Angus Young - AC/DCAngus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

Angus is the best... Love that duck walk!

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4Dave Mustaine - MegadethDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.
5Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mick Thompson better than Jimi Hendrix, that is comedy. LMAO I know this is someone's idea of a joke, and it's funny. Jimmy Page couldn't crack the top ten... it's getting funnier. I mean Page is no Kirk Hammet... we all no that, rofl!

Jimi is the greatest guitarist that has ever lived, is still living or ever will live.

This website's main demographic is 12 year olds which love queen, linkin park, maroon 5, and 1 direction and are spoiled brats with iPhones.

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6Adrian Smith - Iron MaidenAdrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
7Synyster Gates - Avenged SevenfoldBrian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

Syn's skill is amazing! Sweep picking, dive bombs, hammer ons and pull offs, sliding. He's a master of it all. Most of his solos are superfast and clean at the same time. The solo from afterlife is what you should listen to. Jimi hendrix set his guitar on fire. Syn can do the same. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS PLAY IT! HE PLAYS SO FAST HE MAKES SLASH SEEM LIKE A ROOKIE!
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8Jimmy PageJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Synyster gates? Better than jimmy page? I don't think so. Jimmy page was the second greatest guitarist that ever lived the first being jimi hendrix.

9Dimebag Darrel - Pantera

dude, maybe Slipknot is you favorite band; but you're going to receive many bad comments in this list because you put Mick Thompson in first place... mainly because it is so wrong that he is before Jimi and Dimebag, and you forgot many great guitarists like Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Alexi Liaho, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Rhandy Rhoads, Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Eric Clapton, Glenn Tipton... - rock2metal

Don't get me wrong... Hammet is one fine gutarist, but he doesn't belong in the number one slot or even the top five (and Metallica is one of my favorite bands) I'm sorry to say that, but it's true! And Dimebag should be in the top three, he blows.. Or should I say.. Could have blown Hammet out of the water.

10Tony Iommi

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11Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Why would anybody in their right mind put Synyster Gates over Eddie Van Halen?! This is coming from an Avenged sevenfold fan too!

12Brian May - QueenBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Surely the most technically able guitarist of all time

13Jeff Hanneman - SlayerJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
14Mick Thomson - SlipknotMickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.

OF course he is. He created his own tuning. Kirk is good but just any regular guitarist

Of course Mick Thompson's #1. His guitar powers are controlled by the power of his mask. My inspiration.

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15Kerry King - SlayerKerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
16Joe Perry - AerosmithAnthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.V1 Comment
17Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. 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. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

It genuinely scares me that anybody would put Mick Thompson over Eric Clapton.

The graffiti in 1960's London alleyways said it all: "Clapton is God".

18Michael Padge Paget - Bullet For My Valentine

Man he is so underrated :(
He should be on top 5 :(

Tears don't fall, shows what he is

19Johnny Ramone - RamonesJohn William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
20Daron Malakian - System of a DownDaron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Just for the madness he has got, I would rank him in top ten. My personal favorite though.

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1. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
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