Best Lead Guitarists of All Time
The Contenders: Page 2XW
21Steve VaiSteven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
22Tony IommiAnthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.
23Jeff Hanneman - SlayerJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
24David Gilmour - Pink FloydDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
David Gilmour is probably the most soulful guitarist alive today. Kirk Hammett is very good, but no one can beat the soulful, inerrant style of David Gilmour.
Best ever. Some crazy crap above him. Perhaps he is too subtle for people with no feel.
Ha ha, Kirk Hammett is not even close to this guy - zxm
25Joe 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
26Alex Lifeson - RushAleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
One of the most inspiring musicians out there. Deep variety, sound, quality, versatility. All of his work is unique.
27Eric 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".
28Michael 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
29Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom
30Daron 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.
31Dan Donegan - DisturbedDan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an 1980s-style hair band.
Haha, Disturbed's my favorite band and I love Danny to death. However, he should not be in the the top 20, let alone the top 10. That's not to say he's bad guitarist. He's an excellent guitarist; the man learned how to play just by watching someone on T.V. and he down-picks exclusively. Considering this list is bad enough as is, I'll support the home-team and give the guy my vote
33Matt BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.
This guy was doing taps before Eddie Van Halen was even around he was also the first to use the wireless on the guitar as well as the first to do the backward guitar sound he was way ahead of his time and was the first after Hendrix died to do that style of music as well as some Hendrix songs on the guitar! No one sounds as close as Hendrix than this guy can if he wants! He also builds his own amps and effects pedals to meet his personal sounds and needs!
36Johnny 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.
38George Harrison - The BeatlesGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.V1 Comment
39Ray ToroRaymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.V1 Comment