Top Ten Greatest Lead Guitarists In Rock Bands


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21Dan 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.
22Pete Townshend - The WhoPeter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.
23George Harrison - BeatlesGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Like everything else he did, George's playing style was understated. His solos are melodic and quick. - PetSounds

Lead guitar for The Beatles...enough said!

His minimalist technique is misunderstood to this day. His singular job was to play the phenomenal Lennon/McCartney compositions [the greatest in pop/rock history], and let the songs speak for themselves. After exposure to that genius, he began his own HOF composing career, but had learned well from the greatest.

24Alexi Laiho - Children Of Bodom
25Lindsey Buckingham - Fleetwood MacLindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.V1 Comment
26Angus 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.

Monster riffs...Changed the world.

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27Dave 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 more.
28Jeff Beck - The YardbirdsGeoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.

The best lead guitarist of them all

Beck, Page, and Clapton in one band? WOW! - PetSounds

Sso sad that the 12-year olds who frequent TTT have no idea of his greatness, or even who he is.

29Mark Knopfler - Dire StraitsMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.
30Mark Tremonti - Alter Bridge
31Dave Murray- Iron MaidenDavid Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

How the hell is he not on here yet he is definitely one of the gods of guitar - Itckdos

He is Dave Murray one of the gods of Guitar

32Jason White - Green Day
33Roger McGuinn - The ByrdsJames Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.

Hi "ringing Rickenbacker" is one of the most distinctive and beautiful sounds in all of rock music.

34John Petrucci - Dream TheaterJohn Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

John Petrucci will shred you to death!

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35Matt Bellamy - MuseMatthew 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.

Matt should be in a better position

also hear Citizen Erased

matt is not the fastest but is good an creative

Reply to a person who said "Listen to Reapers" : True! And Stockholm Syndrome too!

Listen to "Reapers" and you'll know why

36David Draiman - DisturbedDavid Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.
37Brandon Kern - Darkest Decent

Might not be the greatest but is way better than any of these mainstream pussies.

38Jake Pitts - Black Veil Brides
39Ace Frehley - KissPaul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

The one, the only, the original string bender - the Spaceman! There are many imposters but only one Rock Soldier - Space Ace...oh, and maybe The Emperor - Richie Scarlet

40Zakk Wylde - Ozzy OsbourneZakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
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