Best Grunge Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter for the rock band Alice in Chains.

I think he should be #1 really no one else plays the way he did he gave the music a dark and relatable sound

Them bones, enough said..

WOW not number 1 is this a POP chart?

No one even close...

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2 Mike McCready

Most underrated guitarist of all time, except for alex lifeson

Jerry Cantrell is my #1, but I gotta give this vote to McCready just for his solo in 'Alive'. - benhos

Cantrell is #1
McCready is #2
Thayil is #3
Cobain is whatever... wasn't that much as a guitar player. Couldn't play solos and his songs are really simplistic... and that's what's AMAZING about him!

3 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.

He only admits it because he doesn't like praising himself, but his wrong an everyone who plays guitar knows it, his genius is how he can invent those catchy melodic tunes and how he can play violently when he wants to, not to mention his distortion sounds that can't be placed on paper, not mention his incredible vocal range that can be beautiful and can also wake the dead.

NUMBER 1 are you kidding how is he the best his songs are simple and he himself admits he's an awful guitarist - christangrant

No one can play guitars in distorted manner like him... he is a master of distortion.. didn't people hear him playing guitar in song called school, blew, scentless apprentice, in bloom, sappy and many more.. he should be at no. 1... he is plays guitar extremely good in grunge style...

4 Kim Thayil

Kim Thayil is my favorite guitarist,when I play my Fender Telecaster Deluxe I play Soundgarden songs and it rocks,he deserves to be number one

5 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
6 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.

Wrote heart feeling lyrics with amazing riffs even though kim is the lead guitarist chris is better than kurt cobain.

7 Johnny Greenwood
8 Steve Turner
9 Mark Arm
10 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

The Contenders

11 Pat Smear Pat Smear Georg Albert Ruthenber, professionally known as Pat Smear was the rhythm guitarist for the Grunge band Nirvana, and the Post-grunge band Foo Fighters..
12 James Iha
13 Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne is an American musician, and composer. He is mostly known for the lead vocalist of the American Sludge Metal band "The Melvins".
14 Vernon Reid
15 Stone Gossard Stone Gossard Stone Carpenter Gossard is an American musician who serves as the rhythm and additional lead guitarist for the American rock band Pearl Jam. Along with Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder, he is one of the founding members of Pearl Jam.
16 Roger Osborne
17 Dean DeLeo Dean DeLeo
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