Greatest 21st Century Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian 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.

Synyster has supplied Avenged Sevenfold with countless unforgettable riffs and blazing-fast solos. His precision is off the charts, he plays so fast yet never seems to have a sloppy note. Not only has he already put his mark on history, but he still has decades of great work left, seeing that he is only in his mid-30's.

His string work is phenomenal, his solos are gripping, he shreds like no other and no Avenged song would be nearly as phenomenal without him.
Synyster Gates is one of the most talented musical geniuses of the last 30 years.

This is the best guitar player I have ever seen. I am now doing him on my guitar class project. Awesome!

He can never get enough credit and respect

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2 Matthew Bellamy Matthew Bellamy Matthew 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.

Watch him live. He puts on a show like no-one else, strutting around the stage, owning every member of the audience. There's a reason Muse are the best live band of today.

Bellamy was ranked #19 on Gigwise's list of The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever
. Total Guitar readers voted Bellamy #29 on a list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Bellamy's riff from "Plug In Baby" was #13 in Total Guitar's poll of the Top 100 Riffs of All Time

Bellamy named "Guitarist of the Decade" and proclaimed to be "the Hendrix of his generation"

Muse have all the skill and flare of any 20th century band. While they're not my favourite band of all time, Muse are definitely the only actual BAND worth listening too from 2000 on.

What a talent classial trained piano amazing vocals and songwriter great guitar player. And the best live band shows period.

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3 Brian Welch
4 James Shaffer
5 Frank Iero Frank Iero Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. is a musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance as well as the vocalist of the post-hardcore band Leathermouth and electronic-hardcore act Death Spells.

Proves that short people rock the hardest!

Oh my days this list is so wrong

6 Jason Mraz Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz is just amazing at everything from singing to playing his guitar you should vote for him because he is the best!

7 John Mayer John Mayer

Its not just what he plays, but it's the way that he plays it. His style is one-of-a-kind and his solos, especially live, make him the best in the business. This guy is the new Hendrix, and in 20 years or so, he'll too have legendary status.

he's the best... the best among all of them... he's the best, leave out all the rest,... the guy got the voice ti make your booty go... the guy got the music to make your booty go... the got the crowd of his fans to make your booty go straight... love him

His guitar playing is mind blowingly good! Could listen to him just playing guitar for hours it would never get old! Can't wait for his new album this year!

What the cock, only 8th?

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8 Matthew Tuck Matthew Tuck Matthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh emo/metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

heart burst into fire was great!

Bullet for my valentine sucks it is the worst band ever their voices are like girls and I think they don't even know how to tune their guitars

Bullet For My Valentine one of the best bands... Matt's voice is great,playing guitar so amazing...he's My favorite guitarist with Richard Z. Kruspe

9 Josh Homme Josh Homme

Josh has great versatility playing on drums in EODM and keyboard and singing in QOTSA but its his guitar skills that really demonstrate the musician he is!

10 John Frusciante John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

John Frusciante is an absolute musical genius. His work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is fantastic, but I think his solo stuff is the decisive factor, that he's the best guitarist of 21st century.
I don't know which song is the best of him, because all of them are great, but if you want to hear real guitar songs listen to "Before The Beginning", "Murderes", "Central" or "Another" from his band project Ataxia with Josh Klinghoffer. Listen to "Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt"... Fantastic.

The 21st century Hendrix.

John frusciante is the best. And so are the rhcp

The Newcomers

? Richie Faulkner Richie Faulkner Richard Ian Faulkner, is an English guitarist (born 1 January 1980). In 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.

The Contenders

11 Jamie Cook
12 Richard Z. Kruspe Richard Z. Kruspe

most original guitarist of this time. cool guy and great guitar play

Richard Z Kruspe, you can't dislike his guitar skills, I just don't see anyone that could do that.

One badass guitar player who proves you don't have to be fast to be the best.

I can't stop listening to him play. He's absolutely amazing.

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13 Jonny Greenwood Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood, is an English musician and composer mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and the main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

This guy can play the guitar like nobody else! His aggressive play style is woven into Radiohead's songs seamlessly. Every solo and every riff is a defining part of the song, and he can really improve the sound of music. He even plays the guitar with a viola bow.

The best guitarist on the best band of the last 15-20 years should be higher than 14

Incredible guitar player. I have never seen anything like him. ever!

14 Michael Joseph Keneally

Thunder Horse is The Song -

15 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.

Children of bodom is one of my favourite bands now. Listen to "Was it worth it" or "Needled 24/7" and you will definitely agree!

The most amazing guitar work out of any band I've ever heard has come from Children of Bodom. I just can't get enough!

Alexi laiho is the best... No one can be compared to him... He is god... He is king!

16 Terry Roadcase
17 St. Vincent St. Vincent Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

She's an underrated guitarist, her skills on guitar are amazing, she's dynamic and she's got a Jimi Hendrix thing when she's playing it. She's so young and has so much potential, search the guitar solo of Rattlesnake or Your lips are red.

Amazing guitarist, really innovative. Also her signature guitar is amazing!

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18 Mark Tremonti Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

Creed restricted Tremonti's guitar ability with their use of only one guitar tune and their lack of solos, but on just about any Alter Bridge song, Mark and Myles Kennedy five headlong into a unique, beautiful, befitting solo and catchy riffs that almost speak as much as Myles' lyrics. Also, Mark's solo band, Tremonti, uses some great solos. I would recommend people listen to "Blackbird" by Alter Bridge and "You Waste Your Time" by Tremonti to familiarize themselves with Mark Tremonti's talent.

What is wrong with everybody?! Perhaps they are unfamiliar with Mark's guitaring but he shreds the axe better than anyone else this century except, perhaps, Synyster Gates. Mark is a great guitarist and his solo on "Blackbird" by Alter Bridge may be the best solo of the 21st century.

Guys I've heard all these guitarist play and some more that deserve to be on this list like Joe satriani n carlos santana but honestly from all these mentioned here it comes down to two guys:Mark tremonti and Synaster Gates from Alter Bridge and Avenged Sevenfold respectively so its up to you to choose what you'l want as number 1 from these two

19 Brad Delson Brad Delson Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.

He's great at improvising, but apart from that he's an absolutely crap guitarist who doesn't play well and doesn't even like playing.

He is the best Guitarist! Listen to the hunting party - Paree

He should be in top ten because he plays electric guitar so well. Peer Kaiser

HE'S SIMPLY THE BEST AND PLACING HIM HERE IS A GREAT JOKE 😂😂😂

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20 Steve Brown

Dynasty Damnation is The Song -

21 Christopher Bradley
22 John Gallagher John Gallagher

Shepherds Commandment is The Song -

23 Jonny Buckland

From Coldplay, hands down a great guitarist with thrilling solos

Maybe he's not greatest guitarist. But he should enter to Top 20 - esambuu

24 Rob Barrett
25 Jake Pitts Jake Pitts Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts is an American musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Veil Brides.

He can play solos and chords he hopefully will one day be listened to not just by 12 year old girls

Hr s the best upcoming guitarist n he will b on the top chart after some tym

26 Slash Slash Saul 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.

He is such an amazing guitarist he should be a lot higher on the list

27 Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

Damn. Possibly one of the greatest guitarists of all time, horribly under recognized.

28 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

One should learn the feeling of notes and the emotions they bring out before going straight for sweeping, tapping, squeals, whammy bar and wah noodling. Joe;s playing is a great example of this.

Get him to number 1! He is way better than Brad Delson and Billie Joe Armstrong

29 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.
30 Alex Turner Alex Turner Alexander David "Alex" Turner is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys.
31 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.
32 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

His guitar performance in montreaux in 09 puts him up there to numero uno, with out a doubt pop musics 20th century's most influential guitarist, he changes the industry

33 Jack White Jack White

Jack White is, by far, the most talented guitarist of the 21st century. Not only was his solo career actually successful (unlike every other entry on this list) he started 5 other projects, and the successful of them were very successful. The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes (my favorite), The Go, and Two Star Tabernacle. He is amazing, and might even be better than Prince.

Seven nation army. Do I really need to say anything else. Well since I'm here I might as well. The white stripes literally changed music forever. A band with 2 people yeah okay there - Ledjam17

Better than Auerbach, Billie Joe, Frusciante, and on par with Bellamy. Jack White is what you get when you combine Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and dye his hair black. He is the new riff king and deserves to be in the top 3 at least.

This list a joke

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34 Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer.
35 Dan Donegan Dan Donegan Dan 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.
36 Robb Flynn Robb Flynn
37 Chris Howorth

Forever is the best!

38 Dan Auerbach Dan Auerbach Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

Hell he's better that Frank Iero you can give him that

39 Ben Moody Ben Moody Benjamin Robert "Ben" Moody is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.
40 Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

What is wrong with people?

41 Jeordie White
42 Stanley Jordan

Musical genius extraordinary techique

43 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
44 Sergio Pizzorno Sergio Pizzorno
45 Davy Knowles
46 Orianthi Orianthi
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