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's a fake-he uses computers

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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.

the best

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.

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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.

Amazing when he plays, especially live stuff.

Proves that short people rock the hardest!

Oh my days this list is so wrong

6 John Mayer John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

Should obviously be at the top - superbghandi

Genius

John kills everyone else on this list. No other guitarist who came up in the century has the dexterity, speed, skill, and artfullness of John Mayer. Not to mention his 7 Grammy's and playing with and being praised by guitar greats such as BB King and Eric Clapton. He is the next Hendrix and will absolutely achieve legend status.

"he is a master, I don't even think he knows how good he is"-Eric Clapton

enough said

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7 Jason Mraz Jason Mraz Jason Thomas Mraz is an American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene in 2000. In 2002, he released his debut studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single "The Remedy".

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

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 Joshua Michael Homme (born May 17, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings, plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves ...read more.

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. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.

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 Contenders

11 Jamie Cook
12 Richard Z. Kruspe Richard Z. Kruspe Richard Zven Kruspe is a German musician and guitarist of the German band Rammstein, as well as the frontman of the band Emigrate.

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.

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

Mein Herz brennt is The Song -

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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 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!

Singer/songwriter/guitar-shredder Annie Clark deserves to be at the top of the list for making all different kinds of guitar riffs and sounds. She is as innovative as they get, and she can play the guitar like a pro. We need more guitar goddesses out there. Fantastically she manages to play the guitar bluesy at times, metal at times and distorted at times. Should be higher on this list.

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15 Michael Joseph Keneally

Thunder Horse is The Song -

16 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!

17 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

18 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.

Ho Come on... Don't kid me... Although he isn't mainly a solo driven guitarist bit still you should listen to Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns and mainly Tge Hunting Party... Then you will never keep him below top 10...

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

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19 Terry Roadcase
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 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.
27 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

28 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.
29 Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is a Nigerian American musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. ...read more.

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

30 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

31 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

32 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.
33 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

34 Jack White Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

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.

This list a joke

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.

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35 Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer.
36 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.
37 Robb Flynn Robb Flynn Robert Conrad "Robb" Flynn is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Machine Head. Flynn formed the band along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Costanza after leaving Bay Area thrash band Vio-Lence.
38 Chris Howorth

Forever is the best!

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 Sergio Lorenzo "Serge" Pizzorno is a British guitarist, vocalist, music producer and songwriter, best known for his work with the rock band Kasabian. He is Kasabian's lead songwriter since the departure of Christopher Karloff.
45 Davy Knowles
46 Orianthi Orianthi
47 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.
48 Oli Herbert
49 Daron Malakian Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He's best known as the main songwriter, guitarist, and co-vocalist for Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release music through ...read more.
50 Michael Clifford Michael Clifford

Michael Gordon Clifford is the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, with who he also writes songs.

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