Greatest Singer/Lead Guitarists Ever


The Top Ten

1 Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)

Ha ha, he is nowhere near David Gilmour. He is kinda overrated here - zxm

he is amazing! :)saw them live 9th March; his vocals is even more fantastic live! I'm so impressed - ToMetropolis

Simply the best! ;) he gives a lot of energy with his voice and guitar! - iWillRapeTomoMilicevic

Jared is new gen singer no one can beat it his look and hairstyle amazing those eyes he experiment with various genre and give new trend to rock music metal is now boring... ) - vishwarajvithuvivi

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2 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

I can't believe the greatest musician ever is under some stupid 30 seconds to Jupiter freak

My primary inspiration for my guitar playing and a hell of a good singer, surprised he's not at the top

I cannot believe anyone added this guy. The greatest lead guitarist since Hendrix, in my own opinion at least.

David gilmour is the best guitar artist all around the world

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3 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.

Most rock bands have singers who cannot sing. Billie Joe is an amazing vocalist and a great guitarist.

A singer who can play guitar and sing with perfection! He deserves #1! He is probably the best singer Punk Rock has ever seen! M/ HAIL Green Day!

Of course, he's a great singer and guitarist, but he's more of a rhythm guitarist nowadays with Jason taking lead. He sometimes takes a solo for himself on some of the older songs though.

I agree that he is good at guitar. But for number 3 he is little bit of overrated. Because he is good at rhythm guitar more than lead guitar. - zxm

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4 Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) more.

Laugh out loud 30 second to Mars I laugh hard when I have see this Mustaine play great riff while singing thrash metal perfectly

Playing complex guitar riffs while singing isn't easy. Most on the list do one task well at a time while Dave can do both simultaneously with little effort.

Awesome voice and The best guitar skill in this list (except for Jimi)

Why jarod letto must be number 1? for vocalist its okay, but for vocalist-guitarist? he doesn't always play guitar for live show nor do a lead,then why everyone is above mustaine? vor vocally I agree but for vocalist - guitarist mustaine should be number 1

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5 Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.

Are You Kidding me! Listen to:
1. Sultans of Swing
2. Brothers in Arms
3. Private Investigations
& Give your comments please... - Nirmal1991USA

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6 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

Gary Moore is the complete all round package, best singer/song writer/rock/blues/electric guitarist there has ever been. Albums Wild Frontier and After the War are his best work. Other great guitarist can play well, but can't sing.

For the Guitar, everyone knows about Gary Moore. Have you listened "Murder in the Sky" and "Shapes of things". The lead singer is Gary Moore himself! He is a great singer.

Very gifted; a guitar god, so much soul on his performances, incredible voice. He got it all, "still got the blues" is an example of his skills.

7 Matthew Belamy (Muse)

No doubt Matt is the best one, such mastery of playing guitar, plus composing best guitar riffs ever - from pure metal riff to heartbreaking mellow ones - plus such presence as front-man like a God landing on earth to relieve our pour souls and bring us in a status of pure bliss!

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 He Known As Sexiest People In Rock Era Bellamy was named "Guitarist of the Decade" and was proclaimed to be "the Hendrix of his generation... )

He's simply incredible. Some of great guitar riff comes from his hands. James hetfield is also good but he's actually not a lead guitarist, which is kirk hammet

I think Matt Bellamy is better than Billie. He played better guitar solos, plus his voice is better than Billie. So, I think he should be higher. - zxm

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8 Rik Emmett

Easily better than any of the nu-garbage in the top 10, aged far better than any of the other good vocalists on this list, and to boot he's one of the lesser known guitar greats. This isn't a contest if it comes down to anything aside from popularity.

Great vocal range and can rip up the guitar. Only reason he's not number 1 is because Triumph didn't have too many hits, and they're Canadian.

Great vocal range, awesome guitar chops. Should be top 5 no question.

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9 Pete Townshend (The Who) Pete Townshend (The Who) Peter 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 .

Brilliant writer/singer/guitarist, enough said...

10 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

Don't think anyone could move like he did while playing those solos. Regardless if they were off key, still made them work. Same with singing. It was real. It was raw.

Put him on No. 1 man! This guy is responsible for a revolution because of which the very existence of 30 seconds of mars and Muse is possible. Kurt was the best!

The man was an absolute legend in the making, anybody with half a brain would realise this!

Not the greatest guitar player ever but a great singer and songwriter.

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The Contenders

11 Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) Lindsey 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.

His voice is so powerful. He is 65 now, but he sounds like ten years ago. One guitar is enough for him!

One of the best absolute singer writer and guitarist!

Watch "Go your own way" and anyone would put him number one.

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12 Tommy Shaw (Styx) Tommy Shaw (Styx)

This man is just amazing! He's got a beautiful voice, he's great at the guitar, and even after forming his own solo band, he's still done some amazing music! My favorite Tommy Shaw song- Are You Ready For Me. This guy is just awesome!

Would be my #1 if he was the only guitarist in his bands. His vocal leads and harmonies are outstanding and he is very versatile on electric, acoustic, mandolin, etc.

Watch him live. He plays great and hits all the high notes from his recordings - he doesn't back off on them or let the crowd sing for him - like Axl or B Dickinson do, and they don't even have to worry about their guitars and the solo coming up after the chorus!

Man in the Wilderness displays Shaws songwriting, guitar, and vocal talent. Just wow.

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13 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Anybody.. Who had ever listened to metal & rock music.. Can admit that James is one of the bests in what he is doing... I'm just amazed that his name wasn't even here and I had to add his name.. Because if you wanna talk about a best singer/guitar player the very first person comes to your mind MUST be James Hetfield! ;-)

I think James is the best thrash metal vocal of all time. And he plays killer riffs while singing. His playing speed, skill along with singing is simply incomparable.

I'm sorry but Kirk Hammett was the lead guitarist. James is incredible as well, but Kirk was definitely lead over James.

Should be higher, he played both lead and rhythm guitar. - zxm

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14 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric 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.

Clapton is a master of blues guitar. He has so much emotion whilst singing that could make anyone relate to his songs.

Eric Clapton Unplugged album is one example. - wsl777

The only guitiarist who can stand on the same level as Hendrix, and is a much better singer and was also a more prolific writer if for no other reason than he stayed alive long enough to gain the life experience needed to do your best writing.
Also, Eric Clapton is the ONLY person ever inducted to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame with 3 different acts.

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15 Mark Farner

Under rated but his voice is better than ever

Farner has the best voice buy a long shot and he plays the heck outta that guitar

Best voice, still to this day, in classic hard rock style!

Best voice still to this day in old school hard rock!

16 Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)

His riffs are deadly and his vocals are brutal, why the hell is he not #1!

17 Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray)

Of course! High pitch tone of singing with Great guitar solo. He is great!

The best lead singer/guitarist. No doubt about it

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18 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

Oh God! I always try to take this website serious, but come on! Hendrix placed 88 so far... What the hell went wrong. The Greatest guitarists ever and the most underrated singer should be in the top 5 in my opinion. Top 10 no damn question. Respect Gilmour, Cobain and Jack White but this is a joke

Most soulful player ever. Those jokes from muse and 30seconds to mars need to take a pen and paper and start writing

Far better and more humble than any one else on this list.

Too talented to live.
Joined the 27 Club.
Rest in Peace Top Jimi.
You had the sound that everybody digged.

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19 Lowell George

Too bad he died so long ago. He could have been the greatest slide guitarist ever. Also strong voice at low AND high end.

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20 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" .

"Say what? " Even Prince doesn't get it why he is rank #20. He should be top 3.

King Of Music! Best guitarist ever!

Guitar weep prince live enough said!

Prince plays everything from r&b jazz, rock, can play with anyone

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1. David Gilmour
2. James Hetfield
3. Eric Clapton
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2. James Hetfield
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1. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
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