Greatest Singer/Lead Guitarists Ever

The Top Ten
1 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.

David Gilmour is an example of the perfect way to blend a great singer with legendary guitar skill. Is he the greatest singer? No, I think that many, like Phil Collins and Sammy Hagar are much better singers but David is still a great singer. His guitar work is completely unapralleled however and he definitely deserves the #1 spot on this list.

The most soulful Guitarist ever. He made sure the music in his songs stood by themselves before adding words to them. Is he the best singer? No, but he sang predominantly with his guitar, the words and human voice to the songs are an add on.

He has beautiful vocals that contrast perfectly to Roger Waters' dark and agressive vocals. And when it comes to his solos... just listen to some pink floyd songs (Comfortably Numb and Money for instance) and comeback

Why the hell is jared leto on this list. He ruined the Joker and now he's ruining music. Ok maybe that's a bit much but he still shouldn't be on the list.

2 Jared Leto Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. He is well known for being the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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... )

Jared is more than just amazing, but I guess if Kurt was still alive and I had had the chance to see him live I voted for him...

A true talent! That voice, those eyes! And he plays the guitar like no one else. In concert he is in complete control.

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

3 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

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

Combines a devine voice with playing skills second to none.

Be him no. #1 is an inspirational guy!

Mark Knopfler at #10? Move him to #1.

4 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.

Who has not heard of the song boulevard of broken dreams and who also doesn't know all the worlds, all Jared Leto is getting is abunch of girls that think he's hot for his looks... In reality come on people he and his band is trash, gauranteed everyone will forget about them all in a couple years

I remember when I first discovered this list about 6-7 years ago I wanted Billie joe to be number 1. But after all these years I think that he doesn't even deserve to be in top 10. Neither he is a very good lead guitarist nor he is a good vocalist.

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.

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!

5 Rik Emmett

This vote is more like: the most popular singer/ guitarist, not the GREATEST.
Rik Emmett, without a doubt, was the GREATEST SINGER/GUITARIST.
Wanna know why? Watch him and his band (Triumph) concert videos, compare them with any other band. Look at those insane guitar riffs, or solos, or improvisations.
Vocals? I dare you to find me one singer+guitarist with that range and effortless high singing, seriously.
Watch their Live at US Festival from 1983, all songs sung by Rik Emmett were incredible, let alone his guitar playing.

Emmett is without a doubt the freates combination of singer/guitarist/songwriter that has ever existed.Name the genre and he has it covered.None to his level.

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.

He is the lead singer, lead guitarist and rhythm guitarist because the band has only one guitarist - him. And he nails all these duties! I have nothing but admiration for this guy. Check out "I Live for the Weekend" by Triumph.

6 Pete Townshend 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.

Seriously why is Jared Leto higher than Mark Knopfler Pete Townshend and Dave Mustaine

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

7 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.

Got it all!

8 Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band "Muse".

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... )

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!

Come on, why does jared leto on the top? Try to listen knight of cydonia, supermassive blackhole, citizen erased. can he play some sick riff while singing like matt? Or just do appregios while singing? Jared is a good singer but not a good guitarist.
I mean a good actor

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

9 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.

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.

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

Eric Clapton not top 5 singer/guitarist is just ridiculous.

Eric Clapton Unplugged album is one example.

10 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

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.

He is not really a good singer, but for his music he is. But he is by far the most talented guitar player and musician than the 8 above him

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

The Contenders
11 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.

Jimi Hendrix is the reason you have rock and roll.
Jimi Hendrix was a legend, a god walking amongst men, and there is nobody in the world that can deny him that praise. Every single artist on this page apart from Jimi, has been inspired by Jimi Hendrix.
Those throaty vocals, the smooth ravaging guitar style.
Stay true to your blues. VoteForHendrix.

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

Worst ever. One the posting has the right logic. Where is Dave celatano, sami loppaka, Andreas kisser. Check you tube and see the shredders that put away Steve Vai, joe Satriani, Eric Johnson any time.

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

12 Lindsey Buckingham 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.

Some singer without a doubt the best male singer ever in fleetwood mac and possibly vocalist in general. Although Stevie Nicks is a great vocalist too their harmonies together is amazing and Christine McVie is also a good vocalist who is very underrated. But Lindsey I don't think gets at all enough credit for his vocals.

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

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

One of the best absolute singer writer and guitarist!

13 Tommy Shaw Tommy Roland Shaw is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for his work with the rock band Styx.

Tommy Shaw is the best combination singer/guitarist/songwriter in rock for the past 40+ years. He has the most amazing voice, writes amazing/memorable songs, and can hold his own on the guitar!

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!

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.

14 Mark Farner

Better than most people think, and knows how to blend with the song and phrase correctly.

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!

15 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.

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!

Kurt cobain 11th?! Is this a joke a guy who sings for the band "30 seconds to Mars" got number 1 this list BLOWS where's Jimi Hendrix? Paul McCartney?

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

16 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.

James might be the best heavy riff Meistersinger ever. Came up with the muted crunch. And all others followed Megadeth, pantera. Singing sucks though. Anyway kirk Hammett is Metallica. Without Kirk solos. Metallica will still be in the garage. New Metallica stuff kills, check it out. Better than a lot of these Overrated euro bands. Metallica over Megadeth any day. No more slayer thank god, ha ha. ,the same whammybar,k. King. Like Hendrix Diarea.

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 am shocked on not seeing James Hetfield on top of this list. Just go and see one of Metallicas live performance. It's tough to play their riffs and he sings with full force along.

17 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.

I'm sorry but this is disgraceful. Why is Jared Leto on top, and SRV in position #40. Let me tell you, there is nobody on this list, aside Jimi Hendrix maybe, who can match SRV in terms of soul, passion and emotion in their singing and playing. He and Hendrix are truly the two greatest guitarists of all time. They were too good for this world, that's why they're gone. May they both rest in peace

I agree, Jared late on top, is not rational. No reasonable musician or music lover wouldn't piss themselves laughing at that.

Sorry, but he's too low on the list...
Maybe the best blues guitarist and a really good singer

Never played a song the same way twice.

18 Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho (April 8th 1979 - December 29th 2020) was 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. He was also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band, and Kylähullut. more.

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

19 Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.

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

The best lead singer/guitarist. No doubt about it

A legend for sure!

20 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.

He's got a lot more great songs than just Dixie Chicken!

21 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" .

Prince was a bad man! He played amazingly, sang amazingly, and he wrote some of the greatest songs of the 80's and 90's.

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

Guitar weep prince live enough said!

King Of Music! Best guitarist ever!

22 Steve Miller Steven Haworth Miller is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as leader of the Steve Miller Band.

This guy is simply amazing. He's got a great voice and he plays some very nice melodies. So many great songs. I love him and his music. He is a fantastic musician.

23 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Playing what the song demands = Harrison's guitar solos

24 John Fogerty

Based on talent he should be number two after Eric Clapton, unfortunately most voters here are younger and have not been exposed to musicians who are truly talented. This list is just another disappointing example of the musical tastes of some individuals today.

Best ever, hands down. Some may equal him on guitar or maybe songwriting, but NOBODY can match that awesome voice!

John Fogerty should be number 3 after Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton he is truly an amazing musician I am only 13 but I have actually took time to play and listen to a variety of bands and genres and I found that music now is just crap it was way better in the 70's

25 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.

If you don't vote him, you obviously haven't heard him play. Please listen/re listen to Siamese Dream all the way through. It's changed my life. Jimmy Chamberlin I feel should be included in my comment as one of the best drummers of all time.

A lot of people don't like his voice, which I get, but after you listen to SP for a while, you can enjoy it. Also, people don't realize what a great guitarist he is. To me, he is one of the greatest musicians in recent history.

Created some of the best guitar solos... While having one of the best singing voices ever

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