Greatest Singer/Lead Guitarists Everrockhawk8
The Top Ten
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.
I can't believe the greatest musician ever is under some stupid 30 seconds to Jupiter freak
I cannot believe anyone added this guy. The greatest lead guitarist since Hendrix, in my own opinion at least.
Not even debateable!V 15 Comments
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
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... ) - vishwarajvithuviviV 4 Comments
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!
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. - zxm
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. - zxmV 14 Comments
Are You Kidding me! Listen to:
1. Sultans of Swing
2. Brothers in Arms
3. Private Investigations
& Give your comments please... - Nirmal1991USA
Combines a devine voice with playing skills second to none.
Mark Knopfler at #10? Move him to #1.
Where is Steve Lukather on this list? Ridiculous
Brilliant writer/singer/guitarist, enough said...
Seriously why is Jared Leto higher than Mark Knopfler Pete Townshend and Dave Mustaine - InsertCleverName
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.
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)
DAVE MUSTAINE RULEZZZ!
Is this a joke 30 seconds to mars am I in some parallel universe your telling me leto is a better guitarist than big pappa Dave and yea Jared has an ok voice its mainly screaming and megadeth has way better songsV 12 Comments
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.
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.
Rik Emmett should be number ONE.
Vocals and guitar playing? Watch their (Triumph) Live at US Festival concert videos, especially Fight the Good Fight, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine.
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
Number 1 in my book.
He should be higher - zxmV 1 Comment
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. - zxmV 7 Comments
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.
18? uh... why? - BrianScott01V 11 Comments
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!
Love Love Love Tommy!V 4 Comments
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.
"Bleed to Love Her",fabulous. Great picking style.V 1 Comment
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!
His riffs are deadly and his vocals are brutal, why the hell is he not #1!
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!
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.
The man was an absolute legend in the making, anybody with half a brain would realise this!
Nobody could revolutionize the music like himV 11 Comments
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!
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.
He is not lead guitarist, that's Kirk's position, but he's the greatest frontam/guitarist of all.V 16 Comments
I agree, Jared late on top, is not rational. No reasonable musician or music lover wouldn't piss themselves laughing at that.
Never played a song the same way twice.
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
Sorry, but he's too low on the list...
Maybe the best blues guitarist and a really good singer - Rocker00
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!
"Say what? " Even Prince doesn't get it why he is rank #20. He should be top 3.
King Of Music! Best guitarist ever!
Blasphemy he's not in the top 3.
Guitar weep prince live enough said!V 1 Comment
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.
Always amazing on stage, but also out stage. He is for me, one of the best guitarists ever. I had a excellent moment with his band last year in France, at the Hellfest in Clisson. He also is a great compositor, and don't forget all his hard work with Ozzy Osbourne.
With a voice like his, you just feel like the universe is bigger than all you can imagine. Zakk Wylde is the man, and I'll always listen to his music as long as it will make me sing and move like a bloody freak. BLS for life! Strenght, Determination, Merciless, Forever!
Zakk wylde is one of the best guitarists on the planet as well as one of the best singers he is just f#@$@#% awesome
Playing what the song demands = Harrison's guitar solos
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
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.
One of the best singers and guitar players. When you reach the prestige he has in either capacity, it's hard not to be ranked up there in terms of both combined
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.
Created some of the best guitar solos... While having one of the best singing voices ever
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.
Still is a good singer and a great guitarist. Past or Present eh! - iliescu
Definitely was a good singer and an amazing guitarist
Probably one of the most underrated guitars/songwriters/singers in one of the most underrated musical ensembles in history, the Moody Blues. His virtuosity extends to so many stringed instruments and musical genres and styles.
In my book - the greatest singer/songwriter/guitarist of all time, when you analyze his entire catalogue of music.
Music on Gods level!
Listen to the BJH album "Live Tapes" and draw your own conclusions!
Totally underrated. He is an awesome singer but is way better at guitar. His singing skills can't match his guitar skills. He is a really good singer also. He is really good looking and has a soothing voice. He is really underrated and should be before Billie Joe Armstrong.
So underrated at guitar. Some people pass him by saying that he is too poppy, but once you listen to him, you get blown away. Amazing guitarist and singer.
Good at all
Are you fkn kidding me? He's brilliant. He's a better guitarist than most of the others on this list.
He plays guitar too? He's a very good singer. But I don't think he played guitar. Lead guitar. - zxm
Extremely underrated as a guitarist and vocalist. Not in general but also among blues fans. - zxm
Lead guitarist/vocalist of Ten Years After. - zxm
AH, Yah... He DOES play the guitar and drums and sings, not all at the same time but guitar and singing... Definitely, very sexy!
Shouldn't be on this list as he isn't the lead guitarist for Maroon 5, and very rarely plays guitar in Maroon 5.
The best singer of all times
He doesent play guitar
Amazing guitarist, kick ass vocals
Some of the greatest rhythm playing I've ever seen. rapid fast downpicking and some his parts seem nearly impossible to play and sing yet he does it with ease.
"Hughie Thomasson". His lead guitar was was good. His voice is also very good. - zxm
The complexity of both the things he plays on guitar as well as his vocals is sometimes out of this world... Should be much higher!
Go see him live and you will agree
Yes a very Underrated artist here. Rhcp became lame after his departing. Check out his solos albums. Awesome. Sings good too. John is better without rhcp.
Yes I'm the best metal vocalist ever!
Since when he became a guitarist? - zxm
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