Greatest Singer/Lead Guitarists Ever


The Top Ten

1 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.

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!

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2 Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) 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.

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

The Joker!

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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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!

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. - zxm

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4 Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 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... - 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

5 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...

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

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 Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) 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.

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)

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 songs

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8 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.

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.

With out a doubt the best lead guitarist/lead singer ever. Triumph rocks!

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9 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

Number 1 in my book.

He should be higher - zxm

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10 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... )

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

He's amazing. Love him! - Userguy44

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The Contenders

11 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.

18? uh... why? - BrianScott01

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12 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.

"Bleed to Love Her",fabulous. Great picking style.

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13 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!

Love Love Love Tommy!

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14 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!

15 Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) 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.

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

16 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) 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.

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 him

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

Power voice

18 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.

He is not lead guitarist, that's Kirk's position, but he's the greatest frontam/guitarist of all.

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19 Stevie Ray Vaughan 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 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

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 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!

Blasphemy he's not in the top 3.

Guitar weep prince live enough said!

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22 Steve Miller (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 Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

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

24 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison 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

25 John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

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.

26 Michael Poulsen (Volbeat) Michael Poulsen (Volbeat) Michael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.
27 Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.

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

28 Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
29 Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) 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.

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.

30 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.
31 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
32 Jack White (White Stripes) Jack White (White Stripes)

Still is a good singer and a great guitarist. Past or Present eh! - iliescu

Definitely was a good singer and an amazing guitarist

33 Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.

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!

34 John Lees (Barclay James Harvest)

Listen to the BJH album "Live Tapes" and draw your own conclusions!

35 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
36 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
37 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
38 John Mayer John Mayer

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
Nice looking

Are you fkn kidding me? He's brilliant. He's a better guitarist than most of the others on this list.

39 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

He plays guitar too? He's a very good singer. But I don't think he played guitar. Lead guitar. - zxm

40 Matt Heafy Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.
41 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee

Extremely underrated as a guitarist and vocalist. Not in general but also among blues fans. - zxm

Lead guitarist/vocalist of Ten Years After. - zxm

42 Neil Diamond Neil Diamond Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s.
43 Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.
44 Adam Levine (Maroon 5) Adam Levine (Maroon 5) Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. more.

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

45 Gabriel Garcia (Black Tide)
46 Matt Tuck (Bullet for My Valentine)

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.

47 Hughie Thompsson (Outlaws)

"Hughie Thomasson". His lead guitar was was good. His voice is also very good. - zxm

48 Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria)

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

49 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.

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.

50 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

Yes I'm the best metal vocalist ever!

Since when he became a guitarist? - zxm

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