These guitarists are very good and they are associated with pop. By pop, I didn't mean the "pop" pop. I meant, these guitarists have their history using pop elements in their career. For example, rap-rock could be called a part of pop related work. Most of the guitarists after 2000s are related to pop. Whether they play rock or other genre. These are some of them.
The Top Ten
1Matt BellamyMatthew 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.
Most talented guitarist I have seen who is involved with pop. His guitar playing is quite unique. Among his guitar playing, his tapping, effect uses and tremolo are very notable. - zxm
2Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.
When you take guitar lesson from Michael Angelo Batio, it doesn't matter what you play. - zxm
3Jack WhiteJohn 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.
4PrincePrince 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" .
One of the only actual pop musicians here. In my opinion, he's the best guitarist that's associated with pop music. - Gruunge
5John MayerJohn 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.
To be fair he is an actual pop artist - InsertCleverName
He's mostly pop artists inspired from blues. I call it "blues-pop". But he has talent. Though he is very overrated. - zxm
6George HarrisonGeorge 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.
7The EdgeDavid Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.
8Jonny GreenwoodJonathan 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.
9Ray ToroRaymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.
10Tom DeLongeThomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, ...read more.
How is he a pop artist? Nobody I know in real life knows his name or has even heard of him. Pop is Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars, or singers that people can actually recognize.
11Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Worked with Michael Jackson for ‘Beat It’ - InsertCleverName
12Billie Joe ArmstrongBillie 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.
13SlashSaul 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.
14Thom YorkeThomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.