Top Ten Guitarists Who Are More Famous Than Their Lead Singers

Normally when we discuss about a band we mostly talk about their vocalist .But not always vocalist are/were better than their guitarist .There are many bands who were mostly known for their guitarists .So from my music experience I've listed some of the bands and and their guitarist who were more famous than their vocalists .

The Top Ten

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) Edward 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.

While not the best guitarist on this list, by far more known than both of his vocalists

Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen... Wow. He's RIGHT! The names ARE similar. What a coincidence!


Eric Clapton (Cream) 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.

Eric Clapton is a singer though!

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- John Mayall, Yardbirds- Keith Relf, Cream- Jack Bruce, Blind Faith- Stevie Winwood, Delaney & Bonnie &Friends- Delaney Bramlett. Other than Bramlett all of his lead singers have been HOF'ers, but he still outshined them.

Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

Even though Ian Gillan and David Coverdale both of them were awesome singers but no one in deep purple was better then him

Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, more.
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.

Yes, although their drummer is probably even more famous - Metal_Treasure

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

I think Page and Plant are equally famous. - Metal_Treasure

Angus Young (AC/DC) Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

Maybe they are equally famous. - Metal_Treasure

Not unless the decision of making Axl Rose the lead singer permits.

Noel Gallagher (Oasis) Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

Well if there wasnt Liam Gallagher in oasis then there wouldn't be any problem.Because noel is better than liam by 100 miles - zxm

Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Many lead singers, some of them are famous but Yngwie is the man in his band. - Metal_Treasure

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

The Contenders

Scott Ian (Anthrax) Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.
Robert Fripp (King Crimson) Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked more.

He needs to be higher up the list. Ask any casual music fan to name a King Crimson member that wasn't Robert Fripp and they'll look at you as if you've lost your mind. - Gg2000

Slash (Guns N' Roses) Saul 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.

Equally popular. - Userguy44

Yes Slash is one of the coolest guitarists but Axl rose is one hell of a singer.So both of them are equal.Actually I think that Axl is better than slash - zxm

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.
Joan Jett (The Runaways)
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