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 ...read more.
He's better than most you know guitar gods you know he's better than guitar gods like kirk hammett carlos santana slash jimmy page and even Jimi Hendrix did you know that jimmy page said in a interview that he was kinda jealous of angus young and he's played before angus was born
First off Jimi Hendrix is the best, but Angus is a very underrated guitarist. He performs every song perfectly live and puts on a great show. He can solo with the best of them while running around or flopping on the ground like he's having a seizure. Angus' riffs are sick and his solos are unique. His signature SG has been used his entire career, but manages to make unique songs every time. - chinchilla41191
Anybody who makes a greatest guitarist list and doesn't put Angus Young as number 1 shouldn't even be making a list because obviously they don't know crap about what makes a guitarist great or music in general. I will just say this Angus is the best there is, The best there was, and the best there ever will be! ANGUS YOUNG IS #1 Randy Rhoads is #2 Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen is a toss up for #3 in my opinion.
Come on! He's Angus Young! Back in Black is the 2nd best selling album of all time... the don't just give that to anyone! And unlike any of the guitarists above him, he puts energy into his songs... he plays the most BAD ASS solos while rolling around on the ground or running all over the stage, which none of the guitarists above him can do... sure he isn't the number one, but he's definitely better that Slash, Eric Clapton, Synyster Gates, Kirk Hammett, and David Gilmore!
He inspired about half the guitarists on this list and they aren't even half as good as Angus. Don't wanna take my word for it? Fine. Go on YouTube, look up AC/DC, let there be rock, River Plate. May be a long video, but who cares? Watch the whole thing, look at his skill, and then, when you can do what he does, comment again, and you sir, can go on the Highway to Hell. When you can do a ridiculous solo while spinning on the ground, let me know. Until then, For Those About To Rock, I Salute You!
If he were a Greek or Roman god, he would be "Angus the god of music" Apparently, the 98% of you that didn't vote for Angus are either 1, deaf, or two, never even heard of him. He's a rock god, and I only know how to nail one of his solos, and it took me 3 years to learn, and I go to a "musical arts" school. Angus Young is a beast, guitarist god, and anything that means good. If I ever met him, I would run to an empty room, and go "AHH! IT'S HIM! " I think Angus deserves to be #1! VOTE!
I always hear people say how overrated Angus is and that "oh, anyone can play 3 chords. " It's not just 3 chords... He's got some serious emotion and stage presence! AC/DC shows are energetic and exciting! Angus is extremely influential, as he should be, and deserves much better than 15th. He's one of those "classic" rock guitarists who all rock fans know of.
I used to think this guy was overrated and really his brother just told him what to do until I seen the man live my god he can play he makes the most basic of rhythms difficult and you have to be a genius to work out the timing of some of his playing. He is also the only guitarist to make blues sound genuinely heavy which in itself is an amazing skill
Angus shows us what a lead guitarist show be, not only rocking but stylistically his own man. He isn't a guitar God he is just the best guitarist I've ever heard in my 58 years on this earth. When you hear him play--no question its him, which can't be said for most of them. He is a little guy with HUGE talent--------no doubt
Most of his solos are unique. those haters have to be idiots and say "well, all of angus' riffs sound exactly the same just like all their songs and albums" but they never heard songs like "ride on" or "the jack" so they're pretty stupid - pauler94
Just listen "Sin City, Whole Lotta Rossie, and Fly on the Wall" you will hear the rock's real music! I think he is the best for his pentatonic, his finger is so crazy, I say page slash and Hendrix are great guitarist too, but his energic, powerful, big heart and his crazy pentatonic, angus really the truly rocker ever!
Angus young is a badass guitar player and my favorite. Technically and in my own opinion, Eddie Van Halen is the most Talented guitar player out there, but Angus young's power just blows the doors off of anybody else. He's what makes me want to listen to rock in the first place.
What, Angus Young has to be 4 or better. All those other player just stand there. I have never seen Angus stand still while playing, except in like let there be rock but had no room to. But it was one of the hardest song solos too. - Marineguitarist
One major difference that separates Angus from ALL the other guitarists on this list is that people do not realize he uses NO guitar effects aside from a little reverb. No effects pedals...nothing! He is my childhood guitar hero up till present day. I'd say overall he's underrated in this list.
Angus Young is without a doubt the best guitarplayer in the world. He becomes one with his guitar. When he is playing live he puts on the best performance while doing the most weird and wild moves this is pretty impressive. When he plays he's in a trance. He puts so much energy in it, he needed to sniff pore oxygen during the seventies and eighties. He is without a doubt the biggest father of hard rock and the best guitarist
Angus should have been number 1, because he's the BEST guitarist ever seen! All his amazing solos while lying on the floor?! I'd like to see other guitarist do that! He is and will always be the best guitarist on this earth... And in the whole universe... Angus Young, THE GUITAR GOD!
For sure Angus needs to be in the top 5. The raw cords he has come up with like the one in Highway to Hell will live on forever. Same with You shook me all night long and Thunderstruck. Even my 12 year old daughter knows them. Plus he just rocks all out whenever he picks up the ax.
This is absurd angus puts these other guitarist to shame because angus has dozens of great popular songs and riffs and he basically uses only three chords angus should definitely be top five or at least better then hide whoever that is
Love his work! Songwriter and guitarist to one of the best rock&roll bands alive! Angus Young started AC/DC changing how people looked at Australia for rock&roll for the better, mostly thanks to Angus Young and his quick fingers!
Angus is the guitar god! He is so underrated. He plays a lot simple things with the motto: "less is more". But when he play some difficult things, than it's just amazing! Listen to the solo of Whole Lotta Rosie or Riff Raff and you know what I mean.
Nope... Nope... This cannot be right! Angus is classic and even more classic than Slash! Don't get me wrong, but Slash is also a good guitarist. Angus probably taught Slash how to play guitar?!
Master of the guitar riff. No one does the riff better than Angus. As soon as you hear him play, you know it's him. Should be rated higher. - jnormanii
The best hard rock guitarist, period. His solos ALWAYS fit seamlessly into the riffs and are as much a part of the songs as the lyrics and beat. To me, that is the real test of a great guitarist. Nearly anyone can learn to play, but can you do it the way Angus Young does? There are few that deserve even being mentioned in the same catagory as Angus Young.
I can't still believe that Prince is ahead ANGUS
This list seems to be a joke... however, this guy always make great riffs (like "Thunderstruck"), great solos (like "Let There Be Rock"), great chords (like "Back in Black") and he always had done a great live performance. What would be rock without guitarists like him?
Angus Young may not be the best guitarist, But he should be in the top 3 at least, As the person below me stated, he feels what he plays, he gets the duck walk on and you just see the music flow through him. He is my favorite guitarist a member of my favorite Aussie band (Yes I know they migrated from the UK) and he will forever be a rock god, and a piece of rock history.