Randy Rhoads

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Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.


Well I have been playing too many years to count and there is no doubt Randy was the best. Playing guitar was just too easy for this guy.

Randy's work was outstanding. I think he was the most naturally gifted guitarist rock music has ever known. Such classical beauty and yet such awesome power in his playing. He played for the shortest time, being on hardly any albums and his stuff is hard to get hold of. But what we have is enough to have shocked the rock music world with his incredible playing. He was just as good as Eddie Van Halen when it came to rock, but he had more heart, emotion and versatility in his playing. He's even better live than on record. No-one's ever played like him or been better than him. And someone once said that he's the only guy ever to eclipse Ozzy Osbourne during Live shows. Considering Ozzy is regarded as one of the most exciting rock performers ever, that speaks volumes. This man gets my vote!

No one can play as good as this man

Crazy train, dee, diary of a madman, mr. Crowley, revelation, I don't know, suicide solution, flying high again, over the mountain and laughing gas, all songs that showed so little of so much that randy rhoads had to offer to the music world, his playing and his good kind spirit lives on on the blizzard of ozz and diary of a madman records, on randy rhoads tribute, quiet riot the randy rhoads years and quiet riot 1 and 2, and on in us when ever we play any song that he has written and when we do good, may the electric angel rest in peace. RIP RANDALL WILLIAM RHOADS

Randy rhoads was the pioneer of neoclassical "METAL" and has inspired so many of the greats for instance Dimebag or Zakk Wylde Tom morello even Steve vai. I think that he should be number 1 or at least number 2 because I'm not going to go around saying look what he could have done but what he has done is ground breaking. For instance mr. Crowley is so classically written with all it's trills and legato runs and lightning speed it's just fantastic and in my opinion is better than Jimi Hendrix but that's my opinion and look at revelation it's swell complete. Y classical I don't even have to say how and also he was very versatile just look at goodbye to romance it wasn't all about shred there and he played awesome blues. So all I'm saying is for doing so much in such little time I think that he should be much higher than where he is right now cause come on he's really behind richie samora

Everything that he played I consider the best that I have ever heard. He was taken from us far too soon, and yet in only around 2 years he left more of an impression than most guitarists have in their whole career. He was a true virtuoso. He had talent, charisma, originality, speed, and could write a composition like no other. He played things that no one has ever done before him, and can't be matched. Behind his powerful, fierce guitar playing, he was a shy, sweet person who loved music and his guitar. So much respect for this legendary player.

Billie Joe Armstrong over Randy? People are complete idiots... Randy had everything. He revolutionized neoclassical playing, he had a huge impact for the time he had been around (see what Zakk Wylde or Dimebag Darrell have said about him) and most importantly he played with emotion. Hell, I feel every note in every solo that he played.

He died young and I wonder how his playing would have improved after 20 more years. Thanks to his musical talent and his passion for it (talent is worth nothing without passion) Ozzy's first solo albums became calssics and masterpieces. I doubt they would've been that successful if someone else played there. There's that story, from Ozzys autobiography - he had a melody in mind, but as a non-instrumentalist, he couldn't get it down. Randy got it out of him and they created a masterpiece (though I forgot which of the many masterpieces it was). Not many guitarists (or instrumentalists in general) can get the melody out of the heads of OTHER people (moreover people like Ozzy Osbourne). To me, Randy is the definition or talent, passion and years of practise.

I don't know what is wrong with people randy should be at the top of the list at #1! He is the best guitarist that ever lived if only his life wasn't cut short, it seems like no one even acknowledges (sorry for my spelling) him, if you don't think he is the best then listen to Mr. Crowley, flying high again, goodbye to romance, his days in quiet riot, dee, the solo on the tribute album on suicide solution, they are all amazing and by far beat everyone else, he knew the guitar like no other and could do anything, and he was only 25 when he died, it's a shame that he doesn't get the respect he deserves...R.I.P. the Best Guitarist that ever lived... Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads was by far one of the greatest guitarists of all time, he would have been better then any of these other guys on top of him on this list, imagine how good he could have been and still was at his young age. So vote for randy, he at least deserves a spot on the top 10. - ledzeppelin

Randy's turning over in his grave right now because he isn't in the top 10. There is no reason why he shouldn't be. He is the greatest metal guitarist of all time, end of story. It is a shame his life and career ended so early, and its also a shame that he isn't higher in this list, where he belongs.

This is the man who helped revive Ozzy Osbourne's career, bringing a unique brand of metal into the mainstream. He was right up there with Eddie Van Halen, but the thing about Randy is that he was so young when he died. Imagine what he could've done if he hadn't died that fateful day in 1982. Without Randy, there wouldn't be many of the people on this list.R.I.P.

Come on guys you kidding me? This guy should be at least at top 5! He succeed making him self to one of the most talented and greatest guitarists of all time by playing for only 2 years with Ozzy! He putted Ozzy at the top by making Blizzard and Diary and he inspired a lot of guitarists all over the world. He influenced all the neo-classical metal guitarists!

Randy IS Rock - if you look up guitar Rock star in the dictionary his picture would be there. His solos are unmatched - purely genius. If only he was with us longer... imagine how many more solos we would have been able to enjoy. RIP Randy - you ARE the best

Randy Rhoads had a life shorter than most guitarist, and in that time, he made managed to surpass nearly every living guitarist, and many, many before him, he wasn't just a man of the past, he is a man of the future, I will never forget who he was and how hard he could rock, he started classical guitar at a young age of ~6 and played classical only for 7 years, a man who understand what makes the guitar what it is

Not one mention of the person who saved Ozzy Osbourne's career. What a shame because Randy Rhoads is an amazing guitar player and if it weren't for his early tragic death, I'm sure he'd get more recognition. Some songs to get you started: Mr. Crowley, Crazy Train, No Bone Movies, Dee, and Over The Mountain

Randy Rhoads was the greatest guyitarest out there listen to Dee or the solo from suicide solution on the tribute album or the solo from his years with quiet riot he was playing guitar when he was a kid and actually found a way to blend classical and rock (metal) I have been playing for quite a few years but it still takes me a lot of time and practice to play some of the guitar licks he created.

The only reason that I can imagine that Randy Rhoads is so far down on this list would be because he died so very young and people just haven't heard his music. If you ask anyone that has ever had the pleasure of playing with Randy, they will all tell you that he was one of the most talented guitar players that lived.

People think Randy copied Eddie or Eddie is just better. The truth is, Randy did most of his things around 76 and that's before Eddie made a record. So, I don't think he copied him. Randy is absolutely inspiring and amazing. Ozzy wouldn't have been NEARLY as good if Randy wasn't there. Definitely deserves higher.

Whoever didn't vote for Randy are not guitar players, and don't understand music in the slightest. Ask all the top rock guitarists today who inspired them... Randy! Ask some old school shredders, and they all praise Randy, and still can't figure out some of the stuff he did. Pure genius.

Randy is just the best guitarist ever he was only 25 he died even younger than Jimi Hendrix and he is considered the best by a lot of musicians.
He never tried to imitate others and he was such a very good guy didn't use drugs and he only would care about improving his music. He will be forever young...
I understand that everybody has his own musical tastes, for me he is the best by far, but for the people who would disagree, he must be at least in top 10 without a doubt

This is idiocy. If it wasn't for Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne, we would not have metal. I find it insulting that he isn't number 1. He could compose guitar music perfectly, and he never held back when soloing. He's way better than slash.

Really, Randy Rhoads? 32? I'll admit, he's not the greatest, but for the love of God, he's way better than both Slash, Zakk Wylde, and hell even Jimi! Slash, well, quite frankly isn't that good. Zakk is good, but he's no Randy. Jimi's all show, Randy deserves to be higher up.

I don't understand why rhoads isn't at least in your top 5.. He is the only guitarist I have ever heard.. That can make blistering solos sound as smooth as if he were playing slow rhythms.. And also the only one I've heard that coud match his studio recordings in concert.. Note for note.. Best ever in my opinion

This guy could shred or not if he chose to, he was the greatest guitarist I've ever heard. Not many players have that ability, and his technical skills were leaps above anyone at that time or now. It would be amazing to hear what he'd create today. Randy was a modern day Mozart.