Tony Iommi

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Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.


The guitar God's God. There is more Soul in his playing than any other practicing Metal Master. If it were a drug it would make all other guitarist's strength look like childrens Tylenol. I respect many other guitar wizards but he really is the Grand Master. When he dies God and Satan will be having a grudge match over who gets to keep him for the leader of their House Band. No one else on this list is so good they could make Chuck Norris cry- but Tony is...

Hands down Tony is the greatest of all time. He has the best body of work out of all these guitarists on this list. He helped pioneer some the most influential metal genres ever. Traditional metal, stoner rock metal and thrash metal. Don't believe me? Just listen to Supernaut, Symptom of the Universe, Paranoid, Into the Void, Iron Man, War Pigs, Snowblind, Lord of this World, Sweet Leaf, Heaven and Hell, Methademic. Not to mention the fact he is missing part of his fingers due to a factory accident when Tony was a child. Come on give this guy the credit he 100% deserves.

People these days who reflect on iommi's work with Black Sabbath think they're no more than a rock and roll band, but back then, they were different from all the other bands, cause iommi's riffs were heavier than a 5 ton truck (laugh out loud) - pauler94

It's truly a sad day when you're scrolling through a "best of" list of guitarists and have to scroll this far to get to Iommi. And where's Jeff Beck? He's the best ever. Sambora on this list literally has me laughing. Mindless.

Tony Iommi is by far one of the top three greatest guitarists ever. While he was with Sabbath he was the most creative genius on the planet. He is the Father of Metal.

Come on really? Iommi at #16? He invented the heavy metal sound that we know today, a lot of bands including megadeth and Metallica were influenced by Iommi's sound

I find it really hard to believe that Tony Iommi isn't in the top 10. Tony INVENTED heavy metal (along with Jimmy Page), in fact, Tony should be up there with Jimmy!

I know that there are lot's of great guitarists around, but I truly do believe that Tony Iommi is the best. Listen to a variety of his works and you will understand what I mean.

I saw him live last night at one of Black Sabbath's final shows and.. This dude is magical and he's still 100% got it. It appears that he's very underrated and that's a shame. A rock God.

Tony Iommi 16th? This man is a god at the guitar, listen to the riffs of War Pigs, how powerful, how influential they are to metal and guitar players in general. That's one song, I could name countless masterpieces Tony Iommi has helped create. You all clearly understand guitar mastery if you don't appreciate Tonny Iommi.

This guy can't just be number 16. He invented heavy metal. How many guitarist would keep playing after losing 30% of their strumming fingers?

I can't believe he isn't in top ten. The dude has only two good fingers, and he still rocks harder than Angus Young.

Guitarist of Black Sabbath. Listen to his riffs and then compare them to anyone above him to see how wrong you are. He should be up there with Jimmy Page.

"he is the Best and if you don't agree your ears must be painted on, The presence of his riffs in modern music is unquestionable!

This guy has created some of the greatest riffs of all time. He's the main reason Black Sabbath is one of the most influential bands of all time.

This guy was the true pioneer of metal. There would be no Metallica, Megadeth, or any other big metal bands without him.

There is no reason why Tony Iommi is not in the top ten. Without this guy, half the people on this list wouldn't be playing today.

Come on guys! In Heavy Metal he invented everything! Every riff that is now played is based on his skill. He should be at the top 5.

Tony iommi is seriously under rated he is a fantastic guitarist and should easily be in the top ten his riffs are amazing!.

Tony is the father, of all guitarists that has been ranked upper than him. He is the actual number 1.

He keeps falling down. I think he is the best guitarist and he is definitely my favorite. He's extremely influential - SoldierOfFortune

22? God... the riff master and father of heavy and doom metal should be #1

Seriously? He's the master of riffs, without him Metal wouldn't have been the way it is now. He should be top 10 at least.

Very underrated, just listen to the riffs he plays and although he lost three fingers

Tony should be much higher. Riffs in Paranoid, War Pigs, and Iron Man got me going, he should be AT LEAST in the top 10.