Top Ten Greatest Lead Guitarists In Rock BandsDraco
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Eddie Van Halen is jimmies second evolution. More technical and advanced but jimmy pages songwriting skills and guitar skills as a 1 man guitar army remains the most distinctive in classic rock. I understand eddie being 1 but jimmy is 1
Jimmy Page literally defined the definition of a lead guitarist. Showing his guitar skills perfectly alongside Robert Plant's vocals in songs such as Stairway To Heaven, Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love, and Kashmir. - Draco
Extremely overrated, not at all technical compared to many people on this list, his songs and riffs are mostly ripoffs, and so on. - Metal_Treasure
If a tiny fraction of the ocean of Zep fans (ages 8 to 88) were to respond to this list...no contest.V 8 Comments
That first comment is a lie slash is where he deserves to be jimmy page 1st I can see why Jimmy Page And Slash Are riff machines and slash knows how to play a guitar and where is Angus young 8th is where he should be. Eddie Van Halen slash jimmy page Jimi Hendrix and Angus young changed rock n roll. come on Thunderstruck is a monster riff and sweet child o mine
Slash is a great guitarist but extremely overrated. As far as mainstream rock goes he's an all time great but I voted Marty Friedman above him. Go outside the box and check out Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders.
Slash's god-like guitar skills and Axl Roses's energetic vocals were a match made in rock and roll heaven. Slash was the driving punch in the matter, showing his technique's and skills in songs such as Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Paradise City, and my personal favorite Sweet Child O' Mine. - Draco
Ugh, can someone say overrated. - BrobuskyV 3 Comments
Arguably the greatest guitarist in hard rock history, Eddie Van Halen was the force that drove Van Halen into decade - defining success with songs such as Panama, Jump, Eruption, and Hot for Teacher. - Draco
Listen to Eruption and basically any other song by Van Halen and you will feel compelled to vote for Eddie Van Halen. - Mets
Good thing you said "arguably". There are 6 or 7 contenders listed here with a legitimate argument for the top spot.
Who in the Hell thinks Slash is #1? OH... I am sure Rolling Stone magazine has something to do with it. They don't know crap about music, and obviously, neither do the voters here.
Eddie defined Guitar Hero. In a time of Disco, he brought Van Halen to the forefront with his magic on the frets. Sure he hasn't had anything magical in like... ever... but that doesn't take away from what he has done.
Hendrix wrote the book on how to play the rock guitar. Just listen to the song "Machine Gun". It's a ten minute long song in which he goes entirely improvised and makes some of the greatest fills ever heard. Don't get me wrong, the whole page here is full of legendary guitarists. But Hendrix laid the foundation everyone else built upon.V 1 Comment
Packed a punch with his psychedelic rock guitar flavor in songs such as Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall Part II, Money, and Wish You Were Here, he transformed Pink Floyd into one of the greatest bands of all time. - Draco
According to me Sir "David Gilmour" the legend should be in no. 1 because his music change my life
Should definitely be in the top 3, along with Jimmy and Slash.
We're is Stevie Ray Von on this list? He's a top 10! Seen enough,lolV 3 Comments
Hammett is a true influence for many rock, metal and thrash metal bands. His guitar solos have inspired many guitarists (including me), just listen to songs like Creeping Death, Fade to Black, One, The Unforgiven, Master of Puppets, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ride The Lightning, and you will know he is underrated for this list, because in my opinion he should be #1
The definitive guitarist of heavy metal, he was the art behind the masterpiece for this amazing band. With tracks like Master Of Puppets, Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, and One, he is just in simpler words, a great guitarist. - Draco
No. He is overrated. Alright, I admit Jimmy Page is overrated. But not more than him. At least his solos sound different. - zxmV 1 Comment
Brian is an exceptional guitarist. His skill only matched by the likes of Hendrix but has also got great songwriting ability (we will rock you, hammer to fall, now I'm here, Brighton rock, who wants to live forever, I want it all, the show must go on). Solos on bohemian rhapsody, somebody to love, Brighton rock, we will rock you to name a few have to put him up there as an innovative, creative and downright amazing musician, scientist AND engineer ( he built his amazing red special guitar with his dad). Quite underrated in my view.
Brian May played solos that you actually wanted to listen to, unlike some other guitarists of the day who were considered better guitarists, but their solos were just endless noodling that went nowhere. His tone, his chops, his stage persona -- Brian sets the bar for what a rock guitarist should be.
Even tough Freddie Mercury was the literal power of the band, Brian May was a force to be reckoned with, creating some of the greatest guitar symphonies ever. This is showcased in songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love, and We Will Rock You. - Draco
He's not the most technically skilled. But--much like George Harrison--Brian had a knack for creating melodic solos and fills that propelled a song forward, rather than making the listener yawn. - PetSounds
Amazing guitar talent is what Richie Sambora is all about. With songs such as Livin' On A Prayer, Bad Medicine, You Give Love A Bad Name, and Bed Of Roses, no wonder he is on this list. - Draco
Too bad he left - bobbythebrony
Just checking; which other of the fine guitarists listed here are also nicknamed "God"?
As the graffiti in London alleyways read: "Clapton IS God"
Was also the lead guitarist in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Derek & The Dominos. He is the ONLY three-time inductee into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.V 2 Comments
Synyster gates is my idol and should be higher than 10 his solos always cheer me up he is also an amazing funny and talented man VOTE SYN GATES
He's just...amazingly talented. he plays clean and fast and I don't understand why he isn't on the list
I believe one of the best hopefully a good album coming up with new drummer! Rock n roll needs it!
This man is a bomb of guitar talent and energy, defining the genre of Latin rock with his crazy guitar solo's from the old day's too the early 2000's. With examples including Smooth, Black Magic Women, Maria, Maria, and Just Feel Better. - Draco
Monster riffs...Changed the world.V 3 Comments
Check out his solo to Tornado Of Souls and shut up. - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
Ritchie has more memorable solos than any other guitarist and on that alone makes him #1!
Carlos Santana is great and all...but who in the world put him above THE Richie Blackmore?!
Rainbow - A Light In the Black, Stargazer, Death Alley Driver, Gates of Babylon
Deep Purple - Highway Star, Child In Time (live Made In Japan), Child In Time, Pictures of Home (2 solos), Burn - Metal_Treasure
Like everything else he did, George's playing style was understated. His solos are melodic and quick. - PetSounds
Lead guitar for The Beatles...enough said!
His minimalist technique is misunderstood to this day. His singular job was to play the phenomenal Lennon/McCartney compositions [the greatest in pop/rock history], and let the songs speak for themselves. After exposure to that genius, he began his own HOF composing career, but had learned well from the greatest.
Tony Iommi created a sound that would effect heavy metal greatly(in a good way). With songs such as Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, and The Wizard he made Black Sabbath a staple in heavy metal. - Draco
Duane Allman was an great all- around player in rock, and an greater guitarists. With songs such as Midnight Rider and Whipping Post, and a big part in the creation of the legendary Derek and the Dominoes song Layla, he is in part one of the greatest in rock history. R.I.P. Duane Allman - DracoV 1 Comment
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