Top Ten Greatest Lead Guitarists In Rock BandsDraco
The Top Ten
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
What to say about this god of rock and roll?V 9 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.
I love all kinds of guitar work. But nobody puts their heart into their playing like Slash. You know exactly how he feels by his solos. I felt the meaning of november rain more in his solo then Axl using his words.
Ugh, can someone say overrated. - BrobuskyV 4 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.
He should be number 1
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.
Hendrix was the best guitarist on earth ever. There is no question about it. He could make a guitar talk and come alive. The sounds that he could get from a guitar was unbelievable - more so at the time when he used to play. We must judge him in comparison with others of his time. The greatest guitarist ever. That's it.
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
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.
A grossly underrated master musician.He invents musical stylesV 4 Comments
Inventor of power chords and heavy riffs,legend.
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. - zxm
Just listen to his solos - Metalhead83927V 3 Comments
Just checking; which other of the fine guitarists listed here are also nicknamed "God"?
As the graffiti in London alleyways read: "Clapton IS God"
Invented the rock guitar solo.
I also would like to know! This site is a BSV 1 Comment
Monster riffs...Changed the world.
Greatest riffs ever written.
Awesome! should be higher though.
WHY ISN'T HE HIGHER!V 1 Comment
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
Richie is just a legend, it’s no wonder he’s nicknamed the king of swing. Just listen to Dry County, wanted dead or alive, living on a prayer, Keep the faith and many more. Richie is better than any jimmy page I’ve ever seen.
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.
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
Get him in the top 10! - Userguy44V 1 Comment
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
Synyster Gates deserves to be in the top 3 or 5 his solos are so awesome that you just get mind blown that someone is able to do solos like that
He's just...amazingly talented. he plays clean and fast and I don't understand why he isn't on the list
A7x isn't rock its metal - mmeldr01V 1 Comment
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
Check out his solo to Tornado Of Souls and shut up. - Metal_Treasure
His versatility is uncanny, i.e. stretches from metal heaven to pop hell.
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
He's kind of low in the ranking
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
Lord of groove metal
His solo to Rising Force is a shredding masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure
Damn he is fast
His skills are incredible. Try:
Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II
The Trend - Metal_Treasure
The best lead guitarist of them all
Beck, Page, and Clapton in one band? WOW! - PetSounds
Sso sad that the 12-year olds who frequent TTT have no idea of his greatness, or even who he is.
Why isn't he 1sthes the best:-)
John Petrucci will shred you to death!
Man..what the hack.This is not his placehe should be on top ten
Matt should be in a better position
also hear Citizen Erased
matt is not the fastest but is good an creative
Reply to a person who said "Listen to Reapers" : True! And Stockholm Syndrome too!
Listen to "Reapers" and you'll know why
The one, the only, the original string bender - the Spaceman! There are many imposters but only one Rock Soldier - Space Ace...oh, and maybe The Emperor - Richie Scarlet
He is the space Ace
How the hell is he not on here yet he is definitely one of the gods of guitar - Itckdos
He is Dave Murray one of the gods of Guitar
Hi "ringing Rickenbacker" is one of the most distinctive and beautiful sounds in all of rock music.
Might not be the greatest but is way better than any of these mainstream pussies.
He's a cool dude and a good guy that plays the instrument known as a guitar but also plays some trumpet and he's like cool!
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