Worst Guitarists of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Brian "Baby" "Birdman" Williams at a very young age, and was signed to Cash Money Records, where he would be one quarter of the rap group Hot Boys. In the years to follow, he would go on to find his own label, Young Money, where he would sign popular artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga, and he would go on to be one of the most popular rappers of all time. ...read more.

He's worst and fake. I mean I saw his guitar solos. Are those even real? Those are lame jokes. I mean he taps on guitar and the sound is something else. If you show me someone is picking a note with one finger and calls it economy picking would you believe it? I wouldn't call him the worst guitarist even if he can't play guitar. But why to pretend something you can't do? He tries to become Eddie Van Halen!

At least Kurt Cobain plays guitar. And those were real. Doesn't matter how good, bad or overrated he is.

Why are all there good guitarists on here. When you have people like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift and Nick Jones on here and you don't vote for them I have to wonder if you even know the difference between good and bad.

Nick Jonas and Lil Wanye are the only 2 who should be on the list. This list is basically a joke, it has Kirk Hammet, Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page etc on this list. This list was probably made by a 10 year old.

His guitar attempt is basically a meme. The guy definitely shouldn't have tried to play a guitar on live stage because of that. Stick to your usual forte Dwayne.

2 Nick Jonas Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe.

I have never heard him play guitar, but I can tell that most just voted on him 'cause they're annoyed with hearing him and his band's music. Same goes with the others on here.

Guys, he is technically by far the worst on this list. He is absolutely talentless and has no purpose in anything whatsoever. Worse than lil wayne and fred durst. Also what the heck is kirk hammett doing on this list?!?!?!?!?!?!? The guy who made this must have been drunk.

If he's trying to be a bad guitarist, than he's doing good.

His song and his guitar playing is just no...

3 Fred Durst William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

Fred isn't a guitarist, definitely removed from this list.

He is a good rapper, but Wes Borland is the rightful guitarist.

This guy has no talent

He's not a Guitarist, but he tried playing Guitar once and he sucked at it

4 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

Might be surprising but NO. Justin Bieber is not the worst guitarist. I said, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne or Nick Jonas suck. Cause they're poser guitarists. Whether you are able to play guitar or not doesn't matter. It matters if you're fake and showing off. Justin Bieber doesn't show off. I have seen some of his videos on playing guitar. He actually can play some scales. Unlike Taylor Swift who just strums on one chord. And Lil Wayne, he doesn't even know the sound of tapping. Even Elvis Presley was a poser guitarist. But so far, Justin Bieber isn't a poser guitarist. So, I won't say he deserves to be on this list.

This list is just made by jealous little kids who don't have any skill or talent. And OF COURSE Justin is on the list! Surprise surprise...

Baby: One Chord at the intro, nothing else. This guy is a poser guitarist.

He does simple stuff very well, I'll give him that.

5 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing personal songs and for having won 11 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old, and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin a country music career. She then signed a contract with RCA Records and began to write songs.

I don't understand why a bunch of girls pick up a guitar because of Taylor Swift's "music". All she does (or at least did when she was a country singer) is play four chords over and over and sing about every guy she's gone out with and broken up with. She's not that talented and doesn't even play guitar anymore.

Taylor Swift is beyond talentless. I have never seen a more deplorable vocalist in my life.

New Eddie Van Halen my ass. She sucks.

Next eddie van halen? More like Next Trash can

6 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Kurt wasn't technically a good guitar player. He never did many impressive solos or musically diverse riffs, but his guitar playing PERFECTLY matched the feeling the band was going for. His sloppy, distorted guitar screeches matched Nirvana's style and actually made their music sound more interesting and better. If they had a more technically skilled guitarist like Slash for example, the band's music wouldn't have been as good or have made as much of an impact.

The thing about Kurt was that yeah you could sit down with your guitar and play his songs without too much trouble, but it makes you go "why didn't I think of that?" He had an amazing feel for writing compelling guitar lines, technicality aside. There are plenty of bands that like to show off their music theory knowledge but something just gets lost along the way sometimes.

Probably the greatest singer of all time, and the nevermind album is probably the best album of all time, but his guitar.

Breh, not a huge NIRVANA fan but this guy ain't half bad. The problem is that people overrate him for his guitar skills.

7 Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.

Um, he's played electric guitar many times. Grow a brain and stop being such a jealous brat making hate lists on guitarists you hate

This guy stinks he sucks he only plays acoustic have you even seen him on electric guitars before?! hell I think he writes all that songs just to get chicks

Any one of his songs can be learned in under 60 seconds.

I think I can play even better than him.

8 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He's also in side-project groups such as The Network, Foxboro HotTubs, Pinhead Gunpowder, and The Longshot. His first group was a band called The Lookouts which disbanded after their 2nd album. He released a solo album consisting of covers in 2020 called "No Fun Mondays" ranging from rock and punk covers. He has a 2 and a half octave vocal ranger, but over time in 2020 and onwards his range has gotten slightly higher. Most notably in their Father Of All album, and during various ...read more.

Sure his solos are easy because as a child he didn't focus on being the best guitarist ever, he focused on being the best songwriter ever.

I can't believe his solos are super easy. I played the solo in "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" like maybe under 1 minute!

Why the hell is this guy on the worst guitarists list? Does the guy who made this list even know who he is?

Billie's solos are really easy; anyone can do em. And many of his chord progressions are stolen from others

9 Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He sang songs such as The A team and Shape of You. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Can't Play, Can't even make a single good song.

All he does is play 3 chords over and over while singing boring and generic love songs

10 Joe Jonas Joseph Adam "Joe" Jonas (born August 15, 1989) is an American singer and actor. Jonas first rose to fame as a member of the pop-rock band Jonas Brothers, along with his brothers Kevin and Nick. ...read more.
The Contenders
11 Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

Not a guitarist.

12 Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

All he does is play Basic chords that you would learn at a first month guitar lesson (photograph is a perfect example). He doesn't even have good note selection either: burn it to the ground would've sounded better if he didn't go from plucking the open e straight to plucking that string on the 15th fret.

I would also like to add that just because he does everything mentioned bellow doesn't mean that he sucks. It just means that he is not the best guitarist out there. And that is coming from a guitarist.

Not the greatest but not the worst, come on. Stop bandwagoning. He can perfectly play Metallica and Led Zeppelin songs. And I wish I wrote that killer riff to Burn It To the Ground. Get your facts straight.

Why is Kurt Cobain above him? I'm not even a Nirvana fan, but it's not hard for me to realise they're nowhere near the worst! But Chad Kroeger sucks!

13 Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Keith Richards and Pete Townshend are way better guitarists than Noel Gallagher. Also, he is an absolute idiot and treats everyone like garbage. Why anyone would like or support this person is beyond me.

SInce 30 years ago he sounds like he has only a few days practicing, and never improved a little bit, worst guitarist ever, worst solos ever, boring, simple in the baddest sense of the word... very low quality music made for the masses... oasis are the Mcdonald's of music...

How the hell is he on here? He's one of the best guitarists!

Come on Noel is awesome

14 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. ...read more.
15 Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Kirk is overrated but calling him the tenth worst guitarist of all time is ridiculous. I know he's not as good as some say, and he's definitely not a top 10 guitarist of all time(last time I checked, he was number 8), but he's still a solid guitar player. Like I said, I agree that he's not the best guitarist, but he does not deserve to be tenth on this list.

Even if some people state Metallica is overrated (Also, overrated doesn't mean bad), that does not automatically make Kirk a bad guitarist. The guy's been playing guitar for decades, thus he's seasoned and knowledgeable about his craft.

Whoever added him should really go listen to Master Of Puppets, One, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Harvester Of Sorrow, Seek & Destroy, every song that Kirk has a solo in.

It's not that Kirk is a bad guitarist, his solos are just very random and unorganized. Like blackened and one. Listen to stuff from Kill Em All and Ride The Lightning

16 Graham Coxon

Graham Coxon isn't a bad guitarist. He actually knows how to play guitar and he does it well.

No idea who this is. The Top Tens sucks as a site.

17 Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Come on, how can this guy be the 17th worst guitarist ever? One of the best ever. Just listen him playing live Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, The Song Remains the Same - pure guitar magic.

Who ever made this list must have snorted 10 pounds of cocaine. Smoked 99 blunts. Did loads of black tar heroin and accidentally typed this in their computer.

It's funny because someone posted this here and then everybody voted to comment on how stupid this was, and boom now he's in the top 20. It's a vicious circle

He is not the worst but is a bit overrated. I do not think he deserved to be on the list of top 10 best guitarists.

18 Richard Benson

He used to be good. Now, he seems to have lost all knowledge of music theory. As a guitarist, Richard Benson's guitar playing sounds like he's just slamming a bunch of random notes from different arpeggios and different scales and different keys and different tones together, and playing them at lightning speed with no regard for musicality.

Ba guitarist with no skills, all he know is how to tap and make suffer a guitar, so he SUCKS!

19 Hide Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name Hide, was a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan.
20 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. ...read more.

I highly agree - he couldn't play guitar very good and just strummed along with the band. But he posed with a double-neck electric guitar, LOL. There are pictures on the net.

21 Ross Lynch Ross Shor Lynch is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician. He is one of the founding members of the pop rock band R5. As an actor, he is known for his debut role as Austin Moon on the Disney Channel original series Austin & Ally, and for his role as Brady in Disney Channel's Teen Beach ...read more.
22 Brad Delson Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.

Linkin Park is mainly centered around lyrical and vocal emotion, both of which the band accomplishes very well. Brad Delson is a serviceable guitarist who provides some good melodies for the band, alongside a few decent guitar solos, but that's about it.

Not THAT bad, but very overrated. Just plays a few simple power chords and that's all.

He's okay, but not one of the best.

23 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

"Durr he plays randomly fast notes so he's bad!"

This dude probably just saw his name and said "ok, he belongs here."

Get him out of here. Now!

Doesn't play with enough feel, but he does do some impressive feats

24 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

Dude, have you even heard covered in rain? Or stop this train? Smh. Sure, he's pop, but he's damn good.

Terrible guitarist. Even Lil Wayne could play much better.

Most underrated guitarist ever.

A disgrace to our race

25 Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

I'm getting sick of people hating on Kerry King for his guitar playing. The guy played rhythm guitar. That may not seem like much, but rhythm guitar is what builds a song where the guitar work is the main focus. Hanneman may have played the more complex parts of the solos, but Kerry King built the songs. To take Kerry King away from Slayer is like taking Black Sabbath away from metal.

Maybe he wasn't as good as Jeff. But he's far from the worst there is. Kerry King definitely does not deserve to be on the list.

Not the worst but Jeff H. was much better yet gets less credits than KK. Jeff H. wrote many of the things KK played. Also, Jeff played the more complex parts of the solos.

Jeff was better. Period...

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