1 Kai Hansen
Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
The music he composed in Helloween and Gamma Ray defined the sound of early power metal and he is an underrated lead player
I truly believe he should be at #1, or top 3 at least. - Metal_Treasure
He is so good so talented
2 Magnus Karlsson
Magnus Karlsson is a Swedish heavy metal songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as the lead guitarist for the German metal band Primal Fear.
He is incredible - listen to his work for Primal Fear (twin guitar shared with Alex Beyrodt but Magnus is a bit better than Alex). I like his solos to Strike, Riding the Eagle, Diabolus. - Metal_Treasure
3 Yngwie 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.
4 André Olbrich
André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.
5 Herman Li
Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
Herman Li is the greatest power metal guitarist of all time! Not only does he play fast, he NEVER misses a note.
6 Gus G
Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
7 Timo Tolkki
Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.
8 Michael Kiske
Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
That's funny. Did somebody confuse him with Kai Hansen? - Metal_Treasure
9 Olaf Lenk
A very technical player for less known band (At Vance). I would highly recommend to give a listen to his instrumentals (At Vance - Vivaldi Summer, Beethoven's 5th). - Metal_Treasure
10 Jens Ludwig
11 Matias Kupiainen
12 Rikard Sundén
13 Alex Beyrodt
Alexander "Alex" Beyrodt, born 1964, is a German guitarist who has worked for several German metal and rock bands (Primal Fear, Sinner, Silent Force, Voodoo Circle).
14 Luca Turilli
None other than the best. I have spent 4 years at music school studying guitar and music theory, and I feel that nothing can compare to Luca's neoclassical style. He doesn't try to showboat or impress, rather, he lets his licks and solos tell a story, give an emotion, make you feel! He deserves to be at least top ten, and will always be my number 1! Viva Rhapsody!
His work is absolutely amazing, his mastery over neoclassical style is astonishing, his guitar work can make me cry tear so joy and gives me the chills more than any other musician. The best!
15 Criss Oliva
Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
This guy's life was cut short before he could show the world his amazing talents. Gotta listen to believe... Savatage.
16 Marcus Siepen
Marcus Siepen is a German guitarist and backing vocalist, most known for being the rhythm guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian.
17 Emppu Vuorinen
Erno Matti Juhani "Emppu" Vuorinen is a Finnish guitarist, most famous for being a founding member and occasional songwriter of the symphonic metal band Nightwish.
18 Jani Liimatainen
19 Vivian Campbell
Vivian Patrick Campbell is a Northern Irish rock guitarist. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992.
20 Craig Goldy
21 Chuck Schuldiner
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
He counts because he formed his own power metal band Control Denied.
22 Victor Smolski
A true guitar virtuoso and brilliant composer.