Best Punk Rock Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

Johnny is the best. my guitar inspiration. you don't need to know a lot of songs or chords, just play.

He influenced most of punk guitarist.He originally started punk rock music.

Johnny is the best punk rock guitars.He invented punk rock guitar riffs

Johnny is better than steve jones.Even Billie's better than Steve Jones - zxm

Who is greg ginn?

2 Greg Ginn
3 Dr. Know

The best and most original sound as yet. He could adapt to any other genre, without much effort, and I also speak of Jazz, to which Ginn has been linked. It's my humble opinion that Hendrix would have found the doctor quite interesting, given a time machine and a few minutes to listen. Not that it would be the thing for Hendrix, though listen, yes!

I was going to vote Greg Ginn, but then I remembered the solos that Dr. Know ripped on the Bad Brains self-titled album, especially Big Takeover and Right Brigade. Those solos are just damn awesome.

This guy is better than Hendrix!

4 Billie Joe Armstrong 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.

Listen to 'dry ice' 'only of you' 'judges daughter' 'one for the razorbacks' 'jesus of suburbia' 'still breathing' 'give me novacaine' 'basket case'. You'll eventually get what I'm getting to here

Comes up with the most melodic riffs and solos and is absolutely amazing live

He is the worlds best guitarist ever! He plays the solo's with so blues sound!

How the hell he is 8?

5 Steve Jones

Steve's guitar playing has changed my life and continues to be a resounding influence to me.

He created some of the best punk riffs

the best

6 Pig Champion

"Belongs way higher in this list way underrated and never skimped on precision or agression."

7 East Bay Ray

It's rare to listen to a punk rock record and think "Wow, what a good and creative guitarist.". Kudos to East Bay Ray for his "weird" solos and cool riffs. - JoLeKosovo


8 Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders John Anthony Genzale Jr. (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), better known by his stage name Johnny Thunders, was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and more.

Best punk guitarist ever.

Just badass! Don't need to say any more.

9 Tim Armstrong

The best by a long shot. Innovative and has a great feel for his craft.

10 Mick Jones

Mick Jones is probably the reason The Clash had so many great songs. His funky and bluesy guitar playing gave the clash that unique edge like on London Calling.

He has made some of the best punk rock guitar riffs on songs like London Calling
And Tommy Gun

Mick Jones is absolutely AWESOME! :) He is a good song-writer too!

The Contenders

11 Ron Asheton
12 Lyle Preslar

Great Guitarist! Underrated In My opinion

13 Brett Gurewitz

The guy writes most of bad religion's songs. Enough said

14 Tom Delonge Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.

Most catchy, amazing melodic riffs... Exactly what you need from punk

15 Greg Hetson
16 Cheetah Chrome
17 Rikk Agnew
18 Noodles

His riffs are hella good!

Noodles is underrated he should be at least top ten

Are you serious, Spike Cassidy from D.R.I. needs to be on this list.
Spike has got more punk heritage than this guy will have in a thousand

19 Jeffrey Lee Pierce
20 Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein

The greatest

Doyle would beat the snot out of all other guitarist on the list.

21 Mike Ness


22 Pat Smear Pat Smear Georg Albert Ruthenber, professionally known as Pat Smear, was the rhythm guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, and is currently the rhythm guitarist for the post-grunge band Foo Fighters.

Played in the germs! - carterthedrummer

23 Hugh Cornwell

Great style, baroque and sometimes weird melodies, acid telecaster sound. I very appreciate him as song writer. The Stranglers was beyond punk rock but at the same time somwhere into it.

24 Michael Algar

Very unknown, but insanely fast guitar player. Known from "The Toy Dolls". Maybe the best.

25 Bob Mould Bob Mould Robert Arthur "Bob" Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.
26 Dix Denney
27 Fletcher Dragge

What’s to say... He’s probably the best one

28 Ian D'Sa
29 Stephen Egerton
30 Poison Ivy

Possibly the most underrated guitarist in history.

31 Captain Sensible
32 Rob Ramos
33 Brian Baker

How can we ignore a founding member of Minor Threat...


34 TV Smith
35 Zach Blair
36 Dave (Brownsound) Baksh

Large solo background, very good player.

37 Jason White
38 Lars Frederiksen
39 Jake Kiley
40 Luke Pabich
41 Dan Wlekinski
42 Justin Geever
43 Chris Chasse
44 Nick Cash
45 Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne is an American musician, and composer. He is mostly known for the lead vocalist of the American Sludge Metal band "The Melvins".
46 Nick Blinko
47 Joe Trohman
48 Jake Kolatis
49 Big John Duncan
50 Matt Skiba
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Greg Ginn
2. Dr. Know
3. Johnny Thunders
1. Brett Gurewitz
2. East Bay Ray
3. Greg Ginn
1. Johnny Ramone
2. Dr. Know
3. Greg Ginn

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