Best Punk Rock Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Greg Ginn
2 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!

3 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?

4 Brett Gurewitz

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

5 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!

Listen to his live solos like in awesome as f*** and other tours those are really awesome

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6 East Bay Ray


7 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

8 Pig Champion
9 Tim Armstrong

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

10 Mick Jones

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

The Contenders

11 Rob Ramos
12 Lyle Preslar
13 Ron Asheton
14 Jake Kiley
15 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 more.

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

16 Brian Baker


17 Poison Ivy

Possibly the most underrated guitarist in history.

18 Greg Hetson
19 Fletcher Dragge

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

20 Luke Pabich
21 Cheetah Chrome
22 Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein

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

The greatest

23 Noodles

Noodles is underrated he should be at least top ten

His riffs are hella good!

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

24 Dan Wlekinski
25 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.

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

26 Rikk Agnew
27 Justin Geever
28 Ian D'Sa
29 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.
30 TV Smith
31 Zach Blair
32 Mike Ness
33 Captain Sensible
34 Pat Smear Pat Smear Georg Albert Ruthenber, professionally known as Pat Smear was the rhythm guitarist for the Grunge band Nirvana, and the Post-grunge band Foo Fighters..

Played in the germs! - carterthedrummer

35 Lars Frederiksen
36 Chris Chasse
37 Nick Cash
38 Stephen Egerton
39 Dave (Brownsound) Baksh
40 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".
41 Nick Blinko
42 Jason White
43 Joe Trohman
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