Worst Guitarists of All Time
The Top Ten
Technically the worst guitarist is every beginner at one point. And why is Kirk in 14?
His Rebirth Album was an Epic Fail, and it's no wonder. His Guitar skills are beyond stupid. definitely deserves to be #1
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.
Lil Wayne's guitar playing was so bad it shouldn't even count for this list
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.
His guitar sounds like fingernails scrapping on a chalkboard
His song and his guitar playing is just no...
90% of time his guitar is not plugged in, during love bug he walks to front of the stage & pretends he is playing the solo at the end
New Eddie Van Halen my ass. She sucks.
Taylor Swift is beyond talentless. I have never seen a more deplorable vocalist in my life.
Does she even play gutair?
Is she really worthy of the top 3?
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.
He even admitted he was a bad guitar player.
Wow! Number 4? Oof. He isn't even that bad. Sure, his guitar playing isn't special and all, but I wouldn't call him the "worst".
Hold on a second. The LEGENDARY Kurt Cobain, higher on the WORST GUITARISTS list than Nick Jonas?
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.
Agree 100%. This comment is like the voice of the common sense. And also based on some real reasoning. - Metal_Treasure
Baby: One Chord at the intro, nothing else. This guy is a poser guitarist.
But he doesn't even play a guitar?
He's just not a guitar ist
He is a good rapper, but Wes Borland is the rightful guitarist.
Fred isn't a guitarist, definitely removed from this list.
This guy has no talent
Fred durst is TALENTLESS
What in the mighty hell is that prof pic
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
I think I can play even better than him.
More basic than a 1 block rubiks cube with his skills
Why Is Billie Joe here?! He should not Be here!
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.
Why the hell is this guy on the worst guitarists list? Does the guy who made this list even know who he is?
He doesn’t play the guitar like jimmy page or david gilmour but he occasionally has small solos in the songs But he mostly focuses on the lyrics
All he does is play 3 chords over and over while singing boring and generic love songs
Can't Play, Can't even make a single good song.
Yeah, not a fan of him either
What a wanker
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...
Come on Noel is awesome
One Direction sucks
Seriously? This guy's solos are awesome!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whoever posted this is crazy
Why is the guitar god on the worst guitarist list?
He's not bad. I wouldn't consider him in the top 20 (of worst guitarists). Not in the top 100, even.
Wrong absolutely wrong
Not bad but very overrated
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.
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.
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.
Out of most of the selections here, he belongs here.
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.
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 always hides on stage, and is so lazy
He's okay, but not one of the best.
Most underrated guitarist ever.
Dude, have you even heard covered in rain? Or stop this train? Smh. Sure, he's pop, but he's damn good.
A disgrace to our race
You guys are so close minded if you voted for literally almost anyone on this list
and I'm not talking about the more 'pop' artist on the list I'm talking about the actual guitarists
Ba guitarist with no skills, all he know is how to tap and make suffer a guitar, so he SUCKS!
I think by far he is the worst but Lil Wayne is pretty bad
He used to be very good but he soon got artheritis
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.
Jeff was better. Period...
Not so good riffs, awful solos. Srry mister king
binary riffs and annoying solos
Limp Bizkit are crap
Look at dis dude
Rock bottom worst.
Why oh come on u2 is awesome
All Steve Vai does is play a million notes per second. He has no FEEL.
Playing a million notes per second doesn't mean he has no FEEL. You just have to develop the ability to listen faster and hear that FEEL. - Metal_Treasure
I dare you to play a Steve Vai song.
What the hell, lol.
A lot of fast scales, not impressed.
A typical comment by a fan of hipster or psychedelic/stoner music who are usually impressed by things that objectively are not impressive at all. - Metal_Treasure
Not a guitarist.
Get this guy out of here. Have you HEARD Master Of Puppets, Death Magnetic, Kill Em All, or Ride The Lightning?
HIS rhythm IS AMAZING THOUGH
*Squints eyes multiple times*
This makes absolutely no sense.
Listen to Blackened, Dyers Eve, Master Of Puppets and more. He doesn't belong here. One of the best rhythm guitar players ever!
He reminds me of Dahvie Vanity.
Nice joke! Alex is a great guitar player.
Seriously?! What are guys smoking?
Just listen to his version of Eruption.
Actually, when clean and sober he's quite underrated. Doesn't belong here.
Are you peeps smoking something?
Why is he on this list?
Just listen to his solo with a guitar slide
Wait... WHAT?! He plays the guitar?!
He was a bassist, not a guitarist. Christ.
While I know he was a bassist (And let's be fair, a bass is basically a different guitar), but most would agree that his playing was incredibly subpar.
He couldn't play
Not a bassist nor a guitarist lol
The absolute worst of the worst, no talent, wears makeup, no feel, loud always, p---forte, plays in the worst band ever, scam artist, totally over rated by ignorant fools, created the worst band ever, plays absolute rubbish, invented rubbish, crawled out of a garbage can,
KISS is one of the best bands ever! besides queen and the rolling stones. WHY is he on here
He's one of the best! Just because he doesn't play 1 million notes per second doesn't mean he is bad!
This dude sucks. He's only considered the best because brainless pre pubescents thing he's "cool" because of his silly hat and his stupid ass sunglasses. Very average rock guitar player and while he fit the band well, anyone could've replaced him.
You vote for him even though people like Lil Wayne play guitar. - Silence4101
Definitely not the best, but not so overrated. He can still play guitar and do it like no other person can play.
Probably the best of all time
What?! Are you smoking something?!
Oh please. I'm not a fan of his vocals but the guy can play. Come on!
Oh my god what the hell is this!
dave mustaine in 36 in the worst guitar player
Why does he suck? Is it because he doesn't play solos very often? His role in R.E.M. is to flesh out the sound and play stuff that fits the song. You don't need to be a virtuoso to craft great songs.
He is creepy as hell
YouTube top 5 guitarists
Not overrated at all.
Who is this?
Certainly not! Listen to the guitar solo on "Something". It's not one of those wildly improvised, finger-bleeding, un-duplicatable and absolutely overrated solos, it's melodic and hummable. It was also recorded in one take. With an orchestra playing at the same time!
George isn't bad in my opinion. Would I consider him in the top 100? Nope.
Not the worst but very very overrated.
He didn’t even write Purple Rain it was his own guitarist in the Revolution. Next.
This list is a lie. Probably a 8 year old kid uploaded it to troll. Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain don't belong here. Slash and James Hetfield are also really talented. Whoever uploaded this is a joke.
Cobain said his guitar playing sucked, but it really doesn't suck that badly. Other than that, ditto. - MKBeast
Just to remind you this isn't a list of the most overrated guitarists. Maybe you do find him a bad guitarist, but I'm just reminding you 'cause a lot of people call music artists they find overrated "the worst" even though they really aren't.
The point is that Kurt Cobain said he is bad but that doesn't mean he is one of the worst. It is also weird that above it says Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitarists of all time but he is on the list. Weird right?
I don’t know about that. Some people on this list make sense like Taylor, Fred, Lil Wayne, etc. But Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Steve Vai, Slash, George Harrison, EHV, and Billy Gibbons are on this list so...