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 ...read more.

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

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.

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

3 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

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?

4 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 ...read more.

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?

5 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.

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

6 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

9 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.
10 Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

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

The Newcomers

? 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, ...read more.
? 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.

The Contenders

11 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.

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

12 Dan Richards

One Direction sucks

13 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.

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.

14 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.

15 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.

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

16 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.

Not bad but very overrated

17 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...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.

18 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.

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.

19 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 always hides on stage, and is so lazy

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

20 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.

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

21 Richard Benson

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 sucks

He used to be very good but he soon got artheritis

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

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

23 Wes Borland Wesley Louden "Wes" Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.

Limp Bizkit are crap

Look at dis dude

24 The Edge David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.

Rock bottom worst.

Why oh come on u2 is awesome



25 Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

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

26 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.

27 Henry Kaiser
28 James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Get this guy out of here. Have you HEARD Master Of Puppets, Death Magnetic, Kill Em All, or Ride The Lightning?


*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!

29 James Iha
30 Jinxx Jeremy Miles Ferguson, better known by the stage name Jinxx, is an American musician best known as the rhythm guitarist, violinist, cellist, pianist, lyricist, songwriter, composer and backing vocalist of American rock band Black Veil Brides.

He reminds me of Dahvie Vanity.

Dog meat.

31 Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.

Nice joke! Alex is a great guitar player.

Seriously?! What are guys smoking?

32 C.C. DeVille

Just listen to his version of Eruption.

Actually, when clean and sober he's quite underrated. Doesn't belong here.

33 Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

Are you peeps smoking something?

Why is he on this list?

34 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.

Just listen to his solo with a guitar slide

Wait... WHAT?! He plays the guitar?!

35 Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

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

36 Dahvie Vanity David Jesus Torres, better known by his stage name Dahvie Vanity, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper born on September 5, 1984, who is best known as one half of Crunkcore duo Blood on the Dance Floor and as the face and creative mind behind Industrial project Sinners are Winners. He is also ...read more.
37 Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

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


38 Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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

39 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

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
asstaghfiro alllah

40 Peter Buck

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.

41 Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

He is creepy as hell

the worst

42 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically ...read more.
43 Jennifer Berry

she sucks

44 Mike Lerner

YouTube top 5 guitarists

45 Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.

Not overrated at all.

46 D.J. Ashba

Who is this?

47 Adam Young Adam Randal Young is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for creating the synthpop/electronica project Owl City. Other important projects he has taken part of are Sky Sailing, Port Blue, Swimming With Dolphins, Seagull Orchestra and Adam Young Scores.
48 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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.


49 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

He didn’t even write Purple Rain it was his own guitarist in the Revolution. Next.

50 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

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...

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