Worst Guitarists of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

He plays the guitar? - Misfire

Don't get me started on whoever that is! - Peppapigsucks

It was very hard to watch his guitar solo.

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. - Silence4101

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2 Nick Jonas 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. - Misfire

His guitar sounds like fingernails scrapping on a chalkboard - Peppapigsucks

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

That guitar solo... Ah

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3 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

Is she really worthy of the top 3? - Misfire

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?

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4 Justin Bieber 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.

Of course he's here. Why am I not surprised? - Misfire

Baby: One Chord at the intro, nothing else. This guy is a poser guitarist.

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. - zxm

Agree 100%. This comment is like the voice of the common sense. And also based on some real reasoning. - Metal_Treasure

Does he know what a guitar even is?

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5 Kurt Cobain 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.

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". - Misfire

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. - phillysports

Good singer, but mediocre guitarist. - Userguy44

He even admitted he was a bad guitar player.

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6 Fred Durst 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.

Fred isn't a guitarist, definitely removed from this list. - 05yusuf09

This guy has no talent - Userguy44

Fred durst is TALENTLESS

*Plays overdistorted E flat*


7 Shawn Mendes 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

I think I can play even better than him. - Userguy44

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

More basic than a 1 block rubiks cube with his skills

8 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.

Billie isn't that bad... - Misfire

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

Why Is Billie Joe here?! He should not Be here!

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9 Ed Sheeran 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.

Yeah, not a fan of him either - Peppapigsucks

What a wanker

All he does is play 3 chords over and over while singing boring and generic love songs

10 Joe Jonas 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.

The Newcomers

? Adam Young 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.
? Dahvie Vanity 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.

The Contenders

11 Noel Gallagher 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...

12 Kirk Hammett 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.

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. - CrimsonShark

Beyond bad.


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. - Metarock

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13 Dan Richards

One Direction sucks

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 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.

He's not bad. I wouldn't consider him in the top 20. Not in the top 100, even. - Misfire

It's funny because someone posted this here and then everybody voted to comment on how stupid this was, and boom now he's in the top 20. It's a vicious circle

He is awesome and the person who made this list puts him on it

Perhaps the most overrated but not the worst. - Metal_Treasure

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16 Marilyn Manson 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. - Userguy44

17 Chad Kroeger 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.

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. - Metal_Treasure

Yes he deserves number 1 on this list

P.S Nickelback sucks - CygnusX99

Why is Kurt Cobain above him? I'm not even a Nirvana fan, but it's not hard for me to realise they're nowhere near the worst! But Chad Kroeger sucks!

Out of most of the selections here, he belongs here. - MKBeast

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18 Hide Hide

Not bad but very overrated

19 Elvis Presley 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. - Metal_Treasure

20 Brad Delson 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. - CrimsonShark

He's okay, but not one of the best. - Userguy44

Not THAT bad, but very overrated. Just plays a few simple power chords and that's all. - Gruunge

He always hides on stage, and is so lazy

21 Richard Benson

He used to be very good but he soon got artheritis

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 just poops in strings D:

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22 John Mayer 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. - Userguy44

Dude, have you even heard covered in rain? Or stop this train? Smh. Sure, he's pop, but he's damn good.

A pompous wanker.

A disgrace to our race

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23 James Hetfield 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.

*Squints eyes multiple times*

This makes absolutely no sense. - CrimsonShark

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

Whoever did this knows nothing. Metallica's awesome - LightningStrike

How is he a bad guitarist, let alone on a list about the worst guitarists? His riffs are awesome, as well as his speed, stamina, etc. And he's the King of Downpicking. - Metal_Treasure

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

I dare you to play a Steve Vai song. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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

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

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

Jeff was better. Period... - Userguy44

Not so good riffs, awful solos. Srry mister king

Not the worst but Jeff H. was much better yet gets less credits than KK. Jeff H. wrote many of the things KK played. Also, Jeff played the more complex parts of the solos. - Metal_Treasure

27 The Edge 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

Uh? - Userguy44

28 Wes Borland 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.

Look at dis dude - YeeMan

Limp Bizkit are crap - InsertCleverName

29 Alex Lifeson 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. - Metarock

Seriously?! What are guys smoking?

30 C.C. DeVille

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

Just listen to his version of Eruption.

31 Jinxx 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. - Userguy44

Dog meat.

32 Slash 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.

Overrated guitarist with really stupid name

I think he's cool. :3 - Misfire

Overrated and a very dumb stage name.

Very overrated but shouldn't be on a "worst" list - Metal_Treasure

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33 James Iha
34 Synyster Gates 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? - AliciaMae

Why is he on this list? - Userguy44

35 Sid Vicious 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.

Not a bassist nor a guitarist lol

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. - CrimsonShark

He was a bassist, not a guitarist. Christ.

He couldn't play

36 Dave Mustaine 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.

Oh please. I'm not a fan of his vocals but the guy can play. Come on! - Metal_Treasure

Oh my god what the hell is this!
dave mustaine in 36 in the worst guitar player
asstaghfiro alllah

What?! Are you smoking something?! - MKBeast

37 Johnny Depp 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.

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

Just listen to his solo with a guitar slide

38 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. - Gg2000

39 Jennifer Berry

she sucks

40 Euronymous 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 - InsertCleverName

41 Mike Lerner

YouTube top 5 guitarists

42 Billy Gibbons 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. - Userguy44

43 Paul Stanley 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


44 George Harrison 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.

George isn't bad in my opinion. Would I consider him in the top 100? Nope. - Misfire

Not the worst but very very overrated. - Metal_Treasure

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! - PetSounds


45 Prince 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.

46 Jimi Hendrix 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.

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. - Misfire

Worst guitarist ever.. Ripped off hey jude for hey joe

Why is Jimi here? Have you ever tried to play his stuff? If not leave here and never come back please. - Userguy44

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

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47 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Troll item. - Metal_Treasure

Eddie Van Halen on this list? He does more than tapping and fast playing? - Userguy44



48 D.J. Ashba D.J. Ashba

Who is this? - Userguy44

49 Janick Gers Janick Gers Janick Robert Gers is an English musician, best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, along with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, as well as his earlier work with Gillan and White Spirit.

It was that one "solo" on youtube. It wasn't even a solo! it was an act of showmanship when bruce was introducing everybody! HE created the solo for Blood Brothers! - SoldierOfFortune

50 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. 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.

Get him out of here. Now! - Metal_Treasure

Does not Djent.

What? Are You High? - GreenDayFan21

Doesn't play with enough feel, but he does do some impressive feats - SoldierOfFortune

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