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.

His Rebirth Album was an Epic Fail, and it's no wonder. His Guitar skills are beyond stupid. definitely deserves to be #1

Lil Wayne's guitar playing was so bad it shouldn't even count for this list - Nickelstickman

The only person who even deserves to be on this list.

He doesn't even plug his guitar

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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.

His song and his guitar playing is just no...


If he’s trying to be a bad guitarist, than he’s doing good. - AliciaMae

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.

Taylor Swift is beyond talentless. I have never seen a more deplorable vocalist in my life.

New Eddie Van Halen my ass. She sucks.

Does she even play gutair?

4 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.

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

He even admitted he was a bad guitar player.

Hold on a second. The LEGENDARY Kurt Cobain, higher on the WORST GUITARISTS list than Nick Jonas?

Breh, not a huge NIRVANA fan but this guy ain't half bad. The problem is that people overrate him for his guitar skills. - Solariser

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5 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*


6 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.

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

He's just not a guitar ist

But he doesn't even play a guitar? - Userguy44

He's good at drums though. I watched a video of it once. he's a good drummer

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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.

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.

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.

Billie's solos are really easy; anyone can do em. And many of his chord progressions are stolen from others - SoldierOfFortune

That being said, he does have many melodic, albeit simple, guitar solos - SoldierOfFortune

Fake contrived band that stole their sound. Berkeley political whores that worship the sperm of socialists and Marxists.

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9 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.
10 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.

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

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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...

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13 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.

Seriously? This guy's solos are awesome! - MKBeast

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.

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

I dare you. Listen to his solos! - Userguy44

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14 Dan Richards

One Direction sucks

15 Graham Coxon

No idea who this is. The Top Tens sucks as a site.

16 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.

Whoever posted this is crazy

Why is the guitar god on the worst guitarist list? - InsertCleverName

Wrong absolutely wrong

Perhaps the most overrated but not the worst. - Metal_Treasure

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17 John Mayer John Mayer

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 - Metalfan2112

18 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.

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

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!

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

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Not bad but very overrated

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.

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

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

21 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.

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. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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

Who added him to this list? Are you people OK? - Metal_Treasure

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22 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

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.

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

HIS rhythm IS AMAZING THOUGH - InsertCleverName

Listen to Blackened, Dyers Eve, Master Of Puppets and more. He doesn't belong here. One of the best rhythm guitar players ever! - Userguy44

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 C.C. DeVille

Just listen to his version of Eruption.

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

25 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?

26 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.

Limp Bizkit are crap - InsertCleverName

27 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.

Dog meat.

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

No way he is awesome - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

29 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.

Why oh come on u2 is awesome

Uh? - Userguy44

30 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.

He's one of the best! Just because he doesn't play 1 million notes per second doesn't mean he is bad! - SoldierOfFortune

Definitely not the best, but not so overrated. He can still play guitar and do it like no other person can play. - Th47

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.

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

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32 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

33 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.

What?! Are you smoking something?! - MKBeast

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

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 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.
36 Jennifer Berry

she sucks

37 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

38 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.

Just listen to his solo with a guitar slide

39 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.

He couldn't play

He was a bassist, not a guitarist. Christ.

40 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison 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! - PetSounds

Not the worst but very very overrated. - Metal_Treasure


41 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.

42 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.

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

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?

What even is this list?

Get off this list ignorant Russian bots - Th47

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44 Mike Lerner

YouTube top 5 guitarists

45 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.

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


Troll item. - Metal_Treasure

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47 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.

KISS is one of the best bands ever! besides queen and the rolling stones. WHY is he on here


48 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

49 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

What? Are You High? - GreenDayFan21

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

Does not Djent.

50 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

He created rock and roll! - SoldierOfFortune

Chuck is one of the best for god's sake - Gruunge

What's wrong with you. He is one of the best guitarists - PinkF

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