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Top 10 Guitarists of All Time (REDUX)

August 21, 2019


the guitar is their weapon of choice scuse me while I kiss this welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten guitarists of all time for this list we’ve chosen guitarists based on a combination of their talent songwriting skills technical and creative merits and their lasting influence if you want to learn more about great axe men or if you are expecting to see Brian May or Carlos Santana on the list be sure to check out our videos on the top 10 solo guitarist and top 10 band guitarists and for even more guitar gods check out our instrumental series number 10 Randy Rhoads roads exploded into the heavy metal universe after giving Ozzy Osbourne’s music a new lease on life though randy rhoads time with the Prince of Darkness and quiet right before that was brief the classical guitar devotee left a legacy that is unparalleled to this day despite his short 25-year life he’ll always be remembered for his ability to make a whole lot of noise with just a few guitars and special effects number nine david gilmour though the multi-talented musician plays several different roles in Pink Floyd he proved to be at his best when playing the guitar David Gilmour’s blues inspired style and evocative notes have produced some of the greatest guitar solos in history simply watch a live performance of Gilmore’s guitar work uncomfortably numb and you’re sure to be a convert number eight stevie ray vaughan with his passionate and expressive playing style SRV brought life back into blues rock he differentiated himself from those before him by blending blues rock and jazz into his sound a fatal helicopter crash may have taken his life but the critically acclaimed guitarists music will continue to live on thanks to his work with Double Trouble and the impact he’s had on future generations of artists number 7 BB King the king of Blues did not only perfect the method of using the guitar as a voice but he also demonstrated this feat on numerous occasions with his own guitar Lucille and thanks to his soloing style and exceptional vibrato BB King has become the ultimate inspiration to many of the biggest electric and blues rock guitarists after him number six Chuck Berry we have Chuck Berry’s thrilling sound and remarkable playing style to thank for rock and roll’s growth and subsequent explosion by bringing R&B and guitar solos to the genre he became a huge influence on rock music meanwhile his stage bravado and accompanying dance moves similarly shaped rock performances for the better number five Robert Johnson he must have really traded his soul to the devil for his talent because his guitar playing style was so complex that few can match it to this day in addition to his impressive technical capacities Robert Johnson could express a wide range of emotions through his voice and this made him an all-around musical legend despite his early death at age 27 there’s no denying that the king of Mississippi Delta blues had a major impact on rock and roll give me your number for Eric Clapton Slowhand developed an unmatchable style that he’s used both as a solo artist and as a member of bands like cream and the yardbirds eric clapton even coined a signature guitar sound known as the woman tone plus his gear for melody is untouchable on top of that Clapton is one half of the team behind one of rock’s greatest love songs and he played its memorable rep with another one of the most innovative guitarists in history duane allman number three eddie van halen he burst onto the scene with his drumming brother Alex and co-founded one of the biggest hardrock acts in American history Eddie Van Halen revolutionized guitar playing with his tapping technique and hard rock style while he continues to play with van Halen his originality and talent have already inspired many and will certainly inspire scores more number two Jimmy Page both as a co-founder of the biggest band of the 70s and as a musician in his own right Jimmy Page permanently altered the sound of music by fusing blues rock and folk he may very well be the greatest guitarist rock has ever seen as aptly displayed in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven though he was influenced by Robert Johnson the riff king himself has left an immeasurable and all-encompassing influence on later artists that won’t soon be forgotten before we unveil our number one pick here are a few honorable mentions you number one Jimi Hendrix as the original Seattle rocker Jimi Hendrix was a musical innovator whose avant-garde musical ideas and incomparable guitar skills revolutionized music the left-handed guitarist left us way too early at age 27 but in that short time he gave us some of the greatest guitar solos in history let’s not forget the fact that he could also play a mean electric guitar with his teeth do you agree with our list who is your favorite guitarist of all time don’t forget to check out our videos on the top 10 solo guitarists top 10 banget Aris and our top 10 instrumental series for more of your favorite Axman and be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com for more top 10s published every day

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100 Comments

  • Reply Moritz R August 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Mark Knopfler????

  • Reply Eily Bergin August 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Rory Gallagher

  • Reply Gionata Ceretta August 11, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Steve Howe ?

  • Reply David Fox August 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Can someone tell me why Jeff Beck only got an honourable mention?

  • Reply mario costantini August 11, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Jimi always, still the best, good

  • Reply mario costantini August 11, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Todd Rundgren is in my top ten anyway, and George Harrison, excuse me, but now i listen Bachata, very good guitars too.

  • Reply Ed Bredin August 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Where is my Idol Steve Vai Grrrrrrrrr

  • Reply njclondon2009 August 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    there is jimi hendrix, and then there is the rest.

  • Reply Aidan K August 12, 2019 at 3:51 am

    What about Slash?!

  • Reply Cheo Rosario August 12, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Eric Clapton is a self proclaim racist. My personal top 3 are Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and SRV. Another monster is Tom Morello. Too many good ones to make a list.

  • Reply Michael Stratton August 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Richie blackmore, Roy Clark, mark farner, Santana, kath, Robin trower, were do these guys fit in, no such thing as a top ten

  • Reply tag abbes August 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    SRV and Jimi hendrex are all that matters

  • Reply David Nissim August 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Even Led Zeppelin fans will tell you that Eddie Van Halen is better than Jimmy Page. Also, I don’t know whose idea it was to include Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell but there are lots of other guitarists who I would put before them

  • Reply SRT 8 Rocketship August 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Wow peoples opinions differ. Randy Rhodes #10? You cant number these amazing people. Where was Vai? Dime not even there. You cant make these judgements just too many. Just cause you arent mainstream or Comercialized enough. Dont take from their talent or commitment. Zakk Wylde i myself could go on and on. Sure yall can too

  • Reply I made you read this. August 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    My Opinion
    10. Brian May
    9. Jeff Beck
    8. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    7. David Gilmour
    6. Ritchie Blackmore
    5. Eric Clapton
    4. Tony Iommi
    3. Eddie Van Halen
    2. Jimmy Page
    Honorable Mentions: B.B King / Dimebag Darrel / Steve Vai / Joe Satriani / Dave Mustaine
    1. Jimi Hendrix

  • Reply Romel Nellas August 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    For me j page no. 1

  • Reply ivan calkins August 12, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    People listen to guitar because it is pleasing to the ear. To me, the logic that should follow is the person who makes the most amount of music that is the most pleasing to the ear should be the greatest. If that is true, then I feel like Hammet, Slash, and Angus should be on this list. If not all, at least one of them should've made the cut.

  • Reply Anubis Cloud August 12, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Dimebag was a fuckin monster, favorite guitarist next to Jimi, R.I.P.

  • Reply Dominik 90 August 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Where is brian may?

  • Reply Jovita Corpuz August 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Neil Schon is one of the best guitarists!

  • Reply Gilles Galand August 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Quelle idée stupide de vouloir établir un classement surtout en classant Gilmour 9 et en oubliant Knopfler , certainement deux des 5 meilleurs !

  • Reply JaimeLesChats ! August 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    WHERE IS SLASH D;

  • Reply Ted Martin August 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Vaughn may be good but Duane Eddy has sold ten times the records of ANY guitar player.

  • Reply atassano2001 August 14, 2019 at 12:02 am

    And where is Steve Howe?

  • Reply tom jerry August 14, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Where is gary moore in this list

  • Reply Jim Jeffcoat August 14, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I guess there will always be some omissions. Some of my favorites who didn't make the list: Steve Howe, Ted Nugent, Rik Emmett, Gary Richrath, Alex Lifeson.

  • Reply Fer Rules August 14, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Jeff beck honorable mention? ????????, Fuck U mojo lickmyass

  • Reply ZeroViper3245 August 14, 2019 at 8:57 am

    SLASH isnt in here or even in the honorable mentions oh hell no

  • Reply Deuce Brikkinsson August 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    There should be a Players Only login section for this sort of thing. Some of the most stupid mentions in the lists and comments.

    Mojo would not be allowed a login, also.

  • Reply eatthisvr6 August 14, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Evh got his tapping technique from watching jimmy page live lol

  • Reply finn the boi August 14, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Slash?????

  • Reply Bob Winters August 15, 2019 at 5:36 am

    1-infinity…Eddie Van Halen, end of discussion!

  • Reply Bdohz Oyxlc August 15, 2019 at 6:01 am

    This video is bullshit

  • Reply ViLiM August 15, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Gilmour needs to be like top 4 guitarists ever he is for me together with jimmy page best guitarist ever

  • Reply bessonovafan6454 August 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I would love to see Keith Urban on a list like this. He’s quite good

  • Reply Richard Day August 15, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    John Williams, Christopher Parkening, Tommy Emanual, Ali Arango, Sungha Jung, Chet Atkins, Richard Smith, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Andre Segovia just to name a few. There is a lot more to guitar playing than the 12 bar blues and a Marshall stack.

  • Reply Geoffrey Piltz August 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    This is a rock guitarist top ten. What about classical (John Williams) or 12 string folk (Leo Kottke, John Fahey) or country (JJ Cale)?

  • Reply Cez Mignon August 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    HOW ANGUS YOUNG WASN'T IN TOP ????

  • Reply Chotiphat Panjavongroj August 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    John Mayer? Santana? Steve Vai?

  • Reply Emo Follower August 16, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Slash brian may john deacon

  • Reply Daniel Beavers August 16, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Does anyone notice a theme?

  • Reply Devgru Slash August 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    No slash!!!! Get to know more about guitar before you appload this kind of video….

  • Reply Chanandler Bong August 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Ill never fully understand what people see in Robert Johnson.

  • Reply Dan Hall August 16, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    No Jerry Reed?? And SRV at #8?? I don't get it!

  • Reply Shock YT August 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Steve Vai? Yngwie Malmsteen? Slash? Where are those?

  • Reply corzakk zakkcor August 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    No lil wayne?

  • Reply Dirk Mahler August 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    GILMOUR ON No.9???? AND WHERE THE FAACK IS MARK KNOPFLER?????

  • Reply Jeanette Osh August 16, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Nuggent?

  • Reply JXR - Jake Rennings August 16, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    ANGUS YOUNG?,?!?!

  • Reply porridge57 August 17, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Come on everybody. No two people will ever agree on this top 10 list. And, right up front watchmojo says "these are OUR picks". They understand that others will disagree.

  • Reply Jessica Girt August 17, 2019 at 3:16 am

    steve vai van halen herman li and angus young are my top 4

  • Reply DodgerCityLos August 17, 2019 at 5:16 am

    John Frusciante, dudes a fucking beast.

  • Reply Andrej Balažic August 17, 2019 at 8:08 am

    WHERE IS KNOPFLER????

    And why is Gilmour only 9th?

    And where is Slash?

    Disaster.

  • Reply Enzo Bolognese August 17, 2019 at 9:16 am

    John McLaughlin is also one of the greatest guitarists for me.

  • Reply Pui Wing Yau August 17, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Only jimi has no controversy.
    And ya he is god of gods.

  • Reply Heather Davie August 17, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Heather Davie What no Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, not only did he survived drug abuse as as alcoholism, he survived the ‘90s Seattle scene, but is very handsome.

  • Reply THEJUST BROSGAMEING August 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Where the hell is Mark Knopfler he is the god of all

  • Reply theox 2000 August 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Shocking narration! Awful! These lists always leave out Django. Shocking! Awful!

  • Reply Christopher Byrne August 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    No Jeff Beck, no Brian May, no Steve Howe, no Steve Hackett, no Santana, no Richie Blackmore.Are you people deaf or insane?

  • Reply Marty McFly August 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I think it's too difficult to build a Top 10. Important for me would be, which guitarist is able to play LIVE as good as in the studio, or even better. In that case, Jimmy Page should be not on that list here. In terms of innovation, Jimi Hendrix and Pat Metheny, who is missing on this list. In terms of feelings and transferred emotions plus power plus live performance, Gilmour could be on 1. In terms of techniques and speed, you could mention Steve Vai, Satriani, or even guys like Buckethead. In terms of feelings, techniques and speed combined, Steve Lukather could be at the top, but also missing here. Check out his solo on Toto's live version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." 😉

  • Reply Raphael Boschung August 17, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Brian May? Mark Knopfler? Gilmour on 9?

  • Reply Raymond Remo August 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Listen Jimmy Hendrix is no doubt one of the greats but he is not number one. Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page are number 1 and 2, how can you argue!!!

  • Reply Chris Buschendorf August 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Blackmore? Santana? Not even a mention? C' mon

  • Reply M Hess August 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Bonamassa?

  • Reply Jimmy swag August 17, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Jimmy Page wins Best guitarist hands down.

  • Reply Beatles0223 August 18, 2019 at 12:49 am

    One guitarist constantly overlooked is Yngwie Malmsteen. Otherwise, great list!

  • Reply splash1326 2019 August 18, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Jimi Hendrix,George Harrison,Eric Clapton,Andreas Segovia ,Carlos Montoya,Tommy Emanuel, Richard Smith, Doc Watson,David Gilmore, BB King

  • Reply Sam August 18, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Clapton, No 1 always will be to me, I know I am in the minority of my other thought but to me Hendrix is way over rated. He was good but he is not better than most on this list to me.

  • Reply N Yost August 18, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Angus and Malcom should both be top 10 not honorable mentions

  • Reply chris goodayle August 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Hendrix,Clapton,Beck,Page,-electric blues guitar innovation and trail blazing category.
    Gateway to the future of the electric guitar-Les Paul for all his inventions(he invented multi tracking and holds the patents on several musical effects)and sheer guitar prowess plus he was a talent scout for several years.
    Chuck Berry-another trail blazer guitarist who many owe a debt of gratitude for all the licks they stole from him(imagine where Keith Richards would be without Chuck).
    Duane Allman And Dickey Betts-created the electric southern rock sound of the late 60’s and early 70’s.Thats Duane Allman at the end of “Layla” playing bottle neck,because Mr.Clapton was not comfortable enough to deliver that style well enough on record.
    Alvin Lee-voted to the top 100 guitarists of all time by Cream magazine in 1980 for his speedy technical delivery.
    Jerry Garcia And Bob Weir-the Greatful dead duo were true polished musicians who put the music above flash guitar playing.
    Mark knopfler-technical perfection of finger picking guitar playing ability and truly great song writing ability.What makes him even more amazing is that he is a natural “lefty” who made himself play right handed due to the belief that tone quality was dependent upon intonation.
    John MaClaughlin-If there’s a scale that is not played,he will know it and then play it.A master acoustic guitarist who is all about technique and perfection of the played note.
    Stevie Ray Vaughn- Texas blues based guitar artistry and putting a fresh spin on it.
    Billy Gibbons-another blues based guitarist from Texas.Hendrix said he thought brother Billy was the best for his ability to go from rhythm to lead back to rhythm so effortlessly.
    Eddie Van Halen-technical wizardry mixed with an innovative sound,EVH made the California sound of the 80’s look like child’s play.
    Ry Cooder-one of the very best bottle neck guitarist going.A guitarist who is always looking for another music type to work his “slide” guitar work into.
    George Harrison-not one for long solos,more for creating “sounds for song sakes” as Cream magazine put it.A good bottle neck guitarist as well.
    There are so many great guitarist that we could list,but it’s really all about preference of musical style.To me,it’s Hendrix for his amazing trail blazing style and then a toss up between all three former Yardbirds guitarists-Clapton,Beck And Page due to there ability to change direction depending on there sheer abilities and mood.
    Clapton has changed his musical tastes so often,he’s like a chameleon .Page made heavy metal of the ‘70’s his back yard,yet when he wanted to,he could go very quiet with his acoustic playing.Beck is never satisfied with his playing and style,his two stand out albums of fusion rock,”Blow by Blow” and “wired” still blow the doors off most other guitarists(He made those two albums of “fusion” with the late Beatle’s record producer George Martin).Becks a killer,who takes no prisoners.
    That’s my list,but there are several others who could easily of made this list.✌️

  • Reply Richie Vitan Aquino August 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    This is my top 10 list of most influencial guitarist
    1. Eddie Van Halen
    Why? Coz He's The Game Changer
    2. Jimmy Hendrix
    3. Jimmy Page
    4. Ritchie Blackmore
    The First time I Heard Highway Star Man It Blew Me Away
    5. Eric Clapton
    6. Randy Rhoads
    7. Dimebag
    8. David Gilmour
    9. Bryan May
    10. Slash or Paul Gilbert

  • Reply Karl Gillies August 18, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    No Les Paul I thought so, now stop smoking those Crowdads, and get off the Grass, them Compile your list, silly duffers .

  • Reply ROBERT Whatley August 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Jimi Hendrix solo on Machine Gun is still tops for me

  • Reply Juan Sebastian Castro Molestina August 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    What about John Mayer????

  • Reply alvarito34.coc August 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Dont compare me Steve vai with van halen

  • Reply alvarito34.coc August 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Satriani honorable mention wtf

  • Reply ʞarl , August 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Paco de lucia

  • Reply Cristina UwU August 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    WHERE THE FRICK IS BRIAN MAY

  • Reply c588417 August 19, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Top 10: Hendrix, Satriani, Macalpine, Page, Trower, Santana, EVH, G.Howe, Vai, Ritenour, and Scolfield..

  • Reply solara clarke August 19, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Gary Moore left them way behind….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Jeremy Bennett August 19, 2019 at 4:00 am

    ever heard of slash

  • Reply William Ayers August 19, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Hendrix deserves that spot.

  • Reply Abraham Abraham August 19, 2019 at 9:21 am

    where is SLASH ????

  • Reply MetalFromPak August 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    6:48 which song?

  • Reply Dark One August 19, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Apparently whoever made this video has never heard of Yngwie Malmsteen. They might as well have put little Wayne as number one.

  • Reply Paolo Di Palma August 20, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Jeff Beck in the Honorable mentions?? What the f**k?!

  • Reply Darrell Terry August 20, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Srv Angus young and Jeff Healy .

  • Reply thomas henderson August 20, 2019 at 5:26 am

    There are TOO many to make a list. That being said. How does Prince not make list?

  • Reply Jelly Ninja August 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Jimmy is way better then all of

  • Reply Jelly Ninja August 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    The people

  • Reply Garry Hall August 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Most of your top picks will say that Satch was and is the best ever.

  • Reply IHaveEbolala August 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Jimi Hendrix

  • Reply George Wallace August 20, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    My favourites are Eric Clapton or George Harrison

  • Reply Kyle Francom August 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Keith Richards!?

  • Reply Klaus / August 20, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    No Robert Fripp?
    (check out Fracture)

  • Reply Jon McLellan August 20, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Lol what in the world kinda list is this? Change the title please. These are "most well known." Not best guitarists… yikes mojo. Yikes

  • Reply susan layton August 21, 2019 at 2:14 am

    SRV number 8 you must be tripping number one in my book

  • Reply Glen August 21, 2019 at 4:47 am

    C'mon… Tommy Emmanuel!!!

  • Reply metal 12 August 21, 2019 at 7:37 am

    where is zack wyld ?

  • Reply Mark Jackson August 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I would put Pete Townsend on the list. I don’t think Randy Rhodes belongs there.

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