250 Greatest Rock Guitarists Of All Time

Criteria: Rock Guitarists are ranked by originality, influence, creativity, and skill (technique, versatility).
Greatest Rock Guitarists
1. Jimi Hendrix*
(Jimi Hendrix Experence, Band of Gypsys, session work)
2. Jeff Beck*
(The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, session work, solo)
3. Eddie Van Halen*
(Van Halen)
4. Eric Clapton
(The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, session work, solo)
5. Jimmy Page
(The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm, session work)
6. Ritchie Blackmore
(Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night)
7. Tony Iommi
(Black Sabbath, solo)
8. Chuck Berry
9. Scotty Moore*
(Elvis Presley)
10. Duane Allman*
(Allman Brothers Band, Derek & The Dominos, session work)
11. Robert Fripp
(King Crimson, session work, solo)
12. Steve Howe
(Yes, Asia, the Syndicats, solo)
13. Brian May
(Queen, solo)
14. David Gilmour
(Pink Floyd, solo)
15. Carlos Santana
(Santana, solo)
16. Pete Townshend
(The Who, solo)
17. Steve Cropper
(Booker T & the MG's, Mar-Keys, Blues Brothers Band, sesion work)
18. Steve Vai
(Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, solo)
19. Yngwie Malmsteen
(Steeler, Alcatrazz, solo)
20. Steve Morse
(Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, solo)
21. Eric Johnson
(The Electromagnets, solo)
22. Joe Satriani
(solo, Chickenfoot)
23. Danny Gatton*
(solo, session work, Redneck Jazz Explosion)
24. Roy Buchanan*
(solo, session work)
25. Steve Hackett
(Genesis, solo)
26. Phil Keaggy
(Glass Harp, solo)
27. Jan Akkerman
(Focus, solo)
28. Alex Lifeson
29. Mark Knopfler
(Dire Straits, solo)
30. Keith Richards
(The Rolling Stones, solo)
31. George Harrison*
(The Beatles, solo)
32. Randy Rhoads*
(Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne)
33. Uli Jon Roth
(Scorpions, solo)
34. Michael Schenker
(Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
35. Gary Moore*
(Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, solo)
36, 37, & 38. Joe Messina* / Robert White* / Eddie Willis*
(The Funk Brothers)
39. James Burton
(Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, session work)
40. Link Wray*
41. Jimmy Nolen*
(The J.B.'s, Johnny Otis Band, Maceo & All the King's Men)
42. Lonnie Mack*
(solo, session work)
43. Dick Dale*
44. Jerry Garcia*
(Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, solo, session work)
45. Marty Friedman
(Cacophony, Megadeth, solo)
46. Cliff Gallup*
(Gene Vincent's Blue Caps)
47. Dickey Betts
(Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts Band)
48. Shawn Lane*
(Black Oak Arkansas, The Willys, HLS, solo)
49. Hank Marvin
(The Shadows)
50. Bo Diddley*
51. Curtis Mayfield
* (Impressions, solo)
52. Frank Zappa*
(Mothers Of Invention, solo)
53 & 54. Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo
(Sonic Youth)
55. Terry Kath*
56. Eddie Hazel*
(Funkadelic, solo)
57. Rory Gallagher*
58. Tommy Bolin*
(Deep Purple, session work, solo)
59. Slash
(Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, session work)
60. Warren Haynes
(Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule)
61. Andy Summers
(The Police, session work, solo)
62. Mick Ronson*
(The Spiders From Mars, session work, solo)
63 & 64. Glenn Tipton / K.K. Downing
(Judas Priest)
65. Steve Lukather
(Toto, session work)
66. Neal Schon
(Santana, Journey)
67. John Petrucci
(Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, solo)
68 & 69. Dave Murray / Adrian Smith
(Iron Maiden)
70 & 71. James Hetfield / Kirk Hammett
72. Johnny Marr
(The Smiths)
73. The Edge
74. Alvin Lee*
(Ten Years After)
75. Leslie West*
76. Billy Gibbons
(ZZ Top)
77. Paul Gilbert
(Mr. Big, Racer X, solo)
78. Buckethead
(solo, Praxis, Guns N' Roses)
79. Vinnie Moore
(UFO, Alice Cooper, solo)
80. Tony MacAlpine
(M.A.R.S., Planet X, Ring Of Fire, CAB, solo)
81 & 82. Angus Young / Malcolm Young
83. Ray Gomez
(session work, solo, Los Pop Tops, Stanley Clarke)
84. Michael Landau (session work, Raging Honkies, Michael Landau Group)
85. Carl Verheyen
(session work, Supertramp, Carl Verheyen Band)
86. Adrian Belew (King Crimson, solo)
87. Martin Barre
(Jethro Tull)
88. Mick Taylor
(Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, solo)
89 & 90. Dave Davies / Ray Davies
(The Kinks)
91. Neil Young
(Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, solo)
92 & 93. Scott Gorham / Brian Robertson
(Thin Lizzy)
94. Dimebag Darrell*
95. Guthrie Govan
(Asia, Erotic Cakes, The Fellowship, solo)
96. Derek Trucks
(The Allman Brothers Band, Frogwings, Derek Trucks Band)
97. Big Jim Sullivan*
(session work)
98. Mickey Bake*r
(session work, Mickey & Sylvia)
99. Robin Trower
(Procol Harum, solo)
100. Jorma Kaukonen
(Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
101. Johnny Ramone*
(The Ramones)
102. Frank Marino
(Mahogany Rush)
103. Duane Eddy
104. Ronnie Montrose
105. Andrew Latimer
106. Tom Morello
(Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
107. Carl Perkins*
108 & 109. Allen Collins* / Gary Rossington*
(Lynyrd Skynyrd)
110. Paul Kossoff*
111. John Cipollina*
(Quicksilver Messenger Service)
112. Andy Timmons
(Danger Danger, solo)
113. Joe Walsh
(The Eagles, The James Gang, solo)
114. Ted Nugent
(The Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees, solo)
115. John Fogerty
(Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)
116. Chuck Schuldiner*
117. Bill Nelson
(Be Bop Deluxe, solo)
118. Richie Kotzen
(Poison, Mr. Big, solo)
119. Alex Skolnick
(Testament, Savatage, solo)
120. Rick Derringer
(McCoys, Edgar Winter, solo, session work)
121. Kerry Livgren
122. George Lynch
(Dokken, Lynch Mob)
123. John Sykes
(Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy)
124 & 125. Tom Verlaine* / Richard Lloyd
126. Steve Hillage
(Gong, solo)
127. Randy Bachman
(The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
128. Steve Rothery
129. Jason Becker
(Cacophony, David Lee Roth)
130. Buddy Holly*
131. Jukka Tolonen
(Tasavallan Presidentti, solo)
132. "Fast" Eddie Clarke*
(Motörhead, Fastway)
133. Stephen Stills
(Buffalo Springfield, CSN, solo)
134 & 135. Joe Perry / Brad Whitford
136. Ron Thal
(Bumblefoot, Guns N' Roses, solo)
137. Michael Romeo
(Symphony X)
138. Mattias IA Eklundh
(Freak Kitchen, solo)
139. Steve Stevens
(Billy Idol, Bozzio Levin Stevens, session work, solo)
140. Jake E. Lee
(Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands)
141. Domenic Troiano*
(The Guess Who, The James Gang)
142. Peter Frampton
(Humble Pie, solo)
143. Miller Anderson
(Savoy Brown, Miller Anderson Band, Keef Hartley Band)
144. Nuno Bettencourt
145. Jerry Cantrell
(Alice In Chains)
146. Mike McCready
(Pearl Jam)
147. John Frusciante
(Red Hot Chili Peppers)
148. Nile Rodgers
149. John Jorgenson
(session work, Hellecasters)
150. Dave Mustaine
151. Kai Hansen
(Helloween, Gamma Ray)
152. Vivian Campbell
(Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard)
153. Trey Anastasio
154. Brett Garsed
(John Farnham, Nelson, solo)
155. Phil Manzanera
(Roxy Music)
156. Bernard Butler
(Suede, The Tears, solo)
157. John Squire
(Stone Roses)
158. Rik Emmett
(Triumph, solo)
159. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
(Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
160. Ollie Halsall*
(Patto, Tempest, Boxer, Rutles, Kevin Ayers)
161. Greg Howe
(solo, session work)
162. D. Boon*
163. Greg Ginn
(Black Flag)
164. Jerry Miller
(Moby Grape)
165. Reggie Young*
(session work, Bill Black Combo)
166. Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser
(Blue Öyster Cult)
167. Lowman Pauling
(The 5 Royales)
168. Travis Wammack
(session work, solo)
169. Robbie Krieger
(The Doors)
170. Michael Lee Firkins
171. Larry Lalonde
(Primus, Possessed)
172. Ty Tabor
(King's X, Platypus, solo)
173. Kevin Shields
(My Bloody Valentine)
174. Billy Zoom
175. Lindsey Buckingham
(Fleetwood Mac)
176. Matt Bellamy
177. Ace Frehley
178. Syd Barrett*
(Pink Floyd, solo)
179, 180 & 181. Jonny Greenwood / Ed O'Brien / Thom Yorke
182 & 183. Ric Ocasek / Elliot Easton
(The Cars)
184 & 185. Jeff Hanneman* / Kerry King
186. Prince*
187. Chris Poland
(Megadeth, OHM)
188. Bill Steer
(Napalm Death, Carcass)
189. Zakk Wylde
(Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
190. Robert Quine*
(Lou Reed, John Zorn, Tom Waits, Brian Eno, session work)
191. James Murphy
(Death, Obituary)
192. Chris Rea
193 & 194. David Allan "Ted" Turner / Andy Powell
(Wishbone Ash)
195. T. J. Helmerich
(sessions, solo)
196. Dr Know
(Bad Brains)
197. Roger McGuinn
(The Byrds)
198. Robbie Robertson*
(The Band)
199. Ron Asheton*
(The Stooges)
200 & 201. Wayne Kramer / Fred "Sonic" Smith
* (MC5)
202. Johnny Thunders*
(The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers)
203. Marc Bolan*
204 & 205. Rudolph Schenker / Matthias Jabs
206. Tom Johnston
(The Doobie Brothers)
207. Kim Simmonds*
(Savoy Brown)
208. Nils Lofgren
(Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, solo)
209. Wild Jimmy Spruill*
(session work)
210. Franny Beecher
(Bill Haley & His Comets)
211. Danny Cedrone*
(Bill Haley & His Comets)
212. Paul Burlison*
(Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio)
213 & 214. Bob Bogle* / Don Wilson*
215. Kim Mitchell
(Max Webster, solo)
216. East Bay Ray
(Dead Kennedys)
217. Mick Jones
(The Clash)
218. Brian Jones*
(The Rolling Stones)
219. Danny Kortchmar
(session work, the City)
220. Devin Townsend
(Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project)
221. Kee Marcello
222 & 223. Chris DeGarmo / Michael Wilton
224. Jimmy Herring
(Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends)
225. Ernie Isley
(Isley Brothers)
226. Vernon Reid
(Living Color)
227. Dave Mason
(Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, session work)
228. Kurt Cobain*
229. Dave Meniketti
230. Richie Sambora
(Bon Jovi, solo)
231. Randy California*
232. Glen Buxton*
(Alice Cooper)
233. Steve Miller
(Steve Miller Band)
234 & 235. Brad Gillis / Jeff Watson
(Night Ranger)
236. Andy LaRocque
(King Diamond, Death)
237. Criss Oliva*
238. J. Mascis
(Dinosaur Jr.)
239. Trevor Rabin
240 & 241. Francis Rossi / Rick Parfitt*
(Status Quo)
242 & 243. Scott Ian & Dan Spitz
244. Jonsi Birgisson
(Sigur Ros)
245. Gary Green
(Gentle Giant)
246. Don Felder
(The Eagles)
247. Mike Campbell
(The Heartbreakers, Dirty Knobs)
248. Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
249. Tommy Shaw
(Styx, Damn Yankees, solo)
250. Adam Jones
All names past 250 are unnumbered.
Michael Angelo Batio
(Nitro, solo)
Bob Mould
(Hüsker Dü, Sugar)
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn
Kim Thayil
Billy Corgan
(The Smashing Pumpkins)
Wolf Hoffmann
Jim Matheos
(Fates Warning, OSI)
Ike Turner*
(Ike & Tina Turner Revue, session work)
Akira Takasaki
Doug Aldrich
(Dio, Whitesnake)
John Norum
(Europe, Dokken, solo)
Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake)
Vito Bratta
(White Lion)
Warren "Torch" DeMartini
Roine Stolt
(The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, solo)
Bruce Watson
(Big Country)
Mick Box
(Uriah Heep)
Francis Dunnery
(It Bites, solo)
Dave Hlubek* / Steve Holland / Duane Roland
(Molly Hatchet)
Hughie Thomasson / Henry Paul / Billy Jones
(The Outlaws)
Mark Farner
(Grand Funk Railroad)
Mikael Åkerfeldt / Peter Lindgren
Steve Jones
(The Sex Pistols)
Keith Levene
(Public Image Ltd)
Tony Hicks
(The Hollies)
Henry Garza
(Los Lonely Boys)
Mick Ralphs
(Mott The Hoople, Bad Company)
Stone Gossard
(Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Green River)
Ian Crichton
Eric Bell
(Thin Lizzy)
Trey Spruance
(Mr Bungle)
Jennifer Batten
(Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, solo)
Hank Shermann / Michael Denner
(Mercyful Fate)
Michael Weikath
Izzy Stradlin
(Guns N' Roses)
Tom Scholz
Brian Jones*
(The Rolling Stones)
Gary Hoey
Justin Hayward
(The Moody Blues)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
(The Mars Volta)
Larry "Rhino" Rheinhart
(Captain Beyond, Iron Butterfly)
Jon Drenning / Ben Jackson
(Crimson Glory)
John Mitchell
(Arena, It Bites)
Phil Collen
(Def Leppard)
Dave "The Snake" Sabo / Scotti Hill
(Skid Row)
Bruce Kulick
(Kiss, sessions)
Alex Chilton
(The Box Tops, Big Star)
Noel Gallagher
Stevie Salas (sessions)
Mick Mars
(Mötley Crüe)
Bernie Watson
(Cyril Davies & the R&B All-Stars, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)
Mark Reale
Mick Jones
(Foreigner, sessions)
Timo Tolkki
Michael Hampton
(Parliament, Funkadelic)
Toy Caldwell
(Marshall Tucker Band)
Graham Coxon
Claudio Sanchez / Travis Stever
(Coheed & Cambria)
James Dean Bradfield
(Manic Street Preachers)
Joe Santiago / Frank Black
Dann Huff
(Giant, session work)
Mike Einziger
Frank Hannon
Mark Briody / Chris Broderick
(Jag Panzer)
Joey Tafolla
(Jag Panzer, solo)
Dave Peverett* / Rod Price*
Jorge Santana
Zoot Horn Rollo
(Captain Beefheart's Magic Band)
Trey Azagthoth
(Morbid Angel)
Hillel Slovak
(Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Mads Eriksen
Gary Richrath
(REO Speedwagon)
John Mayer
John 5
(Marilyn Manson)
Alexi Laiho
(Children Of Bodom)
Steve Lynch
Rusty Cooley
(Outworld, solo)
Ross The Boss
Marcus Siepen / André Olbrich
(Blind Guardian)
Brendt Allman
(Shadow Gallery)
Kiko Loureiro
(Angra, solo)
Thomas Youngblood
Jani Liimatainen
(Sonata Arctica)
Luca Turilli
(Rhapsody, solo)
John Christ
Jeff Carlisi / Don Barnes
(.38 Special)
Steve Clark*
(Def Leppard)
Glen Burtnik
(Styx, sessions)
Zacky Vengeance / Synyster Gates
(Avenged Sevenfold)
Jim Peterik / Frankie Sullivan
Mark Tremonti
(Creed, Alter Bridge)
Jay Jay French / Eddie Ojeda
(Twisted Sister)
Joe Stump
Carlos Cavazo
(Quiet Riot)
Jack White
(The White Stripes)
Chris Impellitteri
Matt Heafy / Corey Beaulieu
Johnny Farina
(Santo & Johnny)
Edmund Darris
(Pleasure Groove)
Kevin Peek
(Sky, session work)
Michael Sembello
(session work, solo)
Will Ray
(session work, Hellecasters)
Jerry Donahue
(Hellecasters, Fairport Convention)
Eddie Cochran
Lou Reed & Sterling Morrison
(Velvet Underground)
Gary Green
(Gentle Giant)
Eddie Phillips
Jake Cinninger & Brendan Bayliss
(Umphrey's McGee)
Brad Nowell
Elliott Randall
(session work)
Waddy Wachtel
(session work)
Paul Jackson Jr.
(session work)
Michael Thompson
(session work)
Tim Pierce
(session work)
Dean Parks
(session work)
Dennis Budimir
(session work)
Tommy Tedesco
(session work)
Peter Buck
Dennis Coffey
(session work)
Wah-Wah Watson
(session work)
Leo Nocentelli
Marv Tarplin
Robert Ward
(Ohio Players)
Sugarfoot Bonner
(Ohio Players)
Bobby Womack
(session work, solo)
Pops Staples
(Staples Singers)
Jimmy Johnson
(Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)
Freddie Stewart
(Sly & the Family Stone)
Papoose Nelson
(Fats Domino, Professor Longhair)
Al McKay
(Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band)
Rene Hall
(session work, B.Bumble & the Stingers)
David Williams
(session work)
Peter "Guitar" Lewis
(Johnny Otis)
Chips Moman
(session work)
Teenie Hodges
(Al Green, Hi Rhythm Section)
Dick Wagner
(Frost, Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper)
Steve "Deacon" Hunter
(Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper, session work)
Ray Fenwick
(Syndicats, Ian Gillan Band)
Roye Albrighton
Glenn Schwartz
(James Gang, Pacific Gas & Electric, The All Saved Freak Band)
Thomas McClary
Pat Smear
(Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
Salman Ahmad
Ian Mackaye / Guy Picciotto
Muhammed Suicmez
Thomas Blug
Manny Charlton
Davey Johnstone
(Elton John, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf)
Fredrik Thordendal
David T Walker
(session work, Dreams Come True)
Anthony Phillips
(Genesis, solo)
Mike Rutherford
(Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics)
Peter Banks
(Yes, Empire)
Mick Abrahams
(Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, This Was)
Steve Winwood
(session work, solo)
Buzz Feiten
(session work, Butterfield Blues Band, Rascals)
Eric Gales
Todd Rundgren
(solo, Utopia)
Clem Clempson
(Humble Pie, Colosseum)
Dave Edmunds
(solo, session work)
Bernard Sumner
(Joy Division, New Order)
Lenny Kravitz
Mark Morton
(solo, Lamb of God)
Nita Strauss
(solo, Alice Cooper)
Honorable Mentions
Guitarists who only arguably qualify as rock guitarists, however the impact they've had in relationship to rock guitar is undeniable. In no particular order:

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Carl Hogan
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith
Joe Bonamassa
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Bruce Cockburn
Glenn Branca
John McLaughlin
Chet Atkins
Albert Lee
Johnny Guitar Watson
Freddie King
Albert King
Buddy Guy
Mike Bloomfield
Peter Green
Les Paul
Allan Holdsworth
Larry Coryell
Hank Garland
Tommy Emmanuel
Earl Hooker
Al di Meola
Larry Carlton
Frank Gambale
Fred Frith
Marc Ribot
Ry Cooder
Jeff Healey
Walter Trout
Junior Brown
John Martyn
Brian Setzer
Snowy White
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Peter Tosh
Bob Marley
Richard Thompson
Brent Mason
Snooks Eaglin
Floyd McDaniel
Dave Beegle
Sonny Sharrock
James Blood Ulmer
Junior Barnard
Johnny Hiland
10 Best Premier Rock Guitarists of Each Decade

John Petrucci
Kenny Wayne Sheperd
Tom Morello
Marty Friedman
Zakk Wylde
Vito Bratta
Dimebag Darrell
Mike McCready
Jerry Cantrell


Eddie Van Halen
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
Randy Rhoads
Eric Johnson
Paul Gilbert
Steve Morse
Jason Becker


Jimmy Page
Richie Blackmore
David Glimour
Duane Allman
Brian May
Carlos Santana
Tony Iommi
Angus Young
Ry Cooder
Mick Ronson


Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Frank Zappa
Keith Richards
Peter Green
Pete Townshend
Dave Davies
Steve Cropper
George Harrison


Chuck Berry
Bo Diddley
Mickey "Guitar" Baker
Scotty Moore
Lowman Pauling
Cliff Gallup
James Burton
Eddie Cochran
Link Wray
Carl Perkins