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100 Greatest Rock Guitarists

100 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 (solo)
  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 (Rush)
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* (solo)
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 (solo)
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* (solo)
51. Curtis Mayfield* (Impressions, solo)
52. Frank Zappa* (Mothers Of Invention, solo)
53 & 54. Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
55. Terry Kath* (Chicago)
56. Eddie Hazel* (Funkadelic, solo)
57. Rory Gallagher* (solo)
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 (Metallica)
72. Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
73. The Edge (U2)
74. Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
75. Leslie West (Mountain)
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 (AC/DC)
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* (Pantera)
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 Baker (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 (solo)
104. Ronnie Montrose (Montrose)
105. Andrew Latimer (Camel)
106. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
107. Carl Perkins (solo)
108 & 109. Allen Collins*/Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
110. Paul Kossoff* (Free)
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* (Death)
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 (Kansas)
122. George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
123. John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy)
124 & 125. Tom Verlaine/Richard Lloyd (Television)
126. Steve Hillage (Gong, solo)
127. Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
128. Steve Rothery (Marillion)
129. Jason Becker (Cacophony, David Lee Roth)
130. Buddy Holly* (solo)
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 (Aerosmith)
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 (Extreme)
145. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
146. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
147. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
148. Nile Rodgers (Chic)
149. John Jorgenson (session work, Hellecasters)
150. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
151. Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray)
152. Vivian Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard)
153. Trey Anastasio (Phish)
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 (Minutemen)
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 (solo)
171. Larry Lalonde (Primus, Possessed)
172. Ty Tabor (King's X, Platypus, solo)
173. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
174. Billy Zoom (X)
175. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
176. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
177. Ace Frehley (Kiss)
178. Syd Barrett* (Pink Floyd, solo)
179, 180 & 181. Jonny Greenwood/Ed O'Brien/Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
182 & 183. Ric Ocasek/Elliot Easton (The Cars)
184 & 185. Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King (Slayer)
186. Prince (solo)
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 (solo)
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* (T-Rex)
204 & 205. Rudolph Schenker/Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)
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 (Ventures)
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 (Europe)
222 & 223. Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton (Queensryche)
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* (Nirvana)
229. Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
230. Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi, solo)
231. Randy California* (Spirit)
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* (Savatage)
238. J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
239. Trevor Rabin (Yes)
240 & 241. Francis Rossi/Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
242 & 243. Scott Ian & Dan Spitz (Anthrax)
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 (Tool)


Edited By: Andreas Haukenes, with Jeffrey P., George F. and gminer.
As well as the invaluable contribution of everyone in the DDD Guitar Forum.

Last Updated: 2010-05-11
Newly added names are in Red

Criteria: Rock Guitarists are ranked by originality, influence, creativity,
and skill (technique, versatility).
(*=R.I.P.)