The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Rolling Stone’s best guitarists

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The Best Ever Guitarists?

100 Listed in Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone magazine has assembled a large and impressive panel of top players and other experts to rank their favorite guitarists.  It’s a fascinating array of the best of the best, with detailed explanations as to each ranking. HERE IS THE LIST

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Here’s the names-only summary.


100 Lindsey Buckingham

99 Thurston Moore

98 Alex Lifeson

97 Steve Jones

96 Bruce Springsteen

95 Roger McGuinn

94 Peter Buck

93 Paul Simon

92 Dimebag Darrell

91 Dave Davies

90 Tom Verlaine

89 Bonnie Raitt

88 Carl Perkins

87 James Hetfield

86 J Mascis

85 Andy Summers

84 Joe Perry

83 Eddie Hazel

82 Nels Cline

81 Lou Reed

80 Buddy Holly

79 Mike Campbell

78 John Fahey

77 Willie Nelson

76 Robby Krieger

75 Joni Mitchell

74 Dick Dale

73 Kurt Cobain

72 John Frusciante

71 Robert Johnson

70 Jack White

69 Richard Thompson

68 John McLaughlin

67 T-Bone Walker

66 Leslie West

65 Slash

64 Duane Eddy

63 Johnny Winter

62 Robert Fripp

61 Dickey Betts

60 Ron Asheton

59 Robbie Robertson

58 Peter Green

57 Rory Gallagher

56 Albert Collins

55 John Lennon

54 Joe Walsh

53 Otis Rush

52 Clarence White

51 Johnny Marr

50 Ritchie Blackmore

49 Muddy Waters

48 Jonny Greenwood

47 Stephen Stills

46 Jerry Garcia

45 Link Wray

44 Mark Knopfler

43 Hubert Sumlin

42 Mike Bloomfield

41 Mick Ronson

40 Tom Morello

39 Steve Cropper

38 The Edge

37 Mick Taylor

36 Randy Rhoads

35 John Lee Hooker

34 Curtis Mayfield

33 Prince

32 Billy Gibbons

31 Ry Cooder

30 Elmore James

29 Scotty Moore

28 Johnny Ramone

27 Bo Diddley

26 Brian May

25 Tony Iommi

24 Angus Young

23 Buddy Guy

22 Frank Zappa

21 Chet Atkins

20 Carlos Santana

19 James Burton

18 Les Paul

17 Neil Young

16 Derek Trucks

15 Freddy King

14 David Gilmour

13 Albert King

12 Stevie Ray Vaughan

11 George Harrison

10 Pete Townshend

9 Duane Allman

8 Eddie Van Halen

7 Chuck Berry

6 B.B. King

5 Jeff Beck

4 Keith Richards

3 Jimmy Page

2 Eric Clapton

1 Jimi Hendrix


Trey Anastasio, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Brian Bell (Weezer), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), James Burton, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gary Clark Jr., Billy Corgan, Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Peter Guralnick (Author), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Brian Hiatt (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Brian May, Mike McCready (



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Rolling Stone’s best guitarists

Rolling Stone’s best guitarists

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