Loudwire's Top 50 Guitar Players Of All Time

By Michael M. on 3:13 PM 06 April 2015

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Loudwire.com asked their authors to choose their top 50 in rock and metal music.


They chose the best guitarists based on their light ability, technique, impact on future generations, compositions and classic riffs.

We all have in our minds our favorite guitarists and we tend to disagree with top lists but let's see loudwire.com's best top 50 guitarist :

50. KK Downing (Judas Priest)
49. Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
48. Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
47. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
46. Kerry King (Slayer)
45. Marty Friedman (Magadeth)
44. Vivian Campbell (Dio, Def Leppard)
43. Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer)
42. Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
41. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Katatonia)
40. Daron Malakian (System Of A Down)
39. Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
38. Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)
37. Adam Jone (Tool)
36. Kim Tayil (Soundgarden)
35. Joe Satriani
34. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
33. Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
32. Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
31. Ace Frehley (Kiss)
30. Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
29. Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
28. Alex Lifeson (Rush)
27. Johnny Ramone (Ramones)
26. Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, Michael Schenker Group)
25. Alex Skolnick (Testament)
24. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, Black Label Society)
23. Steve Vai
22. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
21. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
20. Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)
19. Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
18. Angus Young (AC/DC)
17. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
16. Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
15. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
14. Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
13. Pete Townshend (The Who)
12. Yngwie Malmsteen
11. Slash (GN’R, Velver Revolver, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators)
10. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
9. Brian May (Queen)
8. Jeff Beck
7. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy, Quiet Riot)
6. Eric Clapton
5. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
4. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
3. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
2. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)


1. Jimi Hendrix

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