Top 10 Guitarists in Rock/Metal

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This is a 10 list of some of the best guitarists in the world of Rock and Metal. Do you agree with my list?
This list is based on catchiness and complexity with a Spotlight Riff.

  • Place 10
    Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
    Spotlight Riff: Heartbreaker
    I used to think he was overrated, but this guy has some SERIOUS licks!
  • Place 9
    Slash (Guns n’ Roses)
    Spotlight Riff: Welcome to the Jungle
    Slash is one of my personal biggest influences. He was a forming member but around 1994 left the band. He rejoined in 2015.
  • Place 8
    Brian May (Queen)
    Spotlight Riff (Solo): Killer Queen
    Brian May has been the guitarist for Queen ever since the band was formed. He has also gotten a degree in astrophysics and still writes memorable solos today.

  • Place 7
    Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Spotlight Riff: Purple Haze
    I know I will get a lot of flak for this one, but in my opinion Hendrix has more complex and less groovy riffs than most... though he still did make it to the Top 10
  • Place 6
    James Hetfield (Metallica)
    Spotlight Riff: Battery
    If we were talking top 10 frontmen... Jaymz would definitely be in the top 3... but his guitar skills aren’t quite overwhelming. (This is coming from a HUGE Metallica fan)
  • Place 5
    Angus Young (AC/DC)
    Spotlight Riff: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Angus “without the G” Young is the guitarist for hard rock band ACDC has some good chops... especially on the early albums.

  • Place 4
    Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
    Spotlight Solo: Eye of the Beholder
    He has created some of the most memerable solos in the history of Metal... so I knight thee Number 4!
  • Place 3
    Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
    Spotlight Riff: Unchained
    EVH is part of the band that has sold out stadiums and venues and festivals alike for more than thirty years, so it would seem appropriate to deem him 3rd. Oh, and Eruption. that's kinda cool too, though I can better that😏
  • Place 2
    Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
    Spotlight Riff: Killing is my Business... And Business is Good!
    The spotlight riff was hard to decide, but this great guitarist has no better riff... though they’re all cool!
  • Place 1
    Dimebag Darrell Abbott (PanterA)
    Spotlight Riff: Cowboys From Hell
    BRUH. Was my initial reaction to the greatest guitarist ever.
    Domination too.

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Comments (1)


1038 days ago
Nice!!! I love Metallica and Megadeth. They’re part of the “Big 4”!!!