Who are the best guitarists of all time? Everyone has an opinion – and we want to hear YOURS.
Voting is open for our very first top 100 best guitarists of all time.
To vote, simply click on the link below and tell us your top five, starting with your favorite.
Alright, buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the wild and wonderful world of guitarists. Now, before we even begin, let’s establish one thing: deciding who the best guitarist of all time is like trying to choose your favorite flavor of ice cream. It’s a subjective thing, my friend.
I mean, come on, how can you compare the blistering solos of Jimi Hendrix to the jangling melodies of Johnny Marr? It’s like comparing a fiery dragon to a majestic unicorn. They’re both awesome, but in completely different ways.
What makes a good guitarist?
As mentioned above, it depends! You might not care about shredding a million notes per second or having fingers that move like lightning on the fretboard. Sure, technical skill is impressive, but a truly great guitarist goes beyond that, right? It’s about the emotion they pour into their playing, the ability to make you feel something deep down in your soul. It’s about their creativity and unique style that sets them apart from the rest of the pack. Yes? No!? Tell us!
Speaking of the pack, let’s talk about those guitarists who are often hailed as the best of the best. We’ve got the legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page, who can make their guitars weep, wail, and sing all at once.
These guys revolutionized the way we look at the guitar, pushing boundaries and creating iconic riffs that still give us goosebumps to this day. Then there are the modern maestros like John Mayer who bring a fresh perspective to the table and continue to inspire a new generation of guitar slingers.
Now, here’s where things get a little tricky. Trying to rank the top 100 best guitarists of all time is like trying to herd cats. That’s why we’re setting a few rules – you can read them below.
In the end, the best guitarist of all time is a matter of personal preference. It’s about the connection you feel when you hear that perfect riff, the way it sends shivers down your spine and makes you want to pick up a guitar yourself.
So, let’s raise our air guitars and toast to all the guitar gods past, present, and future. They may not agree on who’s the best, but they all have one thing in common: they make us fall in love with the sound of six strings vibrating in perfect harmony. Rock on, my friends!
Best guitarists of all time: the rules
We’ll keep gathering votes until we have enough. Then, we’ll do some checks and calculations and publish the top 100 as voted for by you – we’ll be in touch to let you know as soon as this is ready and announce it on social media.
- Each person can only submit one vote for up to five guitarists
- Multiple entries will be discarded
- Only professional guitar players will be counted – no voting for your mate Dave
- No voting for yourself – no matter how good you are!
- We reserve the right to alter the results and voting process