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Top 10 Rock Guitarist of All Time: Rolling Stone

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Written by Altaf Shaikh

I’m a big fan of rock music and it influences me all the time since the day I started listening. Well, I’m a guitarist myself and I have been playing guitar for almost 10 years. I love listening to the guitar solos of great rock guitarists and that is how they become my favorite, so what’s yours?

Top 10 rock guitarist of all time:

Following are the top 10 Rock guitarist of all time which are listed in descending order. So, check them out and enjoy reading.

10. Slash.

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Slash is the lead guitarist of the American rock band called “Guns N’ Roses”, which is the most popular band in the world. He is a very attacking guitarist and he has many great guitar solos and music pieces which are very catchy to listen. And he always attacks to the heart and soul of the people with his melodic guitar solos. His guitar playing in “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was very powerful and melodic, that you can see the other bands covering on stage in every corner of the world. His style of keeping his long curly hair and hat on his head was very attractive to catch the attention of the people from on stage. He also played many soulful guitar solos in songs like “November rain”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Paradise City” etc. “Sweet Child O’Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle” were his key tracks.

 9. Ritchie Blackmore.

Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore was one of the co-founders of the rock band called ‘Deep Purple’ in 1968. He is well known for the riff he played in ‘Smoke on the water’ song. He mixed the blues rock with the classical kinds of stuff and created a wholly unique and new heavy sound, which became very popular at that time. His music was unpredictable and influenced the generation of headbangers by pushing forward the ‘Rock n Roll’ music.

8. The Edge.

The Edge

The Edge was the lead guitarist of the rock band “U2”. He was a unique guitarist and does not use too much strumming in his playing. If we go through all U2’s album we can listen the new sound which he has created. People started calling him the scientist after he composed the riff for the song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”. ‘Mysterious ways’ was one of greatest hit of the band U2. After listening to this song, Daniel Lanois said “It’s not really a riff – it’s a moment. It brings me to tears whenever I hear it”.

7. Randy Rhoads.

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads was the greatest rock/metal guitarist of all time. His style of solos on Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley” made the other guitarist bound to follow him for many years. He also started to explore the jazz music in his very young age. Unfortunately, his career was short, at the age of 25, he died in a plane accident.

6. Angus Young.

Angus Young

If you are ‘Rock n Roll’ fan, I’m sure that you have heard the band called “AC/DC”. Angus Young was the lead guitarist of that Band. He was called the God of the blues rock guitar. His riff and solos in ‘Back in black’ and ‘Highway to hell’ is so popular that every guitarist had printed its tune in their mind. He has his own style of playing which was different from any other guitarist of that time. He used to wear a half pant when he plays on stage which was looking unique as his guitar playing.

5. David Gilmour.

David Gilmour

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is the most soulful guitar player of all time. He joined the band ‘Pink Floyd’ as a lead guitarist in the year of 1968. He started composing songs with the dreamy texture with his band, and when he start to play the solo, we feel the sensitivity of another level. David Gilmour had composed many greatest hits such as “Comfortably numb,” “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, “Another brick in the wall part 2” etc.

4. George Harrison.

George Harrison

George Harrison was popularly known as the lead guitarist of the band called the Beatles. His great contribution in the band was “While my guitar gently weeps”, “Here comes the sun”, “Something”, “taxman” etc.  He always cared about the pitch in his guitar playing and created a great sound. His composition always touched the heart of the people. He was a creative guitarist and has his own rules of playing which have influenced the other guitarist of the generation.

3. Eddie Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen was the lead guitarist of the band called Van Halen. He is known as the legend of the Rock music history. He used a lot of harmonics and texture and created a unique sound that isn’t necessarily guitar sounds. It is because of his style of holding the pick with his middle and thumb finger he can uniquely use his point finger for tapping. His “Eruption”, “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love”, “Hot for Teacher” were the greatest hits of all the time.

2. Jimmy Page.

Jimmy Page

Jimmy page was the lead guitarist of the band called Led Zeppelin. His taste in music was extraordinary during his time. He had created lots of new thing in guitar playing. He knew exactly what kind of sound he really wanted and when to get louder, quieter, softer and louder again, “Stairway to Heaven” is the best example for it. Joe Perry said, “Jimmy Page was writing the songs, playing them, producing them – I can’t think of any other guitar player since Les Paul that can claim that”. “Dazed and Confused,” “Heartbreaker,” “Kashmir” were his key tracks.

1. Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was the greatest guitar player. He brought us the idea of what the sound of rock music could be. He played guitar effortlessly which we can see in his song “Voodoo Chile,” where he used the wah effect in the intro, which was really a new thing in that time. “Little wing” was one of The most beautiful songs of Jimi Hendrix which every guitarist want to cover. Hendrix used the feedback in his guitar playing better than any guitarist in this world. He is so creative that no one knew what he is going to do next. He is called an elder statesman of rock by many people. “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Hey Joe” are his greatest hit songs.


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Altaf Shaikh

I believe “When you share the knowledge gained from your experiences, you can make the world a better place”. Learning is a never-ending journey, so never stop learning.

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