From folk and classical music to funk and hard rock, there are many great guitarists who have popularized it and promoted each genre. Each of these popular and influential guitarists has unique technical skills which enable them to creatively input energy and emotions into music and successfully influence the way music is made. We’ve compiled a list of the best guitarists of all time to celebrate the contributions of these great guitar players to music.
In his four years mainstream career, Hendrix successfully influenced and redefined the popular music. Widely renowned as the best guitarist of all time, he effortlessly embodied his music and seamlessly performed complex, widely varied, original and mind-blowing tunes. Just three months after getting his first manager, Chas Chandler, Hendrix had three UK top ten hits from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He performed at the Monterey Pop Festival shot him to the limelight in the US. And in 1968, Electric Ladyland, his third studio album, was number one in America. Before his accidental death in 1970, he was the highest-paid performer. He left an enduring legacy and received several music awards both in his lifetime and posthumously.
The only one with triple induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clapton is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He skillfully and brilliantly plays powerful tunes that add soul to blues and rock without breaking a sweat. He is widely renowned as one of the greatest guitarists ever and has sold over 130 million records. Among his accolades are 18 Grammys, 4 Ivor Novello Awards, and a Brit Award.
Starting out as a studio session musician in London, this English songwriter, musician, and producer is highly regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. His play was varied, complex and original. He founded the rock band Led Zeppelin in 1968. Page proceeded to achieve recognition as among the most influential guitarists in the world and receiving double induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is one of the most respected songwriters and producers in the history of rock music. Eddie Van Halen, Joe Perry, Mike Mars, and Dan Hawkins are some guitarists he influenced.
A founding member of the Rolling Stone, Keith Richards is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, and best-selling memorialist. He creatively executes the Stone’s guitar interplay of lead and rhythm guitar parts in songs. Sometimes, he even plays all the guitar parts as seen on ‘Symphony for the Devil’, ‘Ruby Tuesday’, and some other songs. His genius is shown in the use of the guitar to produce distinctively cool and sophisticated riffs. He is recognized as one of the best guitarists in the world and has won many awards including the Rock Immortal Award. He is still actively touring and producing hit riffs after five decades of his career.
Eddie Van Halen
One of the most skilled, innovative and influential electric guitarists ever, Halen’s ability to produce the feeling of multi-guitar plays with his amazing touch of the guitar neck distinguishes him. He is the founder and main songwriter of the Van Halen rock band. Halen is recognized as one of the best guitarists in the history of rock music. He has won many awards in his 50+ years career.