When it comes to ranking the greatest guitarist of all time, there are going to be some arguments. Hell, there might even be some fistfights. In the ranked list below, we’ve taken the time to examine other lists of iconic guitarists to try and come up with a formula for determining the best of the best.
Among the list, some killer guitarists come from bands like Queen, The Yardbirds, Santana, Van Halen, and of course, Led Zeppelin. Then, of course, there are tons and tons of solo guitarists and even one person on the list who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for two bands and a solo career.
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20. George Harrison (The Beatles)
English musician George Harrison was lead guitarist for the Beatles. While the band has some of the best songwriting around, their guitar rhythms are generally basic. Beyond Lennon and McCartney, Harrison did write, “While My Guitar Gentle Weeps.”
Harrison’s early musical influences include George Formby, Django Reinhardy, Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder, and Big Bill Broonzy. Harrison also has writing credits for “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something.”
19. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi is an English guitarist and rocker. He’s best known for his work as a founding member of heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. Since their creation, he’s been the band’s sole continual member.
Ironically, Iommi learned how to perform despite missing two of his fingers. The young man accidentally lost the tips of two fingers while working in a factory as a teenager. This drastically affected his style but made him better for it.
Some iconic songs from Black Sabbath include “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “N.I.B.” and “Black Sabbath.”