Of the many types of musicians that deserve a spotlight and thus should be revered, guitarists earned the right to a best-of list. From blues to rock ‘n’ roll to acoustic folk, guitarists have been plucking at their strings and tugging at our ears and hearts for many years. While you have the right to debate the ranking of this list, I think we can all agree that these guitarists are the best of the best.
The top 5 guitarists of all time, ladies and gentlemen…
5. Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards is undoubtedly one the best, and to us, he’s number 5. He’s something of an enigma in that he was at once the band’s leading guitarist and the rhythm guitarist in many songs. According to Nils Lofgren of the E. Street Band, the way he tunes his guitar was one of the keys to Richards’ unique style. With songs like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Gimme Shelter” and “Paint it Black,” Richards made a name for himself and a spot on this list.