Top 10 guitarists of all time
The world of the most stylish and gestured musical instrument ever, got great contributions from music stalwarts since the starting decade of its use and popularity. Some of them won hearts with their musicality only and others with some fashion trends along with melodious tunes, to justify their eternal presence in our mind. Ten is a very few number to make a great list, but DiskFaktory tried to list some in the best 10.
David Gilmour (6 March 1946 – Still Rocking)
One of the most famous and admired rock guitarists of all time, entertained many generations through solo albums and his band, Pink Floyd. The identity of Pink Floyd is incomplete without Gilmour’s inclusion in the troop.
Some Memorable Music Moments: On an island, David Gilmour, About Face, Rattle that Lock, A great day for freedom, High Hopes, Poles apart, Pigs, Money, Another brick in the wall pt.2, comfortably numb.
Eric Clapton (30 March 1945 – Still Rocking)
The iconic guitarist to contribute in the ‘Rock n Roll’ music is always a respected name for all music lovers. He is the winner of 18 Grammy Awards and ranked 2nd in the list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All time” by the Rolling Stone magazine.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Slowhand, Unplugged, 461 Ocean Boulevard, Journeyman, Backless, Another Ticket, Badge, Cocaine, Bell Bottom Blues, I shot the sheriff, White room, Little wing, Sunshine of your love, Crossroads, Layala.
B.B King (16 September 1925 – 14 May 2015)
He is an ambassador of the popular Blues music. At the peak of his career, on an average he used to do 250 performances per year. It is reported that in the year 1956 he did 342 shows. In 2004, he was awarded the international “Polar Music Prize”.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Live at the Regal, Dueces Wild, Why I sing the Blues, Three O’Clock Blues, You upset me baby, Every day I have the blues, Sweet Sixteen, Don’t answer the door, Why I sing the blues, The thrill is gone, Chains and Things, To know you is to love you, Never make a move too soon.
Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942 – 18 September 1970)
Whenever and wherever the name is uttered, it’s for sure that it’s a guitar discussion. The most common name present in everyone’s list of guitarists. He is considered to be the pioneer performer who made the instrument popular within music lovers.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Axis:Bold as Love, Blues, Band of gypsys, Cry of Love, Are you experienced, Purple Haze, Little Wing, Voodoo child, Hey Joe, Who knows.
Carlos Santana (20 July 1947 – Still Rocking)
The stylish Santana is one of the most talented and versatile guitarists ever born. Every type of music, be it Latin rock, Jazz, Blues, Salsa or whatever, is his zone of expertise. He is the winner of 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Abraxas, Santana, Santana III, Shaman, Supernatural, Caravanserai, Moonflower, Everybody’s everything, The game of Love, Samba Pa Ti, Smooth, Evil Way.
Joe Satriani (15 July 1956 – Still Rocking)
He started his remarkable career as a guitar instructor and produced great students like Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons and many more. He got nominated for the most number of times (15) in the history of the Grammy Awards without winning it for a single time. Another record of his name is that, he is the highest-selling instrumental rock guitarists of all time.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Surfing with the alien, The Extremist, Not of this Earth, Strange beautiful music, Super Colossal, Surfing with the alien.
Les Paul (9 June 1915 – 12 August 2009)
“Les Paul”, is a subject in the institution of guitars. A performer beyond awards won many hearts and respect. The stats of being the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, speaks volume about his long ruling span in the music industry from 1928-2009.
Some Memorable Music Moments: How high the Moon, Jazz me Blues, I’m Sitting on the top of the world, Bye Bye Blues, Nola.
Steve Vai (6 June 1960 – Still Rocking)
He is a man with awards, fame and talent compiled together. The three time Grammy award winner and the 15 time nominee was once described as “the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the 80’s”, for his most successful album Passion and Warfare.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Passion and Warfare, For the love of God, Tender Surrender, Whispering a prayer, Bad Horsie, Building the Church, The crying machine, Juice, Lotus feet, The audience is listening.
Slash (23 July 1965 – Still Rocking)
No one can ever keep this man out from his/her favourite guitarist’s list. Even staying and contributing in the talented Guns N Roses band, he still has a respectful separate identity in the minds of music lovers. The famous introductory riff played by him in the song, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was voted no. 1, in “The 100 Greatest riffs” by the readers of Total Guitar magazine back in 2004. In 2015 he received the Les Paul Award.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Sweet Child O‘ Mine, Beneath the Savage Sun, Mean Bone, You’re a Lie, Just Sixteen, Spectacle, Ghost.
Keith Richards (18 December 1943 – Still Rocking)
The evergreen musician of The Rolling Stones is surely a true genius to be included in the list of the greatest. 14 songs by him with Rolling Stones, were chosen to be in the list of “500 greatest songs of all time”.
Some Memorable Music Moments: Thru and Thru, Slipping away, Coming down again, Wanna hold you, Memory Motel, Little T&A, You got the silver, Ruby Tuesday, Sympathy for the devil, Before they make run, Happy.