I ran across this while I was looking for the “Crossroads” cutting heads dual scene with Steve Vai.  Two guys put together a list of the 10 best guitarists and there was ZERO overlap.  How is that possible?  I’ll give you that one is definitely hard metal focused and the other is more rock/blues focused, but still, absolutely no overlap?  Can any best guitarists list not include Eddie, Eric, and Jimi?  And if you’re really talking all time greats, how about B.B. King, Les Paul, or Robert Johnson?  Come on, man. 

The answer…IT’S ALL RELATIVE TO YOUR UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE.  Each of us has a different view of the world than any other person, dependant on our unique set of circumstances.  I think that is uber-cool.  If you’re not a guitar aficionado I’ve listed them out below, as the videos are pretty long.  However, if you’ve got the time there are some way cool riffs in there.  Enjoy

10 Best guitarists in the World

Tom Morello – Best known in Rage Against The Machine

Dave Murray – Iron Maiden

Joe Satriani

Rusty Cooley

Kirk Hammet – Metalica

Zakk Wylde – Ozzy Osbourne (interesting in that Randy Rhoads didn’t make either list.  Can you say “Crazy Train” riff?  He also played with Ozzy and is considered by some to be the best guitarist of all time.  When Ozzy heard him play for the first time, he described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life.”).

Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott – Pantera


Michaelangelo Batio (I know it is usually spelled Michelangelo, but not this guy)

Eddie Van Halen – Uh….wait for it….yeah, Van Halen, duh.

10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Ritchie Blackmore – Deep Purple

Allen Collins – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Chuck Berry

John Frusciante – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Carlos Santana

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Jimmy Page – Do I even have to tell you Led Zepplin?

Eric Clapton

Jimi Hendrix

How can two people come up with lists so similar and not a single person be duplicated?

What does that tell us about genres and why readers/writers can see beauty in totally different things?

What does/should it tell us about audience and how we can’t be all things to all people.

Who would be your Top 10 Writers of All Time?