Frontal Assault: The Top 10 Guitar-Playing Frontmen in Rock

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BAMstutz

What about Jerry Garcia?

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heatherarie675

Ever hear of Derek Trucks or John Bell?? Look them up too please while you're properly educating yourselves.

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heatherarie675

I'm shocked and equally mystified that Warren Haynes and Jerry Garcia are not on this list. If you are attempting to pull one over on all of us who are educated guitar lovers, you have failed miserably and I can only assume that whoever has put this list together stopped listening to real guitar heroes back in the 90's. Isn't your finger supposed to be on the pulse or did you simply email 5 of your closest friends asking their opinion??

You should all be ashamed of yourselves... Warren Haynes has been identified time and time again as the hardest working man in music. Not only is he an amazing guitarist, passionate singer and songwriter, but he is also a man on a mission to better the world through countless charitable endeavors. Sit through one show of his and you will leave with chills down your spine. He has been leaving his mark in the music industry longer than more than half of this list combined. Do you know how many bands this man has resurrected or formed??

PLEASE fine tune your music knowledge and appreciation. This is a real travesty.

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dydannelly@bell...

What about Warren Haynes from Gov't Mule!? Derek Trucks?! Hey at least you have SRV in there! Buddy Guy?! Who voted for this anyway?;)

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dydannelly@bell...

Uh and another one Stanley Jordan!

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splayer

!!!!!WARREN HAYNES!!!!!
Missing him on this list is wrong on EVERY level!!!

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wayland

This list is not worth the time it took to make it up, unless you include WARREN HAYNES

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zionred

Muse, really?! gag. How about King's X?

patriotpizzaman

It's ridiculous to leave Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes and Gary Moore off this list. It's absolutely ludicrous to disparage them and their talent here in the comments.

jpjjd

Brian May is another excellent guitarist/frontman.

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Kitkatjam

Leaving Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes off this list is a sin. Two of the most talented musical geniuses of our time. Watch and listen to Derek rip the slide for 5 minutes and you'll regret not listing him if you don't already. Not to mention his wife, Susan Tedeschi can rip it as well. Sacrilege for these guys not to be mentioned.

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joachimfensterwald

Are you kidding? You CANNOT leave out Mark Knopfler.

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Darkestlord

This list sucks, why? fist you should categorize it by genhre of rock, or epoque, and after... 10 is too little in this vast universe.
Jack White?, Kurt Cobain?, Mathew Bellamy? for heaven's sake... in which world do you live? Narnia? They are Loosers . So this would be a decent list (without especific order):
-Paul Stanley
-D. Mustaine
-J. Hetfield
-J. Sykes (In blue Murder)
-Gary Moore
-J. Fogerty
-D. Meniketti
-Sammy Hagar
-J. Hendrix
-Rick Emmet
-Chuck Skuldiner
-Mark Farner
-Billy Gibbons
-Max Cavalera

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electric

TOM KEIFER should be on this list. Talk about a unique voice and a kick ass guitar player! Even with all his vocal surgeries, the guys still got it. And the solo album he put out last year is phenomenal!!! Great songwriting, great guitar playing, great vocals! This guy is seriously under rated. Delivers every time!

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fduane

Not having Warren Haynes as the frontman singer/guitarist for Government Mule at or near the top of the list is ridiculous.I would also include Neil Young in there too somewhere. I don't understand some of your picks at all.

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dguitar8

Does GW include us Country Pickers. How about Vince Gill???
That guy can pick and he's a good front man too!!!!

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annemarielewis

How have you missed Warren Haynes? But then he's on stage around the world almost every single night... playing with his -not 1 but 3 bands- and well... jamming with about every other band under the sun on his free nights and even after shows. LOL It's pretty obvious you don't get out much....#whatapity

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dguitar8

I absolutely agree with Warren Haynes, very talented!!!!

strat714

What about Johnny Noname from the unknown band that I like!

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Redwood

Seriously, Hetfield and Cobain but no Warren Haynes?

He may not be pretty but he's probably the most influential blues/rock guitarist of the last two decades. It might be a stretch to say it but we might not have Derek Trucks without him. Much love to Gregg Allman but he's been a sideman to Warren's leadership for many years, all the while Gov't Mule and Warren's other solo band have recorded consistently and toured constantly. James Brown at the height of his career looked lazy compared to Warren's schedule lately. Anything that pops into Warren's head he can make come out his amplifier, and he can sing it simultaneously. He's written dozens of classic songs and when he covers any classic pop tune he always manages to make it better than the original while still being completely faithful to it. He can and does sit in with anybody, anywhere, at any time, and is always the brightest light on stage, but somehow does it with the humility of someone who understands he's but the bearer of a tremendous gift, one that he feels compelled daily to give back in every way he can think of.

But yeah, Jack White. Hmm.

patriotpizzaman

Warren Haynes??? Hello!!!! Where's freakin' Warren Haynes???? This is a HUGE oversight!!! kurt cobain? jack white? Losing respect for this site.

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jeffdurbin

Really? No Warren Haynes. Warren has fronted so many bands over the past 25 Years, I just can't believe that he doesn't even get a mention.

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jeepthing95

Warren Haynes doesn't make the list. WTF He's not only one of the most dynamic musicians in the world but he's fronted the Allman Brothers Band for 25 Years and Gov't Mule for 20 Years as well as played with most every notable musician in the world.

Ever hear of Christmas Jam His charity to fund homes in Asheville which has been happening for 25 years or so ?

You guys don't disappoint me by leaving Warren of the list You have insulted me.

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Stephen Quinn

Fronting a band effectively and displaying great technique simultaneously can be tricky, so respect to these masters!

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stkyFgnr51

You need to catagorize these list by some criteria like the time period, 50's, 60's 70's etc. or genre too much lumped together.
My vote for guitarist frontmen would definately start off with Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and I doubt if I would get past the 80's for the time period.
Kurt Cobain????? NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER to infinity..........he barely could play. Killing yourself doesn't make you a star, even 30 years later.

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GuitaraddictEd

I guess the author of this list was born in 1995, if not they are not very knowledgeable.
Jack White, Kurt cobain, Trey Anastasio, and Matthew Bellamy. Come on, they are all great but not top ten.

My list:
1 Jimi Hendrix
2 Joe Strummer
3 Bruce Springsteen
4 Chuck Berry
5 Ray Davies
6 Stevie Ray Vaughn
7 Mark Bolan
8 Thurston Moore
9 Johnny Thunders
10 Prince

This list represents my favorite guitar playing front men, not the best guitarist or best singers. To me a frontman is more than a singer or guitarist , Clapton was and I guess still is uncomfortable as a frontman, and singer songwriters like Dylan didn't make my list.

Lou Reed, Frank Zappa , Mustaine and Hatfeild get honorable mention on my list.

I will probably get shit for Prince, but that little MF can play, and as a frontman he is one of the best.

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Darkestlord

White Stripes, Muse...? I'm gonna puke

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guydent

I think Michael Poulsen of Volbeat should be on the list. Maybe in a few more years...

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lastcast488

what an #$&@n awful list...no Myles Kennedy??????? Stop sending the renewal

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dadrab

Epic fail...again.

Besides all the others mentioned who should have made the list long before some that did, you've again chosen to ignore Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush. He Wrote all the song's, sang all the songs, played guitar on all the songs and produced all the band's albums.

Does anyone at GW actually play or listen to anything besides the radio?

Kurt Cobain?? Really?

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zedthewizard

some idiots criticizing the list are correct . . . Joe Walsh and John Fogerty and Neil Young and Mark Knopfler . . . . however, ted nugent is overrated and now, pathetically absurd. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, the article is about FRONTMEN . . . which Paul Stanley isn't the guitarist and frontman; he's not even a technically second guitarist. He played the rythmn. you could say that Aerosmith did have a second guitarist; though he wasn't the frontman of the band. Now, many, many other examples are of great guitarists; but they are the frontman . . . that's the singer who jumps and struts . . . I mean you list great guitarists . . . but then, I'd criticize you for leaving off Beck, Page, etc.

Oh, Peter Frampton by the way would qualify; but he had short lived stint so, you know . . . but, it might allow him to beat out Steve Marriot.

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AnupMohandas

Where's Chuck Schuldiner?

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AndrewSmith

Hey there,

Tommy Emmanuel CGP.
Chris Cheney (the Living End).
Ian Moss (Cold Chisel)

From Oz

And what happened to

Neil Young (CAN)
And,

Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins,

Jerry Reed, Merle Haggard and good ol Willie Nelson?

They're From the USA :-)

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uli_sloth

It's too bad only the most famous/obvious musicians get any recognition. There are are legions of great players missing here, shame on you guys.

Gary Moore
Billy Gibbons
Alvin Lee
Mark Farner
Buck Dharma
Lindsey Buckingham
Roy Buchanan
Dave Meniketti
Sammy Hagar
Ted Nugent AND Derek St. Holmes
Paul Stanley
Glenn Hughes if you want to count bassists too, I mean, they used to call the fucker "The Voice of Rock".

and many others that hopefully the GW staff will be shamefully reminded of.

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ipsofacto

Pleasantly surprised to see so many comments acknowledging Rik Emmett. Criminally overlooked and underrated frontman, singer, song writer, and virtuoso guitarist. Jack-of-all-trades, he does everything extremely well.

Also overlooked on this list:

Paul Stanley
Ted Nugent
Sammy Hagar
Joe Satriani
Zakk Wylde
George Thorogood
John Fogerty

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jbbmusic

Frankly, if Paul Stanley were on the list I would never read GW again.

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jacksonvegaiii

The best frontmen/guitarists have their own sound their own unique little niche in rock n rolls histrionics, no one is utterly original but its how you hide your influence how you warp and filter them through your own personal idiosyncratic melodic filters that results in an interesting and exciting personal sound.

Jack White and Kurt Cobain have this in bucket loads, Im all to often disapointed and some what embarrassed by the rife short sighted technical pedantry that alot of publications like Guitar World seem to attract.

Technical ability is pointless and hollow without imagination and spirit something alot of guitar worlds readers seem to forget, infact if the last 60 odd yrs of rock n roll/pop music/guitar music has taught us anything its that technical ability fails in comparison to imagination and spirit

You want to see amazing technical ability go watch some slightly overweight middle aged white dude playing a £5000 guitar at some guitar show or jazz fushion expo.

You want to see a great show with great music go watch Jack White bash the fu.ck out of a 40 yr old plastic piece of shit guitar for an hour n a half. Truly great music and truly great live shows arent about technical ability one bit and any of the greats - Hendrix, Young, Dylan, the doors, the beatles, the stones, the pixies, tom waits n ribotetcx etc I could go on n on would say the exact same thing.

Theres a reason why the likes of Moore and Bonamassa and satriani are the fodder of guitar magazines alone

patriotpizzaman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbI19ttJqWI Nuff said!

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AndrewSmith

Hey buddy

Good post!

But lay off us middle aged jazz wannabes. We need love too!

;-)

personally I think every genre is technically demanding if you try hard enough

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onekdp

you all forgot about Prince....he is at the top of the roster as a lead guitar frontman. Prince can even play a guitar solo while singing and ive never seen anyone do that.

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ardiril

Ted Nugent? Johnny Winter? Joe Walsh? Lou Reed? Pete Fucking Townshend?

Hell, even Mark Farner is better than half that list.

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ardiril

Now that I think about it, the mentality that drafts lists like that is the biggest reason I stopped subscribing to GW.

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classicrockguy

Gary Moore belongs at the top of the list. I'm glad to see some of your readers at least know it. Chuck Berry for sure belongs on there.
Onitakezo's comments about Chuck sums it up very well. His idiotic commet about Elvis is another story......
Jake White is a joke.....PLEASE!!!!
so is that big loser drug addict Curt Cobain
Matthew Bellamy....never heard of him.
You might add Joe Bonamassa to your list...about the best frontman guitar player going right now.

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jacksonvegaiii

Ha ha Im actually embarrassed for you, been a while since I actually laughed out loud whilst reading an internet comment so thanks for that.

surprise surprise someone called classicrockguy spoutin off about Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa on guitar worlds comment section, you couldnt be more of a stale old cliche if you tried.... oh wait Jack Whites a joke and Cobain was a big loser druggy you say, guess i was wrong bravo you've surpassed yourself. Cobain and White are excellent character guitarists and both are well up there with the finest live performers of the last 60 odd yrs of rock n roll,

technique isnt everything (infact its probably one of the least important parts of musicianship) mate Moore n Bonamassa are dull as dishwater and seem souly successfull due to boring, middle aged, probably middle class guitar bores like yourself.

you silly old dinosaur you

patriotpizzaman

I have to call you out on your remarks on white and cobain over Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa. You have an obvious bias against Blues/Rock players. Alt/Grunge players in general shouldn't be considered on any top ten all-time lists that aren't Alt/Grunge exclusive lists. No way either of them is top ten all-time front men. Sorry. I'm not saying that they aren't talented or that they aren't worth listening to. They just aren't top 10. Having said that, you should really stop insulting people over their opinions. Everyone has different likes and dislikes so, one man's favorite song is noise pollution to another. You don't have to sling insults. This list is too biased for metal and grunge to be taken seriously anyway. Where's Warren Haynes?????? No way he's not in the top 10.

patriotpizzaman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbI19ttJqWI

patriotpizzaman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RIdDi4VMBs

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krshnakrunch

"Matthew Bellamy....never heard of him"

Fail

Your narrow minded perspective is now rendered worthless.

jefffos

While I agree with you 100% on Gary Moore and Chuck Berry, I wouldn't call White a joke. If you're going to bash them, at least get their names right...

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Darkestlord

Jack White...??? LOL the best joke in years, he don´t deserve to be there. And i agree with onitakezo: I could easily list 50 people that must be on here.
You forgot frontmen like: Klaus Meine (He also play guitar), King Diamond (He also play guitar), Billy Sheehan (He also play guitar), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Neal Morse, Paul Gilbert, Alvin Lee, Steven Wilson, Lukather, Jon Anderson, Billy Gibbons, etc. etc. where the hell is your criteria?

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