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

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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

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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

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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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HoopleHead

As if the main picture didn't already give away the bs nature of this list...

daletaylor

Seriously, no mention of Justin Hawkins from The Darkness?

I know they weren't the biggest band ever, but seriously?

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PlankSpank

That Hendrix video kinda blows lol Whoever tried to sync it failed

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PlankSpank

When Rick Emmet sings he beats all of them for sure. Billy Gibbons is awesome as is Chuck Berry a true original. This list sucks harder than Monica Blewinsky

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jimmynick

Rory Gallagher. Big miss.

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shannonleigh

Zakk Wylde. Chuck Schuldiner of Death. If you count bassists, Les Claypool should be on there for sure.

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danmar

You really don't know what to write about anymore do you?

pikman

Paul Stanley??? Frontman and plays guitar????? Not a shredder but damn man .....what gives here?????
Eric Johnson...... What the.....

strat714

Lists always bring comments, don't they?

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danmar

It should be illegal to publish lists based on opinions. That's how Internet wars start. :-) It should also be illegal to publish lists of even numbers. Why not 13 or 11 or 9 or 48 or 52?

denny_anderson

The late great GARY MOORE!!! Come on people.

denny_anderson

Dave Meniketti anyone? Phenom guitarist, amazing vocalist, so underrated. This list is compiled by guitarists, right?

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uli_sloth

Thank you for this, Dave is one the first guys I had in mind when I was typing out my comment. A truly great American rock singer, and more than just typical rhythm guitar frontman abilities.

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redhub1

Jack White?!? Please...Where are Gilmour, Emmett, and most importantly, Warren Haynes!!!! This is just a popularity list. Not the TOP FRONTMEN list. Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley...the list goes on...

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danmar

One would think that limiting themselves to 10 they'd get the best people in it but this looks like part of a list of the 100 best. :-)

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hughami

Um, Sammy Hagar, Rickey Medlocke, Steve Lukather, Pat Travers, Tommy Shaw, Gary Moore (even if his singing chops are maybe dubious,) Peter Green, Billy Gibbons and Rik Emmett all spring to mind if you wanna be serious about this.

I mean just pick the usual suspects as it sells, I guess - and as that is your business, I have no complaints about it.

But c'mon you say an outstanding voice is a must? Cobain, Mustaine or Hetfield -and good luck to them for their respective success - barely count as singers, let alone great ones.

Dare to be different.. hey it might even sell! : )

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eric_millington

Steve Marriot? yes deffo. Jack White? errr, no!

Actually, where the hell is Frank Marino! I thought you guys were guitarists!

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danmar

Nah! They just sell magazine advertising.

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onitakezo

Any list with this title that doesn't include Chuck Berry is an automatic fail. He was only the first singer, songwriter, frontman guitar playing poet who not only invented verse, chorus verse but most of the vocabulary wether it be lyrically, vocally, or sonically with a guitar that everyone uses today. I could easily list 50 people that could be on here (Gilmour, Knopfler, Petty, Reznor, Koda, Erikson, ect), but not one person above could be listed without Chuck. He is the one and only true king of rock n roll. Ps. Elvis is my cousin, and he sucks. Straight from the family. Live with it.

jefffos

Thank you, very well said. Chuck is the true King of Rock, Elvis was a fraud and ripoff. No offense...

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Nostradumbass

Maybe not on this list, but perhaps an honorable mention would be Myles Kennedy (yes, he is a guitarist, as well).

Wouldn't mind seeing Claudio Sanchez on here, either.

And Jack White? Really, guys? How much did he pay you for this?

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Triad999

Neil Young, Claudio Sanchez, Dave Matthews, DAVID GILMOUR!!!!!, Mark Knopfler, FRANK freakin ZAPPA!!!! the failure of this list goes on ...and on.

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Triad999

I like the inclusion of Steve Marriotte but hey what about Rik Emmet from Triumph, John Lennon, Zakk Wyld, And the moost obvious failure here CHRIS CORNELL!!! (if you don't think he plays guitar you obviously havn't ever seen Soundgarden) and dozens of others more prominant in rock than hallf of the guys you placed here. (God I hate Jack White!) You guys have stop making these lists ...it makes you look bad!

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danmar

I think lists are intentionally designed to rile people up and increase site activity. In fact when letters to the editor start dwindling they publish a list to get the numbers back up. I'm speculating here. :-)

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Triad999

Yes I'd buy that as well. I'm not riled I'm just very ...VERY disapointed in these magazine guys.

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