The greatest guitar songs of the 21st century

Photo of AUDIOSLAVE, 09-06-2003, Pinkpop, Audioslave, guitarist Tom Morello.
(Image credit: Paul Bergen/Redferns)

Welcome to Total Guitar’s rundown of the greatest guitar songs from the last couple of decades. Before we begin, let’s explain how it works… It’s not an exhaustive list! 

We agonised over presenting our favourite songs whilst also covering some major trends in guitar music. We’ve generally shied away from shred and instrumental music, save for a few notable exceptions. 

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