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Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever

4.57 Ranking created by will_greenlife
The driving forces of punk had a distinctive style and sound from the chunning chug of Doyle from the misfits and Gorgeous Frankinstine. To the high pitch squeel and crush of James Williamson of the Stooges and everywhere in between, the question remains who was the best of them all? Who made you want to mosh and smash?   
Views: 24 106  |   Votes: 262   |   Comments: 23  |   Favorites: 7  |   Ratings: 7
DK are the definition of Punk. (lilliynn92)
First choice (hollymarion77)
Fantastic (br1)
This guy pretty much invented the hardcore sound, and what would later turn into grunge as well. (sethcanes)
Johnny Ramone
Give "My War" a listen (uglycannibal)
Cuz he fucking rulz (lionhearted)
Doyle is beast! (slugcult)
He could kill every other candidate at once and take their skulls (godie)
Number #01 (holgar)
I like American Idiot. Cool Guy too! (blacksabbath4)
He is a great guitarist. Very stylish (maxojaxolz)
Scorching yet versatile. Awesome guitarist. (gottarank)
Bad ass (keithman138)
Because it's the bad brains man. (nribergaard)
Underrated and low graded! Amazing! (maxjtotsky)
Master of palm mutes and GREAT music, even the Dexter can do it and he is the singer!!!!!!! (edisfoamy)
Such a great singer as well as guitarist so much skill with some great song ideas (rocker.tom123)
Original lead guitarist and co-creator of Bad Religion. An amazing guitarist. (punkguy1978)
  Name Band Score*
Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever East Bay Ray East Bay Ray Dead Kennedys 48.34 (+ 6)
Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone The Ramones 40.63 (=)
Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Greg Ginn Greg Ginn IIII Black Flag IIII GONE 29.74 (+ 1)
4. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Mick Jones Mick Jones The CLASH 26.95 (+ 11)
5. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Steve Jones Steve Jones The Sex Pistols 26.60 (=)
6. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstien Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstien The Misfits, Gorgeous Frankenstein 23.00 (+ 6)
7. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Green Day 19.34 (- 6)
8. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever James Williamson James Williamson Iggy (Pop) and The STOOGES 16.10 (- 2)
9. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Brian Baker Brian Baker Minor Threat Dag Nasty Bad Religion Junkyard Doggy Style Meatmen 12.41 (+ 27)
10. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders New York Dolls / Heartbreakers 11.89 (+ 4)
11. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Dr. Know (Gary Miller) Dr. Know (Gary Miller) Bad Brains 11.71 (New)
12. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Tim Armstrong Tim Armstrong Rancid 11.25 (+ 7)
13. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Keith Levene Keith Levene (P/I/L) 10.95 (- 10)
14. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Noodles Noodles The Offspring 9.52 (- 3)
15. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Ron Asheton Ron Asheton STOOGES 9.32 (+ 5)
16. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Poison Ivy Poison Ivy The Cramps 9.19 (+ 16)
17. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Brian James Brian James The Damned 8.27 (- 4)
18. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Jade Errol Puget Jade Errol Puget AFI 6.46 (- 10)
19. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Tom DeLonge Tom DeLonge Blink 182 6.42 (- 10)
20. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Pat Smear Pat Smear The Germs 6.00 (- 4)
21. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Lyle Preslar Lyle Preslar Minor Threat / Samhain / Meatmen 5.76 (+ 9)
22. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Steve Diggle Steve Diggle Buzzcocks 5.01 (+ 1)
23. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Jake Burns Jake Burns Stiff Little Fingers 4.64 (- 2)
24. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Ray Toro Ray Toro My Chemical Romance 4.55 (- 14)
25. Greatest Punk Guitar Players ever Brett Gurewitz Brett Gurewitz Bad Religion 3.98 (New)
*: Evolution since August 6, 2014 Based on 262 votes
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Comments (23)  
March 6, 2012 by bozokarlReply
where's Grant Estes from Suicidal Tendencies? His playing on ST's debut album is some of the best lead guitar on any punk album ever.
February 21, 2012 by robnoxiousReply
Roger Miller and Billy Zoom both richly deserve to be choices. As does Fred Sonic Smith.
February 21, 2012 by robnoxiousReply
Billy Zoom is a criminal omission.
December 9, 2011 by hollymarion77Reply
Dead Kennedys in the lead, just the way it should be!
December 9, 2011 by hollymarion77Reply
Dead Kennedys in the lead, just the way it should be!
December 8, 2011 by robbybloodshedReply
Doyle fucking rules!!!!!
December 7, 2011 by godieReply
most people who say "im a guitarist and punk is easy blah blah blah"... dont know shit..... their little arms would fall off if they tried to match the million mile an hour, all downstroke one song after another blitzkrieg attack of a doyle or johnny ramone.. just because you can hit the three or four chords, doesnt mean you can play like them
December 7, 2011 by binarykultReply
where the f..k is deniz tek from radio birdman ??? and Daniel J. Travanti , Steve E. Nix from the BRIEFS !?
December 7, 2011 by underhillReply
Where the Hell is RIKK AGNEW from Adolescents/Christian Death? Where the hell is Ron Emory from TSOL? Where the Hell is Paul Cutler from 45 Grave? Where the hell is Greg Hetson of the original Circle Jerks and Redd Kross?Where the hell is Captain Sensible? Billie Joe shouldn't even be mentioned before these guys - ridiculous
December 7, 2011 by keithman138Reply
Ray is Great but where the hell are Olga from Toy Dolls and Dr. Know from Bad Brain or Pig Champion from Poison Idea, and what the hell's the deal with all the posuers on the list, Blink 182 and Green Day are jokes not punk rock bands
December 6, 2011 by jfrusciantefan1Reply
how the hell did billie joe beat Greg Ginn, Green day's not even punk. and Pat Smear only 20? and were's Dr.know from the Bad Brains
October 4, 2010 by sethreaderReply
Why isn't the great Roger Miller of Mission of Burma on this list? Why so many fake radio punk bands represented? Blink 182? MCR? The Offspring? Sorry, these are not real punk bands, maybe punk-pop to be generous. East Bay Ray deserves his slot, but where is Billy Zoom? There are good punk guitarists, just not so many on this list.
July 7, 2010 by wolfguy5020Reply
Agreed...to me "punk" and "good guitarist" don't belong in the same sentence.
July 5, 2010 by ginoderoo@hotmaReply
johnny only second/c'mon kids.......
July 3, 2010 by greenshadeReply
uh, Dave Dictor was/is MDC's singer. Ron Posner was the original guitarist.
July 2, 2010 by corybrooksReply
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I feal so stupid. Guitarist. riiiight.
July 2, 2010 by corybrooksReply
Dave Dictor of Millions of Dead Cops! Come on people!
July 1, 2010 by takisReply
Green Day and my Chemical Romance(!) have no place in this list. Billie Joe Armstrong actually CAN'T BE higher place than Noodle of Offspring.Don't compare this 2 groups,just Billie Joe it's not even close to the performances of Noodle.
July 1, 2010 by lilliynn92Reply
Green Day is NOT punk and will never be. My Chemical Romance? Is this a joke? Is it April 1st already? The Punk Gods are rolling in their graves!!
July 1, 2010 by uglycannibalReply
As a guitarist I can tell you that Green Day's music is among the easiest to play on this list. Punk in general isn't that tricky, but Gregg Ginn, East Bay Ray and James Williamson have the highest level of complexity in their music.
March 26, 2010 by eegalmc2Reply
what's wrong with green day..billie joe can play way better than you, mate, so shut up
February 7, 2010 by dantReply
Billie Joe can't play for crap. Then again, most punk guitarists can't.
October 30, 2009 by sethcanesReply
You got to be f**** with me... Green Day? That's just atrocious.
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