I Recommend: Best Rock Guitarists of the 60s and 70s


Hovhannes Torikyan, Staff Writer


Music preferences vary for every person, but we can all appreciate some good songs when we hear them. If you are interested in rock music but don’t really know any famous musicians, then this article will be a good introduction for you into the world of guitars and drums. This article will only be focusing on the 60s and the 70s, as this is generally the “Golden Age of Rock.” This list will be of the top 10 musicians and the ranking will be based both on the number of awards won, other rankings and thoughts in the rock world, as well as personal preference. 


1) Jimi Hendrix 

Listen to Jimi Hendrix once and you’ll be amazed at what he was capable of. When Jimi got on stage, everything he did seemed effortless. His songs revolutionized Rock and Roll with each song being candy to your ears. He has even played the guitar with his teeth on stage and you wouldn’t notice it if you were just listening. You could start off by listening to his biggest hits such as “Purple Haze” or “All Along the Watchtower” or you could go with something a bit slower such as “Castles Made of Sand,” a song very deep in meaning, however. He is considered by many other guitarists and musicians to be the greatest guitarist ever and has made some of the greatest works in music history. His life unfortunately came to an early end when he died at the young age of 27. The Rolling Stone had a vote with dozens of famous musicians and Jimi Hendrix was voted to be the greatest guitarist of all time. 


2) Jimmy Page 


Jimmy Page is a rock icon that needs no introduction for fans. Hearing his name will immediately play iconic Led Zeppelin songs in the heads of many. While he started out with the Yardbirds, it was his career in the famous group Led Zeppelin that made him a household name during his time. His amazing guitar skills on his famous “Les Paul” guitar will put you in awe as you listen to “Ramble On” or “No Quarter.” However, it would be the hit single “Whole Lotta Love” that would put Zeppelin in top charts thanks to Page. You can put on any Zeppelin song and immediately know why Page is so renowned for his skills. 


3) David Gilmour 


What rock list would be complete without David Gilmour. His way with the guitar put Pink Floyd at top charts throughout the 70s. Pink Floyd’s very dynamic music in regard to its rock mixed with the Psychedelic music that filled the 70s gave rise to a whole new style in rock and roll. Any Pink Floyd song will let you know why he made it on this list. You could listen to some iconic Pink Floyd songs such as “Time” or “Money”, or you could listen to some other ones that don’t get played all the time, such as one of my favorites, “Pigs (Three Different Ones).” His incredible taste in his selection of notes and unique tone makeall these songs very enjoyable. 


4) Eric Clapton 


Eric Clapton is one of the most iconic names in Rock. Many people are probably surprised that he isn’t on the number one spot, but it would still be impossible for me not to include him on this list. He has helped create many masterpieces throughout the years on his journey through many rock bands such as The Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek and The DominosMy two favorite songs of his are “Layla” and “I Shot the Sheriff.” Of his three most prominent bands, Cream would have to be my favorite as I see it as a very unique and smooth band, quite different from others. Listen to any Clapton songs and you will see why he is an idol to many. 


5) Chuck Berry 


How could I not include the legendary Chuck Berry? If you know of him, the intro to Johnny B. Goode is already playing in your head right now. Berry is one of the pioneers of rock as he started in the late 50s, long before the Rock and Roll craze of the 60s and 70s. This is one of the reasons that I had to include him on this list as many of the previous rockers mentioned in this article had looked to Berry for inspiration. Some of his hit pieces such as “No Particular Place to Go” or “You Can Never Tell” revolutionized the Rock industry and paved the path for many future works of art. If you listen to his songs, you will notice that they are quite different from other