Rock and roll. Glam rock. Hard rock. 70s rock. Metal. Alternative rock. Country rock. Behind each rock band or rock act, there’s one (or two, or three) brilliant guitarist(s).
We made it our mission to rank the most iconic buttery-fingered riff makers and ground shakers just for you! You might agree with us or not, but we guarantee you’ll enjoy going through the list!
With the given name Charles, “Chuck” Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, he’s basically a musical immortal. Songs like “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode”, saw him refresh and refine the rhythm and blues movement, which evolved into the elements that make rock and roll so distinctive. His musical style was very much focused on guitar solos and wonderful showmanship. Many of the greats look back on Berry as one of their most important musical influences.
With his blues upbringing, Berry always stayed true to his roots, but managed to mix it up so that he would influence some of the greats over the next fifty years and more! One of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame upon its opening in 1986, he’s remembered for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Truly, one of the greatest of all time.