Metal poll No1: Alexi Laiho is voted greatest guitarist ever in surprising Total Guitar list which doesn’t feature expected names

Alexi Laiho

Chart-topper: Laiho

Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom has been voted the greatest metal guitarist ever in a public poll run by Total Guitar magazine.

The publication says over 68,000 people made their opinions known to form a top twenty list which they admit is surprising.

Well-known names including Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett don’t make the grade while Kerry King of Slayer, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen and Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray don’t make the top ten.

Laiho received 22% of the vote, with Dream Theatre’s John Petrucci one point behind and Slipknot’s Mick Thomson scoring half as many votes.

Total Guitar say: “There are a few surprises here to say the least, but the public have spoken – and the public gets what the public wants.

TG’s guitar greats

1. Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom
2. John Petrucci, Dream Theater
3. Mick Thomson, Slipknot
4. Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge
5. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
6. Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth
7. James Hetfield, Metallica
8. Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath
9. Glenn Tipton, Judas Priest
10. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
11. Daron Malakian, System of a Down
12. Dave Murray, Iron Maiden
13. Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society
14. Yngwie Malmsteen
15. Michael Amott, Arch Enemy, Carcass
16. Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
17. Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
18. Kerry King, Slayer
19. Gus G, Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind
20. Fredrik Thordendal, Meshuggah

The all-new Total Guitar magazine is on sale now.

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