American punk rock guitarists

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  1. Joan Jett

    Joan Jett


    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin; September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982, as well as for their other popular recordings including "Crimson and Clover", "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "Light of Day", "Love is All Around" and "Bad Reputation". She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career. She is considered by the Toronto Sun as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll.

  2. Benji Madden

    Benji Madden


    Benjamin Levi "Benji" Madden (born March 11, 1979) is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He is the guitarist for the band Good Charlotte, as well as pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers. He formed both of these acts with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden. Benji is now a judge on The Voice Australia. He is married to actress Cameron Diaz.

  3. Billie Joe Armstrong

    Billie Joe Armstrong


    Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, principal songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. Armstrong is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.

  4. Moby



    Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), known by his stage name Moby, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer. He is well known for his electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights. Moby has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. AllMusic considers him "one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America".

  5. Thomas DeLonge

    Thomas DeLonge


    Thomas Matthew DeLonge, Jr. (born December 13, 1975), known professionally as Tom DeLonge, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, and entrepreneur. He is currently the guitarist and lead vocalist of the rock band Angels & Airwaves. He is also the former guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the American rock band Blink-182. DeLonge grew up in the suburbs of Poway, California, where he embraced skateboarding at an early age. DeLonge received his first guitar shortly thereafter and began writing original punk rock songs. He formed Blink-182 with bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Scott Raynor during his high school years. The band created a following in the mid-1990s through independent releases and relentless touring, particularly in their home country and in Australia. They signed to MCA Records in 1996 and their second album, Dude Ranch (1997), featured the hit single "Dammit".

  6. Bret Bollinger

    Bret Bollinger


    Bret Bollinger (born November 28, 1979) is an American musician who serves as the lead singer and bassist of reggae, dub band Pepper.

  7. Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone


    Jeffrey Ross Hyman (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), best known by his stage name Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice, and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon.

  8. Tom Morello

    Tom Morello


    Thomas Baptiste Morello (born May 30, 1964) is an American guitarist and activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave. Morello is currently a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He is also known for his acoustic solo act called The Nightwatchman, and his latest group Street Sweeper Social Club. Morello is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles.

  9. Johnny Thunders

    Johnny Thunders


    Johnny Thunders (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist.

  10. Mike Ness

    Mike Ness


    Michael James "Mike" Ness (born April 3, 1962) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion, which was formed in 1978. Mike Ness' songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

  11. Mike Dirnt

    Mike Dirnt


    Michael Ryan Pritchard (born May 4, 1972), known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the bass player, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and co-founder of the American punk rock band Green Day. He has also played in several other bands, including The Frustrators. His stage name was originally a nickname from his friends at grade school, as he would constantly play "air bass" and make a "dirnt, dirnt, dirnt" noise while pretending to pluck the strings.

  12. Kathleen Hanna

    Kathleen Hanna


    Kathleen Hanna (born November 12, 1968) is an American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. In the early- to mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 1998, Hanna released a lo-fi solo album under the name Julie Ruin and since 2010 has been working on a project called The Julie Ruin.

  13. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong


    Timothy Lockwood Armstrong (born November 25, 1965), is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the singer/guitarist for the punk rock band Rancid and hip hop/punk rock supergroup the Transplants. Prior to forming Rancid, Armstrong was in the influential ska punk band Operation Ivy. In 1997, along with Brett Gurewitz of the band Bad Religion and owner of Epitaph Records, Armstrong founded Hellcat Records. In 2012, through his website, Armstrong started releasing music that influenced him, along with stripped-down cover songs of his own work under the name Tim Timebomb. He has released at least one song per week since late 2012. Armstrong is also an accomplished and sought-after songwriter for other artists. Armstrong won a Grammy Award for his work with Jimmy Cliff and Pink and he has also worked with Gwen Stefani and Joe Walsh.

  14. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez


    Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López (born September 1, 1975) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, writer, actor and film director who was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He is best known for being the guitarist and bandleader of The Mars Volta from 2001 until their breakup in 2012, and is currently the guitarist for the alternative rock groups Antemasque and Bosnian Rainbows. He is also the former bassist and guitarist for the dub reggae band De Facto and the post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In, respectively. He has also embarked on a solo career, both in studio and in concert, frequently described as experimental, avant-garde and/or progressive. He has collaborated with numerous artists spanning from John Frusciante to El-P.

  15. Johnny Ramone

    Johnny Ramone


    John William Cummings (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band, and remained a member throughout the band's entire career. He died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.

  16. Jade Puget

    Jade Puget


    Jade Errol Puget (born November 28, 1973 in Santa Rosa, California, United States) is an American musician and producer, best known as the guitarist for the rock band AFI (joined in 1998), the guitarist/writer for the straight edge hardcore band XTRMST, and the keyboardist/synthesizer operator for the electronic duo Blaqk Audio. Puget is vegetarian and straight edge.

  17. Ryan Key

    Ryan Key


    William Ryan Key (born December 17, 1979) is an American rock musician. He is best known for being the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and founding member of the American pop punk band Yellowcard.

  18. Daniela Sea

    Daniela Sea


    Daniela Sea (born 1977) is an American filmmaker, actress and musician. She rose to prominence through her role as Max Sweeney on Showtime's drama series The L Word.

  19. Dexter Holland

    Dexter Holland


    Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland (born December 29, 1965) is an American musician and molecular biology graduate student, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring.

  20. Tobi Vail

    Tobi Vail


    Tobi Celeste Vail (born July 20, 1969) is an independent musician, music critic and feminist from Olympia, Washington. She was a central figure in the riot grrl scene—she coined the spelling of "grrl"—and she started the zine Jigsaw. A drummer, guitarist and singer, she was a founding member of the band Bikini Kill. Vail has collaborated in several other bands figuring in the Olympia music scene. Vail writes for eMusic.

  21. Pat Smear

    Pat Smear


    Georg Albert Ruthenberg (born August 5, 1959), better known as Pat Smear, is an American guitarist. He is best known as a guitarist in the rock band Foo Fighters, with whom he has recorded three studio albums. Smear was also a founding member of the influential punk band Germs, and was the additional live guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana.

  22. Roxy Saint

    Roxy Saint


    Roxy Saint is an American singer, musician, video producer, director, and actress who started singing at age 17. She's known for her role in the film Zombie Strippers and as the lead performer in the goth band Roxy Saint and the Blackouts.

  23. Lars Frederiksen

    Lars Frederiksen


    Lars Erik Frederiksen (born Lars Everett Dapello 30 August 1971) is the Danish-American guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Rancid, as well as the frontman of Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards and The Old Firm Casuals. He was also briefly a member of the UK Subs in 1991. He joined Rancid in 1993 after the band was searching for a second guitar player and was present on their second album Let's Go. He has produced albums for bands such as Agnostic Front, The Business, Dropkick Murphys, Swingin Utters, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Anti-Heros, Patriot, The Forgotten, Harrington Saints, and Pressure Point. He recently mixed Charged GBH's new album entitled Perfume and Piss, as well as Cock Sparrer's album "Here We Stand" both alongside Michael Rosen.

  24. Donita Sparks

    Donita Sparks


    Donita Sparks (born April 8, 1963) is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. In addition to performing with her most recent band Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments, she is the co-founder (along with Suzi Gardner) of grunge band L7. Sparks released her debut solo record Transmiticate in February 2008. Her work has been featured in films such as Natural Born Killers, Serial Mom, and Brokeback Mountain, and video games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rock Band 2. Sparks and L7 formed Rock for Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1991, staging numerous concerts featuring some of the biggest bands in the industry benefiting pro-choice organizations.

  25. Hank Williams III

    Hank Williams III


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