10. Angus Young (AC/DC)
It is a fact universally acknowledged that Angus Young was grown in a lab by scientists attempting to create the perfect rock 'n' roll guitarist.
Obviously, they succeeded. It’s not been an easy couple of years for AC/DC, but if you were lucky enough to share a stadium with them in 2015, you’ll know it’s still very much the Angus show.
9. Chris Robertson/Ben Wells (Black Stone Cherry)
There was no new music from Black Stone Cherry this year, although 5th album, Kentucky, is being readied for an early 2016 release.
As this year's Thank You: Livin' Live DVD attests, Robertson and Wells know how to turn it up onstage, and it’s almost impossible to dislike this pair of amiable southern gentlemen.
8. Nalle Colt (Vintage Trouble)
If Vintage Trouble are a neo-soul oyster, then Nalle Colt is the speck of grit at the centre.
A bluesy-fingered, Gretsch-toting chap of no little retro style, he’s looked right at home on the giant stages Vintage Trouble have been filling of late while supporting the likes of AC/DC and Paloma Faith.
7. Gary Clark Jr
There’s something endlessly likeable about Gary Clark Jr.
Maybe it’s because you can hear the sweat in his playing, maybe it’s because he’s just as capable funking it up as he is blasting out gospel, soul or blues, as demonstrated on this year's The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim – or maybe it’s because he always wears a nice hat.
Whatever it is, we’re thoroughly enjoying it. Keep it up, Gary.
6. Joe Hottinger/Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
Say what you like about Lzzy Hale, she knows how to strike a pose with a white and gold double-necked SG. That alone would have been enough to see her band make this list, but Halestorm also released Into The Wild Life in 2015, an album that sanded off their rougher edges and smartened them up for a mass audience.
There goes Slash, with his top hat and his Les Paul and his perennially scorching tone.
He’d place highly on this list on any given year between 1987 and now, but with a Guns N' Roses reunion in the air, there’s never been a better time to be a Slash fan.
4. Dan Patlansky
The Strat-wielding South African has been steadily cultivating a following of blues-rock aficionados over the past few years, and a support slot with Joe Satriani this year didn’t hurt.
He’s winning us over with that SRV-influenced tone and a penchant for solos that’d melt holes in mountains.
3. Zach Myers (Shinedown)
Zach Myers is a man of style and taste - we can tell because his signature PRS is an absolute peach.
He’s also the sole six-stringer in mega-selling hard-rockers Shinedown, and as such, provided the crunch in 2015’s Threat To Survival.
Check out Cut The Cord for evidence of Mr Myer’s fine fretwork...
2. Mark Tremonti
Cauterize, album number two from Tremonti, arrived this year, and it was a blood-and-thunder spitting beast.
Heavy as a bag full of hammers and packed with chest-thumping riffage, Mark Tremonti did the business this year. A well-deserved silver medal in our poll.
1. Jack Fowler/Nick Martin (Sleeping With Sirens)
You don’t get to be as big as Sleeping With Sirens without some serious skills in your locker, and Jack Fowler and Nick Martin’s is so stuffed they can barely close it.
There’s some serious pop-rock talent on display in their expertly crafted hooks, and they continue to shift an absolute buttload of records. More power to 'em, we say!