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50 greatest guitar solos


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1. “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

2. “Eruption,” Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)

3. “All Along the Watchtower,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4. “Hotel California,” Eagles (Don Felder, Joe Walsh)

5. “Comfortably Numb,” Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)

6. “Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd (Gary Rossington, Allen Collins)

7. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton, Duane Allman)

8. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” The Beatles (Eric Clapton)

9. “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry

10. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen (Brian May)

11. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)

12. “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” Jeff Beck

13. “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses (Slash)

14. “Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)

15. “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

16. “November Rain,” Guns N’ Roses (Slash)

17. “Mr Crowley,” Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)

18. “Whole Lotta Rosie,” AC/DC (Angus Young)

19. “Like a Hurricane,” Neil Young and Crazy Horse

20. “Sultans of Swing,” Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)

21. “Texas Flood,” Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

22. “One,” Metallica (Kirk Hammett)

23. “Cortez the Killer,” Neil Young and Crazy Horse

24. “Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley and His Comets (Danny Cedrone)

25. “Sweet Jane” (live), Lou Reed (Steve Hunter, **** Wagner)

26. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (Prince)

27. “Heartbreaker,” Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

28. “Jessica,” Allman Brothers Band (Dickey Betts)

29. “Machine Gun,” Jimi Hendrix

30. “Crossroads,” Cream (Eric Clapton)

31. “Time,” Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)

32. “Are You Experienced,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

33. “Race with the Devil,” Gene Vincent (Cliff Gallup)

34. “Don’t Believe a Word,” Thin Lizzy (Brian Robertson)

35. “Purple Haze,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

36. “Besame Mucho,” Wes Montgomery

37. “Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards)

38. “Blue Sky,” Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman, Dickey Betts)

39. “My Sharona,” The Knack (Berton Averre)

40. “Marquee Moon,” Television (Tom Verlaine)

41. “Hitch a Ride,” Boston (Tom Scholz)

42. “The End,” The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon)

43. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

44. “Train Kept A Rollin’” (live), Aerosmith (Joe Perry)

45. “Highway Star,” Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

46. “Dirt,” The Stooges (Ron Asheton)

47. “Off the Handle,” Rory Gallagher

48. “The Great Curve,” Talking Heads (Adrian Belew)

49. “The Messiah Will Come Again,” Roy Buchanan

50. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson (Eddie Van Halen)



as determined by Gibson.com



personally, i think that 'Layla' and 'Comfortably Numb' have better solos than 'Hotel California'


what do you think?

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Impossible list to compile. Much like the VH1 Classic countdowns, everyone can think of better ones. And it does look like a pre 90's list.


Joe Walsh has about 40 songs that are awesome.


Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi.... Check out some of the obscure songs like Raise Your Hands, Keep the Faith, Homebound Train, etc. Have amazing technical parts.


SRV- Texas Flood..... 'nuff said.


Ace Frehley- Some great stuff that made Kiss big.


Satriani, Kenny Shepherd, Zack, guy from Pearl Jam, James Root, Dimebag, Wes from Bizkit, Mick Mars....


The list could go on & on.


EDIT..... My Sharona????? Really?????? LMFAO that that made it.

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It's very hard to compare solo's to eachother, partly because solo's shouldn't be regarded as seperate things but as part of song. However, I wouldn't put Stairway to Heaven on one, I'd say: Comfortably Numb, or Crazy Train.

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I like many if not most of those songs and have even heard 10 or so of them performed live by the original artists but there is 1 that will never make anyone's list that I really like. Its called "Battle Axe" by the band Quit Riot. They were started by one of the most wicked bad-ass son-of-a-b*** to ever pick up a guitar...........Randy Rhoads! Maybe you have heard of him--if you haven't then stop reading this and go do some research. Unfortunately Rhoads wasn't with the band at the time of this recording. He has moved on to greener pastures---OZZY!


Anyway.., the whole song is a guitar solo and it rocks.



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Good list... however where the hell is Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock Improvisation? That is the greatest of all time!








Get your kool aid ready and roll your wacky tobacco, kick back and listen to this in its entirety for best results.

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i would have to say from that list texas flood SRV or highway star by deep purple. Wheres the pantera?? Floods. Or Eric Johnson, Manhattan. Jerry Garcia. Jason Becker,


My favorite guitarist will be Manson's ex-guitarist, John 5. Total girl wood. T.T


I like where he threw in about 10 seconds of blues/country. did ya catch that? lol

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