Greatest Guitar Solos of Rock and Metal

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21Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore

Definitely the Best Solo Ever
It is Hard, Sounds great and fits the song perfectly

Highway Star by Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple is definitely a blast...he's my number 1...

The first speed metal solo - fast, technical and thundering. Love it!
Should be way way higher. - Metal_Treasure

Marvelous - this is for Top 10.

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22Hotel California - Don Felder/Joe Walsh

Wow! This is so top 5! I'm so disappointed, most of the top tens are just fast, there's no thought.

Best song, Best Solo of the 20th century. Hands down.

This is two great players telling the story with their guitars, not an ego massage. Superb!

The best solo ever hands down. Nobody can beat this solo not even jimmy.

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23Rising Force - Yngwie

Once again another AMAZING guitar player absent from the top 10. Slash, Gilmour and others in the top 10...are you F'ing kidding me? This poll is a joke.

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24La Villa Strangiato - Alex Lifeson

One of my all time favorites. Definitely one of the most successful solos when it comes to accurately portraying a unique emotion that no one else has portrayed - song about some of Alex Lifeson's nightmares apparently. Wow, very unique solo; can't think of another solo that has as delicate a build and as good an explosive ending.

Most complicated and exceedingly impressive well done and thought out guitar solo. Who would ever have thought that a cult band like this one could create such a master piece work of beauty?

Great technical skill and the way it builds and builds is incredible. Lifeson will never be a fashionable choice but he really delivers with this solo.

This solo has it all. Feel. Space effects. Technique. All elements of a great solo one after the other.

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25Dry Country - Richie Sambora

very long solos!
the first is about 30 seconds and the second is about 90 seconds... - richie4life

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26Cemetary Gates - Dimebag Darrel

What is this? Are you serious Darrel on 26.. You should know he is one the greatest guitarist in the hostory

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27Altitudes - Jason Becker

I actually like sweet child o mine but this one also has feelings in it. At one point its slow as if someone is hurt inside but then suddenly it slips into an uplifting solo which makes you want to play air guitar

Best guitarist ever. Listen to anything he has or in Cacophony with Marty Friedman, it'll blow your mind. Too bad he came down with Lou Gehrig's disease, otherwise if he had kept going he would be more famous than all these guitarists on this list.

28Sultans of Swing - Mark Knopfler

Guitar solos are more than just something fast and difficult to play on Guitar Hero. When you listen to the guitar playing in Sultans Of Swing it almost feels like an angel is taking care of it. Your mind is floating with the sounds of the strings and you never want the song to end. It's one thing to be able to play really fast, but to be innovative and make the guitar sound special and moving is a different story. The top ten, in my opinion, would be

1. Sultans Of Swing - Mark Knopfler
2. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour
3. Star Sprangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
4. Free Bird - Rossington & Collinsworth
5. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen
6. Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
7. Stairway To Heaven - Jimmy Page
8. Hotel California - Felder & Walch
9. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
10. Crossroads - Eric Clapton

I'm literally in love with this song it's the first solo I ever learnt, but I love it

I voted for the alchemy version, but studio. - gemcloben

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29Smells Like Teen Spirit - Kurt CobainV1 Comment
30Estranged - Slash

Great 9 min song

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31Forsaken - John Petrucci

Totally underrated, he and his solos could be at the top of the list. He has more feelling than anyone. Any doubt? Watch the "Hollow Years" live solo at Budokan. - DreamTheater_Venezuela

awesomly amazing... though highly underated! - hereisHorizon

Why is this solo so far from the top? It is a beautiful solo

Any guitarist above couldn't match his skill

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32Alive - Mike Mcready

Wiked solo it just comes out of nowhere and the awesome sound just hits u

33Fermented Offal Discharge - Muhammed SuiƧmez

Neo classical shredding at its finest... Definitely puts muhammed suicmez on the same level as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart... Only man to combine technicality and soul and provide an infinite amount of these things. One of the smartest guitarists

34The Glass Prison - John Petrucci

How the hell is this and all the other great John Petrucci solos below smells like teen spirit. - jimicenafromintempo

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35Out In The Fields - Gary Moore
36Blackbird - Mark Tremonti

Possibly the best song in the world, 8 minutes of emotional rock perfection reaching the climax of kennedy and tremonti's solo.

Myles and Mark split this solo and it is fantastic. The solo starts on the first note of the song and doesn't stop until it rips your heart out. Not just my opinion Guitar magazine voted this the GREATEST solo ever!

One of the greatest solos by one of the best shredders of 21st century. No one can play such emotionally. Ya but I respect Jimi and slash. But it should be top 5 in place of Afterlife.

Best song I've ever listened to.

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37Nottingham Lace - Buckethead

I can listen to this again and again. It is my favourite guitar solo. Hard choice though; so many other great ones. - wizardryuk

This is one of the best guitar solos that I've heard. This Solo should be in top 10 at least. Fast, energetic and mind blowing!

38Crossroads - Eric Clapton
39Cliffs of Dover - Eric JohnsonV1 Comment
40Alison Hell - Jeff Waters
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