Best Pink Floyd Guitar Solos

The Top Ten

Comfortably Numb Comfortably Numb Cover Art

Pink Floyd's produced countless solos... It's a hard decision, but I think it has to be said that Comfortably Numb is the best. Full of emotion, full of brilliance.
I believe the current order (CN, Time, High Hopes, SOYCD) is a perfect top 4.

The best solo out there absolutely brilliant live on pulse /albert hall the sound and timing spot on, there will never be anything better!

It's pretty much self-obvious, as much as likes many other Gilmour solos, this one is the best, especially Pulse or Live 8 versions.

This one is magnificent and hiptonico, and when you say desperate ends: more, more, please, and when you touch it with your guitar you feel like a god.

Time Time Cover Art

It is by far the most transporting guitar solo I've ever heard. It tells a story so deep, while playing with time as a concept. It makes my mind feel like I'm jumping through space at vast velocities. There's creative genius all over this solo; no flash or tricks, just pure emotional bliss. I would say that this solo is on the same level as a quality piece of classical music, such as the emotional centre of Holst's Jupiter movement. And that's high praise.

This one is the greatest example of Mr Gilmour's brilliance - it's not a show-off, it's not flashy, uber-quick or whatever else you have others from every "greatest guitar solos" poll... it has soul. Every damn note is played with such feel... it moves me to tears, quite often actually. And I'm a grown-ass man.

I can't really explain the connection I have with this one... My father used to play it for me since I was 7 or even younger... I remember it as a part of me, so it's not fair with the other songs hahaa Besides that, it's a killer solo and it should be top one, hands down. After this? Echoes and Mother I'd say.

Such a rare combination of effects-heavy Hendrix type shredding with the classic Floyd instrumental guiding the solo. Can't help but get the chills every time I hear it. One of the best in rock history.

High Hopes High Hopes Cover Art

Less technical than Comfortably Numb, no doubt, but a lot more melodic. That uplifting feeling of surfing forever and ever, only that lap steel solo can give it to you.

This is the best solo in the history of rock (on the version of the Division Bell). Almost makes me cry every time I listen to it.

The raw emotion of Gilmour's encapsulates the entire song, it is the summary of an entire career of anguish and yet hope.

Unbelievable. Perfectly melodic yet powerful. It's amazing to see how easily he can switch to a lap steel guitar

Shine On You Crazy Diamond Shine On You Crazy Diamond Cover Art

It was between this and Time. Although Time is probably the best single guitar solo from Pink Floyd, this song has multiple of the best, especially if you count all of the parts. The solos in the song are maniacally good.

Amazing number, just incredible how they got this together, especially when the band were not getting on well. Sometimes the best thing grow out of tensions within a band.

When the second half of the song comes on and the guitar starts sliding up the octaves, I lose it every time...there is nothing like that feeling

Absolute brilliance. In short truly one of the best Pink Floyd songs and absolutely the best Pink Floyd solo without a doubt.

Dogs Dogs Cover Art

When you hear the dogs barking in the background, and slowly you hear the entire mood of the song slowly change. Man I love the solo for Time Comfortably numb, and Pigs three different ones, but this is the one that does it for me. 17 minutes long, and every note is delicately placed, for just the right mood the song was meant to establish. This solo is a masterpiece, and so is the song it belongs to.

I have to say that this is a THE best song ever. The multiple solos link together perfectly and change emphasise the mood in such a way that it just puts me on another world. To be honest, I'm not really sure which guitar solo it is meant to be about, but this one song contains at least 4 or 5 top quality solos.

Simply epic song with a killer guitar solo. Everything in this song makes it a masterpiece, the dogs in the background, the backing by wright and the smooth, inventive beat make this probably my favorite floyd song.

Easily the best. Look out for the early version of this on the wish you were here immersion set. Mind blowing lying awesome.

Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 Cover Art

Most Pink Floyd fans seem to be indifferent about this song, but I think that the guitar solo in this song is actually better than Comfortably Numbs.

This solo is just so damn good, I can't even put it into words! although I can say similar things about other gilmour-solos for sure (particularly Echoes and Shine on you crazy diamond). but this one is just brilliant in it's very own way, although I don't even really like the song itself. I think it's quite an annoying song - just with the best solo ever!

Just the small details about this guitar solos such as the vibrato on the notes make it amazing.

Best guitar solo ever, And the best one was live in Venice 1994.

Money Money Cover Art

In little over 2 minutes, Gilmour manages to make one of the most vibrant and outstanding guitar solo's of all time. Such a range of notes and sounds, all weaved together into a solo that gets me every time. Absolute genius.

Everyone says Time and Comfortably Numb, but this one is done so much better.

Blues and funky. Money solo is brilliant and sometimes underrated

Probably one of the most underrated solos in music... Great guitar work

Hey You Hey You Cover Art

Best guitar solo ever! It has everything, and the background music makes it even better- a reference to Another Brick In The Wall.

How is only "hey you" 6th? The guitar solo in this song is absolutely amazing, gilmours best work hands down

This is by far the best solo! Makes me travel to other places

No logic behind it. I just love it. It drains my blood.

Echoes Echoes Cover Art

Wow, this definitely deserves much higher than this. I mean come on has any PF fan here heard the Live at Pompeii version of this? Phenomenal solo, blows minds.

Absolutely masterpiece! I love all of Floyd's solos but Echoes sounds so special for me...

Echoes is a perfect work of art. But this music is crafted for people with patience. Teenagers tend to prefer CN.

If I had to choose between Echoes and Comfortably Numb, I'd choose Echoes any day.

Coming Back to Life Coming Back to Life Cover Art

I often put this song on repeat because I am trying to learn to play it. I think it deserves a higher position than 10, but I know a lot of old-school (Roger Waters Fans) did not really continue their passion for Floyd after The Wall, so I get it. But in my humble opinion this should be closer to top 5 on this list anyway.

This sits easily at the top of the list. The solos are ambient, spacey, atmospheric and melodious. It's hard to imagine that a human actually made this song.

Probably not fit for the top 10, but definitely a wonderful series of solos.

This song is all about that guitar. Better than Another Brick in the Wall!

The Contenders

Poles Apart Poles Apart Cover Art

The solo speaks more than the lyrics itself, which is saying a l

Can't believe this isn't in list


On the Turning Away On the Turning Away Cover Art

This absolutely takes off and soars. I remember hearing it and thinking if I go to heaven I want this to be the soundtrack. Simply divine.

I would absolutely put Comfortably Numb firs, On the Turning Away a very close second and High Hopes a solid third place.

The Gilmour guitar solo at the end
Is fantastic. Right up with the very best of Dave Gilmour's talents.

We all know the comfortably numb is the best Pink Floyd solo, but I just wanted to upvote this because it's just so good and some people may not have heard it, especially the Delicate Sound Of Thunder version, the original version isn't that good compared to TDSOT version

Mother Mother Cover Art

The guitar solo is so powerful! Even though its just 30 seconds..!

Mother should be in the top 5! It's a perfect guitar solo

Should be in top 5. One of the most melodic and impactfull solos

Pigs (Three Different Ones) Pigs (Three Different Ones) Cover Art

Honestly, this is my favorite, probably because radio hasn't worn it out. This solo evokes some really intense emotions in me. Can't really tell you why, but I do have this vision of Elizabeth banks of the back of my bike cruising the pacific coast at sunset ;=)

This, along with Comfortably Numb, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Echoes, Hey you, High Hopes, Dogs, Time, Another Brick, and Money should be the top ten list of guitar solos OF ALL TIME... This ties with Comfortably Numb for 1st place on that list... 10th? Kinda sad...

At the very end of Pigs, David Gilmour holds onto ONE note. ONE simple note, and plays the living crap out of it. It is honestly my favorite moment in any Pink Floyd song... About 9 n a half minutes into Pigs. There goes my vote!

This solo shows such intense emotion it hits you like a train. Every time I listen to this song I go back and listen to the solo a couple more times. Best solo of all time if you ask me

A Great Day For Freedom

the solo at the end of A Great Day For Freedom is so so beautiful, it is so euphoric and melodic. the fact that it is not a top 10 solo is a bummer

The live version in gdansk is just as good if not better than comfortably numb live pulse version

How was this not even on the list? An absolutely incredible solo, should at least be in the top 10

Totally agree!

Marooned Marooned Cover Art

Once you listened to this, there's no turning back, you'll find yourself putting it on loop, listening to nothing but Marooned and stoning away trying to surpass time.

Such an underrated solo. The depth of emotion in this is staggering. David twists and bends his instrument to make it squeal with raw emotion.

Apparently this is really underrated! I am surprised to see it so low on the list!

Very, very underrated song. This is some of the best guitar work I've heard.

Is There Anybody Out There? Is There Anybody Out There? Cover Art

Most beautiful acoustic part by Mr Gilmour, no doubt.

What Do You Want from Me? What Do You Want from Me? Cover Art
Let There Be More Light
Not Now John
Atom Heart Mother Atom Heart Mother Cover Art

This doesn't have a guitar solo it is an orchestral piece.

Not all of it, it is divided into several parts and one of those parts has a small rock out featuring a cool guitar solo.

The beginning of the first part of the solo is magic

Funky dung is really funky...

Atom Heart Mother is life

Louder Than Words Louder Than Words Cover Art
The Thin Ice The Thin Ice Cover Art

Easily the highlight of this song is the guitar

Sorrow Sorrow Cover Art

I up voted this because its too good of a solo to be down this far.. top 10 Dave gilmour solo for me and the beginning of the song is different than any other floyd song

I was blown away by Sorrow on Gilmour's last tour (2016 - Rattle That Lock). Those 2 night in Pompeii... I will remember until the end of my days!

Maybe not Pink Floyd's greatest solo ever, but it definitely is deserving of recognition

Gives me chills it's so beautiful.

Fat Old Sun Fat Old Sun Cover Art

The single greatest Gilmour solo bar none. The emotion and soul he placed in every single note in the that solo is breathtaking. It is a solo that "sneaks' up on you. The first time you listen to it, you may think it's "good", but nothing special. But, listen to it over and over again and take in every cord as if you're breathing. Simply put, a gorgeous, yet grossly overlooked masterpiece from Gilmour and the Floyd.

This track is the musical definition of the word "happiness". And slowly fading solo plays a huge part in that.

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