Best Pink Floyd Guitar Solos

The Top Ten

Comfortably Numb Comfortably Numb Cover Art

I agree, video is also great when he starts to rage and solo is like perfect for this, I love it.

If anyone still has a doubt, just check Gilmour's live in Pompeii in 2016

definitely the best not only for pink floyd... the best gutar solos of all time #1

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

Time Time Cover Art

In my opinion, this one is not only the best of floyd, but it's the second best solo, right behind Han Solo

The solo is just epic, it's very simple, but only Gilmour would make something simple with such a good sounding. I always dreaming to hear this solo live made by Gilmour.

This guitar solo seems to tell a story in the form of musical notes. Simply brilliant.

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.

High Hopes High Hopes Cover Art

Best guitar solo. Much better than Comfortably Numb in my opinion.

For me, much better than the Comfortably Numb one.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The combination of the genius and technique of gilmours playing accompanied by a stellar backing by the rest of the band create such an aesthetic feeling that is unparalleled by any of their other songs

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.

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

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

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!

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

Damn that bend

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.

Blues and funky. Money solo is brilliant and sometimes underrated

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

Comfortably numb and Time are classics
But the solo of Money is better than both, Amazingly great solo

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.

I love the solo in "Hey you".. Maakes me feel good!

Just completely awesome, along with the song

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

Echoes Echoes Cover Art

Echoes in 8th?!?! Didn't think TheTopTens would come to this.

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

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

Should be way higher...

Coming Back to Life Coming Back to Life Cover Art

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.

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

13?! You gotta be kidding me.. it should be after comfortably numb!

The Contenders

Poles Apart Poles Apart Cover Art

Can't believe this isn't in list

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

Fire

That solo!

On the Turning Away On the Turning Away Cover Art

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

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 best solo ever, if, yes, if there wouldn't be comfortably numb...

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

That's art

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

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!

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...

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

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

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

Totally agree!

Marooned Marooned Cover Art

Hey man..This song can turn your your mind inside out and upside down...

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.

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.

Solo?

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

It's got 3 beautiful solos, slide solo at the beginning, funky solo in the middle, and reprise of the slide solo in the end

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

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

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!

Gives me chills it's so beautiful.

One of the top 10. for me at least

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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