Best Pink Floyd Guitar Solos


The Top Ten

1 Comfortably Numb Comfortably Numb

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

Comfortably Numb has the best solo on any song ever, Change My Mind.

This Song is perfection!

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

2 Time Time

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 gives me chills every time. What a powerful song.

What do I even need to say? This solo is perfection! - Userguy44

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.

3 High Hopes High Hopes

Great ending for this fantastic song! - Userguy44

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.

4 Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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

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.

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. - lavillaof2112

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

5 Dogs

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.

6 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2

Damn that bend

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.

This one must be 1st

7 Money

Best by far

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.

WAY BETTER Than Comfortably numb - MaxPap

Blues and funky. Money solo is brilliant and sometimes underrated

8 Hey You

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

9 Echoes

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

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

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

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

10 Coming Back to Life

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.

I could listen this song on repeat for an entire week!

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.

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


The Contenders

11 On the Turning Away

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...

12 Poles Apart

Can't believe this isn't in list - popeye67

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

That solo!


13 Mother

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

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

That's art

14 Pigs (Three Different Ones)

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

15 A Great Day For Freedom

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!

16 Marooned

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. - matty925

17 Is There Anybody Out There?

Most beautiful acoustic part by Mr Gilmour, no doubt.


18 What Do You Want from Me?
19 Let There Be More Light
20 Not Now John
21 Atom Heart Mother

Atom Heart Mother is life

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...

22 Louder Than Words
23 The Thin Ice

Easily the highlight of this song is the guitar

24 Fat Old Sun

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.

25 Yet Another Movie

It is short but so powerful.

Highly underrated... But kicks major ass...

Short but oh so sweet..

The most underrated. I picture a godzilla type creature stomping on all other guitarists as this plays.
Of course the creatures face is David's. If only it was longer.

26 Sorrow

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!

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

SOOOo... Underrated

33 really its best guitar solo after comfortbly numb why really why?

27 Young Lust

I feel like this solo is very under rated

Pinch harmonics are insane

Short but powerful solo that melts your ears

28 Have a Cigar

Makes me want to dance - RalphSaad

I’m extremely surprised this isn’t in the top 10. That makes no sense to me. It’s one of the best solos I’ve ever heard and played!

29 Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyds best solo

30 Childhood's End

The most underrated song (in the most underrated album) Pink Floyd has ever put out. Definitely deserves to be in the top ten. - RecklessGamer007

31 Interstellar Overdrive

As a guitar fan comfortably numb in my opinion is a overrated guitar solos, it is an average guitar solo middle part of this song do not have too much guitar however "Interstellar Over drive" is just a riff but it is one of the most memorable sound by this band and more hard and aggressive riff than the "Comfortably numb' which make you fell "rock"

32 The Fletcher Memorial Home

Best solo of all time, this got me into the Final Cut. It goes so perfectly with the mood of the song. I hope to see some cool solos on Roger's new album "Is the Life we Really Want" which I will be checking out soon.

The song is so underrated, it's about a place for the power hungry who play god with innocent people like the Generals who sent his father off to die in the war, the powerful and painful solo is so emotional it really ties the whole song together.

It's such a pity that the solo part from the Fletcher Memorial Home isn't in the middle of other beautiful Pink Floyd song, instead of being in the middle of Roger's moaning...
The solo - again, as so often with Mr Gilmour - is so simple, yet so hauntingly beautiful.

33 The Final Cut

Not a wasted note or space, beautiful, too good for what's around it.

All of the solos in this album are awesome - ChefSkinner

34 I'm a King Bee

Yes it is. From 1965. Solo is actually pretty good.

Is this even a Pink Floyd song?

35 Learning to Fly
36 Careful With That Axe Eugene
37 Astronomy Domine
38 Remember a Day
39 Sheep
40 One of These Days
41 Free Four

Great, great, great!

42 Two Suns in the Sunset
43 Pigs on the Wing
44 The Nile Song

This is a but underrated in my opinion along with Ibiza Bar. The Guitar plays hard throughout this track like a heavy, funky, psychedelic, and almost metal Collage of Noise. Once the vocals decide to dissipate at various points during the track you are left with orgasmic guitar wails that serve as a hypnotic trip through what I can only assume is the Nile.

Along with Ibiza Bar this is a bit underrated in my opinion. There is guitar playing hard throughout this track like a heavy, funky, psychedelic, and almost metal collage of noise. Once the vocals decide to dissipate you are left with these orgasmic wailing guitar sounds sending you on a hypnotic trip to what I can only assume is the Nile.

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