Greatest Guitar Solos of Rock and Metal

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101 The End - Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon

Historic significance and stellar performance by the greatest songwriters!

102 Infidel - Tony Lazaro
103 The Number of The Beast - Adrian Smith/Dave Murray

You ALL are crazy!
There was never a smoother player than Dave Murray & innovative as Adrian Smith

104 Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page

Dude, this solo has lines of 32nd notes.

It is a great solo jimmy page at his best.

Seconds only to whole lotta love.

105 Rock Bottom - Michael Schenker

Suspect most voting haven't ever heard this. Find it & make sure it is the original studio version. Schenker was just 16 when he played one of the greatest solo's ever. This solo stands on it's own in the song. What makes it special is its ability to start slow and build into a frenzy without ever losing melody. If it was heard more you'd see this in every top ten list.

This is without doubt the greatest piece of guitar playing ever committed to vinyl. After hearing this other guitar players would lay down their guitars and go learn how to play the drums. Its that good, no its beyond that good, listen, I beg you, I plead with you, beg steal borrow buy or even download a copy... You will not be disapointed

Other solos can go hard, but this takes you on a journey. It starts slow and builds into a crescendo of technical excellence - greatest solo of all time.

A huge influence on my playing. One of the greatest solos of all time. The live version, of course.

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106 We Will Rock You - Brian May
107 Stream of Consciousness - John Petrucci

the solo in this is insane and the song itself is amazing... an incredible instrumental on the album train of thought by the technically amazing Dream Theater... in this solo John Petrucci shreds with great technicality and even does a little sweeping to add some extra flavor to the fast shredding solo - dddddoug

108 Hate Crew Deathroll - Alex Laiho

i have never seen anybodies fingers move so fast in my life

Incredibly underrated guitarist, such speed in his solos...

109 Scar Tissue - John Frusciante

Great song, even better solo...It comes and goes which adds to the whole mood. It's like a story in the form of guitar notes, so simple yet so effective.

Great solo, I do pprefer this over the dani California one, I think it should be much higher the 74

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110 Jesus of Suburbia - Billie Joe Armstrong

It is one of the best solos Green Day has done ever - idolangelx13

111 2 Minutes To Midnight - Adrian Smith/Dave Murray
112 Psycho - Daron Malakian

A sultry solo at the end of an energetic song. I still don't get why Lonely Day isn't on the list. The melancholic solo will definitely make you cry.

A fantastic solo that's even better live!

The best solo guitarist in the world

113 The Unforgiven III - Kirk Hammett

The buildup is pristine, and boy does it ever deliver.

114 Blackened - Kirk Hammett

undeniable metallica's best solo, the first part is the best though - Psykosauron

115 Jump in the Fire - Kirk Hammett

Amazing solo, but dave mustaine played this one in the studio, not kirk

The fastest paced and most intense solo to have a great flow to it.

116 For The Love of God - Steve Vai

How underrated! Steve Vai is like one of the gods of the guitar!

117 Life's Like a River - Ulrich Roth

His guitar playing is so amazing..

118 Green Grass and High Tides - Henry Paul, Billy Jones and Hughie Thomasson
119 Bed of Razors - Alexi Laiho
120 Art of Life - Hide (X-japan)

A masterpiece played by one of the best guitarist of the world. Music miss him so much.

probably contains two of the greatest rock solos of all time as they are epic and overwhelmingly good. - TD17

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