Greatest Guitar Solos
As a huge Led Zeppelin fan, this is not my favorite Jimmy Page solo. Achilles Last Stand, Since I've Been Loving You, and Heartbreaker have better solos in my opinion. Stairway To Heaven is still good though. Comfortably Numb should be at #1, not this.
When one hears the studio version of this solo, from the moment that bend just comes in with a bang but giving that anticipation for the rest of the solo, right until Plant ends it with the unbelievable extrose... One just thinks "oh man, if only I could hear this for the first time again...", well, Jimmy is just too good to produce just one great solo, and this invention of his is just too much to be contained in one minute: for that, Jimmy has improvised and IMPROVED the solo to a billion times of the heavenly feel it already has, in the live versions of this song: especially the madison square garden live in 1973... So yes, you get to listen to it for the first time over and over again!
The one thing that sets the good guitarists apart from the great guitarists is emotion- and the Stairway to heaven solo is dripping with that emotion. It isn't a hard solo to play speaking from a technical standpoint, most guitarists with aboutique a year of experience could play through the whole song with ease, but as far as playing emotional guitar, no one can play this solo as well as Jimmy Page. Men can be brought to tears by the incredible beauty and precision of this solo, and no metal guitarist- or most guitarists for that matter- can pull it off as expertly. Some of the greats like Eric Clapton or Hendrix could've done it with practise, but Jimmy Page and only Jimmy Page could improvise it like he did. So many factors combine to make this solo the best ever, and they all truly come out in this solo.
I am not a guitar player by any standard and never really liked Led Zeppelin (for some strange reason I always preferred Deep Purple and the Beatles). But haven't heard a better piece of music.
I agree 100% that Stairway to Heaven is the best Guitar, best Drums, Best Rock Song, Best Climax and probably Best Song ever made full stop.
I wish though that the lyrics made more or any sense.
Except Hotel California I disagree with everything else that is in the list.
Including Jimmy Hendrix this complete list should be selected in the top 100 Olympic Athletes of all times.
Why is this under stairway to heaven? This is the Pinnacle of guitar solos. Don't get me wrong, the solo of stairway to heaven will never be as emtional, melodic or beautiful as comfortably numb. Gilmour has some other really good solos and is in my opinion the best guitarist and most creative but comfortably numb is the best solo of all time.
It's a long shot saying, someone in the future might top this solo. Unlike most solos, this one has a story to it. The first solo is a bright and happy one, which contrasts the second one. The song's transitions from dark and gritty to bright and happy truly stands out.
The dark melody goes perfectly with the bright undertone.
It seems almost impossible to create a greater tone than Gilmour, let alone a do an entire solo. I've always been a fan of Gilmour's tone in songs such as, "Hey you", "Time", "Another brick in the wall - part 2".etc,...
The careful selection of notes and the right time for it is ineffable. With Rogers' lyrics and songwriting along with Gilmour's songwriting and lead, makes this song a true gem, ahead of its time. And the solo, an out-of-place experience.
Considering the fact that this was made almost 50 years ago, and it still is being talked about is a remarkable feat only few bands achieve.
Pink Floyd's music breaks the ...more
The Comfortably Numb guitar solo is on a different level than the other solos on this list. Stairway to Heaven's solo is pretty good, but it does not come close to the depth and complexity of what Gilmour did in Numb. When I hear the first riff from that solo, especially the Pulse Concert performance, it instantly steals me away from wherever I am and doesn't bring me back until after the song ends. In this version, every note played by Gilmour feels like a new experiment done to an old classic with masterful success.
I should probably never listen to this song while driving because the urge to close my eyes, air guitar on the steering wheel, and lose myself is too strong when this song starts.
The song and solo reflect the confluence of absolute genius from Roger Waters and David Gilmour. Both the guitar solos from David in the song have their distinct personality, yet highly complementary to each other. The second solo actually tells a highly imaginative story in itself, with sections that frame the meaning of the song in a powerful but unpredictable way. It is difficult to get tired of listening to this song, it is that deep and powerful. I predict this piece of musical genius will be appreciated for centuries to come, akin to the 5th of Beethoven. We're lucky to see it flourish in our lifetimes.
This solo may not be the best solo ever, there are many very underrated guitarists out there, sure Eddie is pretty overrated in the guitarist world... But I still believe his is one of the best guitar players to ever pick up a guitar. Stairway to heaven is a beautifully crafted song, but is highly overrated. It is fairly simple, and if you sit in any guitar shop you will hear someone playing it... Not eruption which takes way more skill.
I really FEEL this solo, one of my favorites after Mr. Crowley. People who say there's no feeling into it just don't understand it. It's your problem. But it's like saying "I can't feel Stairway to Heaven". It's your problem, not the solo's problem. Anyone agree with me on this? One of my favorite solos of all time is not even on this list, and yet I feel it so much. It's the solo in American Life by Primus.
DOES ANYBODY REALIZE STAIRWAY IS STOLEN? I mean really, cause piracy deserves #2. and comfor... goodness it doesn't even deserve to be spelled out. it is slow, easy and terrible at the same time. like the beatles. no, but seriously, this is clearly the best. all of those saying otherwise are the same that listen to generic pop music and don't actually have music tastes anyway. I'd go into the brilliance of the actual solo, (as a guitarist I can vouch for its difficulty) but that has already been covered many times over.
Eddie is absolutely the best guitar player in my generation if not ever. He's proven this many times over. He is also a total musical freak! I am sure he holds more patents that any other guitar player. But it still comes down to which band and musical style you prefer. Jimmy Page playing " Stairway to Heaven " is beautiful, but not the best solo ever.
I'll put it this way: The solo in this tune is what inspired or rather "pushed" me to become a musician and guitarist. I remember hearing it regularly on the radio back in the late eighties when I was only 6... It haunted me. It made me realize the beauty and purpose of music. Kudos to Guns N' Roses and Slash!
When I heard this solo, I was just blown away. Now I have heard many more solos and many more great guitarists but this one remains my favourite for years and slash my favourite along with jimmy page, dimebag darrel and dave mustaine.
So much emotion in this song. I agree that Stairway to Heaven was better than this. But this solo is the evidence that Slash is one of the best guitarists ever. I remember the whole tune, every part of it. It's just unforgettable once you hear it.
I certainly am in favour of this song having a spot in the top 3. Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson too is a great song! I don't understand how people ignore such songs which are the true icons of rock
One of the last great slow-burning solos in my opinion, the first guitar solo, and to a lesser but still large extent the second solo, in the Guns N' Roses masterpiece November Rain is absolutely beautiful. Passion and energy seem to flow out of the strings with each extended, stabbing note, and the wailing nature of those notes really help to convey the sad emotions presented in the lyrics and Axl Rose's beautiful vocal performance.
Sweet child gave us a great solo and a great riff. Best Guns n Roses song, in my opinion.
Now, when talking about Guns n Roses best guitar solo, there's only one answer you can get, and that's November Rain. Best guitar solo that Slash as ever gave us, and could easily make the top 5!
Best three solos I ever heard. I become spellbound while listening this song. Those three solos are SOLOS OF THE MILLENIUM. Can't be matched by any other though comfortably numb solo is quite great but not as november rain
When slash Comes in with the classic solo to the song you can't help but rewind and listen to the solo again and again so amazing as is slash and his solo to this amazing soundtrack is cool.
Sorry, Collins/Rossington, but your ranking of the Free Bird solo, as being the best even, is hands-down proof that you don't understand anything about music other than your own gut feelings, which is to say that you don't understand anything about music. I enjoy Free Bird also but the solo is very redundant. For somebody with musical training who knows how to truly pay attention to what's being played, the actual solo-lines in the Free-Bird ending get boring very quickly, which is why I prefer to not hear Free Bird any more than about once per year, because, that way, I can enjoy it without being bothered too much by the mindless-repetition. Compare, for one of many possible contrasting examples, Clapton's solo in Sunshine of Your Love. I'm not saying that repetition is always a bad thing but there are good ways of doing repetition and bad ways. If you want an example of a good way, listen to Stephen Stills' solo in the extended-jam of the 4-Way-Street version of Carry On. If you ...more
I remember these times. Fond Memories of the way people used to react with one another, and not reacting against anyone. Shows were spectacular, Music was at it's very best in rhythm and form. People came to hear the words of harmless poets whose only aspirations were to simply play good ear pleasing music.
I miss that time, and miss the Beautiful Music each day as well. I miss the musicians who came to play for us, only hoping that we would all like they're presentation, of they're wonderful tunes.
Let us all remember that Love, and not Hate, allowed us to enjoy those good times in our 20s that did give to us a much better quality of life for having heard.
Worst list ever! Free bird is the best solo ever! Heres the real one!
1. Free bird-Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. Master of puppets-Metallica
4. Sweet child o mine-Guns N' Roses
5. Cliffs of Dover-Eric Johnson
6. The day that never comes-Metallica
7. Hotel California-Eagles
8. Whole lotta love-Led Zeppelin
9. Stairway to heaven-Led Zeppelin
10. God is dead? -Black Sabbath
The guy below me is so wrong, don't listen to him, free bird is the greatest guitar solo ever it is so unique unlike stairway to heaven, there will never be another one like it. Just watch the live versions from the 70s and tell me it's not the best
Joe walsh takes the second solo of the two and when he does he takes the song's haunting lyrics to a real spine tingle with a burst of energy for a moderately paced song. also what makes this a great solo of all time is the texture of the sound of the guitars, rich and powerful. should be higher on the list
The fact that Hotel California, one of the greatest and most creative solos of all time, is behind Sweet Child 'O Mine, Afterlife, and Master of Puppets is really disappointing.
If people who voted for this list actually knew anything about creative and good music, this solo would be number 2 or 3.
Simply takes me to another place when I hear this song. The guitar solo is the greatest of all time. Saw them live a couple times and still get chills when I hear it. Simply the best.
"Greatest" of course depends on your definition - most difficult? fastest? most 'rock and roll energy'? What the Eagles solos also have is 'innovation', 'originality', 'good taste', and 'played with pure confidence and clarity'. A bit like, with classical music, when someone says a particular Bethoven's composition is 'perfect'.
What a way to top of our list then with Bohemian rhapsody by Queen. The guitar solo for this songs is just out of this world and The way Brian Plays it Is just Spine tingling. He nails it with so much motion that you can feel the motion of the song and how awesome it was put together. Brian is well known for having awesome guitar solos (crazy little thing called love (hammer to fall (These are the days of our lives etc Queen rules and so does Brian
Brian May has always shown too be an amazing guitarist with Killer Queen and Somebody To Love. But he showed us his ultimate skills in Bohemian Rhapsody. No doubt his guitar solo for this song is phenomenal and stands the ultimate test of time.
In the top 10? They must be taking the piss, this is the most boring and soulless solo I've ever heard, Bran himself has done way better. Listen to the solo to We Will Rock You for starters, then Brighton Rock
Wait... WHAT?! This is Brian May's best solo? Not Don't Stop Me Now or Somebody to Love but THIS. The solo is boring. There's nothing worse than a boring solo because even a bad solo is fun to make fun of.
Finally the first actually unique solo on this list. Mostly, this is just a reworking of the classic rock solos list, with some... oversight by putting Stairway first. This is the greatest metal solo ever.
Rock fans vote for their favaourue songs while they haven't even listened to songs like Domination, Tornado of Souls, Me Crowly. Listen to these songs then cast your vote.
Hands down, the greatest solo ever! It has melody, it has speed, it has talent, and it has classical tunes! Definitely guitar playing at its peak. People don't realise the power of this, listen to a slower version of the solo and you will realise how every note is astonishing.
Anyone who plays guitar will understand very quick this is one of the greatest ever. Musically it has far more detail to the notes than just noise. One of the best ever.
I may like other Metallica songs more overall, but One is the greatest piece on guitar. The guitar is not simply there to supplement the sound and hit a few catchy riffs; the guitar sets the mood so much in this song. It begins with some eerie, gloomy riffs, which are perfectly complimentary to the lyrics of a traumatized soldier. After two verses, it goes into a great solo that most people would consider enough for a song. But instead, the song is only halfway over, and it kicks into a much harder sound. The heavy riffs again control the tone of the sound, where now the lyrics are of the soldier losing his mind. It then finishes with two minutes of pure thrash and the greatest guitar solo in history.
In my opinion, better than Master of Puppets. This song is just all around good. The gloomy beginning solos and the crafted lyrics. Although the guitar playing gets crazy at the end, it still feels clean and well constructed. It doesn't stray too far from the core of the song. Solos like Eruption and almost any Hendrix song have you clawing and grasping for notes but they are flying out too fast. One still has that intense element but is bottled nicely and can almost be compared to Stairway, in a song structure sense.
This should be higher, and at least should be in the top 5. Kirk and James have tantalizing solos, and the riff is beyond incredible. The slow speed to intense solos are probably the best thing about the song.
Its simply haunting...not only the solo but the whole song...no wonder it defines Metallica Kirk has done a great job playing it
Technical guitar master Ritchie Blackmore is most well known for his incredibly recognizable riff in Smoke on the Water, but his solos in Highway Star, particularly the second one, are perhaps just as strong achievements. The second solo seems a bit like the musical version of being shot out of a cannon at ultra-relativistic speeds. The arrangement has a classical touch to it, resulting in what probably would happen if Mozart got extremely drunk and then decided to pick up an electric guitar and wail away.
Every 'Top 10 Solos' List is lame without this solo in the Top 3!
METALHEADS, where are you? Without this piece - no speed metal and even thrash (thrash is speed metal mixed with hardcore punk).
This solo is just breathtaking and was so ahead of its time - way later speed and thrash metal guitarists started play such fast, technical and thundering solos.
Based on Bach-like chord sequences, this solo and the song in general were the best prototypes of metal music.
This definitely belongs in the top 10, not only for its technical perfection, but because of its sheer energy level. There are lots of fast solos out there, but few get my attention like this one.
Top 10 for sure. Blackmore's masterpiece still kills 45 years later. I doubt this will be the case with Synyster Gates, Kirk Hammet, or even Slash's entries.
This is Kirk Hammett's best solo. Unlike all of his other shred solos like master of puppets (the first, more tasteful solo is James's) and One, which get quite repetitive, it seems like Kirk actually put a lot of time and effort into this one. It still manages to add shredding elements while incorporating aspects of solos like comfortably numb. Its easily his magnum opus and deserves to be higher on this list.
This is it. The most mind-blowingly EPIC solo you will ever hear. Sure hard rock is amazing and all but heavy metal cranks the badassery up to 11 and beyond. This song is basically the Comfortably Numb of metal except it actually has decent guitar outside of the solo, MUCH better vocals, and the solo is so much more epic and energetic and feels and sounds like it is building up, building up, not just fading away.
This is the worst list I've ever seen... It actually sickens me that people are simply voting for their favourite song instead of the solos, you have solos like FTB, Comfortably Numb and Freebird outside of the top 5. This is such an intricate solo and quite emotional for metal. The only reason I would buy a Bon Jovi album was if I ran out of toilet paper
How is this and "highway star" out of the top 5?
Tornado of souls and Shine on you crazy diamonds should also be higher on the list
Just what I wanted.Jimi's best. I have no idea how anyone keeps this out of the top 5, let alone 10. In the way Deep Purple were the pioneers to a Hard Rock and Metal genre, Hendrix was on a path that only he saw, but everyone wants on it. It's beyond malice having this steamroller behind the planners and thinkers. He's a dreamer.
All along the watchtower is one of the most basic imitated guitar solo by both electric and acoustic gutair playes. To rate it this at 16 is not fair 2 of the solos are from Gilmore.where was jeff beck with rod steward on people get ready? I think this poll was taken by the music money people who never played a guitar in their lifes.
Regarding creativity and originality, Joe Satriani said this about Hendrix; "I can very easily figure out what he did; but I have NO idea how he thought of it."
A guitar solo from another dimension, performed by an immortal guitar virtuoso born on another planet.
I strongly believe that Dave Gilmour is the greatest and best-rounded guitarist in all of rock. And this song is his magnum opus. 4 minutes of pure guitar nostalgia, perfect top to bottom. No solo is better crafted, structured or executed than High Hopes. Yet, people overlook it.
Fantastic & well-crafted song, & when the solo comes with that burst of emotions, it truly makes me shed tears! Not afraid to admit that. Wonderfully crafted piece of music.. Kinda overlooked though. It might not deserve to be in the top 5 (coming from a hardcore Floyd fan here haha), but it deserves a spot that’s still worth it.. like where it is now!
This song is a beautiful slide guitar solo, and is also incredible live. Wouldn't say it tops Comfortably Numb, but still probably deserves a top 10 or 15. Beautiful way to end Pink Floyds final (proper) album.
The solo after 'forever and ever' is as good as Time and Comfortably Numb. Guilmour's guitar plays true music that touches your soul. It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
It sounds like there are ten guitars in that solos. But no! It's just one guitar in the Rock Nirvana. The entire song is a guitar solo. And it's awesome.
Man. I just can't describe it with words. You HAVE TO listen to it. Do it. You will be convinced.
Amazing phrasing, but I think the solos in Machine Gun are more nuanced and of course without overdubs, either way Jimi's work should rate #1, no one has ever combined soul, artistry, and technical wizardry to the same level since.
Come on!? How is this not at least in the top 3? Anyone who plays guitar knows that this song is awesome and hard to recreate. Hendrix was one of the most original guitarists of all time. Seriously?
Now this man is an instrument with an instrument, within movements on a powerful groove. It's hard to endure the disrespect associated with trailing a studio musician like Gilmour.
Best solo ever period. Ticks ALL the boxes.
1. Feeling: No one can much Marty on his vibrato, bending and melody.
2. Shredding: Insane runs and amazing arpeggios.
3. Character: Builds up nicely, fully memorable and you can sing along.
4. Unmatchable: Amazing guitarists tried to replicate it live ever since in Megadeth line up. More or less, they ALL failed to catch the vibe and fluidity.
5. Epitome: NOT one of the HUGE lead guitarists ever tried to changed it even slightly.
6. Approved: By Metal GOD and FOUNDER of Thrash himself. Reportedly he shook Marty's hand after the recording speechless. 'enough said...
In my humble opinion, this is not just the best metal solo ever composed, but THE best guitar solo I have ever heard. Only Comfortably Numb can come close to the sheer epicness, intensity, soul and complexity of this one. It has got a little bit of everything and the buildup to the solo is just perfection. It says a lot about Marty Friedman's talent that many great guitarists still fail to capture the essence of this solo while playing and the fact that nobody dares improvising much on this one cause it just won't work. This one deserves to be way higher on this sad mainstream popularity contest list.
Honestly, I feel like the only reason it's so far down is because no ones ever heard it nor will they because the band name alone "megadeth" scares people. Its not just one of the best because its fast, it has levels of buildup and emotion that match gilmour on comfortably numb, combined with the speed of eruption. If you haven't listened to this song and you are a fan of guitar, not just metal, then do it.
This solo is just mind blowing. I deserves number 1 spot. So people please listen to it and vote for it because that's the right thing to do. Other solos may be awesome but this one is the best.
This song isn't great from one solo its fun cause it has 11 which is why it shouldn't be on this list none of the single guitar solos are as good as lets say mr crowley
Number 13? You gotta be kidding, this song has 12 solos and they're all incredibly creative and fast, this list is mostly voted on popularity, although I still love led zeppelin
The rarest musical track that people still use for today
Really fast feeling electricty and adrenaline through your mind!
Wait, which solo are we talking about? Never mind, the whole song is practically a guitar solo
An emotional roller coaster of a series of solos Live from the Fillmore West. The solos fit very well with the emotions and desperations of the song.
Slide guitar licks and driven southern rock takes it home
I've been listening to Heavy Metal Since I Was Teenager But never tried to listen to Judas Priest ever not sure why...
A talentless guitar solos like Sweet child of mine November rain Afterlife Takes first spots and beyond the realm of death doesn't get 10?
This solo speaks to me... of course it's one of the best ever. So sad people often vote for crap. This solo deserves to be in the top 10 and I put it on my personal list - this will move the solo up (higher than #42) but not enough to get it to the top 10.
Undoubtedly the best guitar solo which has ever been composed. I guess it is the only piece of music that makes me feel something so profound every single time I listen to it.
And I am never going to be tired of it.
The best guitar solo of ALL TIME in my opinion. How can this song and Judas Priest NOT be in the top ten? For those who haven't heard this song, look it up on the YouTube.
It's hard to describe why this beats out all other solos. To be ranked outside of #1 is an absolute travesty, but with that said you could describe any of Jimi's solos that way, which in and of itself is diminishing the song as a whole. I know people have differing opinions and more power to them. I cannot sit by and say that anyone in the history of guitar holds a candle to Mr. Hendrix. It just would not be right. To write something that absolutely transcends time and space is not something to be taken lightly. There are many artists throughout history who have been given this privelage. BUT, to do it on so many instances only shows that the hand of the Almighty was resting upon Jimi. Say what you like. Listen to the music. Compare it to anything you like. When God Himself shows up in music you can tell. Jimi wasn't the only one to receive this honor but for whatever reason, and believe me if wasn't because Jimi was a saint, God Himself decided to particularly bless Jimi's music. ...more
No one else has ever had such amazing control of feedback and harmonics. Controlled chaos and raw emotion! All done with a minimum of fuss, live on stage. Also the gnarliest sound ever recorded from 8:56 - 8:58. Chills every time! #1
Emotion, intensity, original. there are other great guitar solos by Hendrix, but Machine gun for me stands out. Of course Voodoo and star spangled come a close second.
Still blasting at to he wall, from up on the tower looking down at, BLAH! His presence left, and left us other's blase.
I consider this to be one of the WORST guitar solos in rock history. How someone recorded that and said "Yeah... that's a great take" is beyond me. I love Jimmy Page. But this just sounds like I expect arthritis to feel like. haha. How to discredit a "best solos of all time" list... put Heartbreaker in it.
This is exactly the opposite of Gilmour's droll that is needed to sink that pink. Swap them out so I can take this needle out of my PINK eye.
This should be WAY higher up. This is one of the best solos of all time. He improvised it as well.
He plays it so fast that you can barely hear it!
This is fine but not 21. I would submit that "Let It Rain" on "Derek and the Dominos In Concert" ranks this high. And "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has got to be higher than White Room.
Listen, I love the song, I loved Cream. My third album was History of Eric Clapton. Just being honest though.
That wah wah sounds so awesome. Also the rhythm guitar in this song could be my favorite of any song behind When the Levee Breaks
Most underrated guitar solo of all time! Claptons best and arguably the best of all time!
Upper it should be, upper in this claptonless list of solos.
Let's not mess about. This solo is one of the most impressive solos ever written, and Syn is one of the best guitarists to reach fame this side of the year 2000. Agreed, melodically it's no comfortably numb or stairway to heaven, but sometimes it's not just about that. We all know he can write incredible melodic solos (just listen to Dear God or Betrayed), but this solo incorporates so many different guitar playing techniques and sounds at impossible speeds whilst retaining it's melodical value that it deserves to be in the top 10. It's fighting the modern guitarist corner, and it deserves to win.
This solo is so boring. IT. IS. JUST. FAST. Anyone could play triplets as fast as they can in the box and call it a solo (see Scream by Avenged Sevenfold) It's so straightforward. There's nothing creative about it. Good solos don't need to be just fast to grab someone's attention. One of the best solos of all time is Comfortably Numb, which is slow and psychedelic. That solo's not great because of its speed. It's great because of its creativity and melody.
I can't stand how good of a guitarist people think Synyster Gates is. I mean, yes his technical skills are flawless, but his solos are just typical shredding solos, just revamps of slash and Kirk Hammet (except for Dear God and So Far Away). The solos on this list that are at the top are the ones that could be their own songs, the ones that will be remembered by generations, not 30 seconds of fast triplets and pentatonics like afterlife
Amazing band, amazing guitarist, amazing solo, and very meaningful song. This whole thing comes together so perfectly well with high technicality and meaning as well as high difficulty all because Syn thought the Rev wanted a blistering solo for this song. Even the orchestra people made sure to tell Syn how amazing this solo was. That's how amazing it was.
Love Duane Allman but you should give Clapton a lot of credit and solo should be at least top 10.
Are you kidding - Layla not in the top 20? And Eric Clapton had a part in the solo too...
Why is Clapton's magnum opus not in the top ten?
Well, her she is. I thought Layla got away.