Most Memorable Guitar Licks of Rock Songs

A guitar lick is a short phrase of few notes. It can be seen in both riffs and solos. If some licks or one lick is played to create main theme of the song then it is called a riff.
If a series of licks being played then it becomes a solo.

So, in short, a lick is a small part of whole guitar line.

I have included some of those memorable guitar licks, usually because of these guitar licks the solos, riffs or the whole song became even better.

Counting lick is quite hard, but I will describe each of them to avoid mistakes. And I have added one kind of lick from every song.

The Top Ten

1 Eruption - Van Halen (Tapping Licks)

The whole tapping licks, starts from 0:58 till end. - zxm

2 November Rain - Guns N' Roses (Bending Licks of outro)

Slash's licks that have a lot of bending, from the outro. Very memorable and emotional licks. These licks made the song greater. - zxm

3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (7th Lick from the Solo)

Usually because of this lick the solo is considered as one of the greatest solos of all time. If I am not wrong then it's the 7th lick, which is the most repeated lick of the solo, 10 times or something like that. - zxm

4 Highway Star - Deep Purple (4th Lick from the Solo)

Or, the slow licks before the ending licks, fast licks. - zxm

5 Floods - Pantera (Outro licks)

Its not a solo, actually it consists of some repeated licks, which a lot of people think as the solo. - zxm

6 War Pigs - Black Sabbath (Vibrato licks)

You could hear a strong vibrato lick from the very beginning. Its one of the greatest vibratos I have ever heard. - zxm

Especially the lick after Ozzy sings "As the war machine keeps turning" - zxm

7 Mr Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne (1st lick of the 1st solo)

A lot of licks from this solo is good but first one was very good and memorable. - zxm

8 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin (Rapid Hammer on and Pull Off Licks from Solo)

The fast part, considered as early shredding licks. - zxm

9 Hotel California - Eagles (1st Lick from the solo)

1st lick was very memorable. - zxm

10 Jordan - Buckethead (Opening Licks)

Licks played with his red buttons. - zxm

The Contenders

11 One - Metallica (Tapping Licks from Solo)
12 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen (4th Lick)
13 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold (4th Lick from the Solo)
14 Child in Time - Deep Purple (Last Lick from the Solo)
15 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (Last Lick from the Solo)
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