Most Underrated Guitar Solos


The Top Ten

1 Runaway - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

Richie Sambora is the Greatest Guitarist... Everybody knows that and there's no Second thought's about it...

But how on Earth could you believe that this Great Solo was in there very 1st Album: Bon Jovi in 1983!
Friends, this was his very 1st Guitar Solo! - Nirmal1991USA

2 Achilles Last Stand - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

The quintessential Led Zeppelin epic. Forget "Stairway..." With all due respect to their many great songs, this one flat out rules.

One of the best guitar solos. Probably one of the best zeppelin songs.

The song should be more well known even though it does last 10:19 - Greenday

3 Godfather Theme - Slash

You most listen this amazing!

4 Bat Country - Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)

Not after life but really good more underrated the after life both are legendary

The solo's AWESOME. Not as good as other A7X, but still, it's good. - A7X_Synyster_

its good heard better ones from them but Synyster Gates is insane - 987654

This is probably in my top 3 favorite guitar solos ever

5 Nosferatu - Coroner (Tommy Baron)
6 Whole Lotta Rosie - Angus Young (AC/DC)

My favourite song by my favourite band! Angus is a great guitarist

I always Angus was a little overated until I heard this solo! - rock2metal

If you don't think this song is great, then you are absolutely crazy.

7 A Light In the Black - Ritchie Blackmore

Is far the most underatted solo.
3-4mins of magic!
Amazing guitarwork with high grade of difficulty (you can no where find tabs).
Fast as hell n fine as heaven.
I wish that the only reason for not choosing it is, because you never heard.

8 Gemini - Brian Kahanek

Known him for years... The world deserves to see and hear a lot more of him. He is not only a very special player but a great friend and overall human being as well.

The worlds most underrated guitar player as well... Its only a matter of time until he gets the recognition he deserves.

Best unknown artist ever!
Brian is the man!

9 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator (Jeff Waters)
10 Dry County - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

I'm a crazy Bon Jovi fan and this is by far my favourite solo/solos...nice and long and him and Tico going nuts and also would have to be in my top 3 to 5 favourite songs from them and I agree,so very underrated

This song is epic in so many ways, epic solo, epic lyrics, epic voice, the song is very underrated...

This song and solo is awesome in every way. - benhos

The Contenders

11 Serpent Moves - Coroner (Tommy Baron)
12 Let It Be - George Harrison (The Beatles)

Harrison's solo on the single version is just okay, but the solo on the album is killer, and it's a shame that the single version is the one that gets the most airplay.

The original recorded version, not the butchered NAKED version. That is one the best solos hardly anyone talks about. Simple and clean.

True. It was his best solo for me. But this solo doesn't get much appreciations. - zxm

13 Under a Glass Moon - John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

Petrucci lets all these other solos be "good".
On the first day God created John Petrucci and said "this is effin awesome!" - fireinside96

John Petrucci is the most advanced guitarist of this age to say the least - DreamTheater

Not only is it beautiful but it showcases a lot of technical skills

14 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom (Alexi Laiho)

Achilles last and let it be and espicially bat country are not underrated
i think that alexi laiho is a genius I mean kissing the shadows ifs 4 times harder than petrucci's stream of consciousness and it's underrated as hell so for the people who vote please go listen to good music and learn THAN vote and comment

15 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
16 Altitudes - Jason Becker

If eruption could be a solo then why the hell this can't be a solo. - zxm

17 Soothsayer - Buckethead

Time Just Flies When You Listen To This Song, It Doesn't Even Feel Like Nine Minutes. - Neosantana

He played this at his concert I went to... Its like the greatest! - ch153

18 Shake a Leg - Angus Young (AC/DC)

great song, one of my favorites

19 Kill the King - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
20 Alison Hell - Annihilator (Jeff Waters)
21 Lonely Day - Daron Malakian (System of a Down)

This solo is so awesome! Daron Malakian shows that he has technical prowess as well as other guitar skills with this song, making the already awesome solo even better!

An amazing solo with so much emotion in it. It makes me cry every time I listen to it. Unfortunately underrated :(

22 Stranger in this Town - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
23 The Unforgiven III - Kirk Hammet (Metallica)

Among all of his solos I like this one. And this is underrated. - zxm

24 Eruption - Eddie Van Halen

Ha ha, underrated! This solo is usually is on top 5 of every best guitar solos ranking lists. Plus people overpraise this solo as being first tapping/shredding. - zxm

More like most overrated solo no passion and isn't that technical by today's standards

Let's just face it: eruption

#16 most underrated? LOL. NOT underrated at all.
Do you know the meaning of underrated? If not, go and give a listen to Nosferatu by Coroner. Oh, you never heard of this band and their guitarist Tommy Baron? Exactly. This is my point. Now, THIS solo is underrated. - Metal_Treasure

25 The Best of Times - John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

Best solo of all time and and this list needs
orion 2nd solo
no more tears zakk wylde
lucretia marty friedman
valley of eternity marty friedman

26 Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May

Underrated? More like overrated.

Most underrated musician ever - gemcloben

27 Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page

Definitely one of the best solos among Zep fans, and the song itself is the perfect mix of clean blues and heavy rock.

Moves from high to low with a heavy rock swagger and blues mindfulness featuring complex techniues like double step bends this is a must hear gem from Led Zep III

28 Rock Bottom - Michael Schenker (UFO)
29 Geek U.S.A. - Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
30 Stationary Traveller - Camel

Stationary Traveller, This is the saddest solo I've ever heard.. Definitely better than Comfortably Numb.. But very underrated, people should pay attention that kind of music.. Flute + Guitar wooww! - RockyLucky

31 Brothers in Arms - Mark Knopfler

YouTube Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits ft. Eric Clapton (Live in Nelson Mandela B'day celebration Concert 1988) & Give a Listen to Mark's Ending Solo! - Nirmal1991USA

32 Killers - Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)


33 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton


34 Burn - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)

The Solo is incredible, powerful and brilliant. Deserve way more credit and attention

It is a fantastic solo for all that loves guitar. A gem!

35 Live Forever - Noel Gallagher (Oasis)

First solos mad good second one is even better great rhythm guitar by Paul Arthur’s unbelievable chops by Noel

Best guitar solo of all time

36 Firth of Fifth - Steve Hackett (Genesis)

I've always felt that this guitar solo in particular deserves more recognition. Steve Hackett puts so much emotion into his playing, and he doesn't waste a note. It's almost like a violin in many ways. - Gg2000

This is a real solo played by a real guitarist. If you have a little knowledge in music you instantly understand what Steve Hackett tried and achieved to do with perfection. And first of all, this solo is a real highway of emotions. It is sad it's so underrated because this is a true masterpiece. Listen to it and you will understand what music truly means.

37 Sappy - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Hardly anyone has heard of this. - saketmohan06

38 A Light In the Black - Rainbow
39 Love Phantom - Tak Matsumoto (B'z)
40 Children of the Damned - Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)

An underrated tapping solo from Iron Maiden. Played by Adrian Smith. - zxm

41 Citizen Erased - Matt Bellamy (Muse)
42 Keep the Faith - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
43 The Four Horsemen - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
44 Fly to the Rainbow - Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions)

Very confusing solo whether there is a solo or not. But he used different notes. Actually because of his dive bombs the notes got hidden. - zxm

45 Ball and Biscuit - Jack White (The White Stripes)

Almost wet my pants first time I heard it

46 I Could Have LIed - John Frusciante
47 Crossroads - Eric Clapton

Should be recognised for its' influence on rock and blues music that came after. This is the best solo the world has to offer by far.

Easily the best solo of all time but unfortunately, only a handful of people of heard Clapton's solo on Crossroads that he recorded with his band, Cream in 1968 live at The Winterland Ballroom. - guyritchi

There's a lot more people out there that know it than one would think. Still not quite as popular as say, Sunshine of Your Love or White Room. - Gg2000

48 Computer God - Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Actually there are many underrated Iommi solos I'd like to mention, but this was the one that came to my head 1st -

This solo is one of the best ever I think its amazing Tony has plety more as well

49 Maggot Brain - Eddie Hazel

The Maggot Brain solo is just one huge head-exploding beast of a guitar solo. The effects are so revelutionary, not as noisy as Hendrix and equally as mind bending. It's so underrated.

50 XXX For You - Ichirou Cipher Takigawa (D'erlanger)
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Nosferatu - Coroner (Tommy Baron)
2. Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator (Jeff Waters)
3. A Light In the Black - Ritchie Blackmore
1. Kill the King - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
2. A Light In the Black - Ritchie Blackmore
3. Brothers in Arms - Mark Knopfler
1. Stationary Traveller - Camel
2. Rock Bottom - Michael Schenker (UFO)
3. Geek U.S.A. - Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

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