Best Slide Guitar Songs


The Top Ten

1 Dust My Broom - Elmore James Dust My Broom - Elmore James
2 High Hopes - Pink Floyd High Hopes - Pink Floyd

I don't know much about slide guitar, but when I heard the solo for the first time, I thought he was using too much bending and whammy bar of some licks. Love that sound. The "stretching" kind of sound. - zxm

3 Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band
4 Love Sneakin' Up On You - Bonnie Raitt
5 Sahib Teri Bandi - Maki Madni - The Derek Trucks Band
6 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
7 Day After Day - Badfinger
8 In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin
9 Layla - Derek & The Dominos
10 Love In Vain - The Rolling Stones

The Contenders

11 Love Me Like a Man - Bonnie Raitt

I usually prefer studio versions, but the live version of Bonnie's slide guitar adds more feeling and great intimacy to her performance. Stunning. Really stunning. - Britgirl

12 Let's Work Together - Canned Heat

Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson was a great slide guitarist. Check out some of his stuff. - Gg2000

13 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

George's slide guitar riff works perfectly within the song. - Gg2000

14 I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters

The original 50s version on Aristocrat Records is essential listening for open-G tuning. - Gg2000

15 Moonlight Drive - The Doors

This song has a very distinctive slide guitar hook. - Gg2000

16 Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
17 Bullfrog Blues - Rory Gallagher
18 Madison Blues - George Thorogood
19 Slow Ride - Foghat

Rod Price (Foghat's lead guitarist) was an awesome slide guitarist. Just listen to this, Drivin' Wheel, My Babe, Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie, or Louisiana Blues. - Gg2000

20 I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

I love the texture and feel of Mike Campbell's slide guitar solo. It's simple but very effective. - Gg2000

21 Blue Guitar - Earl Hooker

This instrumental would later become the backing track for Muddy Waters' You Shook Me. However, I suggest listening to the original to hear the slide melody in all its glory. - Gg2000

22 All Down the Line - The Rolling Stones

Mick Taylor had a lot of great slide guitar solos; I suggest you study his playing. - Gg2000

23 Water of Love - Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler plays the slide guitar here on a dobro; he used a Fender Telecaster when they played it live. - Gg2000

24 Victim of Love - Eagles

Don Felder plays some really mean slide licks here. It's not flashy, but it gets the job done really well. - Gg2000

25 Sure 'Nuff 'n' Yes, I Do - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

From Safe as Milk; slide legend Ry Cooder plays on this song (he was in the original Magic Band). It's different from the rest of his catalogue in that its more or less a straight blues tune (particularly "Rollin' and Tumblin'" with new lyrics). - Gg2000

26 32-20 - Flamin' Groovies

An acoustic number based on Robert Johnson's 32-20 Blues. They used slide on a couple other songs like "High Flyin' Baby" and "Slow Death". - Gg2000

27 The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf

Surprised this isn't on here. It's a blues classic. - Gg2000

28 Show Biz Kids - Steely Dan

Rick Derringer plays the slide guitar here. It's really cool. - Gg2000

29 Do I Look Worried - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Second track from Made Up Mind. Derek Trucks a good slide guitarist. But this was particularly very good. - zxm

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Top Remixes

1. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
2. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band
3. High Hopes - Pink Floyd


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