Top 10 Songs Containing Backwards Guitar

During the psychedelic era, musicians started to experiment with tapes by speeding them up, slowing them down, and by playing them backwards. It didn't take long until guitarists began to record tapes of guitars and play them backwards out of experimentation. Backwards guitar would sometimes be used by artists after the psychedelic era. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles

I'm Only Sleeping marks the very first time that backwards guitar was used on a rock song. George recorded two guitar solos, one on top of the other, and played them backwards. - Gg2000

The vocals of the initial seconds surprised me then the guitar blew me away, so lovely. - Ananya

2 Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix

The song features a backwards guitar solo that (in my opinion) sounds really cool. It wasn't the only Jimi Hendrix song to use backwards guitar; he also used it on the song "Are You Experienced? ". - Gg2000

3 Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - The First Edition

The song opens with a backwards acoustic guitar solo played by studio guitarist Mike Deasy. - Gg2000

4 D'You Know What I Mean? - Oasis

The song ends with a distinctive backwards guitar arpeggio. - Gg2000

5 Cosmic Dancer - T. Rex

During the outro of the song, there is a lengthy backwards guitar solo, which has been double tracked (just like on I'm Only Sleeping). - Gg2000

6 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interesting, I never knew this song has backward guitars. Honestly, I always recognize the bass before the guitars in this song. - Userguy44

Definitely listen to the isolated guitar track on YouTube. Frusciante kills it. - Gg2000

The song features two guitar breaks, and they're both backwards. John Frusciante said he tried to record both of them on the first or second take. - Gg2000

7 Armenia City In the Sky - The Who

The song features backwards guitar throughout the whole piece (makes sense, considering this was their most psychedelic sounding song). I believe there's also backwards guitar on Amazing Journey (from Tommy). - Gg2000

8 Thoughts and Words - The Byrds

This song has quite a bit of backwards guitar, starting in the second verse. - Gg2000

9 I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes

There's quite a lot of backwards guitar in the choruses. The whole thing is surprisingly heavy on studio technology. - Gg2000

10 Blackened - Metallica

That intro is beautiful. - Userguy44

The Contenders

11 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M.

There's a backwards guitar solo in the middle of the song. - Gg2000

12 Dominoes - Syd Barrett
13 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

This should really be at the top of the list.

14 London Calling - The Clash

The guitar solo is made of two tracks that are both backwards. I feel guilty for not adding this song the first time. - Gg2000

15 Lounge Fly - Stone Temple Pilots

The song begins with a strummed 12-string guitar played in reverse, sounding like a weird percussion instrument. - Gg2000

16 She Said She Said - The Beatles

She Said She Said doesn't have any backwards guitar in it. - Gg2000

17 Fade to Black - Metallica

No backwards guitar here. Please don't vote. - Gg2000

18 The Masterplan - Oasis

The first guitar solo is backwards. - Gg2000

19 There's No Other Way - Blur

There's a backwards guitar solo about two-thirds of the way through. - Gg2000

20 Ladies of the Road - King Crimson

There's some backwards guitar each time they sing the "All you know that the girls on the road" section". - Gg2000

21 Mission Statement - "Weird Al" Yankovic

There's a backwards guitar solo at the 1:58 mark. Interestingly enough, the song that this portion of the song is based on (but not a direct parody), Carry On by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, doesn't have any backwards guitar at all. I guess he wanted to make it slightly different. - Gg2000

22 My White Bicycle - Tomorrow

This one has backwards guitar fills in between the verses of the song, and the whole intro is backwards. - Gg2000

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