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 - The Beatles Cover Art

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.

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

one of the first and best backwards guitar solos

2 Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix Cover Art

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? ".

classic song, tons of great backwards guitar

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

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

4 D'You Know What I Mean? - Oasis D'You Know What I Mean? - Oasis Cover Art

The song ends with a distinctive backwards guitar arpeggio.

5 Cosmic Dancer - T. Rex Cosmic Dancer - T. Rex Cover Art

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).

6 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

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

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

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.

7 Armenia City In the Sky - The Who Armenia City In the Sky - The Who Cover Art

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).

8 Thoughts and Words - The Byrds Thoughts and Words - The Byrds Cover Art

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

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

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

10 Blackened - Metallica Blackened - Metallica Cover Art

That intro is beautiful.

The Contenders
11 London Calling - The Clash London Calling - The Clash Cover Art

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

classic song with a solo I didn't realise was backwards until just now

12 Pre-Road Downs - Crosby, Stills & Nash Pre-Road Downs - Crosby, Stills & Nash Cover Art

Although there isn't any backwards guitar on "Carry On", there certainly is backwards guitar on "Pre-Road Downs", courtesy of Stephen Stills.

13 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M. Cover Art

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

14 Dominoes - Syd Barrett Dominoes - Syd Barrett Cover Art
15 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Cover Art

This should really be at the top of the list.

16 Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies Cover Art

The song ends with a backwards guitar solo played by Ed Robertson. The solo does not appear on the radio edit.

17 You and I - Wilco You and I - Wilco Cover Art

The song ends with a backwards guitar solo played by lead guitarist Nels Cline. Instead of using tape, he uses a delay pedal that delays the signal, reverses it, and then sends the reversed signal through the output.

18 Lounge Fly - Stone Temple Pilots Lounge Fly - Stone Temple Pilots Cover Art

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

19 She Said She Said - The Beatles She Said She Said - The Beatles Cover Art

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

20 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

No backwards guitar here. Please don't vote.

21 The Masterplan - Oasis The Masterplan - Oasis Cover Art

The first guitar solo is backwards.

22 There's No Other Way - Blur There's No Other Way - Blur Cover Art

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

23 Ladies of the Road - King Crimson Ladies of the Road - King Crimson Cover Art

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

24 Mission Statement - "Weird Al" Yankovic Mission Statement -

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.

25 My White Bicycle - Tomorrow My White Bicycle - Tomorrow Cover Art

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

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