Best Songs With a Pick Slide

For those of you who don't know about guitar, a pick slide (or pick scrape) is a technique where the guitarist runs the side of their pick down the guitar strings from the top to the bottom, creating a distinctive sound. Some songs use the pick slide very prominently in certain locations. I'm going to be judging the songs by how the pick slide adds to the song. Feel free to add any other examples.

The Top Ten

1 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Probably one of the most obvious examples; there is a big pick slide during the intro right before Randy Rhoads starts playing the main riff. - Gg2000

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2 Love Reign O'er Me - The Who

The outro of the song has a really big pick slide right before the final chord that still gives me goosebumps. I think Pete Townshend is one of the original pioneers of the pick slide; he first used it on their second single, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", in 1964. - Gg2000

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3 Rock & Roll Band - Boston

Tom Scholz commonly used pick slides throughout most of Boston's songs; sometimes he would even layer multiple pick slides on top of each other. Listen to the outro of Rock and Roll Band; you can hear three pick slides at the same time. - Gg2000

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4 Panama - Van Halen

There's a really good pick slide in the middle of the intro. - Gg2000

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5 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

There's a huge pick slide at the end of the guitar solo that's about 4 bars long. - Gg2000

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6 Sick Again - Led Zeppelin

At the very end of the song, two pick scrapes can be heard at the same time (one for each guitar track). - Gg2000

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7 Supersonic - Oasis

There's a slow, gradual pick scrape at the beginning song that lasts all the way until the vocals come in. - Gg2000

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8 Sweet Hitch Hiker - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The pick scrape opens the song. - Gg2000

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9 Foxey Lady - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Another case where the song ends with a pick slide. - Gg2000

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10 Anthem - Rush

The pick slide is very brief, appearing between the intro and the main riff. - Gg2000

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The Contenders

11 Hysteria - Muse

There is a pick slide in the intro. - Userguy44

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12 Keep on Loving You - Reo Speedwagon

When Gary Richrath(RIP) did his signature pick slide on the solo of this song it is simply awesome. Especially his live Midnight Special performance of this song back in 1980. - ColHogan

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13 Fight from the Inside - Queen

The song opens with not one, but two pick scrapes! - Gg2000

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Top Remixes

1. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
3. Rock & Roll Band - Boston


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