Greatest Guitar Solos Ever!

To mark the announcement of NME’s 50 Greatest Guitar Solos today I have pulled together some of the most recent top guitar solo lists from some of the leading websites on the interwebs.

Expect some hot debate, cliches and perhaps learn a thing or two.

NME’s 50 Greatest Guitar Solos [link]

The odd thing about this list is that most of the people interviewed on their promotional video actually said they hated guitar solos!

Top 5

  1. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (Slash)
  2. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  3. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
  4. Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine (Tom Morello)
  5. Knights Of Cydonia – Muse (Matt Bellamy)

#1 – Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Omissions: Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’, Metallica’s ‘One’ and Pantera’s ‘Floods’.

Guitar World’s 50 Greatest Guitar Solos [link]

Top 5

  1. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  2. Eruption – Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
  3. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington)
  4. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
  5. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

#1 – Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Omissions: Dire Straits ‘Brothers In Arms’, Angus Young (AC/DC) and Tony Iommi.

Music Radar’s 20 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time [link]

A topic of fierce debate is this one. Most definitely a young internet following voted!

Top 5

  1. Blackbird – Alter Bridge (Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy)
  2. Eruption – Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
  3. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (Slash)
  4. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses (Slash)
  5. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)

#1 – Blackbird – Alter Bridge

Omissions: Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and Pantera.

Gibson.com’s 50 Top Guitar Solos [link]

Top 5

  1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  2. Eruption – Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
  3. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
  4. Hotel California – Eagles (Don Felder, Joe Walsh)
  5. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)

#2 – Eruption – Van Halen

All in all it will always come down to a matter of fierce debate and personal opinion. Some people love the widdly widdly solos, others hate them with a passion. Enjoy!

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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2 Responses to Greatest Guitar Solos Ever!

  1. Everybody has his own ranking. For me Comfortably Numb (Pulse 1994) is the greatest guitar solo.

  2. 1. Purple Heze- Jimmy Hendrix (Jimmy Hendrix)
    2. Crossroad- Cream (Eric Clapton)
    3. Jonny B good- Chuck Berry (Chuck Berry)
    4. Layla- Derek and Dominos (Eric Clapton)
    5. Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

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