100 Worst Guitar Solos

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guitarzrus

This list is total BS. Why Kurt Cobain is not listed??

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bobadork

in total agreement! not to mention some lame journey solos,
any niel young solo , pretty much any merle allin solo, mick mars girls girls girls solo, john frusciante's crappy califorication solo and billy corgan completely failing a Fleetwood mac cover.

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nic5150

Man I'm glad I cancelled my subscription to GW. It sounds like they got those losers that do those MTV/VH1 countdowns that try to be funny that know really nothing about music to do this. If you look at a lot of the people and songs they're criticizing for the reasons they are, it makes one question if these guys even play guitar. After GW recycling every classic rock article they could, trying to put over every crappy flavor of the month band that would come along, and often promoting a bunch of gear that one would have to mortgage their house to buy; now you have this. At least in the past there was some level of intellect that played into these endless countdown lists of theirs. I didn't even bother looking at the whole list, but just from what I saw skimming through: Foxy Lady, Lay It On The Line, Love Gun... are you kidding me? In a desperate attempt to be funny, these guys threw any musical sensibility they might have out the door. The biggest one being how the solo works in the context of the song, which is 90% of what makes a great solo to begin with.

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bryanuk

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shadow1029

The people who made this list should be publicly caned.

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The S Man

As others have commented, inlcuding guitarists like Vai, Satriani, Young, Slash, Clapton and Richards on the Worst 100 Solos list is harsh given these guys have also written some of the best solos ever. And I don't think live recordings should be included. Also, have you guys not heard the latest songs from the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Don't get me wrong, I love that band, but the new album's songs with the new guitarist have the worst solos ever - mindless noise, nothing remotely musical and pointless. The ridiculously titled song "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" (or whatever it's called) is the worst. This is why bands like Green Day and Live rarely have solos - if you can't create them or your songs don't need them, don't bother doing them.

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bryanuk

It is really nice list.
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scottydabodi

Another list compiled by people who don't play, don't listen to music, and only included most of these not because of BAD SOLOS, but bad songwriting or musical direction ideas... good one, guys. Your REAL smart, or hip, or whatever you think you are.

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FlyEaglesFly

Let me just say this is a terrible list. You attack great guitar players. You even go to the level of attacking not so good guitar players. But the one song you put on here that infuriates me is Gator Country by Molly Hatchet. Dave Hulbek, Duane Roland, and Steve Holland we're some of the DAMN smoothest guitar players I have ever heard. I think that song has incredible guitar solos and licks. Let me just say I love Kurt Cobain but he was really sloppy and there no trace of any of his solos. What makes this list even worse is that Duane Roland passed away a couple years ago so that's just disrespectful and disgraceful, also that comment about gators biting their arms off is not funny it's just classless. One more thing to add Molly Hatchet was great band. They weren't the best Southern Rock band but they were good. In conclusion I think this list is shitty.

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jtgnr87

I Think this list is such a load of pompous snobbery and just an excuse for the writers to part-take in a bit of popular bashing of great players. This kind of thing is common in every guitar thread opened by some arrogant know it all who likes nothing more than listing his great rig and guitars but has never created anything other than an overdriven phaser,chorus and delay wankfest. I least expected to find this rubbish on a website that supposedly celebrates the guitar. I think it's summed up by the fact that you attack great players like Santana, Clapton and Richards etc. etc, and launch snide little remarks on bands like Poison and Twisted Sister, who may not have made the kind of unlistenable technically "superior" garbage that makes an audience of average listeners snooze from boredom that the writers like, but are certainly much more successful and talented than the said guitar snobs/hacks/geeks that wrote this laughable little list. If you want to make a list of shit players you should start with the Indie bands that are constantly hammering out the most laughable three chord hipster twanging and work your way back to yourselves.

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Jedibob5

This is one of the funniest articles I have ever read, although it is also one of the stupidest. Satriani always has been able to play with amazing feeling (Always With Me, Always With You anyone?) and Cryin' is no different. Down With the Sickness doesn't even have a guitar solo, how the hell did it make this list?

When I came across this I thought it would be more loaded with Malmsteen and soulless fret wankers like that, or the complete guitar inepts along the lines of Kurt Cobain. Instead they take shots at every single guitar legend in existence, from Jimmy Page through Santana even through Hendrix.

At least Freight Train by Nitro made the list, although it should have been higher.

Although if you don't take the content seriously, the burns were funny enough to be worth it.

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RattandRoll

Malmsteen souless? Dont throw stones at him just because he can play well. Some of the most beautiful guitar playing Ive ever heard was recorded by Yngwie. You don't have to put him down because this list picked on one of your heroes.

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Slaytanist

i like how some of the songs on here didnt even have solos in them and others that had perfectly good ones just got bashed cause of a single riff that had nothing to do with the solo at all...whoever wrote this is retarded

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dooleyfan

Great list, some surprises but everyone has their own taste. Two omissions, Jump by Van Halen, and Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (probably played by Young), for completely different reasons.

EVH's solo in Jump doesn't fit into this or any other song. No question he is a technically superb guitarist, but he has no musicality. Eruption sounds awesome because it's without any other instruments; as soon as you add a band and an actual tune, it doesn't fit. The same could be said for most of his solos (especially the one in MJ's Beat It), but Jump is the best (or worst) example.

For CSNY, there is absolutely NO excuse for not doing a retake, given the flubbed note during the meandering solo in the intro. I know they were recording it live in the studio as they wanted to get the song out quickly to make a statement about the Kent State killings, but come on, it's only a two minute song!

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bugmenot

hilarious! even better are all the hate-filled comments from loser no-talent guitarists who dream of sucking satriani's cock at night.

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jt7740

You asshats wouldn't know a good solo if it smelled like pussy and did a dance on your face. Maybe you all should spend a little more time actually learning to play the guitar instead of just writing about them.

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DominoDm

Ok, maybe some of these solos aren't absolute musical, emotional, shredding perfection, but when this editor says stuff like "absolute mess" and "this solo sounds like it was written by a goat" is just absolutely insulting to the guitarist. It's like this guy didn't even listen to the solos, he just said the most insulting things about the first 100 solos that came to his (f'd up) mind.

Oh, and I saw that you put a Satriani song... That song is F***cking awesome (but according to you, kurt cobain doesn't have any bad solos)... dumba$$ writer.

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bluesdjben

Say What! by SRV is actually an excellent solo. The problem is the mediocre mixing on the tracks recorded at Montreux which appear on Live Alive, which makes them sound really hollow. Listen to the same performance on the album Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 and you'll be amazed how much more awesome it sounds!

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bubbakorshka

Are you kidding me??? This is all a joke right? The fact that "Heartbreaker" by Jimmy Page is not only not #1, but is not even on this list at all, voids the entire list of any credibility. Jimmy Page is great and I love Led Zep, but everyone knows that solo is seriously freaked up, even Page. And nothing at all is written about pretty much EVERYTHING from Seattle in the 90's. Again, I like alot of grunge but NONE of it is even remotely "guitar music". Then you top it off by actually insulting Vai, Satriani, SRV, Hendrix, etc. I mean WTF??? This is one messed up list I gotta say. You attack the greats, leave out way too many "guitar fails" (I still can't believe "Heartbreaker" by Page is not even on this list, WTF???), and make no mention of any of Cobain's attempts to solo.

Well, to my knowledge, none of these guitarists had their YouTube account hacked by a Russian Porn site ;-) LOL

It's cool, I still love your mag; but seriously, this article is as flawed as the solo on "Heartbreaker" (Honest to god, seriously? No one there even THOUGHT to put "Heartbreaker" on this list?) I look forward to continuing to learn from your mag and YouTube vids as well as enjoy the occasional view of a scantily clad Russian woman.

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xraiser

I thought that the Love Gun solo was one of Ace's best sounding ones, lol.

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dirtkicker25

this is one of the worst articles ever, so stupid that it would be in the 100 worst "Articles" ever written

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weddingpianist

Interesting List
Wedding Pianist
Kitchens

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vcc1965

This review is awesome, I laughed my ass off reading some of this stuff. I dont necessarily agree with the Srv live album review. But overall this review is a friggin riot. Keep up the great work guys.

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miamilo

In what world is Peter Frampton's solo in Do You Feel Like We Do one of the worst? And why the hell would he say something like, "I need a blowjob" seriously?

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enachedragos

why is not there children of bodom 2?

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shadowman360

How many joints did you smoke when you had the idea to criticize Joe Satriani, SRV, BB King, Dave Mustaine and Jimmi Hendrix? Stick to you gay guitar hero guitars and let the real professionals work their magic. You come off as a bunch of bad asses writing this list. POSERS!!!

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dreibel50

oh man - there was a LOT to disagree on in this. I LOVE the solo to "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", for starters. But seriously, the worst guitar solo ever has to be the Nuclear Warrior Theme Song. Search for it on YouTube, it's quite painful - to quote Terry Pratchett, ever hear a cat trying to go to the lavatory thru a sewn-up bum? This describes this guy's tone........

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trecoolness

with all due respect Mr.... BRAIN STEW DOESN'T HAVE A GUITAR SOLO!!!!

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seanob12

yeah we all know punk rock is mindless, and poison had to dress like chicks to get people to come to there shows but can we leave frampton and dimebag out of this!

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tommygun88

I was actually kind of sad to see SRV on this list, but I actually would have to agree with this one. I would not have put it up so high, but Say What! I think was probably his worst. It's that one song that I hear and I'm thinkin, "Man, Stevie, you've done better, way better." At least there are a few of his on 100 greatest.

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wastrel

no way is `private dancer` by Tina Turner not on this list, WHY? cos, not only is it (really, badly, awfull and)-shit, it was performed by Jeff Beck!!

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tack51

This is one of the best songs out there. It should have never been in the worst solos. Some people just don't know good music.

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todd6138

Man no one is ever going to agree with all these, but man i laughed out loud with the writing of this article. Fumnk man, ripping cherry pies solo was hilarious caus i remnember when that was a big deal and these wankers were on the cover of your mag like they just wrote a metal masterpiece- and cc wrote the solo! and dont get me started on dean markeley strings, which erik and joey endorsed those suck out loud!

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lukezeppelin38

Where is Jimmy Page's "Heartbreaker" solo!? Don't get me wrong, Jimmy is the man. But that solo is a mess! It should be at #1!

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greatnameless

Speed does not make you good. I've met people who can play any Yngwie Malmsteen song note-for-note perfect. So what? They suck as guitarists. Take a look at "Stairway to Heaven". We all know that Jimmy Page can play faster than that. Does he? No. Why? Restraint, not showing off, is the key to greatness. To quote Schindler's List, "When you have every reason to kill someone and you don't, that's power". So, to everyone who's upset that Freight Train made it onto this list (I'm sorry, but that solo is just painful), suck it up. We. Don't. Care.

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tommygun88

I completely agree with that. I'm sick of hearing all these kids trying to play faster than their fingers allow and never playing anything tasteful. Even in my early years of playing, I knew that taste overrules speed any day.

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killermetalhead

Does anyone see something wrong with this um these are the worlds best everyone does a crappy solo every now and then how could you say someone has the 20th worst solo of all time and then stick them all over your magazine, Dushbags.

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tommygun88

First of all, it's "douchebags". Second, everyone is allowed to have a bad solo, even the best of them. And when a great guitarist like Jimi or Dave Mustaine has one that really reeks, I think it's only fair to bring it to attention and have a bit of a laugh.

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phunkyboy

saddo.

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steppinstone

Guitar World got it right. And there's a lot more out there that blows as well. Actual GOOD guitar playing in rock is rare. And getting rarer. I don't have to hear that arpeggios-on-steroids, ultra string skipping Shrapnel Records crap. Just good, skillful, melodic, rhythmic playing with tasty solos. There could easily be 500 entries on this list.

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jimc

They were to be taking Thesaurus, looking up "Sucks," and put the synonyms by some bad, some good, some middle o' the road Solo's - knowing full well it'd stir up a ton of Passion on many fronts. What better idea than a "Worst of" List in a Guitar Magazine? There can't be "best" or "worst" without Our Opinions (and theirs, whether toungue in cheek, coupled with an Inflatable Doll joke or two, eh?)..so while I wuz tembted to pik up mie tipe-righter and yell, I held my own, laughed at summa the decent jokes, frowned at summa the bad calls and picked up my axe and played Petrucci's "Betcha Can't Play This" tab 1-200 times (or tried to, thats all ya can ask)...and said "Thanks for the entertainment!" - to GW and my fellow passionate Readers, yo.
Happy New Year - Rock On Players!

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cerrabuz

I can not believe the level of stupidity and ignorance in this stupid ass website. It seem they hire the most idiotic people to talk about music. How do you dare insult some of the greateast guitar players such as BB King or Stevie Ray Vaughn, it seems choose guitars players by their speed and not composition, such as Neal Schon, by the way Faithfully is one of the best ballads written and you guys still have the guts to say it sucks? What a bunch fuckin idiots, keep on listening to your stupid ass radio songs and player your Guitar Heros, when you actually what music and guitar players are all about, you will realize that what you said in this article is one of the biggest pieces of shit you guys made. Looks like you hear shit like N Sync or Bakcstreet Boys, thats what you love? What a load of faggots.

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stringskippy

As the title implies, WOW. This might be the most untasteful article I've ever seen from GW. A silly little magazine trying to make money off of bashing guitarists. I'm quite certain any one of the mentioned guitarists has gone further than anyone in the GW team writing these usless articles. Come on guys,this article sounds like it came from an old 80s wanna be that never "made it big" back in the day, and he/they are just jealous? If you guys need help writing meaningful content, let me know......

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erickallan78

Sorry to be the one to burst the bubble and educate you guys, but you've made a terrible mistake with the credits to the "We're not gonna take it" solo: it is NOT a J.J French solo, but rather an Eddie Ojeda one (just go to youtube and look for it...)

I totally agree that the solo blows, but still, that's no excuse, you should get your facts straight!!! A guitar mag making such a mistake is inexcusable!

for an actual J.J French solo, check out "You can't stop Rn'R" (again, just go to youtube and look for it...)

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sugdbj

Go to the hell, who died and said that you are the gods of the guitar solos? go suck demon's dick

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jedicodewarrior

While I agree with some of the picks on this list, I can't help but thinking the douche-baggery was in making of this list. What have the editors of this mag come to when contributors write this shit instead of writing a new, constructive article. Shows just how much they are truly incapable of contributing to the music scene.

This "article" goes to show that the authors are: a bunch of elitist pussies dumping on everyone else's work.

Makes me glad I canceled my subscription 15 years ago.

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erinn1266

dude, calling out punk bands is a dick move. it's about adittude not skill.

who ever wrote this sound like the kinda of person that sits around watching yngway videos like it's porn.

dude all i can say is a good song is a good song, doesn't matter if the solo is a jaw dropper or not. whom ever wrote this article needs to take a shot of black tooth, and let music be music, not a talent contest.

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lbyrdjr

In alphabetical order:

1. Richard Bienstock
2. Joe Bosso
3. Dan Epstein
4. Chris Gill
5. Alan Paul
6. Jon Wiederhorn

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iakovos

Okay maybe that was a bit harsh, as I do agree with some of the titles on the list, however opinionated. However, Jim Martin's solo has not only good tone and is melodic, but it harmonizes well. Seriously what do you want, spewing out Petrucci licks in that tune? I think maybe a better definition of what you collectively would call a 'bad guitar solo' might have made this article a little clearer. Vernon Reid's solo is not my favourite, but it fits the song and when have you heard lines like that before? (Again, would you prefer whole notes on Cult of Personality? I don't think that fits the vibe of the tune do you?) What kind of comments are 'Louis Armstrong playing trumpet with his butt'? You guys are professionals right? Don't sound like it. SHAME ON YOU for putting Stevie Ray in here, he was unbeatable sober but he still played better than most when he was so high/drunk he couldn't even speak properly. Who knows? Maybe you made this list just to get the reactions you see in the thread here. If so, congratulations! Here's your 'One day closer to retirement' mug!

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mlankton

I disagree heartily with several of the solos listed. Musical inspiration is at least as important as technical skill. God help us if it's not. You can't judge Cheetah Chrome and Greg Ginn by the same yardstick you use for the Steve Howes and John Petruccis of the world.

A world full of technically adept but uninspired music is what spawned the whole punk/underground music scene in the first place. For myself, I'll take Bad Brains over Iron Maiden any day.

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