50 Greatest Guitar Solos

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viewlesswings

Not sure if I'm seeing guitar differently than most people posting here and those who made up this list. Not better or worse, though some might say worse, just different, and not trying come off as a 'unique snowflake' either, just saying.

IMHO, there are several key omissions for great solos:

Sunday Bloody Sunday (measured, upright, and yet passionate)
Beat It (best Eddie Van Halen solo)
A Hard Day's Night (short, but veeeryyy sweet!)
Men's Needs (by The Cribs. this one is too good to not include)

This is stuff that makes you shudder it's so good.

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Andrew Swift

Two OBVIOUS omissions both of which belong in the top ten:

Dave Davies on the Kinks' "You Really Got Me."

James Burton on Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou."

If you don't believe me ask ANY of guitar players on your list.

They ALL memorized these solos.

By the way have you guys EVER heard of Jeff Beck?

Just curious.

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jkallred

The list is pretty pathetic due to the fact that you don't have Ram Jam's "Black Betty" in the top 10 much less even mention them at all in the top 50. Just because they were a one hit wonder doesn't mean they should be forgotten.

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Bingo the Clown

Why do we feel the need to give artificial acknowledgement to players who are really not very good? Let's face it, since the dawn of the '90s, the majority of the rock guitarists are people we would have laughed at in the '70s and '80s, with their hirky-jerky playing and complete lack of any technique whatsoever. And by the way, as much as I love the Stones, Keith Richards is a really mediocre player.

I thought this was Guitar World? Years ago, this publication gave 'air-time' only to players who were worthy, regardless of commercial success. In fact, it was publications like this that put people like Eric Johnson on the map, and thankfully so, otherwise many of us would probably never had heard of him.

Kurt Cobain? Really? I played better than that - and so did many of the rest of you - in junior high school.

This list lacks any credibility.

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james prichard

danny kirwan is the guitarist for bob welch's song ''future games'' released by fleetwood mac. the final 3 minutes of this 8 minute song feature the best guitarist of the modern era. all of danny's songs with or without fleetwood mac are worth finding . he is also the best singer i've heard. his songwriting talents rival anyone. . eric johnson's solo on ''all about you'' would be my second choice.

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guitaryoder

This list is #1 on my top 10 shittiest Guitar World lists. They actually put the Crossroads solo on this list but NO Judas Priest?!! I could name 40 Priest solos that are better than more than half of this list. Here's a fuckin news flash..."Eric Clapton wrote other solos besides Crossroads and Wonderful Tonight"!

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d gilmour

Terry Kath - 25 or 6 to 4 should be here somewhere

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ctoomey2013

And theres no RHCP either.

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ctoomey2013

This list SUCKS!!! It is totally biased to 80's classic rock. There is not one song by Rush on here. Lifeson's solo from Freewill is easily a better solo that 80% of these.

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Damaged262

A big shout out to bmurphy821, I couldn't agree more. I can think of 20 solos from either artist that should have been considered for this list. It was fun, but too darn focused on on a select few. I'd bet anything this would reflect a collective grouping of the staffs' record collections. I guess top 40 would represent the largest portion of said collections. No disrespect, it's great music, but not diversified enough imho. If you haven't listened to Dominance and Submission and Astronomy (especially live) for Buck, or Supernaut and Into the Void for Tony (just scratching the surface for both btw) then you've really jipped yourself out of some extra good stuff. Can you tell BOC and BS were my main influences? But still, where was Billy Thorpe, BTO, Steve Miller, I could go on for an hour. Hell, with a just few exceptions, 1971 to 1979 apparently didn't exist for this list. The 70's weren't just disco you know. If it was, I'm sure I would have been one of those Teenage Nervous Breakdown's sung about by Nazareth (another legendary band that didn't make the list...).

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chaoaj

Created a Spotify playlist for this list here - http://open.spotify.com/user/chaoaj/playlist/79MpU9K55jvvyrEpwexju2 Enjoy!

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terryivie

# 1 and # 2 on the money anyways. One notable mention for Donald Brian "Buck Dharma" Roeser for the live version of Astronomy.

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Shobhit Bhatnagar

Are you kidding us with "All along the watchtower " at 5# if there is any "Jimmy Hendrix" song which need to be in top 5 is "Purple Haze" which didn't even crack the top 50 in their list
2nd why the hell is "You really got me" by "Kinks" at 59# it is one of the most influence guitar riffs ever played. Placing song like "November rain" in top 10 doesn't make any sense . As much as i have listened "Queen" "Keep yourself Alive" is their best guitar riff. Where the hell is "Back in Black" by "AC/DC" one of the most important guitar solos ever in rock history. This is such a weird list. At the end "Rolling stone magazine 100 guitar solos" is pretty accurate and meaningful list. However they have some misleading choice but it is far better than this piece of shit

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bobspitz

I suppose you’ve never heard Power of Soul on the Band of Gypsies album. Try listening to the solo starting 20 seconds in, then fix your dismal list.

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kpm-fs

No John Fruscante in the list!? Some of his solo albums (Not with the RHCP) have some truly unbelievable solos!

Kevin
Right to Buy Mortgages

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p40ampa

We can agree to disagree between Skynard and Floyd & I'll have to be ok with that, but Eruption is just shredding and showing off, which is ok if that's what you're into, but what I think makes a great solo is how it affects you. When Comfortably Numb kicks into that solo or any of Gilmore's solos for that matter, everything else kind of takes a back seat for a few minutes. He makes it speak to you, whether it's plaintive in one of the Animals solos or dreamy like numb. It's played perfectly and it makes you feel.

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jctoo

Strange list by any standard ... no Glen Buxton, George Kooymans, Manny Charlton, Tommy Shaw, Robin Trower, etc, etc ... they didn't even make the top 100 ... I suppose I just don't get it

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68sgdotneck

alot more floyd needs to be in that list.

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Loridans1

How could anyone playing guitar with the Eagles have even a top 100 (or 500?) ranking, much less top 10!?! I'll give credit for getting #1 correct, but leaving out influential work by talented guitarists such as Richard Thompson, George Harrison, Zal Yanovsky, Steve Howe, Syd Barrett, John Cippolina, Peter Green, Steve Jones (maybe?) and John Fogerty, while putting something by Ace F. at #50??

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DominoDm

This list is pretty much all classic rock. I understand that most good solos are in the classic rock genre, but it would be nice to see more modern guitar players.
It lacks shred solos like petrucci and michael romeo, and it would be awesome to have seen a BOC buck dharma solo on there.
And why is kurt cobain on here???
Overall, a decent list, but could use some improvement.

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frogos

Carlos Santana Amigos, 1976,how can i dont remember it,one of the best all time for me and for many.---forex signals

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honorablecbm

Wow, no Buckethead in the top 50? Soothsayer or even Nottingham Lace are better than quite of few of the songs listed....

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johnsonsmith

Santana on songs like these can make you feel there's something to silence and beauty. This song must be the UN's national anthem.

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johnsonsmith

Statesboro Blues from the Allman Bros Fillmore album is missing in the list. The best slide guitar solo ever recorded. And for Stevie Ray, the all time great performance is Testify.

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soapboxjoe2

La Villa Strangiato is not on the horizons of anyone contributing to this list. Check out IV: "A Lerxst in Wonderland" and you might think you've missed something BIG in the World of Guitar playing.

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billyockam

Uli - Sails of Charon

also

when Fast Eddie Clark fell off his stool on Motorhead's "We are the Road Crew"

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mnvdiscs

ANY COMMENTS ON NOEL REDDING.......JIMI HENDRIX?

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megatallica8690

ok Kirk hammett does belong on this list, but where the heck is megadeth's tornado of souls solo?! That is the greatest effing solo of all time! I don't care if you don't like metal, listen to that solo and tell me it isn't way better than almost all of these solo's.

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koosh25

I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS-JIMMY PAGE IS THE GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER OF ALL TIME-HE DESERVED #1! NO ON HAS BEEN SO VERSATILE AND TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE EMOTIONALLY WITH THEIR MUSIC. THE MUSIC STANDS THE TEST OF TIME AND STILL ROCKS!

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jwoods

can be heard in 'Victim of Changes' by Judas Priest from about '76. Why anyone would even *want* to see Nirvana on this list blows my mind. Nirvana is one of my favorite bands of all time, but even Cobain knew his guitar playing was sub-par. The solo in the song that's listed basically just follows the rhythm guitar of the entire song. I know a 9 year old that could replicate that solo on his first try.

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staffsbantam

Of course not everybody will agree, and I am no different.

No Steve Morse?
No Chris Rea?

Mark Knopfler - Brothers in Arms (Mandela Concert)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vUDmFjWgVo

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lunchbox43

i think the list is rated pretty good cuz if you look at the top ten alot of the songs start out slw and get really haeavy and have long complicated guitar solos

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winter

I know alot of younger players don't like "pretty" but for me the most articulate, well composed, tone rich, best use of theme and variation, best use of vibrato, note selection, plain good taste is in the first solo (the second one ain't too shabby either) in "Theme For an Imaginary Western" off Mountain Climbing and only the version on that album.
And he ends it with a whistling sustained harmonic like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae. For me, that solo is religion. I've listened to it thousands of times and somehow still haven't tired of it. Try it, you'll be glad you did. Alot of players; Van Halen, Satch have expressed their fondness for West's style. He just has that ...somethin!!!

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abeman

I'll second that about Leslie West. I'd be more than a little ashamed to call myself a rock enthusiast and leave Mountain out of my collection. What are they teaching these kids in school today? ;-) Check out tracks 4, 5 and 6 on this playlist here:

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/mountain/concerts/fillmore-east-june-27-1971.html

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jimbovision

M.Schenker, Rock Bottom. Huh?

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drkoob

I would say you missed one of Jimi's best, the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. And another Woodstock piece, Alvin Lee and Ten Year's After "I'm Going Home." Take if from a guy who was there, nothing like 'em. Ever!

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paulsh

How about Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser's "Dominance and Submission" with Blue Oyster Cult and Ronnie Montrose's "Black Train"?

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DominoDm

Dominance and submission has to be one of my favorite songs (and solo) of all time. Just my opinion, I think Buck is best on "Buck's Boogie"

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analugb

I think jimmy page IS the best... not only because of one solo, but because all his music history

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alexg124

Nirvana? wow and its not just that its on the list but its above songs that have OBVIOUSLY superior solos. i dont even count the solo from smells like teen spirit as a solo, its more like a small very simple riff.

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nicholi100

come on at least put him in the top 15

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cobainfan001

How can Sympathy for the Devil be on the worst solos list AND the best?

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helimike

Eruption is clearly #1. Satriani and Vai are awesome as well. I can't help but wonder why Michael Schenker is missing(Rock Bottom and Lights Out off UFO Strangers in the Night are both STELLAR performances).

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dmaple08

I am very disappointed.....Guitar player magazine has gotten so user friendly AND/OR politically correct that "some" true guitar work has been completely set aside.
It appears to me that these picks although some are good have been randomly picked, put in a shaker an fell out in no particular order. No disrespect to Cobain, but A GUITARIST??????? Come on. I know kids who pick up the guitar there first time and play that way. Where's the "LOVE" for real guitar playing.

Trower, Beck, Trucks, Mayer, Metheny, Lifeson, Mayer, Gilbert, Howe, Marino, Livgren .....I could go on and on!

Thank You for letting me vent.
Darren Maple

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dmaple08

Guitar World Magazine

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pooploser

where would steve vai be without frank zappa. yeah and is smells like teen spirit even consider a real solo, he has better solos than in that song.

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paulles2special

for a second i thought yall were'nt gonna put free bird in there but you did......thats awesome pleased with the 50.

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windex

No mention of Ernie Isley "Summer Breeze" Isley brothers? One of the best.

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echeers

WOW! Angus Young from AC/DC didn't make this list? *shocked*

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vanhalenfreak

jimmy page didn't even write stair way to heaven
the band Taurus wrote the tune about 4 years before
page did
Page should coff up and tell the truth

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