Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Elite Eight — "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page) Vs. "Hotel California" (Don Felder, Joe Walsh)

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alicheema

No comfortably numb ?

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Darth Compton

It's still in the tournament. It'll be coming against Mr. Crowley. Whenever this one's done (it's been up since Wednesday), it'll go against whatever GW deems the next match.

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gtrshredder1

i don't care to give away my age!! but I've been playing both of these songs since i was a kid. i take NOTHING away from Stairway To Heaven, but the solo on Hotel California is a song within a song with it's a well written melody alone! there will NEVER be a time when everyone agrees on who is the better player or what song is the best.
Mr. Crowley has a 2 killer solos that are songs within a song. my personal favorite is anything by Steve Vai!!!
but once again, that's my personal opinion!!!!

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freneticcreature

Yes, that's true about Mr. Crowley, but Comfortably Numb also has two insanely perfect solos that are songs within a song. Even though David Gilmour wrote them, it's almost as if the solos and the song were around since the big bang and David just allowed them to come together. The Comfortably Numb solos are so perfect and fit together so well, I compare it to two hydrogen atoms combining with an oxygen atom to form water, which without, there would be no life in the universe. I feel that Comfortably Numb holds the same place in the music universe, that water holds in the natural universe!

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Darth Compton

Could there be a surprise shootdown of Stairway eminent?

I voted Stairway To Heaven. It may not be my all time favorite, but I do prefer its solo (and overall composition) to Hotel California.

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Hendrix1970

Robin Trower's 'Daydream' trumps both of these iconic songs.

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daveotr

No argument here. One of my all-time favorite Trower songs.

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Hendrix1970

For sure, his whole catalog could be in this poll really haha!

nursetom61

OK let's see how many people vote with their heads and not their hearts. Both of these songs and solos are GREAT. But only one can win and, in my opinion that song is Stairway. While I love the solo to Hotel ,the solo to Stairway is the most iconic of all guitar solos. How many of us picked up a guitar for the first time because of this song. I know the Metal guys will never admit this but, Led Zeppelin is The Greatest Rock band in history. But this is just my opinion.

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Joe Barnes

Zep was great but they were afraid to follow Freebird...

There were negotiations going on in 77 for Skynyrd to open for Zep on some American shows.

Zep was afraid Skynyrd would steal the show like they did to the Stones at Knebworth so they rejected the plan. Zep would have to be on the VERY TOP of their game to avoid that same fate with Skynyrd opening. I would have loved to have seen it.

I like Hotel California much better anyway.

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thf24

Where does this idea that "metal guys" never give any credit to the classics come from? Outside of 14-year-old fanboys who don't know any better, I barely ever see guys/gals who like primarily heavier stuff disrespecting classic and hard rock, yet I see old schoolers put down newer heavy metal almost every day. It seems to me like it's another head-scratching claim of persecution that's ironically the other way around.

nursetom61

That's because a lot of today's Metal is crap. The worst thing to happen to Metal is what I call Cookie Monster singing. It seems like most Metal fans have embraced this lack of talent.

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Hendrix1970

Look at the total votes for a non metal poll, then a metal guitarist against someone,the difference is average 4 or 5,000 votes

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randybass

Imagine if Justin Beiber played guitar ? Id bet he'd win all tho Lady Gaga would make it good battle... that's how bad this poll could get. Id bet theyd be in the 25,000+ vote range..lol

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Hendrix1970

lol that would be hilarious!

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thf24

So sue them for voting for their preference. That doesn't mean they're actively disrespecting the other guy, like so many classic rock diehards do whenever the opportunity arises.

The worst thing you old schoolers do is treat your opinions that the best stuff came out of the 60's and 70's and anything else is inferior like they're fact. Don't get me wrong, I agree that some GREAT stuff came out of that era, and guys like Hendrix, Clapton, and Page were/are amazing guitarists and musicians. But just because you like those guys and not newer stuff doesn't give you right or reason to put the newer stuff down. Just praise what you like and let everyone else enjoy what they like.

And don't be surprised that newer players and styles get more votes on the website of a magazine that caters a good bit to current trends and heavier stuff.

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Hendrix1970

Lets be real here, you'd be a mug if you thought the stuff from the 80's up until now could even compare to the 50s 60s 70s groups/artists in general.

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Nostradumbass

Now that's a matter of what you were raised with. Anyone born after 1970 obviously won't have as much of a taste for Hendrix or Clapton, and would prefer a guitarist like Slash or Randy Rhoads. It's not fair to generalize an entire decade as bad simply because it doesn't fit your taste.

I, myself, am far, FAR too young to remember anyone prior to the rise of shred, but that doesn't mean I go around bashing on Cream or SRV. I have found that I rather enjoy a lot of music that is WAY out of my time frame.

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