Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Kurt Cobain) Vs. "Cortez the Killer" (Neil Young)

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evh100

Why only 2 freakin' EVH solos?? What about Beat It? Push Comes To Shove?? MeanStreet?? Drop Dead Legs???

And what about Malmsteen...Far Beyond the Sun?? where's that one??

And Satch...The Bells Of Lal Pt. 2??

Would've liked to have seen these included too....
Manfred Mann-Blinded By The Light
Tom Morello-Like A Stone
Randy Rhoads-Over The Mountain
Alvin Lee- I'd Love To Change The World
KISS- Detroit Rock City
David Gilmour- Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
Buckethead- Nottingham Lace

aaahhhh, what's the sense...

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Darth Compton

Beat It and Mean Street ranked on the 100, but neither were above 64 :(

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bull

That's funny, I haven't looked at what's not in the bracket. No guitar player would EVER say that Smells Like Teen Spirit has a better solo than Beat It. I guess the GW editors just didn't want the top solos to all be by the same people.

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Seventk

None of these fall into the greatest solo of all time. Where the hell are you guys picking this crap from? Nirvana? Seriously?
you might as well place Eminem and "P-Diddy" in the running. Then you take Eruption vs Scar Tissue? Come one guys.

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doubletrouble5150

You know these guys were a bad choice when you have to vote for which one sucks less

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doughsellz

Really Kurt? Disparage iconic music from a band like Boston? Tom Scholz any day over Squirt Cobain. I'd rather hear the mop solo from the janitor in that video than the mess he called the ultimate pop song. Entertain us indeed.

Great songwriter Neil & even tho solo-ing ain't your thing, anything's better than the deodorant song.

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timelander

This poll became so bored. With many atonishing new guitar player GW sent us to common places again... We all know already for sure at the end the winner solo's gona be from Van Halen, RR or Hendrix.... GW is living in the past!!!

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Hendrix1970

the past is where the best & most influential/innovative music was ever made.

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doubletrouble5150

Agreed

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Hendrix1970

they both blow big time.

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LoQ

Meh... I'm not really into either of these solos. Why they are even in this contest to begin with is a huge mystery to me, especially since every one of us could submit a mile long list of incredible iconic solos that have been left out.

Oh well, FWIW I voted for "Cortez the Killer" mainly because Kurt's solo in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is basically just mimicking the vocal line of the song, where as at least Neil is "somewhat" exploring the fretboard with his solo (I guess). But honestly I really couldn't care less.

Next...

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JDFM

Both of this solos suck big time... But Smells like teen spirit sucks a little bit more than Cortez the Killer... Who ever wins is going up against Cocaine or One... so WHO CARES WHO WINS TODAY?

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bull

I'm having a little difficulty with the seeding in this poll. It's kinda a shame that either of these solos makes it out of the first round when better solos like Crossroads or Jessica are knocked out because they were up against tough competition. Oh, well.

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madastrota

I'm not even gonna bother voting this time because as legendary as both of these guys are, neither is a great guitar player who has any chance of coming close to winning something like this. Who picks these songs anyway? A lot of questionable choices if you ask me.

nursetom61

I love Neil. Young but, I had to go with Mr. Cobain with this one. Maybe another Young song like My My, Hey Hey. But it is not , so I have to go with SLTS. I have loved this song since I first heard it. I grew up with Led Zep, Hendrix, Pink Floyd etc. when I first heard Nirvana they blew me away. This was a brand form of Rock and I really loved Grunge. What is the next step in the evolution of Rock? Can not wait to find out!

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mooseboy

LOL, well at least they didn't try to pair off Kurt or Neil with Satch, Vai, Johnson, Morse, or Govan… that would have been a bloodbath!

Having said that, I'm voting for Kurt because Nirvana was the first group that I ever heard that used the all-too-overdone-nowadays "down clean verse, angry distorted chorus" form. It was very novel with Nirvana, now every freakin' loser thinks he owns it. This form has acquired the Smoke On The Water Syndrome nowadays. Ugh.

Neil obviously can't play a good solo to save his life… but having said THAT, he's one of the very few players that you can instantly recognize on the radio. It's kinda like being the best of the worst guitar players that you've ever heard.

Right now, Neil's ahead 70% to 30%, so I'm sure that I've enraged at least a few of you out there.

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LoQ

...and perhaps Morse or Govan might have actually been in this contest if these two solos weren't wasting the slots.

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timelander

Yeah!

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