Staff Picks: Editors' Favorite Solos

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harry_telford06

You have to have -

Stairway to heaven-Led Zeppelin and
Megadeth - Hangar 18

If you don't then im sorry to say it but you don't know solos

My Opinion though - Harry Telford

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tania_lsk

It is very difficult to choose only five among various of favorites.My favorite five guitar solos are.

1.Very much laugh
2.Very much cry.
3."devil may care" by susperia
4.NOFX - "Leave It Alone"
5.Gary Moore - Empty Rooms
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ledzeppelin16

my personal favorites-
1. stairway to heaven- led zeppelin
2. comfortably numb- pink floyd
3. purple haze- jimi hendrix
4. highway star- deep purple
5. sweet emotion- aerosmith

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Necrophagist - Fermented Offal Discharge
Burning the Masses - Galactic Abduction
Judas Priest - Metal Meltdown
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Pantera - Walk
Avenged Sevenfold - I Won't See You Tonight (Part 2)
Rage Against the Machine - Know Your Enemy
Slipknot - Confessions
Alice in Chains - No Excuses
The Black Dahlia Murder - Necropolis
Boston - Peace of Mind

More than I am willing to put forth effort to list...

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glumahan

Man, I wish for once that this solo would be transcribed!

-Black Magic ~by: Reb Beach

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tcbischof

Echoes from Fierce Hearts 1st album -Rex Carroll
Nagasake-off the whitecross 1987 remastered version-
The Hammer & the Nail-off The Hammer & the Nail album Whitecross-Rex Carroll
Flashpoint-Rex Carroll from Whitecross off the triumphant return album
Eternal Fire-Rex Carroll from Whitecross off the In the Kingdom album
Overdrive-Rex Carroll off the high gear album
I Remember You-SKid ROw
THe forgotten part 2-Joe Satriani
Song for love-Extreme
For the Love of God-Steve Vai
Stairway to heaven-Led Zeppelin
Carry on my wayward son-Kansas
Hotel California-Eagles
Sweet child of mine-guns & ROses
& the list goes on
If you are interested in hot 80's solos go get any cd by whitecross or rex carroll the hottest guitar player on the planet at girdermusic.com

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musicmanak

"Under A Glass Moon" - Dream Theater

"Constant Motion" - Dream Theater

"Hope" - Rush

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - Pink Floyd

"Kick The Chair" - Megadeth

..not necessarily in that order

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gkniffen

1) Van Halen "So This is Love?"

2) Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing"

3) Nirvana "In Bloom"

4) Alter Bridge "Find the Real"

5) Alice in Chains "Man in the Box"

iggster12

For the Love of God-Steve Vai

The Silent-Jag Panzer (Chris Broderick)

Farewell Ballad-Zakk Wylde

Little Wing-Stevie Ray Vaughn

The Extremist-Joe Satriani

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deadite1138

Hard to pick just five, and put them in order, but...

David Gilmour on "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd
Jimmy Page on "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
Marty Friedman on "Tornado of Souls" by Megadeth
George Lynch on "Heaven Sent" by Dokken
Stevie Ray Vaughan on "Texas Flood"

Bonus Pick:
Rivers Cuomo on "The Perfect Situation" by Weezer

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theleprechaun

Too many good solos out there.... these are just the first ones that entered my head:

"Free Bird"- Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Eruption"- Van Halen
"Fade to Black"- Metallica
"MIA"- Avenged Sevenfold
"Rainmaker"- Iron Maiden

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oldrhoadsfan

1. Randy Rhoads - Over the Mountain
2. David Gilmore - Comfortably Numb
3. Dimgag Daryl - Cemetary Gates
4. Edward Van Halen - Eruption
5. Kirk Hamett - And Justice for All

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youthanasia1982

1. "Crazy Train"-Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne)
2. "No More Tears"-Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
3. "Floods"-Dimebag (Pantera)
4. "Return to Serenity"-Alex Skolnick (Testament)
5. "Layla"-Eric Clapton

And those are just what came to me today. Tomorrow may be a totally different list.I like a lot of solos.

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tecroney

1. Jimmi Hendrix - "Star Spangled Banner - Live at Woodstock"
2. Van Halen- "Eruption"
3. Brad Paisley- "Munster Rag"
4. Chuck Barry-"School Days"
5. Lynyrd Skynrd- "Free Bird"

Tough list to make

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max1211 (not verified)

1)Metallica - Ride the Lightning
2)Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour
3)Testament - Practice What You Preach
4)Guns N' Roses - November Rain
5)The Eagles - Hotel California

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JeremyBonds2004 (not verified)

Ozzy - No More Tears
Don Henley - Dirty Laundry
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird
Guns N’ Roses - November Rain
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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Spencah (not verified)

1. King Diamond - Welcome Home
2. Testament - Trial By Fire
3. Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast
4. Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy Suite
5. King Diamond - Arrival

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Jess N. (not verified)

1.Steve Vai: "The Audience Is Listening"
2.The Doors: "Spanish Caravan"
3.Metallica: "Jump In The Fire"
4.The Beatles: "Yer Blues"
5.C2B3: "Scott Taylor"

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Diamond Gary (not verified)

"Epic" by Faith No More
"Rise Above This" by Seether
"Devour" by Shinedown
"Possum Kingdom" by Toadies
"Mother" by Danzig
"Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains
"Unsung" by Helmet
"Brain Stew" by Green Day
"The Red" by Chevelle
"Before I Forget" by Slipknot

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Bb Gunn (not verified)

1. Double Talkin Jive - Guns n Roses - Slash
2. Icky Thump - White Stripes - Jack White
3. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen - Eddie Van Halen
4. Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath
5. 1 Bourbon 1 Scotch 1 Beer - George Thorogood
6. Better Half - Keith Urban
7. Over the Hills an Far Away - Led Zeppelin - Jimmy Page
8. Estranged 3rd solo - Guns n Roses - Slash
9. 1945 - Social Distortion - Mike Ness
10. Red House - Jimi Hendrix

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Soturnus (not verified)

Van Halen - "Eruption"
Rush - "2112" (yeah, the whole entire song!)
Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"
UFO - "Lights Out"
Iron Maiden - "Run to the Hills"

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crlowensville (not verified)

Shit yeah, how 'bout sumthin' funky?

Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Freddie's Dead - Fishbone

Cult of Personality - Living Colour

Punk It Up - Infectious Grooves

Get the Funk Out - Extreme

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The Red Skull (not verified)

Van Halen - Eruption

KISS - Shock Me

Zweezil Zappa - Helpless

Thin Lizzy - No One Told Him

Ted Nugent - Stormtroopin' (Double Live Gonzo version)

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youami (not verified)

1. Stairway to Heaven
2. Crossroads
3. Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Hotel California
5. Beat It

These are pretty much indisputible I would have thought. Honourable mentions to Santana for Black Magic Woman, Jimi for Stone Free at Atlanta Pop Festival and John Norum for The Final Countdown.

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ghzhdhr (not verified)

these are my favorite solos: no particular order
Dragon Force - Through Fire and Flames
Metallica - One
Incubus - Sick Sad Little World
Megadeth - Hanger 18
Black Sabbath - War Pigs

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downsludge333

1.) THROES OF REJECTION-PANTERA
2.)OVER THE MOUNTAIN-OZZY
3.)CALL OF KTULU-METALLICA
4.)FLOODS-PANTERA
5.)THEM BONES-ALICE IN CHAINS

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metallidude32 (not verified)

"epitaph" necrophagist

swap that for "fade to black"

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Dean Gibson (not verified)

1.Anything by Zakk Wylde...that dude blows my mind(especially bark at the moon)
2.Cemetary Gates-Pantera
3.Tornado of Souls- Megadeth
4.Doomsayer-Darkest Hour
5.The prince-Metallica

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faktcheker (not verified)

"Bark At The Moon" was Jake E. Lee. Zakk Wylde still kicks ass though...

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metallicka (not verified)

Master Of Puppets-Metallica
Mr Crowley- Randy Rhoads
Holy Wars- Megadeth
Altitudes-jason becker
perpetual Burn-jason becker

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David Bird (not verified)

Black Label Society- Fire It Up

Metallica- Master Of Puppets

Pantera- I'm Broken

Judas Priest- Living After Midnight

Jimi Hendrix- Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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Rich5150

Hotel California - The Eagles
Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
For the Love of God - Steve Vai
Reeling in the Years - Steely Dan

I could go on and on but that will do

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MC (not verified)

In no order, off the top of my head:

Whole Lotta Love - Zep
Sunshine of Your Love (farewell concert, live)- Cream
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Hendrix
Hot Rockin' - Priest
Sad But True - Metallica

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Fred-o (not verified)

Not necessarily the best, but they stick out in my mind:

EVH - Eruption
Yngwie - Black Star
Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
Dream Theater - As I Am
Dokken - In My Dreams

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Ben C (not verified)

here are my favourites

AC/DC - Highway To Hell
Avenged Sevenfold - Burn It Down
Metallica - All Nightmare Long (New but a definite fave)
Ozzy (w/ Randy) - Crazy Train
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love

Guitar World ROCKS!

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mizzach (not verified)

Here is my favorites :D

Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"

Michael Jackson - "Beat It"

Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"

Rage Against the Machine - "Know Your Enemy (Live)"

Metallica - "Sad But True"

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adamc

1. Floods - Pantera

2. Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

3. Erutpion - Van Halen

4. Domination - Pantera

5. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

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Lee 84 (not verified)

These are 5 of my favourite solos. In no particular order,
Racer x - Snakebite (Paul Gilbert)
Gary Moore - Empty Rooms
Judas Priest - Between The Hammer And The Anvil (KK Downing and Glenn Tipton)
Thin Lizzy - Thunder And Lightning (Scott Gorham and John Sykes)
Dokken - Tooth And Nail (George Lynch)

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SnaggletoothBMotorhed (not verified)

Anything by Alex Skolnick

Disposable Heroes & Creeping Death-Metallica

Painkiller & Electric Eye- Judas Priest

Mr. Crowley- Ozzy Osbourne

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fr3tburner

death-primitive ways

death-open casket

annihilator-fun palace

megadeth-lucretia

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testament-trial by fire

i dont know what the big whoop is about one though honestly it's not that good

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Sgt Awesome (not verified)

My top 5, no particular order

-Ozzy Osbourne, Bark At the Moon

-Megadeth, Hangar 18

-Cream, Crossroads

-The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil

-Coheed and Cambria, Welcome Home

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Brian B. (not verified)

Damn, I can't believe none of the Guitar World editors have mentioned any punk solos. I play guitar, but I can't believe GW has never transcribed any classic punk songs. So, here are the top 5 solos:

Bad Religion - "I Want to Conquer the World"
NOFX - "Leave It Alone"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Youth Brigade - "Men in Blue"
The Adolescents - "Amoeba"

Those songs actually have great solos.

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sobplayer23

id have to say the top 5 are
1. "follow the reaper" by children of bodom

2. "if you want peace prepare for war" by children of bodom

3. "cemetary gates" by pantera

4. "one" by metallica

5. "devil may care" by susperia

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JITF1983 (not verified)

I dont know cuz i like alot of different solos but here it is.
No particular order
-"One" Metallica
"Hangar 18" Megadeth
"Practice What You Preach" Testament
"Hundreds of Thousands" Tony MacAlpine
"Evil Eye" Yngwie Malmsteen

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JITF1983 (not verified)

I dont know cuz i like alot of different solos but here it is.
No particular order
-"One" Metallica
"Hangar 18" Megadeth
"Practice What You Preach" Testament
"Hundreds of Thousands" Tony MacAlpine
"Evil Eye" Yngwie Malmsteen

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