21 underrated guitar solos you need to hear

Vernon Reid
(Image credit: Steve Thorne/Redferns)

There is an unofficial pantheon upon which we tacitly ordain the finest moments of lead guitar genius with immortality. Here we might find Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption, SRV’s Texas Flood and Hendrix’s, well, take your pick…

This is where we put Steve Vai’s For the Love of God, and all the other solos that pass into the canon to be held as exemplars of technique and composition. But so many great solos fall through the gaps.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.