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What is Randy Rhoads' greatest guitar solo?

Randy Rhoads on 1/24/82 in Chicago, Il.
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/WireImage)

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic passing of Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne's massively influential guitarist. Although his career was brief – he was only 25 when he died on March 19, 1982 – and his recorded output minimal, his impact continues to be felt on a regular basis.

In honor of Rhoads, who also plied his trade with Quiet Riot prior to joining Ozzy's band, Guitar World wants you to vote for the studio recording that best exemplifies Rhoads' ferocious soloing skills.

Basically, we're talking about the songs (Including bonus tracks) that make up 1977's Quiet Riot, 1978's Quiet Riot II, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz and 1981's Diary of a Madman.

Voting closes on March 28, and the poll results will be revealed in the July issue of Guitar World, which hits newsstands on May 17. Thanks for voting!

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.