Tuesday, March 3, 2009

10 All time Best Guitar Solos

On the last post I told you about 50s 60s or 70s rock bands. Today I'll talk about guitar solos.

I realize that I may be opening up the Pandora's box on this one, after all, guitar solos are subjective correct? I mean, who am I to tell you what is and isn't the best when it comes to good ole rock n roll guitar solos. Many questions may arise, for example, 'Have I heard every song there is to hear? Of course not. That is why I'm laying it out for you up front, I don't want to upset the greater good that exists in your special place. The point is, alltime greatest guitar solos means absolutely nothing, nada, zilch. It is a completely personal and subjective preference on my part, and in no way is it intended to be the end all and say all of what is and isn't a great rock n roll solo. You are free to disagree or agree, I don't really care either way. Should you like what I'm putting out here? Of course you should, and you should accept it and love it, but once again, you can remain a contrarian and that's cool with me too, hell dude, whatever floats your boat is cool with me. Rock n Roll is so speculative, especially these days that everyone can have a legitimate viewpoint on what is good and what isn't. In fact, I could even support you if you told me that 'I love Nickleback man, they rock', More power to you if that is your thing, frankly I can't stand the band, I call them the Beavers (The animal on the back of a Canadian Nickel).

Ok, enough about me, let's talk about the 10 All time Best Guitar Solos. As you may know by now, I have a preference of 70's rock n roll music over other eras, so it will be no surprise to you that I have included most of the all time greatest Rock n Roll Guitar solos from the 70's, once again, it's all good. As is my customary thing, all of the solos are going to be randomly entered, so therefore, no one guitar solo takes precedence over another. Simply, they're all given equal weight. There's nothing better than seeing and hearing your favorite artist pluck away at a rocking Gibson or Ibanez guitars it's just cool dude.

As per popular request, my 10 All time Best Guitar Solos:

  1. Eruption by Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
  2. Stairway to Heaven by Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  3. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
  4. Hotel California by Don Felder/Joe Walsh (The Eagles)
  5. Layla by Clapton/Allman (Derek and the Dominoes )
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody by Brian May (Queen)
  7. Wish You Were Here by David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  8. Sweet Child O' Mine by Slash (Guns n' Roses)
  9. One by Kirk Hammet (Metallica)
  10. Won't Get Fooled Again by Pete Townsend (The Who)
There you have it, my 10 All time Best Guitar Solos. There are so many more great guitar solos out there, but I would need a 100 or 1000 All time Best Guitar Solos for a list like that, so 10 will suffice for now.


  1. Umm...where the hell is Comfortably Numb?

  2. Hey There Troy,

    Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb is indeed a great song, but on a list of ten I could only put in one Floyd song.