Top 10 Guitar Solos

It takes a whole band to rock, but these solos will make you roll. Welcome to; and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Guitar Solos. For this list, we’ve limited it to one guitar solo per artist and excluded instrumentals. Number ten: Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple: Highway Star. With “Smoke on the Water”, the Deep Purple guitarist paved the way for classical music in blues rock and brought to life one of the best heavy metal riffs in history. But when it comes to solos it’s hard to overlook Highway Star. Machine Head’s fastest track also contains an organ solo by John Ward but it’s Blackmore’s classically inspired guitar piece that’s the killing machine. It’s got everything. Number nine: Eric Clapton from Cream: Crossroads. As one of the greatest guitarists of all time it’s no surprise Clapton’s got a number of signature solos to his name. While he and Duane Allman made history with Layla’s signature sound It’s with Cream’s “Crossroads” solo that really nails it. In fact, this hard rock arrangement of Robert Johnson’s original blues tune is so good we think “Slow Hand” may have signed a deal with the devil too. Number eight: Don Felder and Joe Walsh from the Eagles: Hotel California. After “One of These Nights” set these country and folk influenced rockers on pace to live life on the fast lane, the Eagles produced another number one with Hotel California. That record spawned the smooth and soulful title track that classic rock radio stations won’t let us forget. Aside from its surrealist lyrics, Hotel California showcases some of the most memorable electric guitar chemistry ever between Felder and Walsh. Number seven: Allen Collins and Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Free bird”. With their remarkable solos and defiant Rock N’ Roll swagger, Lynyrd Skynyrd became fixtures of the southern rock scene. It’s because of this cut of pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd that the band first became household names across America. Due in no small part to its structure half ballad, half up-tempo guitar solo Freebird also became their second top 40 hit keeping crowds pumped for decades. Number seven: Randy Rhoads from Ozzy Osbourne: Mr. Crowley. Rhoads exploded into the Heavy Metal universe after giving Ozzy Osbourne’s music a new lease on life. And while Crazy Train of “Blizzard of Oz” features one of the genre’s most iconic riffs its actually that album’s second single that captures Rhoads guitar skills best. Mr. Crowley contains not 1, not 2; but 3 standout guitar moments but the masterpiece’s climax is the outro solo. Number Five: Brian May from Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody. With Freddie Mercury’s theatrical vocals and lively stage presence and May’s virtuoso guitar abilities Queen scored big overseas thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody. Featuring elements of hard rock, balladry and opera its unconventional style initially baffled critics but today it’s one of the Brit’s most popular songs; it’s in this melodic, chorusless tune that May played one of the most incredible act solos ever and the song wouldn’t be the same without it. Number Four: Jimi Hendrix from the Jimi Hendrix Experience: All Along the Watchtower. Though Little Wing or Voodoo Child could have easily made this list it’s the Seattle rockers cover of All Along the Watchtower that lands here. The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave Bob Dylan’s folk rock original a psychedelic rock spin which included a killer guitar solo that helped Hendrix earn his only Top 20 American hit. Even Dylan was inspired; his later performances of the track were influenced by Jimmy’s version. Number three: Slash from Guns N Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine. While Slash stood out on a wide array of GNR songs from Night Train to November Rain, just to name a few, it’s Sweet Child O’ Mine that really set the stage for the band’s later work. Though its brilliant riff was conceived as a joke, the track’s chart-topping success and incredible solo were anything but. Its parent album, “Appetite for Destruction”, also became the best-selling debut in American history. Number Two: Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven. It’s quite fashionable to knock and hate Led Zeppelin’s radio staple Stairway to Heaven but no list of the top guitar solos would be complete without it. With Plant’s bluesy vocals and Bonham’s thunderous based drum you’ve got an unmatched sound, blending blues, hard rock and folk. However, it’s Page’s complex guitar work that’s truly left an immeasurable and all-acompassing influence on later artists. Number One: David Gilmour from Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb. Though Shine on You Crazy Diamond is sometimes cited it’s with The Wall’s third single that Pink Floyd ensured fans weren’t Comfortably Numb to their music. They may have been known for introspective lyrics, studio experimentation, and effects-heavy extravagant shows, but their sound wouldn’t be the same without Gilmour. His evocative blues inspired guitar on Comfortably Numb’s two solos, especially the final one, helped solidify the band’s popularity and success. Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite guitar solo? If you didn’t see your pick, be sure to check out our Top 10 Guitar Rock Instrumentals list and subscribe to for more entertaining Top 10s.

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