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Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' Voted Best Guitar Solo Ever
GigWise ^ | 3-26-2006

Posted on 03/27/2006 11:20:47 AM PST by Cagey

Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.

The rock behemoth fought off competition from Van Hallen’s ‘Eruption’ and Guns n Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ which were number two and three respectively.

The list was based on 2,000 votes in a poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine.

Magazine editor Stephen Lawson said: "Everyone loves to play air guitar when they hear the moment in a song where the guitarist rocks out."

The full Top 10 is as follows:

1. Led Zeppelin – ‘Stairway to Heaven’
2. Van Halen – ‘Eruption’
3. Guns N' Roses – ‘Paradise City’
4. The Eagles – ‘Hotel California‘
5. Metallica – ‘Enter Sandman’
6. Cream – ‘Crossroads’
7. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Voodoo Child’
8. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Crazy Train’
9. Free – ‘All Right Now’
10. Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’


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Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.

1 posted on 03/27/2006 11:20:51 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Wow, great list. I don't like all the songs but no doubting the quality musicianship here.


2 posted on 03/27/2006 11:28:39 AM PST by RightCanuck (Not right enough.)
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To: Cagey

Link Wray's Rumble launched a lot of guitarists.


3 posted on 03/27/2006 11:28:50 AM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: Cagey

How about Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird"?


4 posted on 03/27/2006 11:31:08 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Cagey
Rush-La Villa Strangiato

He's never had the recognition of Geddy's bass or Neal's percussions, but Alex Lifeson is one heck of a guitarist.

5 posted on 03/27/2006 11:31:21 AM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: flada

Oops... make that Neil, not Neal.


6 posted on 03/27/2006 11:31:58 AM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: Cagey
Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.

That's not even Jimmy Page's best solo.

7 posted on 03/27/2006 11:32:29 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Cagey

Man, we have new "best" every week it seems.


8 posted on 03/27/2006 11:34:18 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: tallhappy

Who are the so called judges?


9 posted on 03/27/2006 11:34:29 AM PST by xarmydog
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To: Cagey
"Stairway to Heaven"--give me a break.

Where is Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing."

10 posted on 03/27/2006 11:34:49 AM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Most cats are democrats - did you ever meet a creature with such an inborn sense of entitlement?)
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To: xarmydog
Who are the so called judges?

Apparently people who read "Total Guitar" magazine.

11 posted on 03/27/2006 11:36:49 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Cagey

Surprising that Ted Nugent didn't make the cut.


12 posted on 03/27/2006 11:37:10 AM PST by jla
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To: Cagey

I could name 10 Zappa solos off the top of my head that would put anything on that list to shame.


13 posted on 03/27/2006 11:37:18 AM PST by thoughtomator (Pacifism is objectively pro-terrorist; Amnesty for illegals is objectively anti-American)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Regarding your tagline: not to mention they sleep all the time and never do any work. Also they create s*** and expect others to clean it up.


14 posted on 03/27/2006 11:37:18 AM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: Cagey

Does someone have the "NO Stairway" graphic from Wayne's World?


15 posted on 03/27/2006 11:38:21 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't call them "Illegal Aliens." Call them what they are: CRIMINAL INVADERS!)
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To: Cagey

No "Money for Nothing"?????????????


16 posted on 03/27/2006 11:38:59 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't call them "Illegal Aliens." Call them what they are: CRIMINAL INVADERS!)
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To: Cagey

6. Cream – ‘Crossroads’ ...... This one ranks for me. Mick Taylor's solos for the Stones (Sway) were blistering and are on the better bootlegs


17 posted on 03/27/2006 11:39:04 AM PST by dennisw (I like Ike)
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To: theDentist

I think once you get 3 guitar players working you can no longer call it a "solo".


18 posted on 03/27/2006 11:41:03 AM PST by discostu (raise your glass of beer on high, and seal your fate forever)
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To: discostu

Hmmmmmmmmmmm... you may have a point.


19 posted on 03/27/2006 11:44:45 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Cagey

What? No "Money for Nothing" Dire Straits? Or does that only qualify more generally as greatest intro ever?

And no Chuck Berry. The bias for long-haired homeless-looking white dudes from the '70s (and now '80s) is way too heavy.


20 posted on 03/27/2006 11:45:19 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Cagey
Not to change the subject here...

But Eric Clpton's piano solo in "Layla" would make my #1 list of piano solo's.

But back to the topic..... Clapton also deserves credit somewhere in this list, dontcha think?

21 posted on 03/27/2006 11:45:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Crossroads.


22 posted on 03/27/2006 11:49:22 AM PST by 1066AD
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To: the OlLine Rebel
See my 16.

And this is as close as I can get to "No Stairway":


23 posted on 03/27/2006 11:49:55 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't call them "Illegal Aliens." Call them what they are: CRIMINAL INVADERS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

David Glmour's solo at the end of "Comfortably Numb" is my favorite. Gilmour is very underrated, in my opinion.


24 posted on 03/27/2006 11:50:17 AM PST by Sterm26 (Death before Dhimmitude!)
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To: freedumb2003

First thing I thought. That was brilliant (I used to work in a music store).


25 posted on 03/27/2006 11:50:41 AM PST by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - OK?)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Clapton also deserves credit somewhere in this list, dontcha think?

Well, they do have "Cream" listed.

26 posted on 03/27/2006 11:51:55 AM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: Cagey
There's a guitar solo in Stairway to Heaven?

The Eagles? Joe Walsh has ALL the talent in that band.

27 posted on 03/27/2006 11:52:57 AM PST by Dinsdale
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To: RockinRight

ping....


28 posted on 03/27/2006 11:53:02 AM PST by The SISU kid (Scoliosis Pomegranate Polk (my new Blues name))
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To: thoughtomator

Definitely, could even come up with 10 better Zappa solos after handicapping myself by not including any version of "Deathless Horsie" "Black Napkins" or "Torture Never Stops" (IMHO some of his best songs for showing off).


29 posted on 03/27/2006 11:55:24 AM PST by discostu (raise your glass of beer on high, and seal your fate forever)
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To: Sterm26
David Glmour's solo at the end of "Comfortably Numb" is my favorite.

"Comforably Numb"/David Gilmour could replace Hendrix on that list anyday, IMO.

30 posted on 03/27/2006 11:56:35 AM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Most cats are democrats - did you ever meet a creature with such an inborn sense of entitlement?)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Where is Ted Nugent!??

Stranglehold!


31 posted on 03/27/2006 11:57:25 AM PST by RockinRight (new tagline in process...)
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To: Cagey

Personally I like "Classical Gas." I love Stairway, but not for it's guitar solo.


32 posted on 03/27/2006 11:57:26 AM PST by colorcountry (Some folks wear their halos much too tight)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Any of "The Wall", that album is one of the finest collections of guitar solos ever assembled.


33 posted on 03/27/2006 11:57:39 AM PST by discostu (raise your glass of beer on high, and seal your fate forever)
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To: 1066AD; Cagey

Thanks for point this out. I miseed it, thinking of Derek and the Dominoes.


34 posted on 03/27/2006 11:57:51 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: theDentist
This "Greatest Guitar Solo's" list from another site and it does have FreeBird highly ranked. #4

  1. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  2. Stairway To Heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  4. Freebird - Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  5. Maggot Brain - Edie Hazel (Funkadelic)
  6. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  7. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
  8. Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
  9. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
10. Hotel California - Don Felder/Joe Walsh (Eagles)
11. Mr Crowley - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
12. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
13. Time - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
14. Layla - Eric Clapton/Duane Allman (Derek & The Dominos)
15. Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash (Guns N Roses)
16. Cliffs Of Dover - Eric Johnson
17. Nottingham Lace - Buckethead
18. For The Love Of God - Steve Vai
19. Voodoo Child (slight return) - Jimi Hendrix
20. November Rain - Slash (Guns N Roses)
21. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
22. Blue Sky - Duane Allman/Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
23. Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani
24. Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
25. Lazy - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
26. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
27. White Room - Eric Clapton (Cream)
28. Sultans Of Swing - Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
29. One - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
30. No More Tears - Zakk Wylde (Ozzy)
31. Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
32. Floods - Dimebag Darrel (Pantera)
33. Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
34. Atom Heart Mother - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
35. Red House - Jimi Hendrix
36. Big Sur Moon - Buckethead
37. The Rocker - Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy)
38. Those Were The Days - Eric Clapton (Cream)
39. Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May (Queen)
40. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton (The Beatles)
41. Fade To Black - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
42. Dream - John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
43. Sound Chaser - Steve Howe (Yes)
44. Alive - Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
45. Mood For A Day - Steve Howe (Yes)
46. Aqualung - Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
47. Stone In Love - Neal Schon (Journey)
48. Child In Time - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
49. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
50. Dreams - Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
51. Southern Man - Neil Young
52. Over The Mountain - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
53. Money - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
54. Killer Queen - Brian May (Queen)
55. Two Minutes To Midnight - D. Murray/A. Smith (Iron Maiden)
56. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - D. Allman/E. Clapton (Derek & The Dominos)
57. Kid Charlemagne - Larry Carlton (Steely Dan)
58. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
59. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
60. Too Many Humans - Buckethead
61. Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
62. Under A Glass Moon - John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
63. Desert Rose - Eric Johnson
64. Dazed And Confused - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
65. Tender Surrender - Steve Vai
66. Still In Love With You - Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)
67. Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix
68. Don't Keep Me Wondering - Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
69. Ramblin' Man - Dicky Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
70. Always With Me Always With You - Joe Satriani
71. Tale Of Brave Ulysses - Eric Clapton (Cream)
72. You Really Got Me - Dave Davies (The Kinks)
73. Stranger In A Strange Land - Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
74. 25 Or 6 To 4 - Terry Kath (Chicago)
75. Devil Takes The Hindmost - Allan Holdsworth
76. Have A Cigar - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
77. Super Stupid - Edie Hazel (Funkadelic)
78. Trademark - Eric Johnson
79. La Villa Strangiato - Alex Lifeson (Rush)
80. Bulls On Parade - Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
81. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
82. Beyond The Realms Of Death - Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
83. Unrestrained Growth - Buckethead
84. Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
85. Miserlou - Dick Dale
86. Brighton Rock - Brian May (Queen)
87. Dogs - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
88. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
89. Master Of Puppets - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
90. Beat It - Eddie Van Halen (Michael Jackson)
91. Sow Thistle - Buckethead
92. Whipping Post - Duane Allman/Dicky Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
93. The Way It Has To Be - Shawn Lane
94. 21st Century Schizoid Man - Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
95. War Pigs - Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath)
96. Dreams - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
97. Padmasana - Buckethead
98. Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
99. Working Man - Alex Lifeson (Rush)
100. Love Is The Law - John Squire (Seahorses)

35 posted on 03/27/2006 11:58:08 AM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: freedumb2003

36 posted on 03/27/2006 11:58:35 AM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Most cats are democrats - did you ever meet a creature with such an inborn sense of entitlement?)
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To: Cagey

How in the word did I forget "Comfortably Numb"?


37 posted on 03/27/2006 12:00:14 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

LOL! If anyone could find it.


38 posted on 03/27/2006 12:00:25 PM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: colorcountry

Where's "Dueling Banjos"? LOL.


39 posted on 03/27/2006 12:00:37 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage)
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To: Dinsdale
"The Eagles? Joe Walsh has ALL the talent in that band."

J.D. Souther (who co wrote many of the Eagles hits and did lots of the guitar work in the studio) and Walsh can pick rings around most guitarists and Timothy B Schmidt is an amazing bass player.

40 posted on 03/27/2006 12:01:54 PM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Cagey

Any "best guitar" list without names like Django Rheinhardt is displaying the ignorance of its compilers....


41 posted on 03/27/2006 12:02:50 PM PST by r9etb
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To: thoughtomator

"I could name 10 Zappa solos off the top of my head that would put anything on that list to shame."

Look here brother...who you jive'n with that cosmic debris?


42 posted on 03/27/2006 12:03:42 PM PST by gate2wire
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To: Cagey
Cool, La Villa Strangiato made that list--way down at 79--but at least Alex is on the list somewhere. Should be on lists of great guitar work much more, imho.
43 posted on 03/27/2006 12:03:59 PM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: Cagey

How could it be that Freebird didn't make it into the top 10?


44 posted on 03/27/2006 12:05:14 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: Cagey
58. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani

Under-rated.

45 posted on 03/27/2006 12:05:21 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Most cats are democrats - did you ever meet a creature with such an inborn sense of entitlement?)
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To: Cagey
Working Man at #99 and Southern Man rated higher at #55???

I call Bullsh!t right there!

46 posted on 03/27/2006 12:05:53 PM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: uncitizen

See post #35.


47 posted on 03/27/2006 12:06:15 PM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: Cagey
Wow, that's pretty much a "none of the above" list for me, save for perhaps Brian May and Queen at #10. Without thinking about it too hard, and limiting the list to one entry per guitarist...

1) Steve Vai: "For the Love of God"
2) Joe Satriani: "Flying in a Blue Dream"
3) Yngwie Malmsteen: "Black Star"
4) Eric Johnson: "Cliffs of Dover"
5) John Petrucci (Dream Theater): "Under a Glass Moon"
5) Steve Howe (Yes): "The Gates of Delirium"
6) Steve Morse: "Quantum Soup"
7) Alex Lifeson (Rush): "La Villa Strangiato"
8) Roine Stolt (Transatlantic): "All of the Above"
9) Vinnie Moore: "Fear and Trepidation"
10) Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles): "Pixel Dream"

48 posted on 03/27/2006 12:08:04 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: uncitizen
How could it be that Freebird didn't make it into the top 10?

But it DID make it into the top 10. Top ten replies that is. See #4.

I'm sure others may agree/disagree, but that freakin' song is so damn long, it drives me nuts.

49 posted on 03/27/2006 12:08:27 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Zeppelin

Ping :)


50 posted on 03/27/2006 12:08:29 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Most cats are democrats - did you ever meet a creature with such an inborn sense of entitlement?)
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