Skip to comments.The 20 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time (or "What I Did With My Wednesday Night")
Posted on 04/13/2011 5:38:31 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Our Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time poll certainly caused some fierce debate amongst guitarists
and that was just in our office. Choosing the 'greatest' guitar solo is obviously subjective in the extreme. But Guitarist had other motivations too we were eager to see how many modern solos have impressed you all in the thirteen years since our last solo poll. The results were suprising. After asking for your nominations, we took the 20 most popular and asked for you vote on which your though was most deserving here and at MusicRadar. You voted in your thousands, fanbases were motivated and old favourites suffered.
Eruption is indeed excellent, but there is nothing like the live version, in concert, when he blends 316, Eruption, 1984, and others.....
McLaughlin is a god. No mention of Fripp anywhere? I could mention 5 or 6 guitarists that no one has heard of who had better playing this a lot of these so called Top 20.
Best Gilmour solo is on ‘Dogs’ from Animals.
Now that one I remember! Thank you. That is a dynamite song..Didn’t realize it was Santana ... I know bad on me.
One of these days,,im going to cut you into little pieces,,,
thats the line your wondering about.
Wow, Kirk Hammett should have been on top!
Roy Buchanan didn’t even get an honorable mention.
Stevie Ray Vaughn the best ever!
Jeff Beck - “Freeway Jam”
Impossible now because Rick Wright (founding member) died. Gilmour does not like Roger. Gilmour said that Rog destroyed Wright and Nick Mason’s confidence by constant badgering. They had to hire back up players for their post Waters tours. Waters really singled out Rick Wright for abuse as Rick was a kind soul.
I have seen Roy at least a dozen times.
Shook his hand.
What a player.
Best unknown/unrecognized solo.....
Intro to Sweet Jane on Lou Reed’s, Rock n’ Roll Animal album.
Really - crappy list!!! Here’s an oldie for you - another of my friends.....Link Wray’s Rumble or Rawhide.. :)
Wow that’s pretty brutal. Thank you I have wondered about that for more than....well you know when it came out right? lol (course I was only 3 at the time it was released :)
Roy’s Blues! Excellent.
Angus Young belongs on this list somewhere as well. The guitar solos from She’s Got The Jack are some of the best blues ever. John Lee Hooker and Chuck Berry might deserve a mention here as well.
Jeff Beck in “Blow Up” being very cool while Jimmy Page looks like a wanker.
Great English cinema being done by an Italian director. LOL!
Hate hearing stuff like that. I didn’t know all the details and certainly didn’t realize about Wright. Need to catch up on my ‘rock history’.
Quite a legacy left behind though.
You just cant do these lists justice.
There are to many greats!
OMG, they left off so many greats, how can they call this a top 20 list without....
Stevie Ray Vaughn
these are the kinds of lists that change from one day to the next, depending on how you feel that day
My personal thing is that I dig the great unknowns.
I was telling people about skynard and aerosmith long before they became household names.
There are so many musicians that simply never got the recognition they deserved.
Did somebody say Pink Floyd? Enjoy, this one is for you.
Larry Carlton’s lead-in to Steely Dan’s “Don’t Take Me Alive”
Freeborn Man...by the Outlaws...but they had three guitars going.
I’m not sure, but I’ll take a guess. Depending on what version you are listening to I’d guess its a clip from 2001 by Stanley Kubrick. Back then, there was some jabbing back and forth between PF and Kubrick over the use of PF music on soundtracks. PF felt that Kubrick overlooked them for 2001 soundtrack. Kubrick wanted to cut up “Atom Heart Mother” for use on Clockwork but Floyd refused. In reply, Kubrick prominently displayed a copy of Echoes in Clockwork, but not the music. Roger Waters later sent Kubrick a message as a backward lyric on a later album(I forget which). Don’t know if it helps but its a cool story nonetheless
Here is a very good Rick track as Syd had gone round the bend at this time. Syd wrote all the songs and was the main singer. Rick did not want to be the front man. I like the song.
Gilmour was the one who would stand up to Waters. I think post Dark Side or Wish You Were Here it was miserable to be in the band.
Watch The Live 8 videos on YouTube. Geldof got Roger to agree and they finally got Gilmour to say yes.
If you watch it, it is kind of sad. Waters is very happy with an almost “why did I break up the band.” Dave could not get off the stage fast enough. Rog talked about maybe doing more gigs (reunion) and Gilmour said no. At this point, Rick Wright’s health was going down. Sad. I think Waters regretted what he did breaking up the band but after The Wall - how could they top that?
Susie Q -CCR
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Light My Fire - Doors
Don’t Fear the Reaper was BOC’s moment. Nothing else came close. They couldn’t duplicate it live, though.
Surprised it took all the way to post 74 for that to come up. Was it in '74 that that tune came out? Right around there, any way. Good call.
There have been plenty of great guitar solo’s from Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John McGloughlin, Al Di Meola, Frank Zappa, Duane Allman, Mark Nopfler, Edie Van Halen...
That is a great story. Had not heard that.
Echoes came out in the early 70’s though and it’s in it. Craftmore answered in #105. Now it’ll be a mystery what that meant. *sigh*
Another fan of Telegraph Road here
I myself am pretty uneducated on Fripp. I’ve certainly heard of him. I will look and see what I can find!
did someone mention Jimi? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4RTVi5dfPQ
How about Roy Clark?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqnU83wPmfc
87,154,480 views, that’s right, 87 million freakin’ views can’t be wrong ....
Slash - Sweet Child Of Mine
Brad Gillis - Sister Christian
It’s “riff.” Not “rift.” The former is a guitar line. The latter is what goes on between RINOs and patriots.
Give a listen to Loan Me a Dime by Boz Scaggs on his second album. That’s Duane Allman on guitar (with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section). I believe in its 10th anniversary issue Rolling Stone called this song something like 12 minutes of swirling nitrous oxide. They weren’t kidding.
Yeah, I remember when the Wall came out..It was very good (not my personal favorite but good) and thought that it was their last collaboration as a band. Did not know these details though. It seems that when bands are huge and are with each other long enough, it always ends on a bad note (no pun intended) and the members end up despising each other. Then they get old and well...can’t bring it back
I’ll take a gander. Thanks for the details. Very interesting.
Ok you mentioned Steve Howe before me. My favorite solo and non-solo performer on guitar.
The list is a joke to any serious follower of guitar. There are scores of guitar solos that blow all of the list away. Of course once you really bring out the most amazing guitarists then it will become subjective being that there is so much that is so great.
Of course SoundChaser by Yes has some of the best solos on guitar, keyboards, bass and drums ALL built into a very cool tune!!!!!
I recently saw Patrick Moraz live and he did abit of this song. Absolutely amazing piano and keyboard performance. I actually got invited up onto stage but instead sent my best friend up being that he actually can play a piano/keyboard and I mostly play only guitar.
Also saw Yes live recently as well. They still play amazing solos live!
I have heard that Steve Howe may venture into country music soon. I look forward to that if he does. He has always had country music influences as well as rock and classical music influences in his style of play.
No, he’s a certified fruit, but the dude can play some serious guitar, and many other instruments.