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.
Really? Wow... That song sucked. Speaking of Poison you listen to some of the songs, Every rose has a thorn and Mother by Pink Floyd and the beginning sound awfully alike..
It is kind of sad. He never got over his dad’s death. How could you? He has no voice anymore. Solo stuff does suck.
You could see his joy and regret at Live 8. He missed the band. Sad.
PF post Rog had a few good songs. High Hopes which supposedly polly wrote the lyrics for. The song is all about them growing up in Oxford and growing older and regrets.
Not as bad as “Nothing But A Good Time” by Poison. I was 25 then and knew rock was dying...quickly.
Post 105 Craftmore said it is:
One of these days,,im going to cut you into little pieces,,,
High hopes is one of the best most talented songs of the Post Waters Pink Floyd. They were a great band. And now we are down to three.
Eric Clapton, playing Classical Gas (originally by Mason Williams).
Go hear it for yourself on youtube - a TRUE guitar solo, not a ‘riff’.
Wow.. I thought the Beatles thought they were god. Sounds Like Ole Roger has a bit of an Obama er I mean god complex.
Doesn't Blues count?
Oh no kidding? Well you know, some of the absolute best creativity comes from tension and hatred! It may very well be their best work.
Using Fleetwood Mac as an example and their ‘Rumours’ album. Made at a time where all the relationships were taking a nosedive. Very good stuff.
You have a point.....can you imaging how insulting it would be to know that as Warrant’s guitarist you got bumped for (cough) CC DeVille?
LOL! Now that’s a good one. Andrew Effin Loyd Weber! lol
Had the honor of seeing him about 4 years ago in Laughlin NV.
Mine, not his ;) He ain’t getting younger but he still has it in spades.
Wow, that’s cool. I didn’t know Clapton had ever recorded that.
I started to mention Billy Gibbons when I started at the top of the threed but kept reading and ya beat me to it.
Billy and Jimi Hendrix connection...
Gibbons plus Dusty Hills are an amazing guitar duo as well.
You’re right. Stevie Ray Vaughn was mentioned who was heavily influenced by blues. BB is definitely an honorable mention.
Also, Kenny Wayne Shepard...not as well known but I believe he looked to the greats while he was learning to play; BB King, Stevie Ray etc. And himself plays a mean guitar.
bookmark for later listening
FZ - Watermelon in Easter Hay
Machine gun (Hendrix)
prince kicked butt on “still my guitar gently weeps”..a tribute to George Harrison
Just found this one on YouTube, this was some early Pat Metheny, back in 1980, around the time I first got into listening to him.....Nobody sounded like Metheny back then on electric (The Gibson ES-175 with the toothbrush), and I really miss that sound from him
PMG - Hermitage
Because i have so many things to say on this thread..
Anything that Dave Murray of Iron Maiden plays on the Fear of the Dark album. That was him at what I personally consider his absolute best lead work. His playing was creamy, tone full of emotion.
Judas Be My Guide - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YanCesjz3bw
Chains of Misery - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JSsOlkSD4U
Weekend Warrior (first solo) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zj7XmbFuiI
It almost feels like the whole of “Goin’ Home” is a solo.
Well your thread turned out to be a wonderful diversion from all the insanity we find ourselves surrounded by. Thanks so much for starting it. We should do something like this at least once a week...you know something to keep our spirits up recalling what is good and decent and who we are as a people; as Americans
Have to think of a name... hmmmmmm Anyway thanks again IC!
I like a lot of GNR songs, but I loathe Sweet Child o'Mine - the opening riff sounds EXACTLY like Rush's "Xanadu."
Only GNR song worth a damn is “Welcome To The Jungle.” Anybody who waited 15 years for the “Chinese Democracy” album is an idiot.
Well, I own every King Crimson album (certainly don't own everything Fripp has played on) and even I'd say have fun, but keep in mind Crimson isn't for everybody. You'll either love it, or think it's the worst thing you've ever heard.
I also wonder, if, anywhere on the planet, there's a woman that is a King Crimson fan...
Andrew Lloyd Webber is a creep. His music is ear wash.
Jimmy Bryant — the original Telemaster.
Not to disrespect Duane, but Derek Trucks has him beat.
Eric Johnson’s “Zap” is even better than Cliffs of Dover.
He is an amazing guitarist.
I watched it a long time ago. It is still at the same # you posted.
Andy Summers - Bring on the night. That’s a police song actually, but that melody and riff is all Andy. One of the most under rated guitarists of all time. I swear, the guy never plays a straight chord, he is so interesting to listen to. Great tutorial here from Andy which includes “Bring on the Night” at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERYMlSJffcw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
That’s a great song. Their newer stuff is really good also.
In the mid 70's I heard a similar rumor myself from someone who kept up with the business -- specifically that David Gilmour, when asked how it felt to be the world's greatest guitarist, told the interviewer that he would have to ask Phil Keaggy to find out. Keaggy himself denies the rumors -- heard him deny it at a concert in 1977 when he was asked about it by the MC -- but I think that the fact that the rumors are even credible is a testimony about how good he is.
Phil Keaggy - Emerging - Struck by the Love (1977)
Hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWKy1iVgQC4
(And NO, I did not post it on YouTube -- I just looked it up -- but I do have it on vinyl!)
Also check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Keaggy_Band
OK, maybe not "the best" among all solos, but listen to all of it -- you might put it or another of his solos in the top echelon. (Keaggy could play "Aqualung" in his sleep so top 20 for sure!)
I loved that guy in the 70's, especially this song. Contemporary Christian Music pioneer. Grammy winner. He is an even better guitarist now, although still not too famous. You can certainly get behind his lyrics compared to those of some of the other greats who are great at guitar but do not seem so successful at life.
Finally someone mentions Elliot Easton of The Cars. The solo on Just What I Needed is deceptively difficult to play properly, and damn tasty too. But a few that didnt make the list...
Rhodes-Over the Mountain, Goodbye to Romance, many more
SRV-Riviera Paradise. Amazing...
Yngwie-Now Your Ships Are Burned, 2nd solo
They had three guitars in that song if I remember right.
How about Duane Allman in anything he did???????????
Here’s another guy that does not get enough love, George Lynch.
....Every time Slash picks up a guitar! (he was one of my favs!)
Right you are! It’s a lame list if Ritchie isn’t even listed! Also, “Stargazer” from Rainbow. Some of the solos listed are CRAP!!! Where’s Jeff Beck or Clapton or Zappa? This list is like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-not talent or achievement based but “we like you based”.
One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces
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