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  • This is sort of a left-field choice, but the one that comes to mind most quickly as my favorite solo is the one from “Now” by Days of the New, from their first CD.

  • Scott Henderson’s “Tore Down House” from album of the same name.

    Neal Schon’s “I’m Down” solo from his 1980 collaboration with Jan Hammer “Untold Passion”. Long out of print. Here’s a Youtube link:

    SOLO STARTS AT 02:20

  • Josh Engle

    Im gonna go with:

    Blackfoot – Highway song

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

    The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides

    Allman Bros – Whipping Post (Live off of the dreams box set)

    I like my southern shredders!!

  • Tonemaster

    One of my favs is Mr. Scarey by Lynch

  • ‘Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2’ – David Gilmour. Done.

  • Kevin Stafford

    “Turn Me On” by Accept is the first solo that comes to mind. Short and sweet and ends with dual leads. This solo gave me more trouble than any other I can think of.

  • Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden or Aesthetics Of Hate by Machine Head i really love those double lead solos kind of thing.

  • Feeling That Way/Anytime That You Want Me… the live performance on YouTube is so perfect that it’s almost identical to the studio version but is just raw enough to capture that live quality… must see guitar work

  • Telegraph Road – Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits

  • Something. The Beatles.

    Just a fantastic solo for me- in terms of feeling – that supports a fantastic song. No point having a ” F**K OFF ” solo right slap bang in the middle of a bucket of horse s**t.

  • One of my all-time favorite solos is in “Now Your Ships Are Burned” by Yngwie Malmsteen. The insane speed & melodic flow of the solos throughout the song are incredible

  • “Limelight” by Rush

  • John Echols solo in Your Mind And I Belong Together, by Love

  • My favorite guitar solo is pretty out there, but I have to go with “Forsaken” by Dream Theater. If you haven’t heard the band/song, go check it out!

  • There are a couple of live renditions of Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” that leave me near tears!

  • Brent DeJong

    There are so many great guitar solos. My three favorites in this order are. Rejoice by Phil Keaggy off the How the west was one album. Sloe Gin By Joe Bonamassa and Lonely in the night By Eric Johnson off the Venus Isle album. But lets not Forget the Great Gary Moore on Still got the blues for you

  • Danny

    I love the “Little Wing” inspired solo in Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam. Michael McCready is a genius.

  • Bob

    What? Nobody screaming because you didn’t include Hotel California?

  • Braxton Salyer

    Beyond The Hourglass by I Am Ghost

    This is Home by I Am Ghost

    I Won’t See You Tonight part one by Avenged Sevenfold

    I Won’t See you Tonight was the first song I ever learned, and, in my opinion, is still their best one ever. Its solos aren’t very fast or anything, they are just so melodic and fit the song so well

    The other two are by my favorite band. There’s no way I could possibly describe them adequately. You’ll just have to check them out to see.

  • GuitarKeaven

    Blue Oyster Cults: Buck’s Boogie

  • CrunchySteve

    Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. The whole song is one great big guitar feast.

  • Robb Hindle

    Jimmy Page, Stairway from The Song Remains The Same. The most inspired piece of guitar playing I have ever heard (and seen).


    hotel calfornia,eagles

  • Robert Muller

    Dechristianize – Vital Remains

    Homage For Satan – Deicide

  • jc_bluz

    Bodhisatva: Denny Dias / Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan) “Rock” balls meets “Jazz” sensibilities at a breakneck tempo!

  • ‘Through Eyes of Glass’ Forbidden
    off their first album ‘Forbidden Evil’

    As a total Schenker nut, this was the first time I had heard/seen anyone do really fast sweep arpeggios, and it blew my mind. Glen Alvelais nails this solo.

  • Jason

    ‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers’ by Jeff Beck.
    Beck was way before my time when he did this song, but when I was 17 I was in love with his playing. Jeff Beck takes the same boring minor pentatonic scales we all play to death, and creates a work of art, that breathes and moves you.

    All the solos listed were good ones, but a little obvious at the same time. Comfortably Numb, awesome solo but David Gilmour even said Jeff Beck is better. Slash is one of my heroes, but he said Beck is his hero. Crazy Train and Eruption are iconic, love those, but seriously heard those about 9 billion times combined.

  • Don

    If you haven’t checked it out ever or in a while – get the extended version of Chuck Mangione’s FEELS SO GOOD. Grant Geissman plays a solo like you’ve never heard. A DAY IN THE LIFE by Jeff Beck is awesome too.

  • A tie between the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” and Steely Dan’s “Reeling In The Years.”

  • Olivia Anne

    George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

  • uncle leo

    FRANK ZAPPA “Fifty-fifty” from Overnight Sensation “Inca Roads” from One Size Fits All

  • Megadeth’s Tornado of Souls

    I can’t believe no one has already said this.

  • John Zimmerman

    I have to say I just love “The End” from Abbey Road – the guitar swapping solos are just about the best guitar work I’ve ever heard when it comes to sheer difference of sound yet power building to the max!

  • ilMik

    Hotel California (Eagles)

  • Ozzyozz

    Randy Rhoads’s children of the grave on tribute

  • Bark at the moon, jake e. lee great solo. steve vai, many of them. but “Scarified” by racer x is one big solo and really fun to play! or there is Edge of Paradise’s “walk the line” that’ll sprain your pinky for sure!! 🙂

  • D. Banks

    “Mr. Crowly”, Randy Rhoads with Ozzy. Technically challenging. He was just as spot on live as he was in the studio.What a shame he died so young. His classical playing is great as well.

  • The guitar solo from “Round and Round” by Ratt has gotta be my favorite, done by Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby

  • Rene Wijgh

    Intro to sweet Jane (Lou Reed) by Steve Hunter

  • Roscoe P

    Brian May’s solo at the end of “Save Me” is Topping my list, there is an emotion about it that peaks and gives me chills.

  • Tom

    Natural Science by Alex Lifeson from the RUSH album Permanent Waves. What a LAME list of choices you compiled here. Just about anything Lifeson has done DESTROYS everything on this list. “Sweet Child of Mine”?! Are you for real? WTF?! Obviously this list wasn’t put together by anyone that actually plays guitar.

    • Hi Tom, we appreciate your input but we disagree. Music is subjective. Though I am a HUGE Alex Lifeson fan myself, some people don’t like Rush and they still deserve the right to voice their opinion too without being insulted. The world is a big place and there is room for everyone and every taste brother.

  • Don

    One of my favorite guitarists is Jack White – particularly Blue Veins with Raconteurs is very moving. He’s the kind of guitarist I’d want to be.

  • richard

    Robert Fripp’s shredding on Eno’s “Baby’s on Fire” old but still good.

  • Esty

    Steve Clark Switch 625

  • guest

    Larry Carlton on Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne.

  • Randy Causey

    Whipping Post (Duane Allman)

  • Djohnsontexas

    Gota Be Crossroads or Shit Stompin  either one

  • I like the live versions of “Rocket Queen”
    where Slash just goes off.

  • Chris

    “Kid” by the Pretenders. James Honeyman-Scott was overlooked and underrated.

  • Bill B.

    Frampton Comes Alive

  • Chris

    Robbie Robertson’s guitar solo at the end of The Band’s song “King Harvest” is epic.

  • Unfair Question! Sure, the guys named are some of the greats. However, you can tell by the comments above that no one player is the greatest. Another great is Roy Buchanan, and his rendition of Hey, Joe is notable for sure. A lot of the judging would depend on who the listener is and the genre should be narrowed down also. There are simply too many variables. Maybe the originator of the question should simply name his own preference and let it go at that.

  • I think that my personal favorite really, is Eric Clapton’s live solo of Crossroads. The one that’s published on Strange Brew/The Very Best Of Cream.

    I guess if I wanted to be political about things, I’d pick someone like what others did, but this is my personal favorite solo to perform in spite of the fact that I can do all of the above solos too. But anyway…

  • Bill

    Clapton; Wheels of Fire—Spoonfull

  • Jim75th

    I got a BIG question. In that picture of the Guitar Gods up there, where is THEE Guitar God? Where is CLAPTON? You cannot have Guitar Gods without including Eric Clapton.

  • Eric

    Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow – Gates of Babylon

  • Harry

    Here’s a few I love…

    Mark Knopfler – Tunnel Of Love (end solo)starts from nothing and builds to a beautiful and melodic climax.
    Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower.
    Sonny Landreth – Z Rider and Next To Kindred Spirit.
    Albert Lee, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley all on Albert’s stunning instrumental version of Luxury Liner.
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Riviera Paradise.

  • Mark Stevens

    Texas Flood-Austin City Limits! SRV, of course!

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  • Larry Carlton: Kid Charlamagne

  • Bob

    Gates of Babylon by Ritchie Blackmore

  • Alan Warshak

    What about Mark Knopfer’s “Sultans of Swing”

  • Jimmy

    What about november rain? I think that song has a pretty awesome solo am outro

  • David

    Well, I’ll show my age here and say that Billy Butler’s solo in the Bill Doggett song Honky Tonk, Part 1 is classic. Inspired me to learn the instrument and still challenges me as I try to figure out some of the parts. His solo is very tasteful, understated, and meshes perfectly with the other instruments, the sax in particular. Go Billy!

  • Adam

    Berton Averre – My Sharona – like a song in itself.

  • jamminfool

    “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, Pink Floyd, and David Gilmore at his finest…that reverb drenched opening riff into the solo gives me goosebumps to this day!

  • Yeah I’m with you. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is one of my all time favorites and so is David Gilmore for that matter m/

  • charlie gritzmacher

    reeling in the years “steely Dan ” Love the energy.

  • Drew Zing’s solo with Boz Scaggs on the live version of Lowdown on You Tube. Beautifully melodic, and rocky and resolves perfectly. A masterpiece.
    Jeff Baxter on My Old School with Steely Dan.

  • Jim Stolte

    Maggot Brain by the funkadelics.

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