This Top 10 countdown is focused on looking for the greatest guitar solo ever. Of course, this quest is doomed from the beginning. There are too many masterpieces to decide which one is above the others. Therefore, take this list as a list of examples of great music. And who knows, maybe these top 10 guitar solos will become your personal list of the great guitar solos to learn and we will find your solo in the similar list a few years from now.
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10. Brian May, Bohemian Rhapsody, 1975
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During the Queen Night at the Opera, the band around phenomenal Freddie Mercury had the concert planned pretty well in detail. There was no guitar solo planned for the “Bohemian Rhapsody” but Brian May decided the opposite. A major part of what we love about the “Bohemian Rhapsody”was born that night.
9. Ritchie Blackmore, Highway Star, 1972
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Highway Star is the best song on Deep Purple´s best Machine Head album. There is a very interesting story about the band trying to record it in Switzerland and being hunted by problems again and again: the first place burned out, then they were told by the police to stop recording in the hotel´s ballroom. Fortunately, mayor of a small town in Switzerland allowed them to use an empty hotel there. Despite the harsh conditions, the album ended great including well prepared Blackmore´s performance that took place among epic guitar solos.
8. Chuch Berry, Johny B. Goode, 1997
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We are talking about epic guitar solos, remember? Therefore you should not be surprised that this eternal classic is in the top 10 guitar solos. It doesn´t matter if you remember this track when it was young in 1955 or you know it from Steven Spielberg´s Back to the Future movie. This song affected the whole universe because it was included on the Voyager 1 space probe flying out of our Solar system to where no guitarist has gone before!
7. Eric Clapton, Crossroads, 1968
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For more than 30 years, Eric Clapton is adored by his fans for the Crossroads. And every time he is asked about it, he laughs. As he says: “…most of that solo is on the wrong beat. Instead of playing on the two and the four, I’m playing on the one and the three and thinking, ‘That’s the off beat.’ No wonder people think it’s so good—because it’s fucking wrong.” And what do we say? “Who cares, it sounds great!”
6. Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train, 1981
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Regardless of what you think about Ozzy Osbourne, you can hardly miss to give him credit for his great epic guitar solos for the Blizzard of Ozz album, the first one in his post-Black Sabbath era. And if you want to tell a thing or two to your parents or neighbors, these are the guitar solos to learn.
5. Don Felder & Joe Walsh, Hotel California, 1976
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This famous Californian anthem was created by Felder and Walsh in a beach house in Malibu with spectacular view to the Californian beaches. What a great inspiration! No surprise that the result is as magnificent as it is. Rightful place among top 10 guitar solos.
4. Kirk Hammet, One, 1988
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During his work on One, Metallica’s Kirk Hammet played three different solos. He was not satisfied with the first one and the last one as they were too planned and carefully prepared. The middle one was not and that´s why it made history as one of epic guitar solos.
3. Guns N’ Roses, November Rain, 1991
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And here comes romantics choice No. 1 among top 10 guitar solos. There is not much to say about the November Rain as you know probably everything about this iconic song. First appeared on 1987 album Appetite for Destruction, then it was on 1991 Use Your Illusion.
2. Jimy Hendrix, All Along the Watchtower, 1968
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For many people, Jimy Hendrix is an icon and symbol of the epic guitar solos. He tuned his song for a long time and the result is magnificent. Definitely, one of the guitar solos to learn. If you can make it, you will learn not only a song but you will also feel the run of history!
1. Jimmy Page, Starway to Heaven, 1971
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This is epic, this is epic, this is epic… Undoubtedly, the winner of top 10 guitar solos lists like this one. We all know it: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, Starway to Heaven… Go and play this tune, you will be amazed regardless you will hear it for the first time or for the thousand times. This is the king!
So, did you like the list? Maybe you would replace a track or two. Why not, music is not athletics. Let´s go to listen to a great music!