the body electric Posted January 5, 2013 Share Posted January 5, 2013 Here are my fifty favorite guitar solos of all time. The list is not necessarily representative of bands that are my favorites. It is simply my personal definitive list of guitar solos that, through emotion or technical facility, are my favorites. In order. Numbers 28, 29, and 30 are what I call the "Anti-Solos." When I first heard them I hated them with a passion. For years. Then, over time, I began to see their beauty, even if they were still counter-intuitive and stark. If Jimmy Page appears underrepresented here, it may be because I love him more for his songwriting and producing skills. And while I do not love any of these bands more than Led Zeppelin, I can say with certainty that guitarists like the Edge, Alex Lifeson, Randy Rhoads and Allan Holdsworth have the uncanny ability to deliver guitar solos that leave me stunned and breathless. Every time. 50. Alone Again George Lynch Dokken 49. Lay It Down Warren DiMartini Ratt 48. Rainbow In The Dark Vivian Campbell Dio 47. Looks That Kill Mick Mars Motley Crue 46. You’re All I’ve Got Tonight Elliot Easton The Cars 45. Communication Breakdown Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 44. Deuce (live) Ace Frehley Kiss 43. The Spirit of Radio Alex Lifeson Rush 42. Punk Rock Classic John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 41. Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh Joe Walsh 40. Haitian Divorce Dean Parks Steely Dan 39. Jesus Just Left Chicago Billy F**ckin’ Gibbons ZZ Top 38. Home Martin Gore Depeche Mode 37. Caught In A Dream Glen Buxton Alice Cooper 36. The Rover Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 35. Third Stone From The Sun Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix 34. Too Many People Hugh McCracken Paul McCartney 33. Talk To Ya Later Steve Lukather The Tubes 32. Mountain Song David Navarro Jane’s Addiction 31. Bullet The Blue Sky The Edge U2 30. The Loco-Motion Mark Farner Grand Funk Railroad 29. Driven To Tears Andy Summers The Police 28. Shadows Of The Night Neil Giraldo Pat Benatar 27. Tom Sawyer Alex Lifeson Rush 26. Heartbreaker Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 25. Dazed And Confused Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 24. Otherside John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 23. Don’t Forget Me John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 22. Was There? Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 21. Sand Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 20. Neal And Jack And Me Robert Fripp King Crimson 19. Mean Streets (intro) Edward Van Halen Van Halen 18. Too Young To Fall In Love Mick Mars Motley Crue 17. The Thing That Should Not Be Kirk Hammett Metallica 16. Bulls On Parade Tom Morello Rage Against The Machine 15. Stick It Out Alex Lifeson Rush 14. Believer (live) Randy Rhoads Blizzard of Ozz 13. Subdivisions Alex Lifeson Rush 12. Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 11. The Garden Slash Guns N’ Roses 10. Hocus Pocus Jan Akkerman Focus 9. In God’s Country The Edge U2 8. New Years Day The Edge U2 7. Limelight Alex Lifeson Rush 6. Because It’s There Michael Hedges Michael Hedges 5. Devil Take The Hindmost Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 4. One Foot Out The Door Edward Van Halen Van Halen 3. Lay Lady Lay Mike Scaccia Ministry 2. Flying High Again Randy Rhoads Blizzard of Ozz 1. Ease Steve Vai PIL Edit: Hmm. Any idea how to paste a word document so I can maintain the columns? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/solos.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.