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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Favorite Guitar Solos

I actually listen to what I think is a lot of music, although it's not always as varied as I'd like it to be. Anyway, I was listening to Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" the other day, thinking about how great David Gilmour's playing is on that song, so it got me to thinking about the greatest guitar solos of all time. Now I'm not anywhere near a guitar expert, aficionado, etc. so it goes without saying that I really don't know what the hell I am talking about. That noted, here are my top ten guitar solos of all time:
  1. Layla/Eric Clapton & Duane Allman (note...I HATE the acoustic version of this song)
  2. Comfortably Numb/David Gilmour
  3. Stairway To Heaven/Jimmy Page
  4. White Room/Eric Clapton
  5. Pipeline/Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughn (Two big song-length solos. Never heard it? Watch here. Well worth a listen.)
  6. Intruder~Oh Pretty Woman/Eddie Van Halen
  7. Back In Black/Angus Young
  8. Something/George Harrison
  9. Enter Sandman/Kirk Hammet (although I love the rhythm parts by James Hetfield)
  10. Powerful Stuff (Live Version)/Jimmy Vaughn (See video below...this blows me away)

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Anyway, here are the poll results from Guitarist magazine...

Readers' Poll from Guitarist magazine, January 1998

  1. Hotel California - The Eagles (Joe Walsh and Don Felder)
  2. Eruption - Van Halen (Edward Van Halen)
  3. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
  4. Crossroads - Cream (Eric Clapton)
  5. Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
  6. Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
  7. All Right Now - Free (Paul Kossoff)
  8. Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (Brian May)
  10. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
  11. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  12. Shine You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
  13. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  14. For The Love Of God - Steve Vai
  15. Still In Love With You - Thin Lizzy (Gary Moore)
  16. Child In Time - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)
  17. Still Got the Blues (For You) - Gary Moore
  18. Goodbye To Love - The Carpenters (Tony Peluso)
  19. Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  20. Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
  21. Need Your Love So Bad - Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green)
  22. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses (Slash)
  23. Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Ronnie Van Zant)
  24. Layla - Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton [and Duane Allman])
  25. White Room - Cream (Eric Clapton)
  26. Red House - Jimi Hendrix
  27. Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green)
  28. Rosanna - Toto (Steve Lukather)
  29. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  30. November Rain - Guns N' Roses (Slash)
  31. The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
  32. Ladies Nite In Buffalo - David Lee Roth (Steve Vai)
  33. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen (Edward Van Halen)
  34. La Villa Strangiato - Rush (Alex Lifeson)
  35. Killer Queen - Queen (Brian May)
  36. Addicted To That Rush - Mr Big (Paul Gilbert)
  37. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
  38. Brighton Rock - Queen (Brian May)
  39. Get The Funk Out - Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt)
  40. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica (James Hetfield)
  41. Inca Roads - Frank Zappa
  42. You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
  43. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osborne (Randy Rhoads)
  44. Marquee Moon - Television (Tom Verlaine)
  45. Tunnel Of Love - Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
  46. Live Forever - Oasis (Noel Gallagher)
  47. Telegraph Road - Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
  48. Out In The Fields - Gary Moore
  49. The Final Countdown - Europe (John Norum)
  50. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  51. Bad Love - Eric Clapton
  52. The Riverboat Song - Ocean Colour Scene (Steve Cradock)
  53. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
  54. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
  55. Beat It - Michael Jackson (Edward Van Halen)
  56. Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi (Ritchie Sambora)
  57. Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
  58. And Your Bird Can Sing - The Beatles (George Harrison)
  59. Green Tinted Sixties Mind - Mr Big (Paul Gilbert)
  60. These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen (Brian May)
  61. Yo Mama - Frank Zappa
  62. Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
  63. Paranoid Android - Radiohead (Johnny Greenwood)
  64. Something - The Beatles (George Harrison)
  65. Dry County - Bon Jovi (Ritchie Sambora)
  66. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
  67. Mr Crowley - Ozzy Osborne (Randy Rhoads)
  68. Jump - Van Halen (Edward Van Halen)
  69. Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith (Joe Perry)
  70. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
  71. Alive - Pearl Jam (Mark McCready)
  72. The Loner - Gary Moore
  73. Kid Charlemagne - Steely Dan (Larry Carlton)
  74. Summer Song - Joe Satriani
  75. Big Trouble - David Lee Roth (Steve Vai)
  76. Resurrection - Brian May
  77. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles (Eric Clapton [and George Harrison])
  78. I Want It All - Queen (Brian May)
  79. Stargazer - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
  80. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream (Eric Clapton)
  81. Rough Boy - ZZ Top (Billy Gibbons)
  82. Road To Hell, part 2 - Chris Rea
  83. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
  84. Paranoid - Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi)
  85. Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
  86. The Forgotten: part 1 - Joe Satriani
  87. Lazy - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)
  88. The Supernatural - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Peter Green)
  89. Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix
  90. Mother Knows Best - Richard Thompson
  91. Cry For The Nations - The Michael Schenker Group
  92. He Man Woman Hater - Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt)
  93. Samba Pa Ti - Santana (Carlos Santana)
  94. No-one Said It Would Be Easy - Sheryl Crow (David Baerwald)
  95. Echoes - Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
  96. She's Not There - Santana (Carlos Santana)
  97. I Am The Resurrection - Stone Roses (John Squire)
  98. Song 2 - Blur (Graham Coxon)
  99. You Love Us - Manic Street Preachers (James Dean Bradfield)
  100. A Kinder Eye - Allan Holdsworth

1 comment:

Gort said...

I vote for Watermellon in Easter Hay by Frank Zappa