100 Greatest Guitar Solos

08.jpegThe entire list can be found here.

Not one mention of The Edge.

Below are the top 20 with clips:

1. Stairway To Heaven – Jimmy Page

2. Eruption – Edward Van Halen

3. Freebird – Collins/Rossington

4. Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour

5. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

6. November Rain – Slash

7. One – Kirk Hammet/Metallica

8. Hotel California – Don Felder/Joe Walsh

9. Crazy Train – Randy Rhoads

10. Crossroads – Eric Clapton

11. Voodo Chile – Jimi Hendrix

12. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

13. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan

14. Layla – Clapton/Allman

15. Floods – Dimebag Darrel

16. Heartbreaker – Jimmy Page

17. Cliffs Of Dover – Eric Johnson

18. Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

19. Highway Star – Ritchie Blackmore

20. Bohemian Rhapsody – Brian May

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7 Responses to 100 Greatest Guitar Solos

  1. moldinasia says:

    Hong Kong has never rocked more hard than in the last hour as I have been watching all these videos cranked up!

    Skynyrd was legendary for a reason…the 7 minute guitar solo.
    The Eagles are something all North Texans should be proud of…this video shows them before the side effects from the drugs kicked in as noticeable in the Hell Freezes Over DVD. Clapton…pure brilliance. Eddie Van Halen…much better than the video shows…he is incredible live…Diamond-not so impressive. Jimmy Page…true innovator.

    Search “Crossroads Guitar Festival” on YouTube and be amazed!

  2. Doug says:

    RIP Arlington’s Dimebag Darryl Lance Abbott weighing at 35 on the list.

  3. Nathan Hart says:

    Regarding Edge’s omission from this list. Many rock band fans appreciate the “technical” talent of their stars. For example, I often hear these guys talk about the drummer from Rush as the “best drummer ever.” I think what they mean is that he can beat the thing really really fast and accurately, in precision, as it were. But members of U2 have never really had that reputation for technical precision. They have “something other” as Bono describes it. “Soul”, in another word. Edge is technically very good, but that “other” element is what sets him apart, something that these rock fan guys miss.

    His solo on Rattle and Hum, during Silver and Gold, is a great example of this. (It occurs right after Bono’s speech, when he yells “okay Edge, play the blues!“) For my money, he rocks my face off. It’s like he’s crying from the soul, through his fingers, into the guitar and straight to my soul. …Also, on some of the tracks from Achtung Baby, you can “feel” Edge’s guitar work on a level that isn’t “technical.” They recorded the album during and after Edge’s divorce, as you may know. Listen to the solo in The Fly as a perfect example. Or Love is Blindness, especially live.

    Bruce Springsteen gives a great explanation of Edge’s unique genius in his Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction speech for U2’s admission, if you can find that.

    Sorry for the novel. You brought up U2 and I couldn’t control myself 🙂


  4. Nathan Hart says:

    Here’s that guitar solo from Silver and Gold.

    (start at the 4:22 mark to hear the speech and the lead into the guitar riff)

  5. Nathan Hart says:

    And here’s an example of The Fly live. I was actually at this show! It’s a bad video quality, but you can “feel” the guitar riff anyway 😉


    (Also, read the video monitors for some stuff about sin).

  6. uncle to niece geeding says:

    how about a poll so we can vote on our favorite?

  7. Doug says:

    I concur with uncle.

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