Top Ten Guitar Solos of All Time

atkins-bookshelf-musicFor music lovers, developing a top ten list of best guitar solos invites a spirited discussion that can lead to spontaneous dueling air guitar performances to make a point. Of course, the internet abounds with lists of top ten guitar solos with little agreement. A review of many of the lists, however, reveals some general consensus: some of the best guitar solos were made in the 1970s, and at the top of most list are several legendary rock bands: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. Perhaps the most authoritative lists come from the guitar experts at Guitar World and Ultimate Guitar. And yes, Lynyrd’s Skynyrd’s perennial crowd-pleaser “Free Bird” did make at least one of the lists.

Guitar World’s Top Ten Guitar Solos
1. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin (1971)
2. “Eruption” Van Halen (1978)
3. “Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
4. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd (1979)
5. “All Along the Watchtower” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
6. “November Rain: Guns N’ Roses (1991)
7. “One” Metallica (1988)
8. “Hotel California” The Eagles (1976)
9. “Crazy Train” Ozzy Osbourne (1981)
10. “Crossroads” Cream (1968)

Ultimate Guitar’s Top Ten Guitar Solos
1. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd
2. “Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin
3. “Mr. Crowley” Ozzy Osbourne
4. “Tornado Of Souls” Megadeth
5. “Hotel California” Eagles
6. “Time” Pink Floyd
7. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
8. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
9. “Scar Tissue” Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. “Alive” Pearl Jam

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