We all know that the best guitar solos can shred the instruments with no rest, so these choices are not the most complex and professionally implemented arrangements. But they are certainly worthy to be discussed, for their power, efficiency and creation – even after all of these decades.
10. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Slash
This solo must be at least in top 10 position. It is a lovely single and among the best solos that were ever heard on a stage. You can bet that anyone who has a guitar will want to make such great music. Not the hardest piece of traditional rock, but an excellent one.
Now we have often seen many more solos and lots of talented guitar players, but this one continues to be a preferred for decades and on level with the greatest ever, such as Jimmy Page. Some would argue that this is one of the best guitar solos of all time, and we can’t argue with that statement.
9. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
What a way continue the list with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The instrument solo for this music is just phenomenal and the manner Brain May plays it is just thrilling. He manages it with so much movement that you can experience the feeling of the song and how amazing it was put together. May is well known for having amazing guitar solos.
8. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Kid
The wa-wa driven lick that starts ‘Voodoo Child’ is a providential element for an amazing blues instrumented solo of impressive skills, to come along and move the ending to ‘Electric Ladyland’ – right into its own class. Providing authentic evidence that the famous musician is certainly one of the most gifted guitar players of all-time, this brings the best penchant for an enchanting compositional solo.
7. Prince – Purple Rain
The weird outro that takes ‘Purple Rain’ to its ending is not actually Prince’s most complicated composition, but it is truly the most popular solo. Closing the artist’s record with the same name with a grand finale, the ballad-like part will be remembered for another few decades by music lovers. It attains a breath-taking point before going into the single’s glimmering background of keyboards and beat instruments.
6. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Number 6 on our best guitar solos of all time list is Pink Floyd’s amazing rendition of Comfortably numb. Presented on the group’s 1979 record ‘The Wall’, the song is, probably, Pink Floyd’s most complex opus. Featuring inputs from both co-lead singers Roger Waters and David Gilmour, it is Gilmour’s famous guitar the one to have the central role in the band’s orchestration. The first part is a relatively simple, yet extremely efficient, music, while the single’s ending solo is, certainly, the album’s greatest hit.
5. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Another gem from a period when lead guitarists were not even near to the reputation that they would later have: ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ is generally mentioned as George Harrison at his most creative time, together with ‘Here Comes the Sun’. However, as indicated by the headline, the former has been recognized among the most outstanding guitars solos ever produced.
The fresh guitar sound from Harrison is mixing perfectly with Eric Clapton’s dazzling, yet uncredited, pure wizardry. And aside from any other signs, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ is a piece that many would say as The Beatles’, also as Harrison’s, greatest masterpiece: as far as six-string is involved.
4. Pearl Jam – Alive
More than decades have passed since the production of Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’, breeding hit after hit, such as ‘Jeremy’, ‘Even Flow’ and ‘Alive’. With nine recording releases since then, the famous trailblazers have launched a new wonderful piece of true music – ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Returning to the great days of the famous clothing, musician Mike McReady’s solo on ‘Alive’ is, certainly, one of the artist’s best performing acts. As the extended lead area falls and delves through comprehensive tremolo and wa-wa applications, Jimi Hendrix’s impact on McReady soon appears crystal-clear.
3. The Stone Roses – I Am the Resurrection
Halfway through Madchester impressive ‘I Am the Resurrection’, taken from Stone Roses’ incredible first recording, Ian Brown’s words disappear and time comes for guitarist John Squire and bass player Mani to shine. Splitting into what can only be presented as a gloriously heavenly jam class, it is taking the audience right to the to glorious years of the 80’s.
2. Michael Jackson – Beat It
Vicariously hammered guitar solos are not actually the first thing that comes to our mind when thinking about the late “King of Pop”. Nevertheless, Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, one of the biggest hits of all-time, actually has some outstanding work right from the one and only Eddie Van Halen. Going through his solo that involves his signature guitar pieces, he is spreading it all over the song’s emphatic atmosphere, as well as offering a solid foundation for the combination of pop and rock genres.
1. Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page
This is without even a question one of the biggest solos ever performed, in our view. Everything about this is incredible; the orchestration is melodic and wonderful, the overall tone is outstanding and fading out of this single are all impressive beyond words. This single is the primary reason why Page is credited as one of the top guitar players and Led Zeppelin one of the most famous groups in all music history. Did we mention that he just improvised it?
This concludes our list of best guitar solos of all time. Of course, there are more amazing guitar solos and some of you might enjoy those more than our top picks. We’d love to hear your opinions so feel free to comment.