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50 Greatest Guitar Solos...Ever!

Published: Mon February 02, 2009  News Feed

Guitar World ranks the 50 greatest solos in rock and roll history.

Jimmy Page, King Of Guitar Solo

Jimmy Page - the King of Guitar Solos

As you'd expect, you'll find lots of Jimmy page and Jimi Hendrix, a healthy dose of Clapton, Gilmour and Rhoads, and hardly anything done in the last 20 years...which poses the question: is the art of the guitar solo dead?

Here's the full list. For full feature and interviews, check the Guitar World website.

1) "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page) - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV, 1971

2) "Eruption" (Eddie Van Halen) - Van Halen Van Halen, 1978

3) "Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington) - Lynyrd Skynyrd pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd, 1973

4) "Comfortably Numb" (David Gilmour) - Pink Floyd The Wall, 1979

5) "All Along the Watchtower" (Jimi Hendrix) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland, 1968

6) "November Rain" (Slash) - Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I, 1991

7) "One" (Kirk Hammett) - Metallica ...And Justice for All, 1988

8) "Hotel California" (Ben Felder, Joe Walsh) - The Eagles Hotel California, 1976

9) "Crazy Train" (Randy Rhoads) - Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, 1981

10) "Crossroads" (Eric Clapton) - Cream Wheels of Fire, 1968

11) "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix) - Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland, 1968

12) "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) - Chuck Berry His Best, Volume One, 1997

13) "Texas Flood" (Stevie Ray Vaughan) - Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood, 1983

14) "Layla" (Eric Clapton, Duane Allman) - Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970

15) "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore) - Deep Purple Machine Head, 1972

16) "Heartbreaker" (Jimmy Page) - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II, 1967

17) "Cliffs of Dover" (Eric Johnson) - Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom, 1990

18) "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love, 1968

19) "Floods" (Dimebag Darrell) - Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill, 1996

20) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Brian May) - Queen Night at the Opera, 1975

21) "Time" (David Gilmour) - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, 1973

22) "Sultans of Swing" (Mark Knopfler) - Dire Straits Dire Straits, 1978

23) "Bulls on Parade" (Tom Morello) - Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire, 1996

24) "Fade to Black" (Kirk Hammett) - Metallica Ride the Lightning, 1984

25) "Aqualung" (Martin Barre) - Jethro Tull Aqualung, 1979

26) "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Kurt Cobain) - Nirvana Nevermind, 1991

27) "Pride and Joy" (Stevie Ray Vaughan) - Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood, 1983

28) "Mr. Crowley" (Randy Rhoads) - Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, 1981

29) "For the Love of God" (Steve Vai) - Steve Vai Passion and Warfare, 1991

30) "Surfing with the Alien" (Joe Satriani) - Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien, 1987

31) "Stranglehold" (Ted Nugent) - Ted Nugent Ted Nugent, 1975

32) "Machine Gun" (Jimi Hendrix) - Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys, 1970

33) "The Thrill is Gone" (B.B. King) - B.B. King Completely Well, 1969

34) "Paranoid Android" (Johnny Greenwood) - Radiohead OK Computer, 1997

35) "Cemetary Gates" (Dimebag Darrell) - Pantera Cowboys from Hell, 1990

36) "Black Star" (Yngwie Malmsteen) - Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force, 1984

37) "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Slash) - Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, 1987

38) "Whole Lotta Love" (Jimmy Page) - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II, 1967

39) "Cortez the Killer" (Neil Young) - Neil Young and Crazy Horse Zuma, 1975

40) "Reelin' in the Years" (Elliot Randall) - Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill, 1972

41) "Brighton Rock" (Brian May) - Queen Sheer Heart Attack, 1974

42) "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Eric Clapton) - The Beatles The Beatles (White Album), 1968

43) "Sharp Dressed Man" (Billy Gibbons) - ZZ Top Eliminator, 1983

44) "Alive" (Mike McCready) - Pearl Jam Ten, 1991

45) "Light My Fire" (Robby Krieger) - The Doors The Doors, 1967

46) "Hot For Teacher" (Edward Van Halen) - Van Halen 1984, 1984

47) "Jessica" (Dickey Betts) - Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters, 1974

48) "Sympathy for the Devil" (Keith Richards) - Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet, 1968

49) "Europa" (Carlos Santana) - Carlos Santana Amigos, 1976

50) "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) - Kiss Alive II, 1977

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