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The 100 Best Guitar Solos Ever

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Everyone loves a guitar solo – whether it’s a driving riff, a display of technical mastery, or an instrumental passage that just seems to sum life up. The best guitar solos often make a song complete and, more often than not, transcend the track entirely.

Trouble is, there are so many to choose from: old and slick, newer and trickier. So, we’ve pulled together a list of candidates for the top 100 guitar solos, as unleashed by the world’s finest axe-wielding heroes. If you think you have any better ones, now is your chance to enter the debate…

100: David Bowie: ‘The Width Of A Circle’ (from The Man Who Sold The World, 1970)

99: Stephen Stills: ‘Go Back Home’ (from Stephen Stills, 1970)

98: Quicksilver Messenger Service: ‘Who Do You Love?’ (from Happy Trails, 1969)

97: Led Zeppelin: ‘Heartbreaker’ (From Led Zeppelin II, 1969)

96: Steely Dan: ‘King Of The World’ (from Countdown To Ecstasy, 1973)

95: Neil Young: ‘When You Dance I Can Really Love’ (from After The Gold Rush, 1970)

94: Rage Against The Machine: ‘Take The Power Back’ (from Rage Against The Machine, 1992)

93: The White Stripes: ‘Black Math’ (from Elephant, 2003)

92: Red Hot Chili Peppers: ‘Californication’ (from Californication, 2000)

91: The Rolling Stones: ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?’ (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)

90: Supergrass: ‘Richard III’ (from In It For The Money, 1997)

89: Black Sabbath: ‘Iron Man’ (from Paranoid, 1971)

88: Steve Miller Band: ‘Kow Kow’ (from Brave New World, 1969)

87: Blue Cheer: ‘Parchment Farm’ (from Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

86: Mick Jagger: ‘Memo From Turner’ (from Performance, 1970)

83: Jeff Beck Group: ‘I Ain’t Superstitious; (from Truth, 1968)

82: John Mayer: ‘Gravity’ (from Continuum, 2006)

81: George Harrison: ‘Awaiting On You All’ (from All Things Must Pass, 1970)

80: Moby Grape: ‘Omaha’ (from Moby Grape, 1967)

79: Jefferson Airplane: ‘Spare Chaynge’ (from After Bathing At Baxter’s, 1967)

78: The Beach Boys: ‘Steamboat’ (from Holland, 1973)

77: Love: ‘The Red Telephone’ (from Forever Changes, 1967)

76: ZZ Top: ‘La Grange’ (from Tres Hombres, 1973)

75: T-Bone Walker: ‘Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)’ (single A-side, 1947)

74: Sam & Dave: ‘Soul Man’ (from Soul Men, 1967)

73: Grateful Dead: ‘Slipknot!’ (from Blues For Allah, 1975)

72: The Who: ‘I Can See For Miles’ (from The Who Sell Out, 1967)

71: Santana: ‘Just In Time To See The Sun’ (from Caravanserai, 1972)

70: The Butterfield Blues Band: ‘East-West’ (from East-West, 1966)

69: Fleetwood Mac: ‘Man Of The World’ (single A-side, 1969)

68: U2: ‘New Year’s Day’ (from War, 1983)

67: Mountain: ‘Nantucket Sleighride’ (from Nantucket Sleighride, 1971)

66: Status Quo: ‘Paper Plane’ (from Piledriver, 1972)

65: Dick Dale: ‘Let’s Go Trippin’ (from Surfer’s Choice, 1961)

64: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: ‘Breakdown’ (from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, 1977)

63: John Lee Hooker And Canned Heat: ‘Boogie Chillen No.2’ (from Hooker ’N Heat, 1971)

62: Canned Heat: ‘Going Up The Country’ (from Living The Blues, 1968)

61: Joe Walsh: ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ (from The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, 1973)

60: The Isley Brothers: ‘Summer Breeze’ (from Summer Breeze, 1972)

59: The Allman Brothers Band: ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed’ (from At Fillmore East, 1971)

58: Queen: ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ (from Queen II, 1974)

57: Camel: ‘Ice’ (from I Can See Your House From Here, 1979)

56: The Kinks: ‘You Really Got Me’ (from Kinks, 1964)

55: Stevie Ray Vaughan: ‘Texas Flood’ (from Texas Flood, 1983)

54: The Strokes: ‘You Only Live Once’ (from Impressions Of Earth, 2006)

53: Kings Of Leon: ‘Molly’s Chambers’ (from Youth & Young Manhood, 2003)

52: Rage Against The Machine: ‘Guerilla Radio’ (from The Battle Of Los Angeles, 1999)

51: Jimi Hendrix: ‘Little Wing’ (from Axis: Bold As Love, 1967)

50: Deep Purple: ‘Highway Star’ (from Machine Head, 1972)

Fifty down, so here are the uDiscover top 50 best guitar solos…

49: The Yardbirds: ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ (single A-side, 1965)

48: The Rolling Stones: ‘Sway’ (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)

47: Fleetwood Mac: ‘Albatross’ (single A-side, 1968)

46: George Harrison: ‘What Is Life’ (from All Things Must Pass, 1970)

45: Quicksilver Messenger Service: ‘Calvary’ (from Happy Trails, 1969)

44: The Charlatans: ‘Alabama Bound’ (from The Charlatans, 1969)

43: The Beach Boys: ‘Do It Again’ (from 20/20, 1968)

42: The Beatles: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)

41: Small Faces: ‘Itchycoo Park’ (single A-side, 1967)

40: Bert Jansch: ‘Reynardine’ (from Rosemary Lane, 1972)

39: Willie Nelson: ‘Whiskey River’ (from Whiskey River, 1972)

38: Metallica: ‘Diosposable Heroes’ (from Master Of Puppets, 1986)

37: The Kinks: ‘Sunny Afternoon’ (from Face To Face, 1966)

36: Grateful Dead: ‘Unbroken Chain’ (from From The Mars Hotel, 1974)

35: Frank Zappa: ‘In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky’ (from Guitar, 1988)

34: Radiohead: ‘Paranoid Android’ (from OK Computer, 1997)

33: Michael Jackson: ‘Beat It’ (from Thriller, 1982)

32: Pearl Jam: ‘Even Flow’ (from Ten, 1985)

31: Blue Öyster Cult: ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ (from Agents Of Fortune, 1976)

30: The Doors: ‘Light My Fire’ (from The Doors, 1967)

29: Television: ‘Marquee Moon’ (from Marquee Moon, 1977)

28: The Allman Brothers Band: ‘Statesboro Blues’ (from At Fillmore East, 1971)

27: Queen: ‘Killer Queen’ (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)

26: The Beatles: ‘Taxman’ (from Revolver, 1966)

25: Deep Purple: ‘Smoke On The Water’ (from Machine Head, 1972)

24: Neil Young: ‘Southern Man’ (from After The Gold Rush, 1970)

23: Rory Gallagher: ‘Messin’ With The Kid’ (from Live In Europe, 1972)

22: Cream: ‘White Room’ (from Wheels Of Fire, 1968)

21: Pink Floyd: ‘Comfortably Numb’ (from The Wall, 1979)

20: Dire Straits: ‘Sultans Of Swing’ (from Dire Straits, 1978)

19: Van Halen: ‘Eruption’ (from Van Halen, 1978)

18: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: ‘Purple Haze’ (single A-side, 1967)

17: The Velvet Underground: ‘Sister Ray’ (from White Light/White Heat, 1968)

16: Free: ‘All Right Now’ (from Fire And Water, 1970)

15: Derek & The Dominos: ‘Layla’ (from Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)

14: Temple Of The Dog: ‘Reach Down’ (from Temple Of The Dog, 1991)

13: Lynyrd Skynyrd: ‘Free Bird’ (from Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, 1973)

12: Eagles: ‘Hotel California’ (from Hotel California, 1977)

11: Pink Floyd: ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ (from Wish You Were Here, 1975)

We’re finally here – here are our top 10 best guitar solos…

10: Nirvana: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (from Nevermind, 1991)

9: Cream: ‘Crossroads’ (from Wheels Of Fire, 1968)

8: The Rolling Stones: ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)

7: The Who: ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (from Who’s Next, 1971)

6: Prince: ‘Purple Rain’ (from Purple Rain, 1984)

5: Guns N’ Roses: ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine (from Appetite For Destruction, 1987)

4: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ (from Electric Ladyland, 1968)

3: Led Zeppelin: ‘Stairway To Heaven’ (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)

2: Queen: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from A Night At The Opera, 1975)

Drum roll… the uDiscover Best Guitar Solos no.1 is…

1: The Beatles: ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (from The Beatles, 1968)

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So, there is our list of the top 100 guitar solos. If you think you know some more, now is your chance to enter the debate. Write them in the comments below and see if you can change our minds!

Format: UK English


  1. John Smith

    May 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I really miss the absolute amazing solo of Richie Sambora in Bon Jovi’s “Dry County”.

  2. Ric Kincaid

    May 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I can’t understand Stevie Ray Vaughan not showing up on this list anywhere.

    • Vince Loff

      February 18, 2018 at 12:58 am

      His version of Voodoo Child should have been on that list!!

    • John Bindert

      February 18, 2018 at 4:13 am

      #55 Texas Flood

    • Jack

      June 29, 2019 at 2:49 am

      And no Rick Derringer, no Ronnie Montrose, no Bill Nelson, no Frank Marino. You can usually tell when these lists are written by someone who doesn’t play guitar.

  3. Joris

    May 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Amazing list, though very anglosaxen. What about Jan Akkerman and Focus, or George Kooymans from Golden Earring, to name two internationally acclaimed rockers from Holland?

  4. Gene Makely

    May 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    NO Marshall Tucker Band(Toy Caldwell), Funkadelics ( George Clinton/Eddie Hazel) Tommy James, Robin Trower (Bridge of Sighs), Joe Bonamassa, Ritchie Blackmore etc etc. Willie nelson WTF?

    • Phil S. Tine

      September 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Yeah….Willie Nelson. If you had ears you’d realise what a fine guitarist he is.

  5. The Kid

    May 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Ritchie Blackmore Highway Star, Lady Double Dealer, Burn, Kill The King, on and on and on….Michael Schenker Rock Bottom, Lights Out, Desert Song, Rock You To The Ground…on and on and on…Everyone has their own list I suppose

  6. Eric Priebe

    May 18, 2017 at 12:30 am

    #1 guitar solo from the Beatles was not performed by a never of the band. Eric Clapton performed that solo.

  7. Mark S.

    May 18, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Best Guitar Solos ? I started reading down through the list and forgot what the list was – It wasn’t until I got into the top 35 until I started to say, Well, Okay. I’m thinking 36 through 100 should be embellished with quite a bit more substance.

  8. Mike Duane Kopp

    May 18, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Stevie Ray Vaughn “Riveria Paradise.”

  9. Dave Williams

    May 18, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Maggot Brain by Funkadelic. Badge by Cream.

    • John

      January 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Just came to the comments to see if anyone would mention maggot brain. Should definitely have made this list

  10. R King

    May 18, 2017 at 5:21 am

    this is only ONE opinion!

    • Phil S. Tine

      September 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Precisely!!! What a waste of time these lists are. Just people’s opinions of their favourites, nothing more.

  11. AbleMable

    May 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Seriously…the Edge(U2lveral times???

  12. Steven Montalbano

    May 18, 2017 at 5:28 am

    This is not a good representation of this category. I can name so many better examples of guitar work, mostly live. Sympathy for the Devil live, Get your Ya Ya’s
    Out just to name one, Lou Reed live Intro to
    Sweet Jane. Mountain Jam., Hendrix Hear my Train Coming. I can go on and on. Not good research on your part..

  13. Diana

    May 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Alvin Lee on “I’d Love to Change the World.” Such quick fingers!!!

    • dave montville

      February 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      going home woodstock

  14. Jimmy Jazz

    May 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Nice list, digging the vids! 🙂

  15. Steve Philbrick

    May 18, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Mick Ronson’s played the solo on David Bowie’s: ‘The Width Of A Circle’ (from The Man Who Sold The World, 1970)

  16. Alan Smith

    May 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Nils Lofgren Blacck Books,stunning 4 minute solo after the lyrics.beathtaking.

  17. michael olpp

    May 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    forgotten, the very best of all:
    mick taylor
    in: i started walking
    from john mayall’s bluesbreakers

  18. don egan

    May 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I’m surprised that only the artist /band is named not the guitarist not always always the same

  19. Oleg Kirianov

    May 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Jerry Garcia by Peggy O.

  20. Mike F

    May 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Rory Gallagher on ‘Cant Believe its True’, Rory Gallagher album 1971. That’s whey he was the best in the world. works from: Gary Moore, Walter Trout, SRV, Popa Chubby, John MacLauchlan and many more missed off.

  21. Steven Jackson

    May 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    How about Steve Hackett’s AMAZING guitar solo during the classic Genesis track ‘Firth of Fifth’.

  22. T. Shaw

    May 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    How is it possible to completely skip the true master lead guitar player….perhaps ever. Not including Buddy Guy makes me believe that you fundamentally misunderstand exactly what a “Guitar Lead” actually is….
    Listen to B.G.’s “Too Damn Bad”…He will give you an education about 10 seconds. In the words of Keith Richard’s, “Now THAT’S the shit man….”
    ALSO, E.C.’s departure from decades of bubble gum, to one of a Master Bluesman….His 1991 cover of Willie Dixon’s “Don’t Know Which Way To Go” (w/Buddy Guy on vocals only) might just leave you in some strange emotional shock that lies in a mix between painful awe and wondrous respect….

    Derek and the Dominoes’ “Layla”???
    That was Duane Allman baby…
    Your #1 Names a group that didn’t do the lead work on the “#1” song….
    That was E.C. bro….
    Might also want to spin SRV’s cover of “Taxman”….

    Your overlooking Jesse Ed in the Taj Mahal band…Statesboro Blues, Leaving Trunk, etc. Duane began playing bottleneck slide after listening to Jesse Ed Davis. I believe he is doing guitar work in all of the George Harrison songs that you mentioned from “A.T.M.P”..

  23. Stephen Lobb

    May 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Some of these songs don’t even HAVE guitar solos in them!

    If you fancy hearing a couple of truly good ones, from very different bands, try John Mayall’s version of “Stormy Monday” (with Eric Clapton), badly recorded in a club – but still spellbinding – and “Too Good To Be True” by The Tom Robinson Band

  24. László Jacsmenyík

    May 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Ten Years After, alias Alvin Lee

    • noggin th' nog

      February 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Woodchoppers Ball x1000

  25. Russ P

    May 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Ritchie Blackmore’s solo in Highway Star didn’t even make the top 100? Give me a break! Makes me wonder if the person who made this list even knows the difference between a riff and a solo.

  26. Dave JOnes

    May 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Alan Parker’s solo on the Walker Brothers ‘No Regrets’ deffo deserves a mention surely.

    • Tony

      October 24, 2018 at 12:59 am

      Agree 100 percent

  27. Mark

    May 22, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Agree wholeheartedly with #1

  28. AKONI

    May 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm


  29. Rick

    May 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    No SRV? Layla at #15? Try #1. At least my guitar gently weeps was Clapton

  30. Larry

    May 23, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Seriously… Mountain’s Mississippi Queen didn’t make the top 100? Bogus list!

  31. John Chodzko

    May 23, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Super Session – Mike Bloomfield- Albert’s Shuffle

  32. Bruno

    May 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    What a load of nonsense.

  33. Kari

    May 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm


    Colosseum Skelington Clem Clempson 1994

  34. Neil Scarratt

    May 23, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Alvin Lee any,Dave Clempson Lost Angeles Colosseum, Santana any,Gilmour, Thin Lizzy,Rory,Jimi,Wishbone Ash,Selling England By The Pound,Rockin the Fillmore Humble Pie,freebird,Ackermann,Led Zeppelin,Sabbath,Deep Purple,Stevie Ray,Fleetwood Mac,Zappa,Krieger,Benson,Berry,Quo,Prince,George,Keef,Townshend,Davies,Beck. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON

  35. Bjorn

    May 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Cream, Sitting on Top of the World on Wheels of Fire, Clapton slow blues peaking solo.
    Paul Biutterfield Blues Band, Got a Mind to Give Up Living on East-West, Mike Bloomfield slow blues peaking solo.
    Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bleeding Heart on The Jimi Hendrix Concerts, Jimi slow blues peaking solo.

  36. Clifford Bowen

    May 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    FBI. By Mick Rondon, from Ian Hunter live!
    Ziggy Stardust.
    Doctor Doctor, UFO

  37. Jelly Jelinsky

    May 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Excuse me, whats about the VALENTYNE SUITE ??????
    CLEM CLEMPSONs solo is so wonderful………………………

  38. The Lone Cadaver

    May 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    The Pretty Things (Pete Tolson) Religion’s Dead
    Alice Cooper (Glen Buxton) Long Way To Go
    Genesis (Steve Hackett) Firth Of Fifth
    The Who (Pete Townshend) Heaven And Hell

  39. Ed

    May 24, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Eric Clapton/Cream – “Crossroads” from “Wheels of Fire”
    Lesley West/Mountain = “For Yasgur’s Farm+ and “Theme for an Imaginary Western” from “Climbing”
    Larry Carlton/Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne” from “The Royal Scam”
    Martin Barre/Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
    David Gilmour/Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb” from “The Wall”

  40. Arthur

    May 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Sweet Jane from Rock & Roll Animal, No Lullaby from Jethro Tull, No Regets – Walker Brothers ,Blue Guitar from The Moody Blues,All along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix,Feel So Good from Chuck Mangione, most of Jimmy Pages work with Led Zeppellin. Then theirs the guys like David Gilmour, Mike Campbell ,George Harrison & Elliot Easton who know exactly what play in a song.

  41. Arthur

    May 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Sweet Jane from Lou Reeds “Rock& Roll Animal”, All Along The Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix, No Lullaby – Jethro Tull, Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione, No Regrets – The Walker Brothers. Then there’s the guys like Brian May , Elliot Easton ,Mike Campbeii , George Harrison who know exactly what’s required on a recording. Almost anything that Jimmy Page did for Led Zeppelin.

  42. Firannion

    May 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Not one by Richard Thompson? Not even ONE?

    • Charlie Gardner

      February 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Right. The Way That It Shows. If Love Whispers Your Name. Hard on Me. She Never Could Resist a Winding Road. Can’t Win. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Sloth. Calvary Cross. A Sailor’s Life. Any version of Valerie you can find.

  43. Bob

    May 25, 2017 at 12:14 am

    My Top guitar solo has to be Robert Fripp (with treatments by Brian Eno) on Baby’s On Fire from the Here Come the Warm Jets release from 1973.

  44. Ed Carter

    May 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Steely Dan: Reelin’ in the Years
    CCR: Keep on Chooglin’

  45. Ed Carter

    May 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    NO VAN HALEN??!?!?!?!

  46. Fred Hoff

    June 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    your list is garbage

  47. Adam

    June 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    BADGE – Clapton, come on man.

  48. Adam

    June 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Also almost anything Trey from Phish. He deserves to be up there in the top 10 for sure.

  49. Tony Machado

    June 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Crossroads by Cream
    It’s My Own Fault- Johnny Winter And
    I Don’t Need No Doctor- Humble Pie
    SWLABR- Cream
    Voodoo Child- Hendrix
    Blue Sky- Allman Brothers

    How much were you paid to come up with this list?
    Many songs listed did not have a guitar solo.
    Sell outs….

  50. Rob

    June 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    “Time” by Pink Floyd,”Locomotive Breath” by Tull,tons of Johnny Winter,Alvin Lee,Al DiMeola,and so many more-beauty is in the ear of the beholder in this case.

  51. Bob Rodrick

    June 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    There’s a guitar solo in “Smells Like Teen Spirit?” Where?! And that merits a top ten spot?!?!

  52. Kevin

    June 14, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Intro: Sweet Jane…Lou Reed…Rock n Roll Animal

  53. chris kelsch

    June 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    johnny winter….”it’s all over now”…….roy Buchanan…..”I’m a ram”

  54. Carmine Livardo

    June 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Frampton/Rolling Stone. Mick Ralph’s I’m a Cadillac El Camino Mark Farner Inside Looking Out. Eddie Van Halen Eruption just to add a few!

  55. Jim

    June 15, 2017 at 12:05 am

    No Highway Star?? What about Todd Rungren on Bat Out Of Hell? Jan Akkerman’s Hocus Pocus? Too many missing from this list

  56. Jane Gallup

    June 15, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Try listening to anything by the late great Chris Whitley.

  57. Jschell

    June 15, 2017 at 4:53 am

    While theee certainly are some good choices, the vast majority are really poor selections. Wow! The Carpenters?!? Michael Jackson?!? And no Stevie Ray?

  58. Mike

    June 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    This is the worst list ive ever seen. How could you leave out martin barre’s aqualung solo ans schenker’s rock bottom and blue sky by the allmans.

  59. Christo

    June 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    David Lindley – Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
    Mick Taylor – his live stuff from Ya-Yas
    Clapton – Crossroads (live)
    Anything from Hendrix Royal Albert Hall (live) album – how did he manage all that?!
    And of course Prince ‘While My Guitar’ – the sheer audacity of it
    Bringers of joy, all of them

  60. Bill butterman

    June 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

    intro on Lou Reeds Rock n Roll animal by Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter.

  61. Paul

    June 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    No AC/DC track ????!!!!!!!

  62. Joe

    June 18, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Trapeze-MAKES YOU WANNA CRY, Mel Galley lead; Steve Howe -Yes-AMERICA

  63. victor

    July 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    While I am glad to see a few Harrison solos on the list and Clapton’s WMGGW as #1. This is a God Awful list.

  64. Dave

    July 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Once again you people confirm that you know little to nothing about music. Most of these songs do not have a meaningful “guitar solo” in them. Moreover, the ranking is laughable. You might want to listen to a song before you put it on a list such as this. Shameful!

  65. Gorm Brunso

    July 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Ten Years After
    I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
    Album: Recorded Live

  66. Jackie

    July 5, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Ronnie Montrose-Voyager, Richie Sambora,. Wanted Dead or Alive, David Gilmore, Neal Schon, Stevie Stevens to add to the list.

  67. Kerry

    July 6, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I was thinking when I first opened the list the best solo I’ve ever seen was done by Prince and the funny thing is he was doing number one on this list. He did it at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Tom Petty and friends.

  68. Bob Conway

    July 6, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Yes, I love #1 but the example is G’s acoustic version sans solo….and Kerry is right Prince “shredded the crap out of it at the HOF show. But I wrote to note the absence of Alvin Lee and !0 Years After “Goin Home” from Woodstock. Or was “tripping” outlawed by the selection committee?

  69. Jw Piatak

    July 6, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Loggins & Messina Angry Eyes ?

  70. piet

    July 6, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Rory Gallagher ‘millions miles away’…
    Colloseum ‘ Lost Angeles’

  71. Jim Smith

    July 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Lots of “NO SRV” – #55 although the solo from Montreux ’82 is far superior.

  72. Jim Smith

    July 6, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    A vote for Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) “Goin’ Home” from Woodstock.

  73. Nick

    July 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Duane Allman’s solo on Boz Scaggs’ “Loan Me A Dime”.

  74. dman

    July 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Smells Like Teen Spirit?? I didn’t know there was a guitar solo on that song. Just because the writers like a song doesn’t mean that song has a great solo. This list is flawed big time. Slash’s solo on Sweet Child of Mine is still one of my favorites. Glad to see him get #5. I always loved the guitar solo on Edie Brickell’s “What I am”, too.

  75. ttsxii

    July 7, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Just went thru my IPOD. Most of the original list was pretty good. I listened to Do It Again by The Beach Boys. Are you kidding?
    Alice Cooper No More Mr. Nice Guy
    Bruce Springsteen Prove It All Night
    Buffalo Springfield Mr. Soul
    Commander Cody Hot Rod Lincoln
    Dave Edmunds Get Out of Denver
    Doobie Brothers Takin IT to the Street
    Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
    Free Wishing Well
    Gary Moore Still Got the Blues for You
    Heart Crazy On You
    Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen
    Yardbirds Mr You’re A Better Man Than I
    Jackson Browne Late for the Sky
    John Hiatt Perfetly Good Guitar
    Little Feat Dixie Chicken
    Paul Revere Him or Me What’s It gonna Be
    Richard Thompson Shoot Out the Lights
    Rod Stewart Stay With Me
    Stranglehold Ted Nugent
    Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back in Town
    Tom Petty American Girl
    The Tubes White Punks On Dope
    10cc Wall Street Shuffle

  76. Ralf Hanke

    July 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    The Beatles are overrated. Since 1970.

    • john bennett

      September 28, 2017 at 2:44 am


  77. Brian McGraw

    July 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I’m glad Rory Gallagher was on the list.

  78. Phil

    July 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t see Terry Kath from Chicago on 25 or 6 to 4. The studio version was great, but some of the live versions were even better. Total f up not to have him in the top 100.

  79. dom

    July 9, 2017 at 10:04 am

    There’s no guitar solo in #62!!! Who is the guy listening to a flute solo thinking it’s a guitar solo???

  80. dom

    July 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

    No Paul Kossoff?

  81. Bill

    July 10, 2017 at 4:57 am

    NO disrespect to Jimmie (Hell, he wrote the song), BUT Stevie Ray playing Voodoo Chile at the El Mocambo is flat out the BEST guitar playing I have ever heard, period. Sharpest, clearest and most precise (with Stevie edge on it) rendition of Voodoo Chile I have ever heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoB_YBXXEOU

  82. Angela Toon

    July 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Water melon in Easter hay Frank Zappa absolutely the best guitar solo I’ve ever heard. Off Joe’s garage, it’s fantastic

  83. amoebathehun

    November 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Where’s John Petrucci’s solo from the live version (at Budokan), of Hollow Years?

  84. James

    November 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I think we needed some Genesis on here.
    The Lamia
    Firth of Fifth
    Blood on the Rooftops
    The Knife
    The Musical Box
    The Return of the Giant Hogweed
    The Fountain of Salmacis
    Seven Stones
    Supper’s Ready
    Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
    Los Endos
    Second Home By the Sea

  85. Ken

    December 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    May be the worst, most pitiful list I’ve ever seen and that includes Rolling Stone’s top 100 albums of all-time which is putrid.

  86. Matt

    December 19, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    “All Right Now” You can’t be serious. Complete and absolute insidious trash of a song.

  87. Alex

    December 20, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Gary Moore Scott Gorham or Brian Robertson,Thin Lizzy …. Elliot Easton of the Cars, Steely Dan Reeling in the years solo….Michael Schenker, UFO Mick Ronson Moonage Daydream…Terry Kath Chicago….

  88. Sergio

    December 20, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    “The Bells of Rhymney” by The Byrds.

  89. Adam Farber

    January 1, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers without a doubt one of the best guitar dueling solos ever, it is fantastic!

  90. Chris

    January 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    In Every Dream Home a Heartche

  91. Halli

    January 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Where was Rory Gallagher in this list

  92. inmo sedom

    February 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Steve Howe-YES “America”/”South Side of the Sky”.

  93. Rob

    February 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Ronnie Wood you can’t always get what you want live Stones

  94. Michael Meyers

    February 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Johnny Winter – Be Careful With A fool

  95. Bill

    February 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Too many to list. Listen to the guitar in “every” song. They are all good.

  96. joe lestardo

    February 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Interesting, some right on some ? order is questionable but others are a Stretch at Best! you should let the reader fill in the blanks, it won’t be a better or worse than what you came up with.

  97. Jeff Burley

    February 17, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I am sorry but your number 1 pick should not even be in the top 100. The song is nice, but as far as a guitar solo, there is none. That is a rhythm guitar part, not a solo part. So, with that said, I doubt any of your picks should be considered relevant.

    • Avro Arrow

      January 20, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I also can’t understand how Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb is ranked at..21?

  98. Steve Nimrod

    February 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    No Monte Montgomery – are you mad?

    • Christopher Nowak

      December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

      What about WES Montgomery?!!

  99. Steve

    February 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Who put this list together? Comfortably Numb not in the top 5 I think you better dtick to Spice Girls or Bucks Fizz because you are clueless

  100. Evandro

    February 18, 2018 at 12:29 am

    David Gilmour should be at the top of the list, number one.

  101. noggin th' nog

    February 19, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Marillion’s Steve Rothery emotes rather well on Easter.
    Top 50 at least 🙂

  102. Nathan

    February 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Not a terrible list. The one you definitely missed Buckingham Green by Ween. My personal favorite.

  103. Matthew Kell

    March 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zSZBAcQ-5M Soft Machine from Hazard Profile Part One -From about 3 minutes in to 9 minutes is the best soloing I have yet heard on a guitar.

  104. Tim

    April 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Bewildering lack of Jeff Beck in the top 100!!

  105. Barry Darkins

    May 24, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Nothing by Neal Schon, notably “Daydream”, or Gary Moore (the most versatile player ever). I’m sorry but how on earth can any Rolling Stones song feature in a list like this. They’re the luckiest 3rd rate pub band ever. There’s nothing by Aerosmith (the joe Perry solo at the end of “NoMore, No More) and Francis Dunnery’s solo on “You’ll Never Get To Heaven should be in the top 5. I could go on, and on, and on….but I won’t.

  106. Ray Zannetti

    June 5, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Crying by Joe Satriani, Al Dimeola’s Dark Eyed Tango, Gary Moore’s The Loner, Europa by Carlos Santana, Avalon by Frank Marino, Skynyrd’s That Smell just to name a few. I could go on, but that’s just my opinion.

  107. Lou DECHANT

    June 5, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Day of the Eagle – Robin Trower

  108. spaski

    June 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    so where is Pretty Things “October 26”?

  109. spaski

    June 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    and Prince’s “Not a King” of course,especially the version on the North Sea Jazz Festival,where i wrongly assumed he was doing a soundcheck..

  110. Bob Loving

    July 15, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Seriously ,you all must be on something! I know he died early and far too young but what the Hell, no Terry Kath?!?! 25 or 6 to 4 guitar solo was outstanding and even Hendrix said” I`m pretty good, but you gotta look for this guy Terry Kath he`s amazing” paraphrased to a point but all true.

  111. Blair

    July 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Where’s Eric Clapton’s “Presence of the Lord”?

  112. Ross Syme

    July 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Jimmy Page said his favorite solo was done by Elliott Randall on Steeley Dans Reelin in the Years. No where to be found on your list.

  113. Vincenzo Macinante

    July 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Deep Purple – You Keep On Moving

  114. Greg Mussio

    September 9, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Evidently, this list was put together by non-guitarists. Profoundly misinformed.

  115. Alfredo

    November 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Man! At least one person that mention Steve Rothery from Marillion. For God sake, he’s got at least five songs every top guitar list should have. Easter is one of them and The web, sugar mice, this strange engine and way lot more…

  116. Todd Keiper

    November 25, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Fake news – no RUSH

  117. Strömma

    January 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Great list. But the second solo on Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd, Another brick in the wall) is way better than any of these, and it didn’t even make the list? Seriously?

  118. jim

    January 20, 2019 at 3:42 am

    No Robert Quine (Matt Sweet) or Robert Fripp (Babys on fire).
    Your list is terrible, Filler solos.

  119. Jakob

    February 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Is it just me or are Gary Moore the most underrated guitarist of all time??? 🙁

  120. Vito

    February 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    One obscure song by Santana, not sure there was even a guitar in that song. Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane.

  121. Leozza

    April 4, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Terry Kath,probably the best guitar player of his time, Gary Moore so underrated, no Clem Clemson… and too much Harrison with all the love we can have… It’s not a real and believable list.

    • Stacey

      April 5, 2019 at 12:22 am

      Yes!!! Where is Terry Kath???!!

  122. Stacey

    April 5, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I cannot believe that Terry Kath of Chicago didn’t make this list. He was absolutely incredible!

    • michael

      April 8, 2019 at 3:46 am

      I absolutely agree with you Stacey he’s always left out.Even Hendrix was in awe of him.thanks for remembering Terry he was the driving force of Chicago and made them all better musicians!!

  123. Thomas Ziegler

    April 6, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Frank Zappa – Inca Roads

  124. Sdorst

    April 26, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Comfortably Numb by David Gilmour is definitely one of the greatest guitar solos ever. My personal favorite.
    Prince’s performance of WMGGW on the HOF show is phenomenal, but Clapton’s version on the White Album is classic, and Prince’s version couldn’t exist without it. They both get my vote!

  125. Nic

    June 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Larry Carlton’s solo on Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne is by far NUMBER ONE. EVER.

  126. Isaac

    July 25, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Where are #s 84 & 85? The list skips right from 86 to 83.

  127. Alden

    October 13, 2019 at 1:13 am

    If you’re going to include guitar solos from Neil Young songs, then you must include both Like a Hurricane and Cortez the Killer. Both of those solos blow Southern Man out of the water.

  128. Christopher Nowak

    December 6, 2019 at 12:12 am

    What about Danny Cedrone’s solo on ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK.
    This solo has influenced Hendrix, Townhsend and the band TEN YEARS AFTER.
    He was definitely ahead of his time!!

  129. Christopher Nowak

    December 6, 2019 at 12:15 am

    I think any solo by the talented french girl TINA S.would blow any of these listed solos away!!

  130. Avro Arrow

    January 20, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Well hell, if you’re going to go outside of the Rock genre, you may as well rank Flamenco solos as well. Those guys can hit like 20 notes per second.

    How Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb only hit #21 and you ranked “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” TEN places ahead of it blows my mind. Even more mind-blowing is that Time isn’t on the list. I’m guessing that you only included the album version of Comfortably Numb (which wasn’t Gilmour’s best Album solo, Time was) but the live version (specifically from the 1994 Pulse Tour) is proof that David Gilmour is a living god.

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