Top 5 Guitar Solos

By on June 24, 2013
Guitar Solo

The guitar solo is a feature of every rock band that has ever taken up an instrument or stood in front of a microphone. When performed by an expert, it can be spine-tingling, pulse-racing and beautiful. Other things need to come together to make a song great, but for many songs, including those on this list, the guitar solo is the center piece. This is another top 5 list that causes much debate, with most people having their own personal favorites. Here are our top 5.


1. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine

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Slash is one of the greatest guitarists to have ever lived. He is the quintessential rock star in every way. Sweet Child Of Mine is his greatest work. It starts slow before building alongside the unique high pitched roar of Axel Rose into one of the best – and most recognizable – guitar riffs ever.


2. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

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Jimmy Page is the architect and artist of this guitar solo which can only be described as epic. It is the finale of the song and is too good for a normal guitar – it requires both Page and a double-necked instrument to do it justice.


3. Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower

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Jimi Hendrix could play the electric guitar while high, with his eyes closed, and while it was on fire behind his head. Every time he could make it sing. His version of All Along the Watchtower is the top of an exceptional collection of works.


4. Eddie Van Halen – Eruption

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Eruption is not a song. It is simply a guitar solo, performed by the master Van Halen himself. The master created a masterpiece.


5. Guns N’ Roses  – November Rain

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Another Slash guitar solo beat others onto this top 5 list, including Rage Against the Machine, Muse and Nirvana. November Rain is the epic rock song by Guns N’ Roses. The music video is etched on the minds of every rock and guitar solo fan – Slash walking out of the wedding in the remote church to hit the solo. Brilliant.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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