Top 30 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time

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A guitar solo represents a musician’s passion and skill. It’s essentially so much emotion released into an epic moment. The world is lucky enough to have witnessed countless of these moments. Which is why it was hard to narrow down the list of the GOAT guitar solos to just 30.

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

The iconic opening notes of Hendrix set the stage for a masterful solo that remains one of the most influential solos in history. With its signature effects and thunderous power chords, Hendrix created a piece of art that fans will remember forever. He served as a bridge between blues and rock, creating an uplifting sound that still gives chills today. His precise timing and feel were second to none, making this one of the greatest guitar solos ever performed.

Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

Jimmy’s solo in Stairway to Heaven perfectly builds momentum with intricate fingerpicking mixed with classic blues licks until finally releasing it in a flurry of notes at its climax – making it one of rock music’s most memorable moments.

Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) 

Gilmour returns with another iconic performance displayed during Pink Floyd’s live version of ‘Comfortably Numb.’ This version features an extended intro where he takes us away on a journey exploring new musical heights never heard before while still staying faithful to its source material – creating a truly unique experience only he could deliver! His soothing tones and soaring melodies make this solo as impactful as its studio counterpart.

Eruption – Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Regarding shredding on guitar, few can match up against Eddie Van Halen’s prowess displayed in Van Halen’s iconic instrumental track ‘Eruption.’ This two-minute-long song features some of Van Halen’s craziest playing yet – showing off his incredible technique. 

Hotel California – Don Felder and Joe Walsh (The Eagles) 

Don Felder and Joe Walsh made the hit single famous with their legendary dueling guitar solo part towards the end. The song won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Both players offer something unique, but they take us into another world thanks to their perfect blend of subtlety and aggression.

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

This song became an instant hit in 1987 due to Slash’s unique approach when crafting his unforgettable lead part full of expressive bends plus plenty of soaring melodies which helped give GNR their signature sound! He also included innovative techniques like hammer-ons which gave even more flavor throughout his performance.

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Bobby is a viola player who currently lives in Seattle. He has been playing viola for over 20 years in various orchestras.


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