The editors of Guitar World magazine put together a poll to find out what their readers considered to be the best guitar solos of all time. The results reflect the magazine's demographic (all rock solos), but the top 15 winners clearly boast great guitar work.
The editors of Guitar World magazine put together a poll to find out what their readers considered to be the best guitar solos of all time. The results reflect the magazine's demographic (all rock solos), but the top 15 winners clearly boast great guitar work. The following lists the top 15 guitar solos ever recorded including guitar tab, details on the guitarist who played the solo, album name, and links to audio.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).
Without further ado, we are thrilled to present the Top 10 Guitar Solos of All Time: 10. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen (Brian May) Truly a solo worthy of Wayne and Garth’s Mirth Mobile, Brian May’s work on “Bohemian Rhapsody” transports the song from its ballad portion to the monstrous opera that’s to come.
Just to put this out there. The guitar solo masterpiece that is "Maggot Brain" does not appear in the 50 greatest guitar solos by guitarworld.com, Greatest Guitar Solos by thetoptens.com, 7 of the Best: Guitar Solos by clash music.com, 50 Greatest Guitar Solos by NME.com and the list goes on and on and on and fucking on.
The twin guitar workout of Walsh and Felder on The Eagles' hymn to excess was voted the greatest guitar solo of all time in our last poll back in 1998. With just 2.24% of the vote this time around, this former heavyweight champion has been undone by a knock-out punch from a hungry young pretender.
Or are the greatest solos ever played the ones that somehow manage to do all of the above? Gibson.com is on a mission to find out, so we polled a panel of rock and roll experts (Gibson editorial staff and writers, some of our favorite musicians and, most importantly, our fans), asking for everyone to name the greatest guitar solos in music history.
“When ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ was written, it was a joke as far as I was concerned,” Slash says. “I was just fuckin’ around when I came up with that riff. To me it was a nightmare because, for some strange reason, everyone picked up on it and, the next thing you knew, it had turned into a song. I hated it forever!