Top 4 Guitar Solos of All Time

As with every other top 4-10 anything, there’s no way to judge which guitar solos have earned their spot in the Top 4 Hall of Fame. Four. Why four? HOW four? Ask us again in five minutes and this will change. How do we fit Jimi Hendrix, metal, Rory Gallagher, Allman Brothers, Zep, Who, Stones, Eric Johnson, Sabbath, Deep Purple … ARGH! And we have to leave out several that would always be on such a list, except that we heard them live and no recording sounds like them (two of these were Phil Keaggy). 

Meanwhile, perhaps our favorite bit of guitar EVER was a duet, the 3:20 into to “Sweet Jane” on Lou Reed’s “Rock and Roll Animal.” The whole album is killer, guitar-driven rock. We’re not the usual Lou Reed fan, but we absolutely love this album.

Okay, so back to our sad list of only FOUR of the greatest guitar solos of all time. This was a really tough call….

“Stairway to Heaven” Jimmy Page

“Free Bird” Allen Collins, Gary Rossington

And because it was so tough, we’re going to cheat in a major way. We’re going to add a bunch of other favorites.

  • Slash’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Riviera Paradise” (we almost picked “Little Wing,”) and his “Chitlins Con Carne”
  • David Gilmour’s “Comfortably Numb”
  • Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption”
  • Adrian Legg’s “Thump the Clouds”
  • Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”
  • Derek & the Domino’s “Little Wing” (we almost picked SRV’s version.)
  • Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Then Came the) Last Days of May” (from “On Your Feet or On Your Knees”) — understated and perfectly evocative for the songFace it, the list will change every day, but some have certainly stood the test of time. Perhaps the next guitar shredder will have taken lessons at 😉

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