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Is there a REAL Top-10 Guitar Solos?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I recently found a couple videos on Youtube that claimed to list the "Top 10" and "Top 25" Guitar solos in order of "topness".

The trouble was... I could never agree to them. MY LIST is different! My age (52), my experience as a songwriter, and of course my personal tastes demand of me that I engage in a "throw down" with these list makers, and present my own list.

Yes, I admit right now that when I think "great guitar solos", I don't think "most acrobatic solos" or "most famous guitar players' solos" or "fastest solos". Instead, I think "tastiest solos". By tastiest, I mean solos that scoop you up and take you someplace, with or without your cooperation. So...introducing...


10. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd, played by David Gilmour)

9. Satch Boogie (Joe Satriani)

8. Sweet Home Alabama (Skynard)

7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

6. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas all 3 solos)

5. Reeling in the Years (Steely Dan)

4. China Girl (David Bowie, played by Stevie Ray Vaughan)

3. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)

2. Renegade (Styx)

1. Hotel California (Eagles, played by Joe Walsh)

OK, I have to admit that I was tempted to even put some guitar riffs (non-solos) in there because of their effect on me when they crank up (Things like "Back in Black" or "Baracuda"), but they had to be real solos to make this list. Let me hear what would have to be on your list. I showed you mine, now you show me yours.

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