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Stairway to Heaven – Led ZepplinWhen was the last time you heard a guitar solo in a song on the radio?
It seems to be a dying art nowadays, kept only for those metal fans that love the swing their hair to the sound of a wailing guitar.

For some a guitar solo is a needless piece of “noise” that adds no value to a song. Well I have to say this is where I completely disagree with them. A decent guitar solo adds a lot to a song. It can bring a new dynamic to a song, lift it more than any other instrument could possibly do.

However, when played badly or in the wrong place, it does just sound like noise for the sake of it. So today I’m calling for the return of the guitar solo! And just to get you in the mood, I’ve put together my list of the top 10 guitar solos of all time.

I haven’t selected all of these guitar solos because of their intricities. Some of these solos are quite simple to play, but I have chosen them for what they bring to a song. Others I have chosen because they define modern guitar playing. So for those guitar playing people… please don’t expect to find Van Halens “Eruption” here, this is not what this is about. We all know how great that was… This is about what a solo brings to a song! Oh and in no particular order!

Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heaven
Apart from the “over played” guitar riff, the solo at the very end is the climax of the song.

Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Another great guitar riff throughout, but my favourite part of this solo is the number of harmonics he plays in his guitar solo. The entrance to his solo is a cliche’d slide, but legendary all the same. Click here to view

The Commodores – Easy Like Sunday Morning
Probably the most basic and easily played song solo on the list. I think it’s the simplicity that I love most about this. Everyone knows this solo!!

Thin Lizzy / Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways
Just love it….. Let the song speak for itself…..

Queen – I Want to Break Free
What I love most about solo is the innovative sound at the time and how he puts his own take on the melody.

Guns n Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
Like most of the guitar players on this list, I think I could name a lot more than one track that could easily end up on this list. But my favourite of Slash‘s solos has to be Sweet Child o Mine. His solo starts off nice and subtle and launches in the a head banging moment of genius.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – FreeBird
One of the epic guitar solos… but well worth the listen!

The Eagles – Hotel California
I couldn’t put a proper list together without including this song. For anyone that’s ever attempted to play lead guitar, this is surely on the list of one that they’ve tried!!

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child
Need I say more???

Metallica – Enter Sandman
Probably the most famous epic intro to a song ever – great solo by a great guitar player.

Damn… is that 10 already?? I could have went on all day. Ah well…. probably not the greatest guitar solos of all time but certainly worthy of note in the top 100! Enjoy! :)

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