Musings of a Museum Fanatic: 10 Rocking Guitar Solos

2.17.2015

10 Rocking Guitar Solos

Throughout the history of rock music the guitar solo has been an integral part of many songs. Many people argue what they think are the top solos of all time and I'm sure I'd be no exception! While I try to avoid ranking (it's just too hard to pick my all time favorite of anything!) I definitely have my very specific views though. These are the tunes I think rock the guitar solos the hardest. below each I've listed when the best guitar parts & solos of each song occur, so if you just want to skip ahead and enjoy those you can. \

Do you have a rocking guitar solo you love?



Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin
I think this song is number one for almost every list out there. This song used to drive me nuts because when my dad was relearning the guitar he would play the opening part over and over and over and over again ... for months. Now I actually will sit there and listen to the entire song, actually taking time to enjoy the music. I will have to say if he had made it to the more upbeat part of the song I might have liked it better
Guitar solo: beginning, 5:55


Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Guitar solo: throughout, 4:55


Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry
All of Berry's tunes have rocking guitar solos and guitar parts. This man is the rocking grand daddy of the guitar.
Guitar solo: Throughout, 1:25


Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Guitar solo: Throughout, 2:50


Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Guitar solo: 2:43, 4:12


Aqualung by Jethro Tull
Pretty sure you just need to watch the whole thing for lead singer Ian Anderson's amazing dance moves and the entire band's outfits. Seriously.
Guitar solo: Throughout, 4:02


Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses
The solo at the 2:51 mark might just be my favorite one of all time. Not sure what it is about that first note he hits. It's just grabs you and won't let go.
Guitar Solo: Opening, 2:51


Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
It's probably cliche to have this song on here but I can't help it. While I enjoy a lot of Jimi's songs this one has always been my favorite.
Guitar Solo: Entire song


You Really Got Me by The Kinks
Guitar Solo: Opening, 1:16


Classical Gas by Mason Williams
Guitar Solo: Entire Song

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