20 Greatest Guitar Solos Ever, With Videos

20 Greatest Guitar Solos Ever, With Videos
Guitar World complied a list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos“. Over the last few days the Howard Stern Show has been playing clips from the list. We’ve found listening to these great classics a very moving experience, so we took it a step further and dug up a video link for each of the top 20! Listen and watch the musical genius and mastery that made these classics famous!


The videos are absolutely amazing! Found some of the first live performances of songs from Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry, to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, to Highway Star by Deep Purple. Are you ready to ROCK?

Jump right in, or scroll to the bottom and read some info we put together on these clips….

1. Stairway To Heaven – Jimmy Page
2. Eruption – Edward Van Halen (Option 2)
3. Freebird – Collins/Rossington
4. Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour (Option 2)
5. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
6. November Rain – Slash
7. One – Kirk Hammet/Metallica
8. Hotel California – Don Felder/Joe Walsh
9. Crazy Train – Randy Rhoads (Option 2)
10. Crossroads – Eric Clapton
11. Voodo Chile – Jimi Hendrix
12. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
13. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
14. Layla – Clapton/Allman
15. Floods – Dimebag Darrel
16. Heartbreaker – Jimmy Page
17. Cliffs Of Dover – Eric Johnson
18. Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
19. Highway Star – Ritchie Blackmore
20. Bohemian Rhapsody – Brian May

More we loved:
26. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Kurt Cobain
36. Black Star – Yngwie Malmsteen
56. War Pigs – Tony Iommi
59. You Really Got Me – Dave Davies
80. You Shook Me All Night Long – Angus Young
81. Sweet Jane – Hunter/Wagner
96. Honky Tonk Women – Keith Richards
97. Cherub Rock – Billy Corgan (sweet faced baby Billy smiling away)

Bonus: Just an AWESOME find not to be missed… Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King & Albert Collins “Texas Flood” 1988

Now watch: The 50 Greatest Cartoons, With Videos!

Video selection note: Preference was given to: direct clips of the solos, live performances, oldest version, clearest sound and look at finger work, but in some cases we had to include the whole song, most of the time the solo appears in the first half.

This took us 2 days of work to put together. Lots of sorting through string work demos, air guitar renditions, bad quality videos, covers, etc. We hope you find this to be the definitive list of videos!

Footnote: Even if you disagree with Guitar Worlds choices (the article is from 2000), we’ve found that most lists include the same solos, just in different rankings… Guitar One Mag’s list of 101 all-time rock solos

Copyright note: We found a list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons and spent a few days putting together a kick-ass list with a link to a video of each one. A few of the cartoons got shut down for copyright issues. We hope the artists in this list and people who represent them “get it” that the clips raise the awareness of these great guitar solos and generate sales from old and new fans!

Photo above by of Eddie Van Halen by Roger Fisher

Posted on January 23rd, 2007 in Get Your Freak On | Permalink