"Pick Me Up J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Despite there being over 20 guitar solos spread over 10 songs (one song has no solos), and despite this not being my favorite song on the album, Pick Me Up has a monster three minute solo at the end which has become what I compare all other guitar solos against."
"Jessica Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band. Though more difficult to classify where the solos start in an instrumental song, the whole electric guitar part in this song is essentially a solo. And at seven and-a-half minutes, the solos are substantial."
"Sweet Child of Mine Slash of Guns N' Roses. Two, or three solos, depending on how you count. Even though the appeal of this song has greatly diminished after having heard it so many times over the years, it still contains two fantastic guitar solos (and doesn't make you sit through 6 minutes of slow song to get to them: No thank you, November Rain)."
"Calling Lightning with a Scythe Ethan Miller of Howlin' Rain. I'm no fan of feedback, but the solo in this song that slowly bleeds until it tears the song's guts out will leave saying only one thing: "Woah.""
"Free Bird Allen Collins and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, dueling guitar solo. I hate to play the cliche card, and list a song that is easily one of the most-played in history, but you can't deny the near five-minute solo second half of the song is incredible. FREE BIRD!"
"Stairway to Heaven Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Might as well get this one out of the way as well. Yes, it's blatantly overplayed, but the solo at the end of the song fits the song absolutely perfectly."
"All Along the Watchtower Jimi Hendrix. I'm not really a fan of Jimi, and subscribe more to the belief that had he not died so young he would not be nearly as popular. He was a very skilled guitarist, just not my preferred type of guitarist. Anyways, though originally a Bob Dylan song, Hendrix's cover ensured it legendary status, and the 3+ solos in this song are all face-melting."
"Vicarious Atonement Omar RodrÃguez-LÃ³pez of The Mars Volta. My favorite Mars Volta song, which opens the album "Amputechture," and sounds like it could be from some early 80's cop movie. It starts out all instrumental with an insane stop-start guitar solo and bass guitar."
"Hysteria Matt Bellamy of Muse. Also the lyricist and lead singer, the man is a multi-instrumental machine. Aside from possibly the coolest bass part of any song ever, Hysteria also contains an awesome guitar solo towards the end."
"Dead! Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance (MCR). Two guitar solos if you count the insanity at that opens the song. Aside from being a very cool song, the guitar solo towards the end of the song is catchy as all hell."
"Champagne Supernova Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Though apparently classified at a "pop" band, Oasis wrote many harder rock songs, though one of the biggest egomaniacs of our musical age, Noel Gallagher is still a very skilled guitarist."
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love Brian May of Queen. Oft-overlooked as Mercury was always in the spotlight (whether he liked it or not), Brian May is a fantastic guitarist, and his work on many of the most popular Queen songs of all time show us why."
"Just Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead. Another very unique guitarist that is often overlooked as being a guitar great because he is much less self-indulgent than many others. Surprisingly, a number of Radiohead songs contain quirky and eccentric little solos."
"Gimme Shelter Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. One of my favorite guitarists, and in my opinion, one of the best of all time. Gimme Shelter is my favorite Stones song, and the two solos are part of the reason."
"Geek U.S.A. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. A staple of the early 90's grunge and re-emerging rock scene, Billy Corgan wrote catchy songs built around his sometimes reserved guitar playing. Geek U.S.A. lulls you into a false sense of safety and then tears your guts out with its ending guitar solo."
"I am the Resurrection John Squire of The Stone Roses. What made The Stone Roses great were their short life and amazing playing while they existed. John Squire is an extremely talented guitarist whose finesse lives on in the only two albums the band released. I am the Resurrection is a knockout."
"Impossible Germany Nels Cline of Wilco. Not the follow-up album everyone expected from Wilco, but they rarely do what you expect. The two-and-a-half minute guitar solo at the end of Impossible Germany is magic."