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Greatest (Most Self-Indulgent) Guitar Solos

R. Reining "Old School Zinger"
The list author says: "Some people do not like, do not notice, or do not care about guitar solos. They call them "self-indulgent," or "a waste of time."

These people are wrong.




These songs appear in no particular order."
The Wall
The Wall
"Comfortably Numb David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. There are many guitar solos more technically difficult to play, but both solos fit the song perfectly."
Elephant
Elephant
"Ball and Biscuit Jack White of The White Stripes. Three guitar solos in this song, each getting progressively more advanced and better."
Burn
Burn
"Burn Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple. Aside from being an awesome song, and my second personal favorite from this band, Ritchie Blackmore is a madman on the guitar. This solo is insane."
Beyond
Beyond
"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."
Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters
"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."
Back in Black
Back in Black
"Back in Black Angus Young of AC/DC. Two guitar solos, with the second being longer and cooler than the first, this song is undeniably fantastic."
Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
"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)."
Howlin Rain
Howlin 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.""
Green River
Green River
"Bad Moon Rising John Fogerty of Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR). With guitar playing as distinct as his voice, this solo isn't face-melting, but it fits the already sterling song beautifully."
(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
"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!"
Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
"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."
Texas Flood
Texas Flood
"Texas Flood Stevie Ray Vaughan. My favorite guitarist of all time, the man could perform miracles if you gave him six strings."
Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland
"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."
Amputechture
Amputechture
"Vicarious Atonement Omar Rodríguez-López 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."
Metallica
Metallica
"Nothing Else Matters Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Though technically a slow song, and perhaps a betrayal to what the band has become, easily one of the tastiest guitar solos ever written."
Mr Beast
Mr Beast
"We're No Here Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai. Five words: Mogwai makes electric guitars scream."
Absolution
Absolution
"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."
The Black Parade
The Black Parade
"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."
Freedom
Freedom
"Rockin' in the Free World Neil Young. A song that has become a guilty pleasure among much better Neil Young material. But oh so awesome."
(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
"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."
Blizzard of Ozz
Blizzard of Ozz
"Mr. Crowley Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne. Zakk Wylde is one of the most prolific guitarists of the past few decades, and this song, among others, stands as a testament to his face-melting skills."
The Game (+ Bonus Track)
The Game (+ Bonus Track)
"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."
The Bends
The Bends
"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."
Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
"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."
Nothing's Shocking
Nothing's Shocking
"Ocean Size Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. A true rock and roll misfit, Dave Navarro wrote some of the tastiest guitar solo-age of the 90's. I think Ocean Size has...four?"
Siamese Dream
Siamese Dream
"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."
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
"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."
Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
"Young Man Blues Pete Townshend of The Who. His iconic guitar smashing, was one of the first real guitar heroes. There are many songs that showcase his talent, but Young Man Blues is my favorite."
Sky Blue Sky
Sky Blue Sky
"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."
Lullabies To Paralyze
Lullabies To Paralyze
"Little Sister Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Very unique guitar playing, and very recognizable. The solo at the end of Little Sister makes me wish I had his skills."