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100 Greatest Guitar Solos (with Tabs) According To Guitar World Magazine

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Guitar World magazine recently published this list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos from a reader's poll. What resulted was certainly not a definitive list and it reflected the magazine's demographic (no jazz guitar solos, for example), but it is an interesting collection of solos to browse nonetheless. About.com has republished this list complete with links to the guitar tabs.

Metal bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and greats such as Hendrix, Rhoads, Satriani, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen and more pepper the list with multiple entries.

It's a decent read if you've got the time, and a good resource if you wanted to learn how to play some of these solos.

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1. Cynic writes:

Good to see them put some metal into the top 10. Dime's Floods was 15 though, I don't get what people are on about there, Cowboys from Hell or Psycho Holiday have better solos to my ears.

#34 Paranoid Android? I'm a huge Radiohead fan but that solo's just a bunch of noise. If I had to add to the list it would be Necrophagist with Fermented Offal Discharge and maybe Morbid Angel with Rapture.

Oh and I'm not complaining about the list, just putting my two cents in.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 12:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Angry Mob Justice writes:

I agree with you on the solo off of Fermented offal discharge by Necrophagist being in there. I never seem to get tired of that solo and its awesome to watch SuiƧmez play it live even though sometimes he might play it a little bit sloppy.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 12:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. slayerdisciple writes:

this actually isnt new i saw this last month on this site, stairway to heaven is the most overated song ever (not just the solo) it shouldve made the list but not even the top 50 let alone #1, the sultans of swing by the dire straits shouldve made top 10 and the fact that nirvanas smells like teen spirit beat master of puppets is just ridiculous

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. efleming writes:

An interesting list. I am glad that my favorite solo of all time, "Mr. Crowley" made the list. However it's a little disheartening that the "solo" from "Smells Like Teen Spirit" beat it out. Oh well. It's not like Guitar World is the gospel when it come to music of any genre.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. slayerdisciple writes:

that smells like teen spirit even made the list is embarrisin, i love that song and that band but kurt cobain isnt exactly the godliest of guitar players

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BoltThrower writes:

Malmsteen's Black Star is just an intro. Why not use Far Beyond the Sun instead?

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Wow what a list. Its very hard to make such a list since everyone would have their own say, but who ever made this list made my laugh. Its good to see Dime get some respect in the top ten. Aside from that it was the most random list I'v ever seen! Even though many of the solos they picked were awesome but the order to which they were in confused me.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Alex.... writes:

Dragonforce probly has the most intense solos, i dont think anyone could play like the guitarists in DF

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. poopsicle#@1 writes:

Totally, Dragonforce is the fastest guitars players I've seen in my life yo.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Phil writes:

I believe "Kid Charlemagne" counts as a jazz guitar solo.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 12:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metal2death writes:

wow how the f*** is nirvana beating pantera and i think a better solo is in the sleep. f*** nirvana

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 3:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. MetalRizzle writes:

wheres slayer!?!

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. efleming writes:

Kerry King himself has said his solos suck. And neither Kerry or Jeff's solos are very melodic or thought out, actually by their own admission. When it comes to Kerry it goes like this: Huge bend on the 17th fret, then going apesh*t in a box high up the neck. Jeff's are a little more melodic but neither are groundbreaking. But I f*ucking love Slayer.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Cynic writes:

People always say that but I'd like to see where your quotes are coming from. Just because a solo isn't melodic it isn't in scale, there are plenty of clever dissonant scales.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. metalmayhem writes:

cynic i totally agree w/ your additions of necrophagist and morbid angel....the solo's in the two songs respectively are mind blowing. muhammed from necrophagist is one of the best guitarists ive ever seen......and that azagthoth dude isnt bad either.........and if i may add one, michael amott's solo on Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article off the Necroticism album.

# Jan 11, 2007 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Stephen writes:

Sorry guys, but any list that places Kurt Cobain at #26 and John Petrucci at #98 can't be taken very seriously. But interestingly enough, a lot of the list seems to make at least partial sense to me, so I guess I can't completely rag on it too much.

...I guess I'll leave this top 100 with the phrase, "good enough".

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17. Child_Of_Bodom writes:

I can dig it!

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 12:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. DDD writes:

well...being the mainstream magazine that they are, they have to strike a balance between commercial stuff and actual good stuff.
Meaning, having read the story myself, its not exactly "The Best Solos" thing, it's "The Best Solos in Well Known Songs". I dont understand why Kurt Cobain is on that list at all, to be honest. And it's not - to me at least - who's fastest or the most technically advanced player, I just thought Cobain's solos were crap. I cant actually remember any of em very well... which is exactly the point.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 7:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Scorpion69 writes:

i just wish that Randy Rhoads would Have been in the top 5 but still a good list.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 8:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. brandedcfh420 writes:

fuk nirvana.....they sucked then and suck now!!!!!!....

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Scorpion69 writes:

yeah i'm not too big of a fan either

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 9:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. slayerdisciple writes:

post 16 i was thinkin the exact same thing

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 9:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Alex.... writes:

If Hendrix was still alive and had a chance to see the guys play in Dragonforce he would probly go insane

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. blakscorpion21 writes:

to the comments on slayer. they dont have the traditional solo, but their solos are unique and sound good. the deserve at least some recognition.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. KF writes:

IN MY "OPINION", FOR A GUITAR SOLO TO BE GREAT IT HAS TO HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO IT. THE SOLO HAS TO BE MEMORABLE. ANYONE CAN SHRED AND MAKE A BUNCH OF NOISE, FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE KERRY KING (NO OFFENSE, I CANT DO THAT sh**), AND MOST OF HIS SOLO'S AREN'T MEMORABLE. AND NOT JUST HIM, A BUNCH OF BANDS. I THINK THIS LIST IS PRETTY ON. MAYBE WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS.

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26. kev writes:

van halen tour 2007 bigger than elvis !!!

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. slayerdisciple writes:

agreed with KF, if this was a list of the 100 best riffs slayer would make the list with raining blood and war ensemble

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. blakscorpion21 writes:

raining blood is prolly the best riff ever created. not all of kerrys solos are noise and most of jeffs solos are far from it. if your looking for a more traditional solo, look at anything off seasons in the abyss, especially the title track. most of these solos are fairly melodic and pretty memorable if you ask me. but youre right, when it comes to writing riffs, slayer reigns supreme.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. RememberMetal? writes:

The Hotel California solo was the first guitar solo to give me goosebumps, still does if I catch it in the right mood.....I think I was maybe 6 when I first heard that one, though the song is 5 years older than me...I thought it was a ghost story...addiction hadn't quite come into my vocabulary yet.

One is fantastic solo but I'm a much bigger fan of the "Master of Puppets" "Call of Ktulu" and "Fight Fire with Fire" solos. Floods was a surprise (that it ranked so high) but quite deserving.

Shame that so many great solos will go publicly unobserved just because a band is obscure or caters to a nitch crowd.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Cynic writes:

Man, Call Of Ktulu has such an amazing solo. The section at about 4:22 where he combines tapping and bending...magic.

# Jan 12, 2007 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. slayerdisciple writes:

One is my favorite song of all time but Master of Puppets and Blackend have better solos then it

# Jan 13, 2007 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Scorched_Earth writes:

Slayer-with the exception of Lombardo, does not need to be on any talent list anywhere, except marketing.

Didn't have time to look at the list but a no brainer is 'Comfortably Numb' by Pink Floyd. My definition of a great performance is-can you remove any part of it and have it be the same thing? If you took one note out of the solo of 'Comfortably Numb' it would be missed. Kobain, who was a passonate song writer and good musician, should not be on a list of guitar solos, neither should one of my favorites-Chris Cornell (who's taken acoustic solos in some pieces), its not what they do.

# Jan 14, 2007 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. slayerdisciple writes:

wtf r u talkin bout? Hanneman is one of the most talented guitarists right now or even back then, that 2nd paragraph i agree with u there

# Jan 14, 2007 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Scorched_Earth writes:

Its my fault. I said I wouldn't do this again...

slayerdisciple-opinions are opinions. If those guys move you then, fine. I could say so much right now (like how I stood in horror on the Hell Awaits tour and saw King pass off asending and desending a C Major scale as if he was playing a melody or how when my old guitar teacher gave Slayer their first big musicians interview on the Clash of the Titans tour and their publisist asked that he not ask Hanneman or King any technical questions because it may make them look dumb)...but I'll simply say this:

Good get yourself some Eric John, John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder. Listen to the songs, the energy behind them, then analyse the structure, combination of chords, melodies and THEN check out the solos-watch for the combination of technique and application of modes and coloration over the chords and THEN notice how everything is done with feeling and passion.

...and then go back and listen to Slayer and tell me what you think.

# Jan 14, 2007 @ 10:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. slayerdisciple writes:

i listen to those guys they r extremely talented musicians, kick a$$ in there own way, and r excellent song writers, i still think Hanneman is one of the most talented guitarists

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36. Scorched_Earth writes:

All good. I have no idea what you see in their playing.

# Jan 14, 2007 @ 11:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. slayerdisciple writes:

one reason i like them cause imo they have the best sound of any band

# Jan 15, 2007 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Scorched_Earth writes:

Slayer's sound is dense. They do that well. As for solos-Hanneman and KIngs tone-and Araya inability to actually play his bass...I'm just not seeing it.

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39. the antihippy writes:

does a solo make a band? no.

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 5:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Good luck gettng Zeppelin solos right...I find the errors in magazines every time they try to get a Zeppelin tab. My dad used to play guitar alot, and I might not know notes perse, but I definitely remember how "Stairway..." was supposed to sound. And my dad would play just the intro, I'd tell him it was wrong. And he'd be all "It says its how its supposed to go on this tab". I told him plainly "That tab is wrong..." Plain and Simple, Zeppelin is still a band whose sound cannot be duplicated. The only people that know how to play those songs correctly is Zep themselves (And sometimes even on stage, even Jimmy Page seemed to forget how his solo on 'Stairway...' went, I swear to GOD!). And if you think people never get it right on 'Stairway...', I DOUBLE DARE someone to try and tab the solos in 'Since I've Been Loving You'! The solos on that are even more complex. Now the reason Zep's work can't be duplicated is because in order to play like them, you have to have their style. And to have their style, you'd pretty much have to BE THEM yourself. And I think its good that their work can't be duplicated, because the thing everyone should learn from Zeppelin, is NOT how to play like them, but rather, to make your own style and stop wasting time trying to copy others. Yes, you should definitely have people that inspire you to play (For me, thats Led Zeppelin and Behemoth), but they should inspire you to be individual, and not to just learn how to play their songs...

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41. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Oh yeah, even when you COVER a song, you have to have your own style when covering. You can't just play a cover like a clone of the artist you're covering. Look at artists who do covers of songs, even when you listen to it, you recognize it as the original, but the style that its covered in lets you know WHO is covering it. Music is supposed to be a mix of SKILL, STYLE, and of course, UNIQUENESS/INDIVIDUALITY.

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42. Azazel_Begotten writes:

And THATS ANOTHER THING! What the fvck is up with these cover bands!? That sh1t is so pathetic! I mean, being in a cover band only proves that you can't make nothing of your own!

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 12:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. blakscorpion21 writes:

slayers solos may not be impressive to you. personally i like them alot. even if alot of them are in the same scale they all have impressive speed to them. then you can look at solos like seasons in the abyss, its a nice more conventional mid-paced solo that just sounds really good. solos aside, what about their talent in writing great lyrics and riffs. not many can do that as well as slayer, well mostly the older stuff has the best lyrics, the new stuff is alot of i hate god and god sucks(but even then the lrics are not bad at all). and riffs like raining blood, south of heaven, war ensemble and spirit in black just cant be replicated. combine all this with the speed at which they play and yes slayer is quite talented.

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 12:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Scorched_Earth writes:

Slayer is very fast...it does take endurance to play some of those riff. I will conceed that for what they do, they are good at it (meaning playing fast). I personally think Hetfield and Mustaine are both more intricate and more complex in their syncopation, upstrokes and downstroke-espacially Mustaine with tracks like Holy Wars. King and Hanneman rhythm-wise aren't bad. Araya is embarassing.

As far as solos go...they fit the music-no different than one of my favorites-the Edge of U2. I don't demand shreding from everyone...I just think the guys in Slayer COULD and SHOULD be a lot better at what they do...

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 4:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. RememberMetal? writes:

This is one of the best back and forth discussions going on right now....

People actually discussing rather than bashing eachother and their bands. It says alot more than some of the other threads.

No, Slayer are not so perfect in the technical sense...Yes, their lyrics are hit and miss, more so than most bands.....and when you catch them live you have to cross your fingers, they butcher their own songs with some regularity....Blessedly they aren't as bad live as say the Deftones.

They aren't the machine that Metallica STILL are in the live setting. They aren't as fleet of foot, hand and finger as say Dream Theatre or Dragonforce but they're among darker of the pioneers of their genre.

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. blakscorpion21 writes:

yea, ill agree, mustain and the guys from metallica, not nessecerily hetfield imo, are better technical guitarists. and as far as tom araya goes, i dont honestly know how good he plays his bass really, its not something i pay attention to. but ill take your word for it if you say he isnt very good. his lyrics are good though, vocals are hit and miss, plus tom is just cool lol. you also have to take into account that these guys are getting pretty old, 40+ year old fingers just dont move like their 25yr old counterparts.
could they be technically better? sure, everyone could use a little improvement. does their style of music require it? not really.

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47. Cynic writes:

I would disagree with you about Hetfield. Songs like Blackened and Dyers Eve are probably the most technical rhythm parts (bar say Necrophagist some prog bands) I've seen.

As for Slayer, I see them quite similar to Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel. All of his solos are mainly improvised because it's not the techincality of say a clever sweep picking section that matters, it's the warped, pyschotic feeling of the solo over the music. Likewise with Slayer, a neoclassical ditty would sound out of place, where a blaze of dissonant cacophany to add to the fury of the music sits well.

# Jan 17, 2007 @ 8:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. RememberMetal? writes:

Cynic

I could not have said it better myself...It's nice having someone around who is on top of the shop jargon with a keen sense of style dynamics to boot.

If you have the free time and interest, you should email or post to deathbringer about maybe doing some reviews for MU.

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49. godlike writes:

just thought, as a fellow guitarist, that I should throw my own "opinions" in here..!!

I'll agree with my buddy Azazel in #40..Zeppelin cant be duplicated or covered...its too f^ckin hard..!!!
although, the best band I ever heard play any decent Zeppelin covers was Great White..an album named Great Zeppelin...!! check it out whether your a Great White fan or not...Its all Zeppelin music and its actually done quite well..

My opinions of the List...well, Kurt Cobain doesnt belong anywhere near this, or any other list of talented guitar players..!! Ritchie Blackmore's Lazy is a good example of his phenominal talents..!!
and what the hell is up with Cult of Personality being all the way down at #87...Vernon Ried is tearing up the fretboard in that solo...
And lastly, I have been a fan of AC/DC since the 70s, but I cant say that any Angus Young solos really belong on this list..!!

and now, back to your Slayer discussion..

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50. Cynic writes:

Wow RememberMetal?, I would be really interested in writing reviews. Do you guys write about albums that have just hit the stores or few months old?

PS godlike, the Cult of Personality personality is a true sonic great.

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51. Cynic writes:

BTW for great tabs (Zeppelin included) http://www.ultimate-guitar.com has some quality powertabs, the guitarpro/text ones I can't vouch for. The only reason is they took in all of powertabs.net tabs when it was shut down by those money hungry wolves and their lawsuits.

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52. Scorched_Earth writes:

LOL-Surrounded by Slayer fans! Zep of course was great-partially because of the skill of Jones and Bohnom thou-Jimmy Page was an amazing producer.

Let's define solos-I don't want to be misunderstood as close-minded. A solo ISNT a technical exercise-it IS a way to bring the energy up in a song. Just like any great orator will tell you-communication is about transmiting ideas. My feeling is that theory, technique is just a means to an end for the passion and energy the soloist is trying to project. That makes a great solo...

ps-Vernon Ried ripped it in all kinds of ways on 'Cult...' Harmalodic BABY!

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53. godlike writes:

I am glad that other people feel the same about the Vernon Ried solo in Cult of Personality...!!!
..its too bad that album, didnt have some better songs on it.!!! But to see him get credit for that solo is great.!!!

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54. Scorched_Earth writes:

Hey Godlike-

Check out the following album, 'Time's Up' ...that record and the playing by everyone on it is INCREDIBLE. Unfortunately, after that the great moments were few...

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55. RememberMetal? writes:

Cynic

We do it all, new, old, semi-new all's fair.

I'll mention you to deathbringer and we'll see what we can do.

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56. Azazel_Begotten writes:

scorpion, I definitely DO love Slayer! Kerry King can shred like no other.

godlike, Seriously, I aim to have a playing style thats a mix of blues, and metal. Maybe stuff in between. But since I've been listening to more Black Metal, I offiicially have listened to EVERYTHING METAL at this point (Thank You SoulSeek program for having the best file-sharing site for Metallers \m/ !)!

RememberMetal? I agree with your comment about how you were glad this thread wasn't just band bashing and sh*ttalking. We're not always fighting over how Nu Metal isn't Metal

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57. Scorched_Earth writes:

Hey Remember Metal-

Yes it is a fun discussion! You guys have convinced me to give Slayer one more listen. I do have issues with them being 40+ men saying stupid and offensive things (Angel of Death anyone?) but-oh well. Also-I'm old. At my age the whole piss and vinegar 'F--k tha world' thing is kinda yesteryear (if you are going to say f*** the world say it when you're done).

I hope I showed enough respect to those I don't agree with-I have no intrest in talking sh** about someones taste in music.

Back to work!

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58. godlike writes:

Hey Azazel..if you want to hear a good mix of Blues and Metal...check out the band Badlands..!! This was Jake E Lee's project after his stint with Ozzy...It lasted long enough to produce 3 fantastic albums..and was only cut short by the loss of Ray Gillen...!!

And to Remember Metal?... yes, this is truly a decent discussion...It seems that things are different when its actual musicians that are taking part...and not some idiot that has listened to some CDs and played air guitar at a few concerts..

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59. blakscorpion21 writes:

yea, you got alot of good points scorched earth. try slayers 1st 5 albums if you wanna hear the best stuff obviously. its not only more technical and faster than the newer albums but the lyrics are more intellegent, almost poetic really. i really cant decide what album i like best, reign in blood, seasons in the abyss, or show no mercy. its a real toss-up.

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60. .. writes:

slash is the greatest eva!

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61. Scorched_Earth writes:

Godlike-Jake E Lee is amazing! I personally think he was Ozzy's best guitarist (No disrespect to Rhoads)

Blackscorpion21:

Yeah-see I bought Show No Mercy when it came out. I remember the big four trying figure out where they were gonna go and Slayer went with speed. Hell Awaits was the record that was just stupid fast and the first time I thought it was so fast it was just dumb. Then the next time I listened-I thought Lombardo was seriously carrying the whole band...

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62. godlike writes:

Now this, is GREAT to see....someone else out there, thinks so highly of Jake E Lee... yes the man is amazing...!!
Scorched_Earth..have you heard all three of the Badlands CDs...The third was a Japan only release..entitled Dusk...I paid almost $40 for it a few years back...but as far as I am concerned it was well worth it...That band had such an incredible sound, and Ray Gillens voice was phenominal...its such a shame,that he died so young...

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63. Scorched_Earth writes:

Ya know...I haven't! I remember when it came out-I'll have to go looking for it. Thanks for reminding me...Do you remember the Bark at the Moon Tour Concert Video? If you haven't seen that-JAKE SHREDS all over that thing! He had a great sense of melody and he would put together these melodic sequences that were beautiful-it sux that he's so underated...

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64. godlike writes:

I personally think that in that era, there were so many great guitarists,( Vivian Campbell, Adrian Vandenberg,George Lynch, Warren DeMartini etc..) that he (Jake E LEE) was sometimes overlooked because of being the "hired hand" for Ozzy and the fact that he was replacing Randy Rhodes..!! Alot of the time even Brad Gillis is overlooked because of being the RR replacement....Which is too bad, because he( Brad Gillis) is also another phenominal player..

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65. blakscorpion21 writes:

jake e lee was no joke, bark at the moons solo is damn awesome.

id agree with you about lombardo though scorched-earth, he is the most talented of the 4. that guy is insane. it seems to me that youd enjoy seasons in the abyss the most. what do you think of that album?

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66. Alex.... writes:

Dragonforce has the best solos
PERIOD!
:)

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67. slayerdisciple writes:

blakscorpion21 seasons is the best

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68. Scorched_Earth writes:

blackscorpion21-

Ok-I remember when that one came out. Never listened to it. I will give it a fair chance-can't make any promises...;-)

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69. Val writes:

Here's a pretty good write up of hits and misses on this Guitar Solo list (no Hairway to Stephen)?

http://www.culturecloud.com/Articles/00001695/Top_100_guitar_solos.aspx

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70. Redrimshot86 writes:

Ok, I'm suprised I have to say this...has everyone forgot about Chuck Schuldiner from Death? I mean come on I dare you to find one death solo that doesn't run chills down your spine.

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71. Cynic writes:

I'm Deaths no. 1 fan but none of Chucks solos really stand out for me, apart from maybe his one in "Killing Spree". If anything I think their best solos came from the great Andy La'Rocque on ITP. Lets face it, they're all good.

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72. slayerdisciple writes:

the solo from Spirit Crusher sticks out to me

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73. slayerdisciple writes:

however death wouldnt be on there cause if u couldnt tell the metal bands were the more popular/acceptable bands make this list, death wasnt exactly slayer no matter how equally (at times more) talented they slayer was, were, is

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74. slayerdisciple writes:

^ i meant slayer was, is, will be

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75. Redrimshot86 writes:

If Chuck's solos don't stand out it's because they all equally kick ass. He's got alien fingers.

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76. JAMES 44 writes:

John Petrucci is no 98 totally i don't agree man !!!!!!

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77. Cynic writes:

I think the dual solo with Andy on the track "Trapped In A Corner" is probably Deaths best.

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78. Redrimshot86 writes:

Cynic, I totally agree! Anytime I want to introduce someone to Death I usually play them that song. That one can turn anyone into a metalhead hail Gene Hoglan!

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79. Paradigmbuster writes:

I've already gotten over the fact that guitarworld is a musically dead commercial magazine that will worship metallica, zakk wylde, and the usual bunch for the rest of it's lifetime. So it's not the order of this list that bothers me (although jimmy hendrix is on there way too much). Just a few people that probably should be on there that aren't. Marty Friedman(pretty much any solo) >; Kirk Hammett. Jeff Waters (Annihilator - Fun Palace or Second to None) should probably be on there, along with Jeff Loomis (Nevermore - pretty much any solo IMO better than petrucci). Not to mention George Lynch (I listen to Dokken and just skip to the solos, they're that good: See Mr.Scary and In My Dreams).

Oh, and how is the Freebird solo at #3? Sure it's long, but it's pretty much the most generic solo i've ever heard. It gets tedious after hearing the same pentatonic notes for about 4 minutes.

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80. Skript writes:

This list is really old... I remember seeing it like 3 years ago. did they update it or something?

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81. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Godlike, I'm definitely checking out Badlands!

But yeah, everyone has made great points. I also agree with what Scorched_Earth said in post #57

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82. wow writes:

Where is James Murphy on this list? I think the list is a little biased towards heavier music considering metallica is the heaviest band with a solo on the list. Kurt Cobain is on the list but not Murphy. There is a lot of Bull sh** on this list

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83. Zero Tolerance writes:

Anyone here remember that long section in "Left Hand Path"? kind of like a very long outro. Man, those trade-off solos gave me the chills.

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84. Redrimshot86 writes:

Yeah Murphy is another forgotten great. How can you play in Death, Obituary, Testament, and more only to be unrecognized. I know this list reflects the guitar world's reader's but damn!

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85. Zero Tolerance writes:

^^^^^^^James Murphy was in Cancer, right?

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86. Cynic writes:

"Zero Tolerance writes:
Anyone here remember that long section in "Left Hand Path"?"

Yeah man, the doomy riff underneath is so perfect for the solos, that albums a classic. As far as the list, Jason Becker is another great that they overlooked.

Murphy is a great guitarist, and a master of the whammy bar. He's one of those guitarist where you can tell straight aways he's playing. Yeah he played in Cancer as well.

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87. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Dime was another one you could tell it were always him playin

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88. M3talH3ad writes:

Kurt Cobain is so over rated

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89. Phill writes:

i know this is a good list but i think people need to get over the past there is some good bands going around now with some of the best solos ever but they dont get a look at becasue most people think the old stuff is too good, i would, like dragonforce i wolud to see half the guys listed in the top 100 try and play like that most of them would not be able to, its time we moved on

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90. Alex.... writes:

As if Dragonforce isnt on that list thats a bunch of BabyBack BullSh*t! :)

Ah well

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91. Che writes:

CALL OF THE KTULU

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92. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Che made a point

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93. Blood Red writes:

Does anyone else find it irritating that Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi) got almost completely passed over on this stupid list? Sure, they got the obligatory nod for War Pigs, but what about Iron Man or Snowblind? Those are two of the most incredible guitar solos (Iron Man's bass lines are also probably the best I've ever heard) that's in my list of favorites. Sabbath is a very much under appreciated band by the general population. The majority of people age 18-25 probably only recognize Ozzy and that's because of his wild antics and trivial TV show and would balk when asked to name the band that made him famous in the first place and the incredible musicians who have fueled his career ever since.
Also, I don't care that Slayer's melodies are unconventional and you may not be able to hum along with the guitar solos but anyone who is a fan of metal should not knock them. Tom Araya is a very good bass player, definatley not the best out there but he is awesome and his vocals are unique and as hard as anyone else's. I have seen Metallica twice and Slayer 4 times. I used to think Metallica was the ultimate band both in the studio and on stage... then I went and saw Slayer live and I was shown the light. Slayer even in their 40's rock harder and with more energy and enthuiasm than any band I've ever seen. Slayer has been reigning the metal world for going on 3 decades. Metallica folded a long time ago and I doubt that there are many other bands that will carry the torch as long as Slayer has and will.

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94. godlike writes:

Excuse me.,Blood Red... but you mention Slayer carrying this metal torch....and the length of time they have been carrying it... I will have to disagree with you on that..
Oddly enough you mentioned Sabbath...they have been holding this said torch since the late 60s...and if anyone shall take that perverbial torch from them, it will be someone like Iron Maiden..

I do agree that Iommi and Butler's fretwork is definatly second to none.... and considering they are still playing ( Heaven and Hell ) then they shall still be looked at as "carrying the torch"..!!

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95. guitarherogod writes:

What surprised me the most was that a band like Rush was only included one time in the whole countdown. I'm not asking for them to be number one or anything, but the solo on 2112 Overture is so much better than working man, but I think this stems from Rush being REALLY underrated as a band by tons of people.

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