What makes for a great guitar solo? Is it mind-melting precision or bone-chilling soul? Is it the way it can leave you slack-jawed, wondering, “How did he do that?” Or is it something that you can sing from memory, a melodic passage that weaves itself into the DNA of the song? Or are the greatest solos ever played the ones that somehow manage to do all of the above?
Gibson.com is on a mission to find out, so we polled a panel of rock and roll experts.
Without further ado, we are thrilled to present the Top 10 Guitar Solos of All Time:
10) “Bohemian Rhapsody,” [lastfm]Queen[/lastfm] ([lastfm]Brian May[/lastfm])
9) “Johnny B. Goode,” [lastfm]Chuck Berry[/lastfm]
8 ) “Whle My Guitar Gently Weeps,” [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm] ([lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm])
7) “Layla,” [lastfm]Derek and the Dominos[/lastfm] (Eric Clapton, [lastfm]Duane Allman[/lastfm])