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Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday's Top 5 list - Toughest Guitar Solos

After rocking out on my way home last night, I thought this week’s top 5 should deal with shredding.

Ok people, your top 5 tough as nails guitar solos and we are talking kick you in the face tough, not difficulty. We’re talking the kind of tough where after you heard it, you wanted to buy a guitar, get a hotel room and trash the fuck out of it.

1. Eddie Van Halen – Eruption (this solo was so fucking bad ass, they just made it a song)

2. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child – I can hear Jimi, can you?

3. George Lynch – Mr. Scary – You gotta love the hair and the triggered drums, but they don’t come close to taming the massive shredding going on here.

4. Kirk Hammet (Metallica) – One – It may have been their first video, but in this song you can hear how amazing of a guitar player Kirk Hammet is. One of the best and smoothest shredders of all time. Solo begins at 5:45.

5. Marty Freedman (Megadeath) – Holy Wars – The actual solo begins at 4:36 mark, but the song as whole is pretty bad ass!


Hos said...

How do Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen not make this list? I don't know, but they don't make mine either.

Weird category, so two responses. First, tough

1. Sorry, but while your Hendrix choice was a great one, it wasn't even the best Hendrix toughie. That honor goes to All Along the Watchtower.

2. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads. A simply brilliant solo.

3. I can live with Eruption at 3.

4. And I can live with One at 4.

5. Going outside the box on this one - Slash on November Rain. Just plain, ol' powerful.

Now the real category - Best Solos Ever

1. David Gilmour on Comfortably Numb. To put this in context, Roger Watters uses not one, not two, but THREE guitarists to recreate it when he's on tour.

2. Eric Clapton on The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps. One of the best guitarists ever, with one of the best bands.

3. Stevie Ray Vaughn's Little Wing - he takes out the lyrics and makes the whole song a solo

4. Jimi Hendrix - Tie: All Along the Watchtower & Voodoo Child. Not sure much else need be said.

5. It gets into a little grey area for me here, but I would say it's either Freebird, Stranglehold or maybe even Eddie Van Halen's solo in Beat It.

John M said...

1. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy)
2. Texas Flood - SRV
3. Sweet Child O Mine - GNR (Slash)
4. Man In a Box - Alice in Chains (Jerry Cantrell)
5. Cult of Personality - Living Colour (Vernon Reid)

mv said...

Cacophony- Speed Metal Symphony

Extreme-Play With Me

Yngwie Malmsteen-Arpeggios From Hell

Living Colour - Cult Of Personality

Steve Vai - The Audience Is Listening

bsl said...

1. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads
2. One - Metallica (Kirk Hammet)
3. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
4. Once - Pearl Jam (Mike McCready)
5. Come Together - Aerosmith (Joe Perry)

4-Square Champ said...

This is like trying to pick your favorite child. I'm going with.

1. Comfortably Numb-Pink Floyd Gotta be a live version though.

2. Sultans of Swing-Dire Straits

3. I Ain't Superstitious-Rod Stewart with Jeff Beck manning the strings.

4. Johnny B. Goode-Chuck Berry Without this, there would be no list. Any those kids at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance would still be stiff prudes.

5. Whipping Post-Allman Bros.

Honorable Mention-Anything I play on Guitar Hero. I am a Rock God.