by PJ Thorne Contributor

Tags: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Queen 

Greatest guitar solo of all time announced

Classic Rock magazine reveals the best solo ever


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Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has been announced as the greatest solo guitar song ever.

Critics, musicians and music writers have all been polled by Classic Rock magazine and the resounding answer was that ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was the top song on offer to date.

This song is one that many aspiring guitarists make for their target to achieve.

The track itself has seen controversy recently when a court case was brought against the band when the family of former Spirit guitarist Randy California alleged that Led Zeppelin had stolen part of the song from him. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant however won that battle.

Guitar solos will always be a subject music fans rejoice in debating as ever one has their own ear to the sound and the performer has their own take on the material.

Polls have put Zeppelin on top with ‘Stairway’, yet Chuck Berry hit ‘Johnny B. Goode and Guns ‘n’ Roses anthem ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour (on Comfortably Numb), Don Felder and Joe Walsh were also there for the iconic Eagles song ‘Hotel California’ and have all been cited as its worthy successor

The top ten to date is:

Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Hotel California - Don Felder and Joe Walsh (Eagles)
Freebird - Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Killer Queen - Brian May (Queen)
Sweet Child of Mine - Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Purple Rain - Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
Paranoid - Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

You can read the full list in the forthcoming issue of Classic Rock magazine on release soon.

PJ Thorne


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