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The Top 10 'Greatest Guitar Solos'

October 11, 2016

According to a Classic Rock magazine poll featuring "critics, artists and musicologists," Jimmy Page's solo on Led Zeppelin's 1971 masterpiece "Stairway To Heaven" is the greatest guitar solo in rock. Vintage Vinyl News posted the Top 10 entries on the list, with the following 90 solos to be included in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Coming in at Number Two was David Gilmour's six string work on Pink Floyd's 1979 jaw-dropper "Comfortably Numb," with the dual guitar heaven of Don Felder and Joe Walsh on the Eagles' 1976 game-changer "Hotel California" rounding out the Top Three

Jimmy Page admitted to Classic Rock that the honor is welcomed, but probably incorrect, saying, "Is 'Stairway To Heaven' my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it's pretty damn good...If everyone else says it’s my best solo then that’s great, that’s good, but there are others that I prefer."

In the issue Jimmy Page talks about Led Zeppelin's 1970 sessions at Headley Grange that captured "Stairway To Heaven", Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason talks about the musical thread to be found in all of Floyd's work from "Arnold Layne" through their final work and former Eagle Don Felder reminisces on how he wrote the introduction to the Eagles' 1976 chart topper, "Hotel California". 

'The Top 10 'Greatest Guitar Solos' according to Classic Rock Magazine:

"Stairway To Heaven" - Jimmy Page
"Comfortably Numb" - David Gilmour
"Hotel California" - Don Felder and Joe Walsh
"Freebird" - Allen Collins
"All Along The Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix
"Eruption" - Eddie Van Halen
"Killer Queen" - Brian May
"Sweet Child Of Mine" - Slash
"Purple Rain" - Prince
"Paranoid" - Tony Iommi