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The best guitar solos according to Classic Rock magazine

A survey conducted by magazine Classic Rock , in 2018, determined the best guitar solos ever for readers of this periodical.

Classic Rock is a British magazine dedicated, as its name implies, to rock music.  Published by Future, this magazine is also responsible for its sister publications Metal Hammer and Prog.

Although it focuses mainly on band most important from the 1960s to the early 1990s, the magazine also includes articles and reviews of contemporary artists and new bands it deems noteworthy.

Here are what the best solos are according to the readers of Classic Rock.

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The best guitar solos according to Classic Rock
A survey conducted by the magazine Classic Rock , in 2018, determined the best guitar solos of all time for readers of this periodical. Classic Rock is a British magazine dedicated, as the name implies, to music rock. Published by Future, this magazine is also responsible for sister publications Metal Hammer and Prog.Although it focuses mainly on band most important from the 1960s to the early 1990s, the magazine also includes articles and reviews of contemporary artists and new band that it deems noteworthy. Here are what the best solos are according to the readers of Classic Rock.
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10. Tony Iommi/Black Sabbath – Paranoid
The ranking, compiled by the magazine Classic Rock Magazine, included the solo by Paranoid in tenth place. The song has lyrics where the themes of sociopathy and mental deviance are addressed: in fact, this song contributed to the dark and threatening image of Black Sabbath.
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9. Prince/Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain
The song was originally written as a single country, which Prince handed over to the artist Stevie Nicks for her to write the lyrics: however, the singer refused. Prince later explained that the lyrics of the song referred to the end of the world.
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8. Slash/Guns N' Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine
Sweet Child Of Mine was the only Guns N' Roses song to reach the top of Billboard Hot 100. On VH1 it was claimed that Slash had played the riff as a joke during a recording session: however, Axl Rose was enraptured by it, so on that solo he began to sing the song he had composed.
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7. Brian May/Queen – Killer Queen
Freddie Mercury recounted that he wrote the lyrics earlier than the music, unlike what he was usually used to: this was the first song he collaborated on Brian May after recovering from hepatitis.
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6. Eddie Van Halen/Van Halen – Eruption
Eruption is an exclusively instrumental track included on the Van Halen debut album . On the album this song serves as the intro to You Really Got Me, and often the two songs are played together by radio stations.
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5. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
The song was originally written and performed by Bob Dylan. The most famous version, however, is by Jimi Hendrix, so much so that the magazine Rolling Stone placed the cover at 48th place on its list of the 500 best songs of all time.
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4. Allen Collins/Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
In live performances, the song is characterized by the unmistakable sound of the three guitars and by its duration, which exceeds 14 minutes. The song is divided into two parts. The first, lasting about 5 minutes, is slow, sung and (originally) accompanied by the piano; the second, about 4 minutes long, is a long progression with guitar.
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3. Don Felder, Joe Walsh/Eagles – Hotel California
Don Felder hinted that the song was inspired by a particular subject in his private life. It has not been revealed who that person was, but in an interview Felder himself revealed that the song's inspirer was an Italian girl, characterized by a mysterious and exciting side, exactly like that of'Hotel California.
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2. David Gilmour/Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
While most of the songs in The Wall were written by Roger Waters, the music for Comfortably Numb was composed entirely by David Gilmour, who had initially planned to include the song on his first solo album, but later decided to bring demo to the recordings of The Wall.
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1. Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
The song has been criticized for allegedly containing subliminal messages. According to some interpretations, a verse of the song, played backwards, would contain a hymn to the devil. In reality, there is no evidence to support this theory: it is probably one of many cases of auditory illusion. Certainly, Robert Plant was inspired by reading some novels to write the lyrics.
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