These are my favorite guitar solos. Some of these solos are intricate but some are pretty simple. I picked ones out that I have always liked. Some of them are not considered great but I always thought they were memorable. They caught my ear for one reason or another.
1. Cream – Crossroads – A live solo by Eric Clapton. He pulls notes out of the air and turns this cover of the Robert Johnson song into a great rock track.
2. Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps – One of the few times someone else played on a Beatles track. This was Eric Clapton playing this solo. Eric played his guitar through a Leslie cabinet to make it more “Beatlely”
3. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower – Jimi made this Bob Dylan song into his own.
4. Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – I can hum this one all the way through. I know it better than the lyrics.
5. Elvis Presley – That’s Alright Mama – Scotty Moore nails this solo. It’s very simple but it’s perfect.
6. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil – Keith’s solo compliments the song perfectly.
7. Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker – My favorite solo by Jimmy Page
8. Tom Petty – Breakdown – Mike Campbell’s solo is just as part of the song as the lyrics are…
9. Queen – We Will Rock You – Not a difficult solo but catchy. This solo was one of the first ones that I ever noticed. Brian May plays solos you can hum.
10. Badfinger – Baby Blue – A very simple solo but it fits this great power-pop song.