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List: Top Ten Greatest Guitar Solos of all time

Date: February 2000

Source: Guitar World magazine

Base: No data on number readers took part in the poll.

Notes: Guitar World is a U.S. based publication from FUTURE NETWORK USA written by and for all those who love the guitar. A full top 100 was produced and the list was rock heavy, focused on the late '60s / early '70s period and almost entirely made-up of English or American guitarists, with the first non Yank / Brit being Yngwie Malmsteen who came in at number 36 for his 'Black Star' solo. There were no female artists in the list. Your editor rates Keith Richards on The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil" - from 'Get Your Ya Ya's Out' live recording album should be in at number one.

Rank / Solo


1. Stairway to Heaven

Jimmy Page

2. Eruption

Eddie Van Halen

3. Freebird

Collins / Rossington

4. Comfortably Numb

David Gilmour

5. All Along the Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix

6. November Rain


7. One

Kirk Hammett

8. Hotel California

Don Felder / Joe Walsh

9. Crazy Train

Randy Rhoads

10. Crossroads

Eric Clapton

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