28 Mar 2013

The Playlist: Q107 Top 60 GUITAR SOLOS

Q107 is the classic rock station of the Toronto area and they took the time to vote in their favourite songs featuring some really wicked solos. The guitar solo is what separates the men from boys in rock and roll and the songs listed below are truly some of the Rock Gods of our time. Below is the Top 60 Greatest Solos in Classic Rock as voted by the fans.

60. "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton
59. "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith (Joe Perry)
58. "Wooden Ships" by Crosby, Stills & Nash (Stephen Stills)
57. "Working Man" by Rush (Alex Lifeson)
56. "Beck's Bolero" by Jeff Beck
55. "Foreplay/Long Time" by Boston (Barry Goudreau/Tom Scholz)
54. "Paradise City" by Guns 'N' Roses (Slash)
53. "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid" by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
52. "Alive" by Pearl Jam (Mike McCready)
51. "New Year's Day" by U2 (The Edge)
50. "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix
49. "Keep Yourself Alive" by Queen (Brian May)
48. "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago (Terry Kath)
47. "Barracuda" by Heart (Nancy Wilson)
46. "Who Are You" by The Who (Pete Townshend) 
45. "Limelight" by Rush (Alex Lifeson)
44. "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top (Billy Gibbons)
43. "White Room" by Cream (Eric Clapton)
42. "Roundabout" by Yes (Steve Howe)
41. "Jessica" by The Allman Brothers Band (Dickey Betts)
40. "Pride & Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan
39. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" by The Beatles (Paul McCartney/George Harrison/John Lennon)
38. "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC (Angus Young)
37. "All We Are" by Kim Mitchell
36. "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" by Santana (Carlos Santana)
35. "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi)
34. "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who (Pete Townshend)
33. "Money" by Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
32. "YYZ" by Rush (Alex Lifeson)
31. "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix
30. "Light My Fire" by The Doors (Robbie Krieger)
29. "Since I've Been Loving You" by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
28. "Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)" by Neil Young
27. "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith (Joe Perry)
26. "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton
25. "Reeling In The Years" by (Elliot Randall)
24. "American Woman" by The Guess Who (Randy Bachman)
23. "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses (Slash)
22. "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
21. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
20. "Sultans Of Swing" by Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
19. "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (Alex Lifeson)
18. "Highway Star" by Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)
17. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles (Eric Clapton/George Harrison)
16. "Sympathy For The Devil" by The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards)
15. "Dazed & Confused" by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
14. "Crossroads" by Cream (Eric Clapton)
13. "Sweet Child 'O Mine" by Guns 'N' Roses (Slash)
12. "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)
11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (Brain May)
10. "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder/Joe Walsh)
9. "Time" by Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
8. "All Along The Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix
7. "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
6. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Allen Collins/Garry Rossington)
5. "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix
4. "Layla" by Derek & The Dominos (Eric Clapton)
3. "Eruption/You Really Got Me" by Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
2. "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
1. "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

Since it was voted by the fans, I'm not surprised that "Stairway To Heaven" was voted number one since it is universally considered the best song in rock ever but MY personal choice for number one would have been "Comfortably Numb" which just oozes with feeling. Also, where is "Cliffs Of Dover"?! All in all, it's a pretty good list filled with Clapton and Hendrix so I'm happy.

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