This is a hard topic to chew on. There are are so many great song. My favorite guitar solos are songs that were hit records. Songs with lyrics, no
instrumentals(even though I love Satch, Vai and E. Johnson). The solo has to be essentially a vocal extension of the song, short, sweet and to the
point. Here's my eclectic list:
The Romantics' "What I Like About You"
Billy Idol "Catch My Fall" (Steven Stevens)
The Knack's "My Sharona"
Led Zepplin's "Over the Hill And far Away"
Ozzy Osborne's "Crazy Train" or any solo by Randy Rhoads, "Bark At the Moon, Lightening Strike", Jake E. Lee: "Miracle Man", "Mama, I'm Coming
Home","Road To Nowhere", Zakk Wilde
White Lion's "Lil Fighter"
Shotgun Messiah's "Living Without You"
The Pretenders' "Middle of the Road"
Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noize"
Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Crossfire"
Eddie Van Halen's "Dreams" and " On Top of the World", I prefer Van Halen with Sammy Hager as lead singer
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird"
Soul Asylum's "Just Like Anyone"
Warrant's "Sometimes She Cries"
Steely Dan's "Reelin' In the Years"
Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter", "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Boston's "Piece of Mind"
Night Ranger's "Sister Christian", "Still Rockin' In America", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me"
Rainbow's "Long Live Rock and Roll"
AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", "You Shook Me All Night Long"
Dokken's "Alone Again", "Burning Like a Flame"
Tesla's "Love Song", "Lil Suzie"
Firehouse's "Don't Treat Me Bad"
Rick Derringer's "Real American", ignore the Hulk Hogan imagery
Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years", "Run to the Hills"
For sheer Canadian contribution: Buchman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business"
Rush's "Spirit of the Radio", "Time Stands Still"
Sue Medley's "That's Life, with John Mellencamp's Michael Wanchic(U.S. musician, but song is Canadian copyrighted)
The Tragically Hip's "Little Bones", "Ahead By A Century"
April Wine's "Enough Is Enough", "Roller"
Neil Young's "Keep On Rockin' In the Free World", the solo is Neil being Neil
Triumph's "Magic Power"
This list can go on and on, but it is only tip of the iceberg. Thanks for reading.
As Casey Kasem would say "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars".
edit on 12-6-2014 by RossWellOldMexico
because: correct grammar