Top 21 Easy Guitar Solos

As voted by UG community.

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Top 21 Easy Guitar Solos

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of easiest guitar solos of all time. Based on your votes and more than 200 comments, we summed this one up to a Top 21 rundown, make sure to check it out below.

Before kicking things off, this week's honorable mentions are:

Black Sabbath - Tomorrow's Dream
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Chevelle - The Red
Pearl Jam - State of Love and Trust
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling
Queens of the Stone Age - Leg of Lamb
The Beatles - Come Together
Aerosmith - Kings and Queens

And now, a few great prank nominations:

Anything off St. Anger - Metallica (skyturnedred: "Playing a solo from St. Anger is like dividing by zero.")
Tenacious D - One Note Song
Lil Wayne's solo

And now, the actual list!

21. The Cranberries - Zombie

Besides famous melody and Dolores O'Riordan's signature vocals "Zombie" has a guitar solo - and yes, it's quiete simple.

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20. Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)

History says it features Slayer's Kerry King on guitar - but you don't need to be a King to play such an easy solo.

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19. Buzzcocks - Boredom

One of the most complex yet icon punk rock solos ever - it starts at 1:25.

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18. Anthrax - Got the Time

Simple and catchy song, it has a guitar solo that is much simpler than its bass solo.

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17. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me

Simple riffs, simple solo...

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16. 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down shows that if you want to play a solo in your song and you want it to remain a hit - simplify your solo.

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15. Lit - My Own Worst Enemy

And again, simple and catchy riffs - and a simple solo.

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14. Judas Priest - Living After Midnight

In the official music for "Living After Midnight," during the Glenn Tipton's guitar solo fans on the front row play along with their cardboard guitars (which were the prominent fan symbols of the new wave of British heavy metal movement).

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13. Misfits - We Are 138

Definitely one of the longest and complex guitar solos in the history of music - check out it at the 58 seconds mark. Actually, less is more in this case.

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12. Metallica - Hero of the Day

Quiet an underrated song in the Metallica's catalogue, "Hero of the Day" has one of the easiest yet catchy Kirk Hammett's solos.

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11. Dream Theater - These Walls

Though Dream Theater are known for their complex instrumentation, the solo in "These Walls" is really easy - and it works. Check it at 4:38.

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10. Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna To Take It

Compared to another entries on our list it's hard enough, but still... well-deserved 10th spot.

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9. Pixies - Where Is My Mind

This solo is easy enough to play while watching skyscrapers collapse.

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8. Green Day - Holiday

Typical Green Day, typical easy solo.

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7. Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

We'd suggest taking your time with this one because of the sheer volume of content. Remember even the fastest runner once took a first baby step.

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6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

John Frusciante is a genius not because he can shred like crazy (while he sure can do that as well). He is a genius because he can create such simple, but catchy as hell solos.

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5. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

Can you play the first 7 notes? Then you sure can play this solo by Jack White.

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4. Audioslave - Show Me How to Live

You sure don't need to be shown how to play this solo twice.

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3. Devin Townsend Project – Kingdom

Easy as an apple pie. In Devy's own words, "The most epic guitar solo."

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2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

The first solo of many guitar beginners. That is a song where playing chords is actually harder than playing a solo, which is simple yet emotional.

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1. Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated

Protip: The best way to learn this solo is to look into a bowl of Cheerios. Heavily advise doing some wrist warm-ups before playing.

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That's all folks; we hope you enjoyed the top, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!

33 comments sorted by best / new / date

    kerry king is actually on 'no sleep til brooklyn' 'cinnamon girl' is easy, but nobody can play that like neil. so maybe not so easy after all.
    That video of Kingdom is one of the greatest vocal performances I've ever heard.
    Devin performs sooo good everywhere. He owns the stage. Like, not just musically, but his personality and sense of humor too. I don't​ really listen to Dev, but saw him and met him at a concert and I enjoyed his show alot!
    I'd like to see a poll of the most easy to play riff that sounds technical - e.g.: Joker and the Thief (Wolfmother) etc
    I´m gonna get eaten alive, but I have to say it. I can´t stand Devin Townsend. He´s so weird, but not in a good way, the way he looks and acts...and I have no fucking idea what that music he plays is. The only thing it makes me feel is confusion. To me, he´s one big WTF. Warning!! Just an opinion!!
    I'm sure Devin may have the same opinion of himself at times. And then he says fuck it and does whatever he wants to do.
    Sit down. Listen to a Devin album. Any of them but Physicist (which is good, but incomparable to the others) and I'm sure you'll understand. Devin writes albums, more so than he writes songs if that makes sense. Like... To enjoy the songs, you have to hear them in context.
    Disliked because most didn't have time tags for the solo.  Bet you regret your laziness now don't you? Maybe you should take some time and rethink your life, UG.
    I get that Seven Nation Army wasn't a complex solo, but to try and actually make it sound as beefy and powerful as Jack did it is actually quite hard...
    for a moment i thought little wayne solo was going to be on the top of the list haha
    That video intro to Holiday with the planes looks a lot like Goodbye Blue Sky.
    I Wanna Be Sedated, along with every other Ramones song, is actually a lot more difficult than it lets on. You need a metric fuckton of downstroke speed, and Johnny's muting every other note in his rapid fire downstrokes is actually extremely difficult. I've always loved how simple Johnny came off as, but he knew exactly what he was doing.
    Fire Woman by The Cult ... a couple unison bends and the "standard rock lick". Makes No Sleep Til Brooklyn look like a Mozart piece.
    The rest of the song is not easy - not hard - but not easy.  Firewoman that is.  
    its a good thing that this is titled "easiest guitar SOLOS" then, isnt it?
    Actually Bud, I was kinda giving you a compliment for picking an often forgotten good tune and band.  But you are right about the title of  the thread.  No dust on you.  
    i wasnt picking it because it was good, i picked it because it was lame.
    "The Cult...lame" Get out.
    the singer ruins it. they are a cheeseball band. you get out.
    I kind of doubt you know what they sounded like on the five albums they made before Sonic Temple. (Two under Southern Death Cult and Death Cult).