Wanted to ask everyone to list what they feel are the best guitar solos of popular music in the 1970's and 1980s. Part of my intent is for us to hopefully turn others on to a great song and/or a great solo!

And by the way, "Comfortably Numb" is a given, so no need to mention it. :-D

here are some of mine (in no particular order of great/bad):

1) "Real Life" by Sergio Mendes, 1984. Solo: Dann Huff

2) "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" by Laura Branigan, 1983. Michael Landau

3) "Pink and Velvet" by Berlin, 1986. Solo: David Gilmour (His BEST next to Comf. Numb!)

4) "No More Lonely Nights" by Paul McCartney, 1984. David Gilmour

5) "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes, 1982. Solo: The Lukather.

6) "Why Can't This Be Love?" by Van Halen, 1987. Solo: Eddie VH.

I'm sure I could think of many more but those are the ones that I really like that stand out as of now.

Tell me about all yours!
Since you listed a lot of minor tonality stuff, these are also minor:

Sun Goes Down - Thin Lizzy...not sure if Scott Gorham or John Sykes plays this solo....John Sykes has pretty wide vibrato and the player on this track doesn't...it's about 3 minutes into the song.

The middle guitar solo section of La Villa Strangiato - Rush....the best versions of this are live....the one from 1988 A Show of Hands is one of my favorites, very 1980s with the chorus and delay. The Rush in Rio version is good too.

Big Log - Robert Plant.....player is Robbie Blunt, there are three solos. The reason I bought a Stratocaster.
Popular 70s-80s guitar solos?

Aerosmith- "Train kept a rollin live"- guitarists Dick Wagner & Steve Hunter- Epic!

Steely Dan- Kid Charlemagne- Larry Carlton

Eagles- Hotel California live- Don Felder

Deep Purple- Highway Star- Richie Blackmore

G&R- Sweet Child o mine- Slash

Thin Lizzy- Boys are back in town- Scott Gorham & Brian Robertson

Santana- Europa- Carlos Santana

Jeff Beck- Cause we've ended as lovers

The Knack- My Sharona album version- Berton Averre
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Nov 27, 2014,
The first song that popped into my head was More Than A Feeling by Boston, 1976.

Man that's such a big question though, I could come up with a very long list if I put my mind to it...
The Police - "So Lonely" (Andy Summers) 1978
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