Led Zeppelin Top Guitar Solo Poll

Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.

Led Zeppelin Top Guitar Solo Poll
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Britain's Telegraph.co.uk is reporting that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been voted the best guitar solo of all time. The anthem beat the likes of Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" and Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" to best air guitar moment. Despite never being released as a single, the 1971 song remains one of the most-played rock songs ever, and has been covered by everyone by artists from Dolly Parton to Rolf Harris. Other tracks in the top 10 include The Eagles' "Hotel California", Cream's "Crossroads", Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Almost 2,000 readers of Total Guitar magazine, including music teachers and professional guitarists, voted in the poll. The magazine's editor Stephen Lawson said: "I'm not surprised that 'Stairway to Heaven' is number one - not only is Jimmy Page's solo incredibly ballsy and a little bit flash, but it is also brilliantly structured." Top 10 guitar solos, according to readers of Total Guitar magazine: 01. Led Zeppelin ? "Stairway to Heaven" 02. Van Halen - "Eruption" 03. Guns N' Roses - "Paradise City" 04. The Eagles - "Hotel California" 05. Metallica - "Enter Sandman" 06. Cream - "Crossroads" 07. Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" 08. Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train" 09. Free - "All Right Now" 10. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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    ZeppelinFan3890
    Yuck. Yet another crappy list...
    What are you talking about? If you think that list is crappy, your music taste sucks.
    FadingRoots
    Kizashmir's list isn't bad, but mine would look more like... 1. Freak Show Excess - Steve Vai 2. Opus Pocus - Jason Becker 3. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd 4. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne 5. Willie the Pimp - Frank Zappa 6. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd 7. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen 8. La Grange - ZZ Top 9. Red House - Jimi Hendrix 10. Roundabout - Yes This list is somewhat inaccurate, even by my opinions... but I tried to make the list as vaired as I could. I would have put almost exclusively Vai and Becker stuff, but I decided I would take other styles and genres into account. Also, my order may be a bit off.
    Axlthegreat
    November Rain-Slash Achilles Last Stand-Page Comfortably Numb-Gilmour Mr. Crowley-Rhoads Bat Country-Synyster Gates War Pigs-Tony Iommi Three Days-Dave Navarro Sweet Child O' Mine-Slash Since I've Been Loving you-Page Cemetary Gates-Dimebag just throwin out some solo's off my head that I love in no order it's impossible to choose a greatest imo. I'm really loving the solo's by Buckethead on GN'R's better and T.W.A.T
    PinkFloyd_SG
    TrippleREffect can't agree more. Also the Stairway solo LIVE kicks the sh*t out of any other solo. I know its not super tech shred but there is so much emotion put into it. Amazing.
    clap-eric
    don giovanni ----mozart manhattan ----eric johnson summer song ----joe satriani freak show excess ----steve vai lyla(unplugged) ----eric clapton fire in the sky ----yngwie mamlsteen highway star ----ritche blackmore master of puppets ----metallica hotel california ----eagles voodoo child ----jimmy hendrix leave tat slash** the solos he plays are almost of same style ...playing same note doesn;t mean good guitarist....
    Kaziglu Bey
    Bullsh!t!!!! Zeppelin = most overrated band of all time! I can't ****in stand Zeppelin! November Rain owns all Zeppelin songs, not to mention all songs ever created! Guns N' Fvckin Roses own you all!!!!! Fvck this list!!!!!
    .:*§c@rY*:.
    I'm surprised that the solo from Floods (Pantera) isn't in there... Ah well it's a great list anyways. Rock on people.
    ATKM
    I agree with all those who said stairway should be number one. It's a ball tearer. As much as i love Hendrix, I think Stevie ray Vaughn did a better job of voodoo chile, the solo in particular.
    The Fiddler
    "Top Ten" could mean anything. If it were in terms of technical difficulty, then they've got it all wrong. If it was top ten in terms of cultural impact or musical ability, then it may be accurate.
    pinion18
    This is just another list to make all the ignorant morons go "OMG YA ITS THERE I WUZ RITE. I SURE NO MY MOOSIK." It's bullshit. Don't get pulled into this.
    TripleREffect
    To everybody saying Eruption was a better solo than stairway to heaven. i would have to disagree, yeah eruption is a hell of a complicated solo and fast and perfect, but well at least to me it doesnt pack the bang stairways did. stairway to heavens solo just fit into the song too perfectly haha. well thats just my opinion, some may disagree take it or leave it. but yeah i would have had different solos for my top 10.
    gynther flynt
    Why the hell is Enter Sandman on there? Yes, it's an awesome solo, but far from Metallica's best. Fade to Black, Nothing Else Matters, Sanitarium, Master of Puppets, the list goes on....
    what?! nothing else matters?! that solo's a piece of crap!
    Muggus
    Good to see All Right Now by Free got in there. One of my favs, as with Paradise City by Gunners for a bit of a change from the usual Sweet Child/November Rain you usually get in these polls. Bit disappointed, as with many others, not to see Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour in there. He's plays some of the best guitar solos out there. Still does to this day even, after listening to songs from his new album.
    Logz
    paul666 wrote: . . . coheed and cambria? are you gay son? i could write better music taking a shit.
    Its not what you like, its what he likes. Tone it down
    ZeppelinFan3890
    I think there's at least two things we can all agree upon. 1) Comfortably Numb should have been up there somewhere. 2) Another Metallica solo other than Enter Sandman should have been up there. Other than that, it's all preference.
    paul666
    sunofpearl2100 wrote: Although not many have heard it, the double solo in Coheed and Cambria's "welcome Home" is simply amazing. A shred-metal band called Dragonforce also has some amazing stuff. So does Pink Floyd's bluesy Roger Waters and Tom Morello's Rage stuff.
    . . . coheed and cambria? are you gay son? i could write better music taking a shit. IMO that list sucked. stair way is over rated, im gonan learn the solo tonigth just to see how easy it really is. over the hill sand far away is a nicer song, adn metallicas "sandman solo"? um, def. not thats liek saying there number one album is st. anger. persoanlly i think this whole list is a crock of shit. [color=red] that list sucked [/color]
    carrotjames
    i guess it's all down to your personal preference cos everyone will think differently due to their different tastes in music but i agree the solo's in the list are all awesome, no matter what anyone says
    Let it Happen
    Letterbomb11 wrote: Zeppelin is the most overrated band ever. Stairway to Heaven is the most overrated song ever. Sure, I know that they are talented musicians, but most technical does not mean best. Alkaline Trio has written greater songs than Zeppelin with simpler music. I'm not saying that I hate Zeppelin (I kind of like them), just that technicalility in music is overrated.
    Wow. I mean, just ****ing wow. How could you say something like that? I can barely even respond to something like this. Alkaline Trio better than Zep? How could you even type that with a straight face? Alkaline Trio has like 3 note "solos" over top chord progressions consisting of two power chords. You can barely even mention these two bands seriously in the same sentence, let alone compare them, let alone say Alkaline Trio is better! and btw, the solo in Stairway to Heaven isn't really that technical of a solo at all. Well, enough said. Maybe when you turn 8 you'll understand.
    metalheadsteve
    i think the list is made up of 'good' or 'classic' songs with memorable solo's. nothing immense about many of them. eruption is great though. in my opinion, a lot of underground metal bands have absolutely awesome solo's which include all the skills - shred, sweep, tapping etc... but of course - speed is overrated and is not important if the solo doesnt sound good.
    guns_n'_roses
    well i don't know if stairway to heaven is the best solo of all times but it's a kicking-ass solo for sure..!oh and paradise city took the third place..HELL YEAH!!!!
    METSOAD
    Letterbomb11 wrote: Zeppelin is the most overrated band ever. Stairway to Heaven is the most overrated song ever. Sure, I know that they are talented musicians, but most technical does not mean best. Alkaline Trio has written greater songs than Zeppelin with simpler music. I'm not saying that I hate Zeppelin (I kind of like them), just that technicalility in music is overrated.
    Alkaline Trio are EMO COPYCATS, LED ZEPLIN ARE A TRULY UNIQUE BAND, Alkaline Trio should lick Jimmy Pages dirty shoes
    .:KrAmJaN:.
    Ihearthetfield wrote: Nah I think that's a good list I can't believe the solo in Enter Sandman was up there though. The Master of Puppets solo was a million times better.
    Ya the Enter Sandman solo is a piece of crap sompared to the other Metallica solos. One and Master Of Puppets had amazing solos which kicked the shit out of enter sandman and paradise city. But Eruption should definetly be up there. IMO its a very mainstream list.
    Smokey Amp
    That's probably the worst list I've seen yet...There can never be an 'official' list, because it's all preference.
    f1sk
    cool, but i always thought the ride the lightning solo was better than enter sandman im stoked to see randy rhoards up there
    4satin
    problem with people here. you like the usual classic rock and the absolute bad music, but have no education on music that is not hitting up on VH1 or playing on your radio.
    HavokStrife
    IAMTHEEGGMAN... wrote: Dude, even Clapton claims that Crossroads is far from his best solo.
    I think everyone on that list would say that about those particular songs of theirs.
    Kizashmir wrote: these lists are always favoring one certain person. steve vai owns all my list: 1. Ride the Lightning- Kirk Hammett 2. Mr. Crowley- Randy Rhoads 3. Symphony of Destruction- Marty Friedman 4. Since Ive Been Lovin You- Jimmy Page 5. Comfortably Numb- David Gilmour 6. No More Tears- Zakk Wylde (GOD) 7. I'm The Hell Outta Here- Steve Vai 8. Working Man- Alex Lifeson (yea where has he been) 9. Beat It- EVH 10. Cowboys From Hell- Pantera
    Nice list.
    Kizashmir
    these lists are always favoring one certain person. steve vai owns all my list: 1. Ride the Lightning- Kirk Hammett 2. Mr. Crowley- Randy Rhoads 3. Symphony of Destruction- Marty Friedman 4. Since Ive Been Lovin You- Jimmy Page 5. Comfortably Numb- David Gilmour 6. No More Tears- Zakk Wylde (GOD) 7. I'm The Hell Outta Here- Steve Vai 8. Working Man- Alex Lifeson (yea where has he been) 9. Beat It- EVH 10. Cowboys From Hell- Pantera
    slash.hammett
    SkinnyWhiteBoy, are you insane? SRV is not even on the same planet as Hendrix. His cover of 'Little Wing' was horrible. NO ONE should attempt to cover Hendrix, he was the origional guitar God, so people should leave his stuff alone. Also, where the hell is 'Freebird' by Skynyrd or 'Machine Gun' by Jimi? And if a Metallica solo was to be on there, it should have been 'Master of Puppets'.
    jsav4589
    no dime or megadeth. if there were to be any metallica it should be either fade to black, orion or one. i dont see comfotable numb, and good thing freebird aint there cuz that solo is over rated, all it is is the same lick over and over again for like a minute then changes the lick and keeps on goin. voodo chile and eruption- definatly deserves it. crazy train- randy rhoads has done so many other solos that kicks this ones ass. all i think is that its all a popularity contest. no1 looks at the solo, just the song all together.
    jsav4589
    this kid is soooo right, this list is what it should be(in some part)
    Kizashmir wrote: these lists are always favoring one certain person. steve vai owns all my list: 1. Ride the Lightning- Kirk Hammett 2. Mr. Crowley- Randy Rhoads 3. Symphony of Destruction- Marty Friedman 4. Since Ive Been Lovin You- Jimmy Page 5. Comfortably Numb- David Gilmour 6. No More Tears- Zakk Wylde (GOD) 7. I'm The Hell Outta Here- Steve Vai 8. Working Man- Alex Lifeson (yea where has he been) 9. Beat It- EVH 10. Cowboys From Hell- Pantera
    greeneggs'n'ham
    really, who cares? it's just one other poll that, SURPRISE SURPRISE, voted stairway to heaven as the best something. I like it too, but... come on.
    ollerom_mot
    i think as far as these kind of lists go, its good, as there isn't really one terrible solo in there, everyone is saying master of puppets over sandman, but i say whiplash, coz it kicks ass, and seems to fit in with the song a lot better than the MOP one does
    Mother Superior
    I think sometimes people confuse "favorite solo" with "favorite song". Yeah, Stairway to Heaven is one of the best rock songs ever, but if anyone knows Jimmy's work in "Since I've been Loving You" knows there are better solos he's done. SkinnyWhiteBoy stop talking .
    Metal_Man666
    Not that the songs are crappy its just there are better solos that should be up there.... Cemetary Gates beats out Enter Sandman easily Freebird beats out Eruption Comfortably Numb beats out almost anything else I think Blue Sky is better than most of those also Stevie Ray Vaughn should be up there with something at least
    ChubbyLove
    The Songs arent crappy, infact i like all of them, BUT...if i was running the show i would have had.... Free Bird by Lynard Skynard Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix Sunshine of your Love by Cream and Back in Black by ACDC