Led Zeppelin Top Guitar Solo Poll

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

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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.
    farcry
    "geetarguy92 : You sir,are a tool it says right there in the article Top 10 guitar solos according to readers of Total Guitar!!! And as for all you people saying Steve Vai and Joe Satriani should be there how many of there songs are so memorable they stick in your head for days??NONE!!I know there good guitarists but I think the absence of a singer makes their songs a litle boring" uhhh what did anyone say to upset your retarded ass
    metalhead13
    i think that making lists like this is extremely stupid. there are too many amazing solos out there and its too hard to pick one to be better than the rest. i wouldnt pay any attention to lists like these
    Polish guy
    Guns N' Roses - You could be mine solo is the best Try to play it..Slash ruless!!
    psykopoo
    They ****ing forgot DOWNFALL by CHILDREN OF BODOM!! the best solo evar wooothOI@Hre;oyh1`. yeah.
    kirk_rules!
    wtf? Enter Sandman is one of my least favorite Metallica solos. And I don't really see what's so great about Eruption. It's just more or less a wank. The point of a solo and the most difficult part about it is making it fit to the song. Stairway is a good solo but I'd have to say it's not the best ever. Eh, it's just a list. I won't let it ruin my day
    13579ed
    Crossroads man. I'm learning that solo right now and its hard as hell, lol
    Towlie
    I'm sure that this poll was done by Total Guitar in the latest issue....
    guitarguru4
    sum_english_guy wrote: dude it was a vote .... but yeah the list sucks.... ****ing classic rock.... did u mean to degrade classsic rock? what kind of mofo thinks classic rock is bad?show me more modern guitarists who beat the classics like page, hendrix, etc, otheriwse u can suck it.
    deadlyminista
    That's just what 2000 people think. I know players like Eric Johnson, SRV and Wes Montgomery have equally as good solos. These suck ass polls are almost the same as the best guitarist of all time. We'll never figure that out.
    geetarguy92
    You sir,are a tool it says right there in the article Top 10 guitar solos according to readers of Total Guitar!!! And as for all you people saying Steve Vai and Joe Satriani should be there how many of there songs are so memorable they stick in your head for days??NONE!!I know there good guitarists but I think the absence of a singer makes their songs a litle boring
    ..NEM..
    I agree with TTC, the outro solo owns. Really beautiful. Pentatonic wanking (lol). I really love the two solos in Master of Puppets, Ride The Lightning, One, Creeping Death and so on.. Kirk rules..
    Scazzaman3000
    I'm sorry but this list is not about the solos. Its about how popular the songs are. Bohemian Rhapsodys not even a solo. I do agree with Metallica and Van Halen though. Both those solos kick stairway to heaven but One by Metallica should have been there, not enter sandman. Theres no ACDC either. thes epolls always suck and theyre always the same.
    jof1029
    guys, i dont think you understand. these solos are going to be more popular songs, seeing as how it was a popular vote. some of the solos mentioned in the comments might be better, but lack the same recognition. and remember, technical != good in any sense. i think that stairway is a beautifully written solo, not the best, but from a popular standpoint it is easy to see why it is #1. and remember, be nice, its just a list, and dont get overly worked up over it.
    GuitarJunkie
    Wow....what a shitty list...That wasn't even Pages best solo. I think the solo in Hearbreaker/Dazed and Confused/and Communication breakdown were so much better...the only reason it's number one is because stairway to heaven is OVERPLAYED!
    rustin peace18
    that list sucks ass. every band they listed had songs with better solos. Well paradise city was probably the guns N roses best solo but i would never put that band in a best solo list. Bohemian rhapsody?! great song but the solo was not what made it special.This list is just made by a bunch of media retards who just the most popualr classic rock songs and bands
    Encore_God
    Zeppelin = insanely over-rated. Not particularly original, not the best around in their day and nowhere near as good as people make out.
    ominous_90
    what about solos like "one" for kirk and november rain. did all the world go deaf
    patduganz
    Stian_S wrote: Where is Megadeth?
    Crying into a bible somewhere. Also, these polls are always a joke; everyone has their opinion and -- because these polls are a joke -- everyone's is valid.
    shesadaytripper
    I bet that wherever Jimmy Page is right now, hes not sitin down lookin at TG magazine goin "Holy crap!My songs at the top of this popular poll!!!" He allready knows hes a genius! And Bohemian Rhapsody has a beutiful solo that fits in like a glove with the song. I like all these songs on this list,just i may not have voted in that order. And dont people get a limit on which songs they can pick? Becuz i just dont see where a children of bodom song woulda fit in there:-/
    leaping badger
    now there's a surprise, when my friend told me that the top 100 was going to be in this issue i already knew stairway was 1st, where's november rain?
    the evil edge
    personally, I think that stairway is the most overhyped piece of shit ever to emerge from a set of speakers. The solo's gd but not as good as heartbreaker from htwww
    PlugOfDoom
    sevendayloss : zeppelinfana3890 are you a dumbass, the list is the same everytime. why do they even bother anymore. im off toschool peace bitches.
    Dude, never tell anyone you're "off to school". In regards to stairway though...Overrated, yes. Overplayed, yes. But can YOU take the basic pentatonic scale and come up with something that great? I doubt it. Page shows you don't need to be a super shredder with Michael Angelo Batio skills to create a really good solo.
    A7X_hyperfan
    Ihearthetfield wrote: I can't believe the solo in Enter Sandman was up there though. The Master of Puppets solo was a million times better.
    I agree. There were any number of better Metallica solos than THAT one. My vote would go for any solo in Orion. They should do one for bass solos too, though that one might have less candidates. Orion would win that one too!
    Ibanezguy350
    i totally agree with guitarjunkie stairway was good, but solos on tracks like heartbreaker are a million times better and more challenging it makes me wonder what kind of people made this list even know what theyre talking about prolly just a bunch of zep n00bs
    Geekis_Khan
    How can Voodoo Child only be number 7? And why is there a picture of Robert Plant up there instead of Jimmy Page?
    did u mean to degrade classsic rock? what kind of mofo thinks classic rock is bad?show me more modern guitarists who beat the classics like page, hendrix, etc, otheriwse u can suck it.
    Nothing against classic rock guitarists or classic rock bands, but John 5 and Tome Morello are just as good now as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page were back then. A lot of people will get pissed at me saying that, but it's true. Sooner or later someone comes along who is just as good. Classic rock fans and modern rock fans need to learn to get along. Anyways, here's my personal top ten (and the guitarist who did it, not the band): 1.)Riff Raff - Angus Young 2.)Slither - Slash 3.)Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix 4.)Doesn't Remind Me - Tom Morello 5.)Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page 6.)Hell's Bells - Angus Young 7.)Para-Noir - John 5 8.)Killing In The Name - Tom Morello 9.)Ball And Biscuit - Jack White 10.)Otherside - John Frusciante That's just my personal top ten. Put down your own if you want.
    TTC
    I have to agree with KirkHammet2005 , imo fade to black owns ( the outro solo) , but some would call it pentatonic wanking, but I still find it kinda epic, especially when heard live.
    The Powerslave
    Geekis_Khan wrote: Nothing against classic rock guitarists or classic rock bands, but John 5 and Tome Morello are just as good now as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page were back then. A lot of people will get pissed at me saying that, but it's true. Sooner or later someone comes along who is just as good. Classic rock fans and modern rock fans need to learn to get along.
    I'd agree John 5 is very good, but Tom Morello as good as Jimmy Page? He's one of the most original guitarists ever but I dont think he's really better than Page or Hendrix. Also you need to remember back then the good guitarists were inventing giutar. Players nowadays have it so much easier, because we have so many people to draw from, but Hendrix and Page etc. had very few influences like we have. On the list its about right, but Comfortably Numb, or maybe Time, should be in there. And Stairway To Heaven is clearly the best solo, because it is one of those pieces of music that almost everyone likes, and just seems to get better with age. All the other solos everyone is saying are beter by Page are mainly better in terms of the guitar, but they dont do nearly as much for the song as Stairway does, because the song without that solo is only quite good, it was that solo that made the song, in my opinion anyway.
    luckeas
    hey.....just cuz free bird has a really long solo doesn't mean its the best...haha...people are retards
    Der Bomber
    By paradise city, do they mean the first really simple solo with only a few blues licks, or do they mean the really cool Slash shredding outro? Anyway, I think that most of those bands up there have far better solos.
    HazeD
    as an example of some better zeppelin songs : Since ive Been Loving You, Heartbreaker, and Achilles Last Stand. just to name a few.
    ZeppelinFan3890
    HazeD wrote: as an example of some better zeppelin songs : Since ive Been Loving You, Heartbreaker, and Achilles Last Stand. just to name a few.
    Amen to that. Zeppelin has a lot of great songs, and Page has written some great solos other than Stairway.
    N031
    TheI7ark : Yuck. Yet another crappy list... POSTED: 03/27/2006 - 084 am / quote |
    This coming from a guy whose title is "Guitars Suck." Why even bother being at Ultimate-Guitar?
    sevendayloss : zeppelinfana3890 are you a dumbass, the list is the same everytime. why do they even bother anymore. im off toschool peace bitches. POSTED: 03/27/2006 - 08:50 am / quote |
    Yea zepplinfan, From first to last and Taking back sunday have WAY better solos than these... ... *SARCASN!!!!* Your a dumbass, sevendayloss. They're called the greatest solos for a reason. They're kind of difficult to top. I don't think any of these new bands are gonna be writing solos to be on this list any time soon. Don't get me wrong, alot of the newer guitarists are talented, but too many of them are too hell bent on "bringing back" older music to go with anythng original. Mabye some day there will be a solo to top Stairway, but not yet.
    motleycrew92
    just to add Stairway is so over rated i agree with yall i personally think over the Hills and Far far away is awsome
    S.D.M.F.
    ZeppelinFan3890 : Yuck. Yet another crappy list... What are you talking about? If you think that list is crappy, your music taste sucks. POSTED: 03/27/2006 - 08:40 am / quote | **** yeah go zeppelin fan
    boyofmystery
    why is all right now on the list????? its a good song n all, but th solo's hardly amazin...