100 Greatest Rock Songs With Jaw Dropping Guitar Solos

When a guitarist breaks into a solo the musical dimensions of a song are uplifted to a new level. This article showcases a diverse list of rock songs with jaw-dropping guitar solos.
100 Greatest Rock Songs with Jaw Dropping Guitar Solos
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The signature sound in rock music is augmented by the presence of catchy riffs that bridge various parts in a song. From chorus to the verse, it’s the sound of the guitar encompassed with bass, drums and/or keyboards that bring lyrics to life. The standard format in majority of rock songs consists of a guitar solo which comes in after the chorus or verse of a song. A blistering guitar solo often comes up in a song when a vocalist reaches crescendo. It’s the perfect way to take a song musically in new directions. A guitar solo in a song

gives theatrical feel to a song while opening new musical pathways for the song to take shape.   

Different aspects associated with Guitar Solos

Since rock music came into being, numerous guitarists have made jaws drop with their guitar solos in songs. It’s the finesse and craft of a guitarist that takes gives a guitar solo unique identity. Factors such as tone, phrasing and musicality are important in a guitar solo. Typically, a guitar solo in a song should have soul and warmth; however guitar solos embodied in the warmth of technical intricacies have become exceedingly popular with listeners. When we use ‘jaw-dropping’ to describe a guitar solo there’s a lot we take into consideration. The parameters of a jaw-dropping solo are often associated with feel, tonal quality, dexterity, phrasing, and exploration of musical boundaries.  

Often guitarists like to improvise on guitar solos when a song is performed live. While being rooted in the melodic structure of the song, guitarists use new feel to give songs vivid musical direction while performing live. Extended guitar solos breathe new soul in songs during live performances. A number of guitar players like to work out their guitar solos during studio sessions with their band. Many guitarists come up with solos based on an improvisational structure that comes forth during jam sessions.

While guitar solos in songs are in accordance with the musical structure and lyrical tone of the song, in instrumental rock guitar albums solos are exceedingly intricate, while being rooted in technical scale structure and melodic overtones. When guitar players from bands come up with instrumental solo albums they showcase different guitar playing styles and techniques which are seldom heard or seen when played with a band. The jaw-dropping guitar techniques and guitar styles showcased by rock guitar players over the years has been phenomenal and the days ahead will showcase different styles of master-class in a different league.

The lines below showcase a diverse list of rock songs with melodic and technically challenging guitar solos.

100 Greatest Rock Songs with Jaw Dropping Guitar Solos

  1. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
  3. One - Metallica
  4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
  5. Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
  6. Hotel California - Eagles
  7. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
  8. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
  9. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
  10. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  11. Eruption - Van Halen
  12. Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
  13. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  14. Layla - Derek & the Dominos
  15. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  16. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
  17. Crossroads - Cream
  18. For The Love of God - Steve Vai
  19. November Rain - Guns N’ Roses
  20. Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
  21. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
  22. Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine
  23. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
  24. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
  25. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  26. Won’t Get Fooled Again - The Who
  27. Cemetery Gates - Pantera
  28. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
  29. Joe Satriani - Surfing With the Alien
  30. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  31. Soul Sacrifice - Santana
  32. The Thrill is Gone - B.B King
  33. Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson  
  34. La Grange - ZZ Top
  35. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
  36. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  37. Fade To Black - Metallica
  38. Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
  39. Muffin Man – Frank Zappa
  40. Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  41. Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band
  42. Floods - Pantera
  43. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
  44. Let There
    Be Rock - AC/DC
  45. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
  46. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
  47. Reelin’ In The Years - Steely Dan
  48. Gravity - John Mayer
  49. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
  50. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  51. Trademark - Eric Johnson
  52. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
  53. I am the Resurrection - Stone Roses  
  54. Heart Full of Soul - Yardbirds
  55. The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
  56. Haitian Divorce - Steely Dan
  57. Child in Time - Deep Purple
  58. Paper Plane - Status Quo
  59. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
  60. Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
  61. Sway - The Rolling Stones
  62. Cult of Personality - Living Colour
  63. In-A-Gadda- Stravinsky
  64. Killer Queen - Queen
  65. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
  66. Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
  67. Let’s Go Trippin’ - Dick Dale
  68. All Right Now - Free
  69. The Final Countdown - Europe
  70. Dry Country - Bon Jovi
  71. Just Take My Heart - Mr. Big
  72. Since I’ve Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
  73. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones
  74. Time - Pink Floyd
  75. Reptilia - The Strokes
  76. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
  77. Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
  78. Call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesday is Just as Bad) - T-Bone Walker
  79. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
  80. Two Princes - Spin Doctors
  81. (Everything I Do) - I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
  82. Master of Puppets - Metallica
  83. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  84. Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
  85. I Ain’t Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group
  86. Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
  87. Get The Funk Out - Extreme
  88. Going up the Country - Canned Heat
  89. Seventeen -Winger
  90. White Room - Cream
  91. Just in time to see the Sun - Santana
  92. The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater
  93. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
  94. Walk – Pantera
  95. Mama, I’m Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
  96. Breakdown - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  97. I Remember You - Skid Row
  98. Messin’ With The Kid - Rory Gallagher
  99. Faithfully - Journey
  100. Where You Goin’ Now - Damn Yankees


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  • iggy  27-11-2017
    All great songs but I was surprised to see George Thoroughgood did not make it in the list. He can play the guitar like nobody's business. These were all songs that I grew up with and are still hot today. I have much respect for guitar players that can make it sound like the guitar comes to life. Ozzy, AC/DC, and Led Zepplin should top the list.
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  • goldstay  21-10-2017
    Out of the 100 songs listed, I only know maybe about ten and the #99 is my favorite because the lead vocalist of Journey is a Filipino. Sometime, I will research and listen to these songs. Maybe I would be able to convert myself liking rock songs more than any music genre. Thank you for naming a lot of songs. :)
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    • realityspeaks  23-10-2017
      Yeah, Arnel Pineda has got a dynamic vocal range, and he's showcased his vocal abilities amazingly well with Journey.
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  • stevenosteen  19-10-2017
    What an article, excellent article in did.I love Rock it lifts my spirits.I will I search the list.Thank you.
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    • realityspeaks  20-10-2017
      Glad you liked the article. And yes, rock music does give that adrenaline rush.
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  • stevenosteen  19-10-2017
    What an article, excellent article in did.I love Rock it lifts my spirits.I will I search the list.Thank you.
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