The best non-metal solos of all time

By  Martin Popoff

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In case you were wondering, here’s what Goldmine writer Martin Popoff and his voting army came up with as the greatest non-metal guitar solos of all time (Can you guess which two Martin snuck in there? Here’s a clue: ZZ T_p and F_ank Za_pa).

1. Pink Floyd — “Comfortably Numb”

2. Eagles — “Hotel California”

3. Lynyrd Skynyrd — “Free Bird”

4. The Doors — “Light My Fire”


The Doors

5. Cream — “Crossroads”

Eric Clapton, the guitar hero of Cream, Derek & The Dominoes and more!

6. Derek & The Dominoes — “Layla”

7. B.B. King — “The Thrill Is Gone”

8. Dire Straits — “Sultans Of Swing”

9. Stevie Ray Vaughan — “Texas Flood”
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Stevie Ray Vaughan with his equally talented guitar-slinging brother, Jimmie.

10. Yes — “Starship Trooper”

11. The Outlaws — “Ghost Riders In The Sky”

12. ZZ Top — “Asleep In The Desert”

13. Frank Zappa — “Watermelon In Easter Hay”

14. Steely Dan — “Reelin’ In The Years”

15. The Allman Brothers — “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”

16. The Carpenters — “Goodbye To Love”

17. Jethro Tull — “Aqualung”


The modern lineup of Jethro Tull.

18. Journey — “Who’s Crying Now”

Journey in its glory days with Greg Rolie.

19. Doobie Brothers — “China Grove”

20. Santana — “Europa”

Carlos Santana.

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