Whilst stuck in an interminable traffic jam, flipping through some satellite radio channels landed me on the solo of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Despite hearing David Gilmour’s part a hundred thousand times since The Wall came out, it still has the same shiver-inducing effect on me. I always think “Damn, that’s gotta be one of the greatest guitar solos of all time.” Turns out it is–at least according to this new poll.
A group of UK musicians, music critics and musicologists were polled by Classic Rock magazine to determine once and for all which axeman pulled off the best solo. Here are the results.
- Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
- Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
- Hotel California – Don Felder and Joe Walsh (Eagles)
- Freebird – Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
- All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
- Eruption – Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
- Killer Queen – Brian May (Queen)
- Sweet Child of Mine – Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
- Purple Rain – Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
- Paranoid – Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
The full top 100 list will appear in an upcoming issue of Classic Rock.