Guitar Solos can be famous for many different reasons, solos that to some seem great, to others seem terrible. A lot of it really depends on what kind of music you are into. I’ve searched through the internet trying to get some sort of example of what’s out there as far as top five, and I don’t feel like a lot of the list that exists, really give you an accurate inventory of best guitarists. Iconic songs seem to be in all of them, but many significant pieces of music history seem to be missing. This is a shout out to all rock lovers anywhere in the world. I’m ignoring mainstream pop rock, all the music that was able to make it through the millennial storm that killed rock was able to survive for one reason because it wasn’t that good. I’ll explain myself better. Some of the most successful music today is anything but complex, four-chord progressions lacking in any complex music theory, or long guitar riffs. That’s the name of the game today. I dug in a bit deeper, into the real history of rock & roll to give you the real pop free list of the top 5 guitar solos when people still cared about wanting something different, fun, and new.
Jimi Hendrix Star Spangled Banner
Okay, so let’s be honest here, Hendrix is the only artist on the list who really made it through the cultural test of time, but not because his music was so pop-like, but because it was and still is that unique.
Despite the goal of not wanting to be the mainstream, regardless, I can’t make a list without his rendition of the star-spangled banner. Arguably one of the best live guitar’s solos of all time, so let’s put it in as number five.