There's a common misconception that there were no guitar solos in the entirety of the grunge music. I mean, since the era of the supershredders like Eddie Van Halen had fallen by the wayside when Seattle started its reign, there really wasn't a need for the over indulgent guitar playing any more, right? Though the guitar was more about serving the song, that didn't mean that the freakout solos necessarily went anywhere.
Across the alternative rock spectrum, plenty of guitar players threw that their hat into the ring of the all time greats and put together some of the greatest musical fragments of the modern age. On the other hand, these guitar solos played a bit of a different role than what you would normally expect from your average rock song. While there was still plenty of fast runs to be accounted for, most of these songs catered to how much emotion you put into the solo, whether it be through pure noise or the actual note choices you made.
Even though these didn't reinvent the wheel, they have still gone down as some of the greatest little pieces of music to come from the turn of the decade. Pack up all your scale books...it's time that things got a little more dirty underneath the fretboard.