Any seasoned rock musician knows that the guitar riff is what drives the song. For as many bells and whistles you put in a particular piece of music, you can always count on the main riff to paint a straight line through the whole song. However, it's a bit more fun when you can go a little crazier on your instruments.
As the '70s began to open up, there seemed to be more respect for the rock and roll guitar solo. While some bands abused it like crazy and made every song a showcase for their technique, some artists supplied some of the most beautiful melodic phrases to come from a six-string. More than being just a fun little interlude in between the song, some of these solos feel like separate songs unto themselves, with melodies that stick in your head just as much as the chorus or the main lick.
From hard rock to folk to blues, every single genre had some of its more awe-inspiring guitar noodlings come to the forefront during the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. Each of these songs might hold up as fantastic pieces of music unto themselves, but sometimes it takes just the right amount of guitar flair to bring them to the top of the rock heap.