10 Greatest Hard Rock Guitar Solos Of All Time

Making the six-string talk.

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The guitarist always has a certain amount of power in a hard rock band. While the singer might be going through long barrages of notes and entertaining the audience, the riffs coming from the guitar is what helps drive the entire tune. Riffs are just one facet though; it's more interesting when you actually have to shred.

Contrary to what many believe, there's a certain amount of finesse that goes into making a great solo. Rather than just mindlessly noodling for a couple of bars, the best guitarists in the rock genre have made solos that stand as mini-musical statements in the tracks.

There might be a few moments where the guitarist can be a bit flashy, but that's not really the point of the solo. The main job for any guitarist when soloing is how to make the song better rather than how to make the song an opportunity to display your technique.

These are just a few examples of guitarists who never lost their focus in making classic solos that hit a nerve with the listener. Solos like these are so omnipresent that they almost feel like songwriting without lyrics. Here are the guys who took the dirty distortion of hard rock and turned it into some of the most brilliant musical pieces the pop world had ever heard.

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