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15 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Solos

Owning the spotlight every time.

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A great guitar solo has the potential to elevate a song into truly adored territory, filled to the brim with energy and creativity, as well as providing a chance to show off the abilities of the guitarist playing.

Some of the best guitar solos are the defining features of the songs they appear in, which is no wonder given the excellence of the examples featured in this list. Although the lyrics of a song are used to convey the tone and emotion of said song, a well-crafted and well-placed solo can also achieve the same effect.

The rock genre is filled with plenty of revered solos from generations of great guitarists, all excellent and admired in their own right. For decades, guitar solos have been a staple of the genre, as hundreds of artists have used them to show off and/or provide some extra emotion to a song, a technique that has clearly worked well given the legions of fans that still adore these songs decades after their first release.

Although just about anybody can play a guitar solo, it takes something really special to do what these 15 guitarists have done during some of their finest efforts.

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