'Stairway To Heaven' Voted As The Number One, Greatest Guitar Solo

October 6, 2016

According to a vote held by a panel of critics for Classic Rock Magazine, the single most greatest guitar solo in the history of rock n' roll belongs to none other than Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's iconic song, "Stairway To Heaven."

"Is 'Stairway To Heaven' my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it's pretty damn good," says Page. "The solo was done very quickly - in actual fact there were already layers underneath, the bottleneck you can hear was on before the solo."

As memorable as it is, Page says that he didn't have that much time to actually put more input into the solo. "I just said, 'Roll it,' took a deep breath, that's what I usually do, and then go. I had a couple of cracks at it because you didn't have as many options as you would have now. Back then you had 16 tracks and could only put guitar solos down where the vocal wasn't."

"You'd save maybe three tracks to lay guitar solos into which meant you could have two or three cracks at it and then choose the best."

"If everyone else says it's my best solo then that's great, that's good, but there are others that I prefer," says Page.

The finalized Top 10 Greatest Guitar Solos are as follows:

  1. "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
  2. "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd
  3. "Hotel California" by The Eagles
  4. "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. "All Along The Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix
  6. "Eruption" by Van Halen
  7. "Killer Queen" by Queen
  8. "Sweet Child 'O Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  9. "Purple Rain" by Prince
  10. "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath

​(source: Team Rock)