BEST GUITAR SOLOS IN METAL

All right, this list was requested, so I'm gonna try. I don't think I can come up with anything close to comprehensive, so I'll just go off the top of my head.
  1. Ritchie Blackmore on "Mistreated". Whether it's the original studio track by Deep Purple or the version Blackmore's Rainbow did on their live album, listen to either version and you'll hear ample proof that Blackmore is one of the greatest players In Rock (see what I did there?). Composed and restrained, the perfect blend of classical and blues.
  2. Randy Rhoads on "Tonight". Pretty tough to pick just one solo from Rhoads' oeuvre, but I've always had a soft spot for the outro solo on this cut from Ozzy Osbourne's second album. One of the only guitarists from the '80's shredder school that belongs with the all-time greats, in my opinion, Randy was lyrical and emotional in his playing.
  3. Uli Jon Roth on "Sails of Charon". Roth was well ahead of his time and his soloing showcases techniques that later players, like Eddie Van Halen, are widely credited with inventing. None of that really matters as much as the blazing intensity he brings to Scorpions classics like this one. The intro lead is a self-contained master class.
  4. Buck Dharma on "(Don't Fear) the Reaper". The solo for Blue Oyster Cult's hit is a lot more chaotic than the song itself but it suits the composition perfectly.
  5. Tony Iommi on "Lonely Is the Word". Ipmmi is typically regarded as the Riff Master but anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Sabbath's catalog knows he's one of the best rock soloists as well. It'd be nigh impossible to name one solo better than the rest, so I've chosen this one because the master himself has called it some of his favorite work.
  6. Fast Eddie Clarke on "Ace of Spades". Fast Eddie's manic solo could be a big part of why this song became Motorhead's best known song. His playing throughout the track, both the riffing and the lead, sum up the band's mission statement quite nicely.
  7. Jimmy Page on "Stairway to Heaven". I know, you're sick of "Stairway", it was overplayed 30 years ago, maybe 40, and you never need to hear it again. But that's because you're not listening to it right now. When it's actually playing, it's hard to believe how great it sounds. The solo is like a song in itself, and a better one than most.