I was listening to Prozzak’s “Sucks To Be You” (Spotify link) the other day, and musing how I thought it had one of the most perfectly fitting guitar solos ever. Not that I’ll defend that choice; it’s a quirky little song, and the flamenco-style solo is just weird and somehow fitting for me.
But then I thought: what’s the most iconic guitar solo of all time?
“Stairway to Heaven” came to mind instantly, but then I realized that I couldn’t bring the whole solo to mind. The end weedly bits, yes, but I think for a solo to be iconic, the whole solo has to be something so memorable you can pretty much sing along with it. So after thinking for a bit, I settled upon “Hotel California.” You might not like the song, but I think pretty much anyone who grew up in the 70s through the 90s can sing along with that sucker.
But I could be wrong. Remember, we’re not looking for the best guitar solo here, but the most iconic – as in, the guitar solo that almost everyone knows, the guitar solo that is the most legendary. I was toying with one other choice here, which to me is incredibly obvious, but I’ll see whether I get swamped with that one in the comments.
(Cue Bart Calendar’s strong opinions.)
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.