Muso Mondays – Greatest guitar solos of the 70s

So, here we are. The last Muso Mondays post of this series, and it’s been a blast. From weird key signatures to songs that use the same chords, and the most iconic key changes of the 80s, we hope you’ve enjoyed it and learned a thing or two along the way. This last post is dedicated to 4 of the best guitar solos from the 70s. Because, why the hell not!? 😉

The 70s brought with it an array of classic rock songs, and with that came some of the greatest guitar solos of all time. And here are just a few…

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Slash (Guns N’ Roses)


A track that everybody has heard, and a solo which everyone should remember. The swirling and mellow guitar writing provides the perfect ending to this legendary rock song, which was placed at number 37 on Guitar World’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”. And rightly so.

Killer Queen – Brian May (Queen)


Of course, there had to be a Queen song on the list. Brian wanted to make a bell-like effect in this multitracked guitar solo, and he succeeded. With the guitar writing effortlessly mimicking Freddie’s melody line, it then evolves into a unique multitextured sound. And we all know there were more incredible solos to come from this British rock band.

Hotel California – Don Felder and Joe Walsh (Eagles)


As the bands most well-known song, the guitar solo takes us on a memorable journey, with an emotional melody at its heart and a sweet tone to match. And although it might be lengthy, it’s not lacking in imagination.

Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)


Often regarded as one of the most popular rock songs of all-time, the incredibly intricate guitar solo highlights the final third section of the track. Epitomizing the climatic build-up, this guitar solo won’t just be remembered as being played on a double-necked guitar, but for being one of the most iconic solos of all time.

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WRITTEN BY: KATE PARRY