Guitar Solo’s The List Part 1

A few days ago, I blogged about my favorite rock guitar solos.  As I said, Fat Tone Guitars ran a promotion and entry into the promotion involved telling us your five favorite guitar solos.  Now that our promotion has ended, I’m left with some extremely interesting data regarding people’s taste in guitar music.

What’s truly interesting is that guitar players still love Pink Floyd.  I was in high school when The Wall was released, and it was a great album and all, but I never truly got into it, never even memorized the order of the songs.  I did spend a fair amount of time listening to Dark Side of The Moon, but Pink Floyd never impressed on me more than as great purveyors of post psychedelic, dreamscape type music as well as chart toppers.

However….Pink Floyd remains way up there in the world of guitar lovers.

Here are some cool findings from the Fat Tone Guitars giveaway entries, including top songs and artists.  Top artists in order were:

  1. Pink Floyd
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Led Zeppelin
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  5. Van Halen
  6. Eric Clapton/Cream
  7. Neil Young
  8. Eric Johnson
  9. Duane Allman
  10. Slash/GnR

Top individual songs with guitar solos are:

  1. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd (by a wide margin)
  2. Stairway To Heaven
  3. Eruption by Van Halen
  4. Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
  5. Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

It’s amazing to me that Pink Floyd was mentioned in about 40% of the entries followed by Jimi Hendrix in about 30%.  The Pink Floyd songs mentioned were primarily Comfortably Numb followed by Time and Money from Dark Side.  The Jimi Hendrix songs mentioned were spread out pretty evenly amongst Voodoo Child, Foxey Lady, LIttle Wing, Machine Gun and others.

The most interesting finding to me was that guitar gods like Joe Satriani (4 mentions) and Yngwe Malmsteen (1 mention) were almost no-shows.

I’ll post more interesting tidbits next week.

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