75 Best Guitar Solos You Need to Learn – Categorized by Easy, Intermediate, and Expert

Learning how to play a great guitar solo is not only fun, but super satisfying. The melody and feel of certain solos just make them stand out from others and can draw people in. It doesn’t matter how technically complicated a solo is but rather how it is played, which can separate the good from the great. Some of the best solos are considered easy guitar solos, while on the other hand, some are extremely difficult.

In this post, I decided to create an extensive list of some of the best guitar solos you need to learn and broke them down into three separate sections:

  • Easy
  • Intermediate/Advanced
  • Expert

In each section, I’ve compiled a list of 25 of what I consider to be the best guitar solos and linked to a variety of online resources to help you learn them. As you may have already noticed, the table below includes 4 columns:

  • The song title (linked to the song on Spotify) and artist
  • Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar and Guitar Pro tabs
  • A link to a video lesson of how to play each solo
  • Official guitar tabs

If you prefer to learn a new song by tab, I’d highly recommend using the Guitar Pro tabs whenever available as it can definitely help you get a better feel for the timing of each tab and provide you with more tools to learn solos and songs much faster.

Guitar Pro 6: chord diagram, digital tuner, guitar fretboard

This list is in no particular order so feel free to jump in wherever. Pick a song you like, and start learning how to play its solo with one of the options provided.

Happy playing!

Best Easy Guitar Solos

The first set of best guitar solos feature relatively easy ones. These solos are great for beginners to get their feet wet with soloing, without it being too overwhelming. These solos are either relatively short, slow-paced or even a combination of both. Although they aren’t complex, that doesn’t mean they’re not great because as musicians know, you don’t have to be the best or fastest player to make great music. These easy guitar solos are awesome to jam to and I’d highly suggest checking them out.

Song / Artist UG & Guitar Pro Tabs Video Lesson Official Tabs
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
2. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
3. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
4. Something – The Beatles Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
5. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
6. Like a Stone – Audioslave Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
7. Use Somebody – King of Leon Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
8. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
9. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
10. About a Girl – Nirvana Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
12. Holiday – Green Day Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
13. Angels – Robbie Williams Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
14. Love Hurts – Nazareth Tabs|GP Tabs N/A N/A
15. Joker and the Thief – Wolfmother Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
16. Island In the Sun – Weezer Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
17. High and Dry – Radiohead Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
18. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
19. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
20. Heart Full of Soul – The Yardbirds Tabs|N/A Lesson Official
21. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
22. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
23. What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes N/A|GP Tabs Lesson Official
24. Beverly Hills – Weezer Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
25. Come Together – The Beatles Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official

Best Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Solos

If you’re an intermediate/advanced guitarist then maybe you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge. Well then, the following list of intermediate/advanced guitar solos is for you. These solos are generally longer than the easy guitar solos above and contain a greater range of flair (i.e. bends, vibrato, tapping, etc). Try working through the list below by finding songs that you love and learning their solos with the provided resources.

Song / Artist UG & Guitar Pro Tabs Video Lesson Official Chords/Tabs
1. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
2. Black Magic Woman – Santana Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
3. Alive – Pearl Jam Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
4. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
5. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
6. Back in Black – AC/DC Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
7. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
8. Paranoid – Black Sabbath Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
9. Santeria – Sublime Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
10. Belief – John Mayer Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
11. Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
12. More Than a Feeling – Boston Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
13. Renegade – Styx Tabs|GP Tabs N/A Official
14. Caught Up In You – 38 Special Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
15. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
16. Walk This Way – Aerosmith Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
17. Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult Tabs|GP Tabs N/A Official
18. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
19. Layla – Eric Clapton Tabs|GP Tabs N/A Official
20. China Grove – The Doobie Brothers Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
21. One of These Nights – Eagles Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
22. Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes Tabs|GP Tabs N/A Official
23. Crossroads – Cream (Covered by JM) Tabs|N/A Lesson N/A
24. Hotel California – Eagles Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
25. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official

Best Expert Guitar Solos

If you’ve mastered the easy and intermediate/advanced guitar solos in both tables above, then you’re ready for a much bigger challenge: expert-level guitar solos. The solos in the list below are a collection of technically challenging solos due to their length, speed, technique, and more. Some songs in this list contain solo breaks between the vocal sections, similar to any of the songs in the lists above, while other songs are made up of guitar solos throughout. Enjoy and be prepared for a challenge!

Song / Artist UG & Guitar Pro Tabs Video Lesson Official Chords/Tabs
1. Eruption – Van Halen Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
2. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
3. Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
4. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
5. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
6. For the Love of God – Steve Vai Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
7. YYZ – Rush Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
8. Cliffs of Dover – Eric Johnson Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
9. Little Wing – Stevie Ray Vaughan Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
10. Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
11. Master of Puppets – Metallica Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
12. Satch Boogie – Joe Satriani Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
13. The Dance of Eternity -Dream Theater Tabs|GP Tabs N/A N/A
14. The Trooper – Iron Maiden Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
15. Canon Rock – Jerry C Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
16. Highway Star – Deep Purple Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
17. Far Beyond the Sun – Yngwie Malmsteen Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
18. Hangar 18 – Megadeath Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
19. Hot for Teacher – Van Halen Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
20. Europa – Santana Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
21. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
22. Fade to Black – Metallica Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson N/A
23. Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
24. Walk – Pantera Tabs|GP Tabs Lesson Official
25. Stillborn – Black Label Society Tabs|GP Tabs N/A Official

Summary

Hopefully, this list of best guitar solos has inspired you to start learning or perfecting the techniques of guitar soloing. If you’re a beginner, soloing can be tricky and takes a lot of practice. I’ve always found software programs like Guitar Pro to be a great help in this regard as you can slow the solo down while simultaneously visualizing exactly what the guitarist is playing.

If you think I may have missed any great guitar solos in the list above, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Let us know what your favorite (easy, intermediate, or expert level) guitar solo is!

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