When NME recently published their list of the 50 greatest guitar solos of all time, I found myself both surprised and not. A publication which cut its teeth on and steadfastly holds to contentious opinion, all these years on, simply will be surprising by nature. No surprise there. Probably why I continue to read it.

There were some good and undeniable calls. Yet, some strange entries and even stranger rankings. Always open to new stuff, and stuff I may have missed, I methodically went through all. Quite prepared to be convinced, I found myself skeptical as to how much exposure to good music some contributors have really had.

So here, in no specific order, are those I reckon should have been there. No doubt I shall think of more, and the list in any form could well be as contentious to others as NME's own. Great! Tell me what you think as I post on each in turn.

1.  Ride On - Angus Young, AC/DC
2.  Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour, Pink Floyd
3.  Rosanna - Steve Lukather, Toto
4.  Forever Now - Ian Moss, Cold Chisel
5.  Red House - Jimi Hendrix
6.  All Right Now - Paul Kossoff, Free
7.  Still Got The Blues For You - Gary Moore
8.  You Make Loving Fun - Lindsay Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac
9.  China Girl - Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Bowie
10. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads, Black Sabbath
11. Profession Of Violence - Paul Chapman, UFO
12. 316 - Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
13. Child In Time - Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple
14. Brothers In Arms - Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits
15. Black Magic Woman - Carlos Santana, Santana
16. Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin


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