Top 10 Guitar-Driven Rock Songs
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A face-melting solo, iconic riffs, and that power chord that takes the whole song to another level – these guitar-driven tracks are more than just about pleasing fans, they also aim to inspire people to pick up the guitar and start playing. So, whether you’re an amateur player or already a virtuoso, we guarantee you’ll enjoy these masterpieces.
After all, you don’t listen to these tunes just once.
10. Eagles – “Hotel California”
From the solo to the guitar battle and the intricate harmonies, it’s a magnificent piece of music that shows how a great riff can turn a song into an instant classic.
9. Joe Satriani – “Surfing with the Alien”
That’s an appropriate title given that Joe Satriani’s riffs are otherworldly.
8. Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Texas Flood”
You’d have to be on the same level as SRV to pull this off – it takes a lot of stamina to play the song from start to finish. Unbelievable.
7. Van Halen – “Eruption”
This is an essential guitar-driven song. If it doesn’t melt your face off, you need to put it on repeat.
6. The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
Does it sound simple enough? Maybe but it’s clearly way ahead of its time.
5. Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
That guitar intro alone is iconic.
4. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
When it’s Jimmy Page, you just know the guitar work will be next level.
3. Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
Often imitated but never duplicated, Jimi Hendrix’s guitar is the star of the show in this work of art.
2. Cream – “Crossroads”
One of Eric Clapton’s best guitar moments, it’s tastefully done. His vibrato technique took center stage.
1. Chuck Berry – “Johnny B. Goode”
It’s hands-down the ULTIMATE GUITAR-DRIVEN SONG. Any guitarist who has learned and perfected it is already one step ahead of everyone else.