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Top 20 guitar solos by The Beatles
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18 January 2012 - 8.36pm

Well, this is not going to be easy, there are so many great solos out there, especially by George. It's also really hard to compensate between the early and their later stuff.

In my opinion, I will say that "Twist And Shout", "Any Time At All", "Michelle", "Girl", "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", "I Feel Fine" is not real guitar solos, but rather guitar/lead breaks.

Remember this is a list for "Guitar" solos only! and it's based on the melody (the way it sounds to me).a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

The rest (I think) of The Beatles' solos:

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Matchbox

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

And Your Bird Can Sing

Run For Your Life

Roll Over Beethoven

Long Tall Sally

Let It Be**

Savoy Truffle

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Come Together

Hey Bulldog

Revolution

If I Needed Someone

What Goes On

You're Going to Lose That Girl

I've Just a Seen a Face

The Night Before

Honey Don't

Baby's in Black

I'll Follow the Sun

Day Tripper

I'm a Loser

I Should Have Known Better

And I Love Her

I Call Your Name

I Wanna Be Your Man

All My Loving

Boys

Drive My Car

Get Back

What You're Doing

Wild Honey Pie

 

20) She's a Woman

19) A Hard Day's Night

18) Good Morning Good Morning

17) Taxman

16) Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

15) Till There Was You

14) Back in the U.S.S.R.

13) I'm Down

12) All You Need Is Love

11) Helter Skelter

10) You Never Give Me Your Money

9) Nowhere Man

8) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

7) The End

6) Octopus's Garden

5) Can't Buy Me Love

4) Polythene Pam

3) Let It Be*

2) Something

1) I Saw Her Standing There

 

* = album version

** = single version

 

To be honest, I'm not really sure about this one, but I give it a try!  :p

"Real music is made by real people playing real instruments using own creativity and skills."

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The Walrus
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18 January 2012 - 10.34pm

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time

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Von Bontee
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19 January 2012 - 7.23pm

I'd like to vote in this, but - and don't be mad! - I don't think I can come up with 20 truly great guitar solos, as opposed to merely passable ones. For one thing, they really didn't play all that many - "And Your Bird Can Sing" has fine lead guitar work, sure, but nothing that I'd consider a solo; the leads are part of the song's composition. And furthermore, I don't care for "solos" that do nothing but repeat the vocal melody, which leaves out "And I Love Her", "I Want You", "I Should Have Known Better" and several others. And finally, I'm disqualifying Eric Clapton's gentle weeping just 'cause he ain't a Beatle. So 20 is out, but I can pretty easily name 10 (maybe even 15!) really great ones:

 

1. Taxman

2. Good Morning, Good Morning

3. Something

4. The End

5. Octopus' Garden

6. Something

7. I Saw Her Standing There

8. Old Brown Shoe

9. Get Back

10. One After 909

11. Let It Be

12. Hey Bulldog

13. Long Tall Sally

14. It's All Too Much

15. Boys

16. 'Til There Was You

17. Savoy Truffle

18. Drive My Car

19. For You Blue

20. Polythene Pam

 

OK, turns out there was more memorable ones than I originally thought!

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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20 January 2012 - 3.37am

"Let It Be" - absolutely; but the "single" release on Past Masters,   not the album version!

 

I still don't see how that album version was ever released. The guitar "solo" was never meant to be. If I recall, it was simply going to be the backing to an eventual two-guitar solo.

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JET!
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20 January 2012 - 12.53pm


Beatles Bassist, I was scrolling through your list, scrolling, scrolling, (me: "WHERE IS I Saw Her Standing There I can't believe it's not in here!!") scrolling scrolling ("stupid list without that in it") scrolling scrolling *stop* ("oh.")

a-hard-days-night-john-6

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The Beatles bassist
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20 January 2012 - 2.23pm

The Walrus said:

Tomorrow Never Knows?

It's not a guitar solo!

"Real music is made by real people playing real instruments using own creativity and skills."

The Beatles bassist
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20 January 2012 - 2.31pm

Von Bontee said:

I'd like to vote in this, but - and don't be mad! - I don't think I can come up with 20 truly great guitar solos, as opposed to merely passable ones. For one thing, they really didn't play all that many - "And Your Bird Can Sing" has fine lead guitar work, sure, but nothing that I'd consider a solo; the leads are part of the song's composition. And furthermore, I don't care for "solos" that do nothing but repeat the vocal melody, which leaves out "And I Love Her", "I Want You", "I Should Have Known Better" and several others. And finally, I'm disqualifying Eric Clapton's gentle weeping just 'cause he ain't a Beatle. So 20 is out, but I can pretty easily name 10 (maybe even 15!) really great ones:

 

1. Taxman

2. Good Morning, Good Morning

3. Something

4. The End

5. Octopus' Garden

6. Something

7. I Saw Her Standing There

8. Old Brown Shoe

9. Get Back

10. One After 909

11. Let It Be

12. Hey Bulldog

13. Long Tall Sally

14. It's All Too Much

15. Boys

16. 'Til There Was You

17. Savoy Truffle

18. Drive My Car

19. For You Blue

20. Polythene Pam

 

OK, turns out there was more memorable ones than I originally thought!

I totally agree about the "vocal melody solos", nobody made it too the list for that reason. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was played by Eric Clapton as mentioned, that's why it got minus thought the solo is actually is better than "The End" in my opinion - I've been told that George did invent the solo, but I'm not sure, it sound to "Claptonish". I don't get why I forgot "Old Brown Shoe"...

"Real music is made by real people playing real instruments using own creativity and skills."

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GniknuS
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20 January 2012 - 11.12pm

The cool thing about guitar solos is some are great by how technically proficient they are and some are great simply because they fit the emotion of the song so perfectly. Although I think a top 20 is a bit excessive, I'll give a top 10 or so.
1) I Want You (She's So Heavy) - I don't know who played it but I suspect John because of its simplicity and how...what's the word for it, raw the solo is. Perfectly fits the emotion of the song.
2) I'm Only Sleeping - never ceases to amaze me with its coolness
3) Hey Bulldog (nasty)
4) Taxman
5) Let it Be
6) Octopus's Garden
7) Get Back
8) Yer Blues (the second one more so)
9) Til There Was You
10) Something

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Another One
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21 January 2012 - 3.28pm

About The Beatles , I can't choose, but I think the solo of Brian May for Killer Queen is the best melody I ever heard.

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He's the only reason we exist...

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Another One
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21 January 2012 - 3.31pm

Beginnig of the song; In my life is very effective and simple and beauty...

...They've forgotten all about God

He's the only reason we exist...

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Inner Light
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23 January 2012 - 5.58pm

I'm enjoying the lists that everyone is putting together. George pretty much did all the solos.

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