My Top 10 : Best Hard Rock Song

1. NIGHT RANGER : You Can Still Rock in America
There is no other passionate anthem I’ve ever heard that can top or replicate this song. It has everything required to be a top hard rock song, majestic solo guitars, the powerful vocals, great keyboard intro, big chorus, and the driving lyrics. “You can still rock in America, oh yeah, alright!”

2. DEEP PURPLE : Highway Star
A song born by a simple jam, the power is so strong that one might want to quickly go the road and drive his 55 or Ferrari as fast as he could.
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Steve Morse Solo vs Ritchie Blackmore Solo??

Well I have tried to hear all the materials they have done, and sorry to you group of majority, my favorite is Steve Morse, even I really dig Purple classic Mk2 and Rainbow with Dio (In Rock and Rainbow Rising are both on my Top 10 best rock albums always).

Blackmore is Purple icon and a beast of a songwriter, no contest. He’s also a slightly better showman on stage, (Morse got that kind of charming side though). But I like more materials done by Morse rather than Blackmore, variety and technicality are the keywords (don’t say technical means playing without heart, this is not a factory job ffs).

Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse Band catalogue are unbelievable, the triumph of magical chemistry between those band members involved. 5 Grammies nominations on instrumental albums/performance and 5 times in-a-row best guitarists by Guitar Magazine are testaments to Morse ability. I even say Morse peak as musician comes with Dixie Dregs and his own band, not with Purple.

Man I tell you, one big reason over another reasons I love Morse catalogue because I think Blackmore wasted many of his time become popular MTV Band with those silly pop songs (yes Mr. Joe Lynn Turner, you’re involved), and then sadly he’s been spending the last two decades exploring the jungle of medieval with his blonde princess. I tried to love Blackmore’s Night material but ouch… You just imagine if he continued Rainbow with Dio.

My Top 10 : Favorite Rock Guitar Solos

And here is my top 10, my most favorite guitar solos.
Not bordered by time or musicians, it’s all about rock’n roll.
Feel free to share me yours 🙂

They are not in order
1. OZZY OSBOURNE : Crazy Train
Rest in Peace Randy Rhoads, he killed the guitar on this

2. PINK FLOYD Comfortably Numb
Courtesy of David Gilmour,truly beautiful guitar solos. To me they’re the best

3. EUROPE : The Final Countdown
I think John Norum guitar solo really saves the song from an utter creepy cheesy eighties pop. Just fantastic fingers

4. NIGHT RANGER : You Can Still (Rock in America)
The double guitar solos by Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson are hot and thunderous. Need I to say more?

5. DEEP PURPLE : Highway Star
RItchie Blackmore built this solo with inspiration come from Beethoven classical music. The guitar solo is so inredible and very attached to the song that it will be wrong to change it even in concerts.

6. GUNS N ROSES Estranged
Nobody can beat Slash when talking about metal blues guitar. And he really put the nail in the coffin on this song. I will never be able to get those bluesy guitar licks and solos out of my mind.

The triple-guitar-solos by Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, and Steve Gaines. What more can you expected? It’s an epic ‘classic rock’ song, begin with ballad and then ultimately exploded into full high voltage rock topped by that three concurrent guitar solos.

8. KISS 100.000 years
Ace Frehley is my ultimate guitar hero. Arguably, his guitar solos that made KISS catalogue very interesting, Rock’n roll All Night in Alive! was a true testament to this (the album version without the solo was a mess). However, I will go for 100.000 years, he put a tremendous, adventorous, very unique something I never heard. He just bending on one two notes and keep it interesting during the key changes. A genius solo

9. OASIS : Live Forever
Simple but memorable. Noel Gallagher is not known as virtuoso, but he cleverly put melodic guitar lines sound in rhyme with the verses and the chorus of this great song, that’s it. And I love it.

10.VAN HALEN : Dreams
This list will mean nothing but rubbish without Eddie Van Halen, perhaps the most inspiring guitarist with Jimi Hendrix. Among all the incredible solos his fingers have created, I really love the melodic and arpeggio riff and solo in Dreams (remember I’m not putting instrumentals on this list)