In this video, we take a journey through the history of the electric guitar solo.  We begin with Chuck Berry and end with John Mayer.

The video is not exactly chronological and there are some unforgivable exclusions, but it's still somewhat interesting.  It does makes some points about how the electric guitar solo has evolved over the years.  Also, we like the Fact Man.

But, the guitarist smashed a guitar and not the one he played.  What's rock and roll about that?

Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

John Lennon of The Beatles: Day Tripper

Pete Townshend of The Who: Pinball Wizard

Hank Marvin of The Shadows: Apache

Jim Fuller of The Safaris: Wipeout

Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile

Carlos Santana: Black Magic Woman

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love

Brian May of Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

Eric Clapton of Derek and the Dominoes: Layla

Angus Young of AC/DC: Highway to Hell

Mark Knopler of Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing

Neal Schon of Journey: Don't Stop Believing

Randy Rhoads for Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train

Eddie Van Halen for Michael Jackson: Beat It

Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme: Play With Me

Slash of Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana: In Bloom

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day: When I Come Around

Jerry Horton of Papa Roach: Last Resort

Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead: Paranoid Android

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine: Killing in the Name

Matt Bellamy of Muse: Plug in Baby

Jack White of The White Stripes: Icky Thump

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age: Make it Wit Chu

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys: Tighten Up

John Mayer: Belief


If you have never seen the reigning king of guitar riff YouTube videos, check the one below.  It doesn't have Fact Man, but it's just the best.