Many of these songs are popular, but some are not. Get to know your inner rock star with these 40 masterpieces.
This is it. This is a list of the songs that have defined the words “rock star.” These songs have launched careers and maintained them. There are songs from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. It isn’t ranked, however, because I could never bring myself to put one of these songs over another. I will say, however, that my favorite song from this list is Tax Free by Jimi Hendrix, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has the best guitarwork, which is the point of this list.
A sprawling, 13-minute epic. One of the best riffs I’ve ever heard, and an awesome start to this list.
The solo is two minutes long. Enough said.
Beautiful blend of acoustic and electric. Jimmy Page at his finest. Big plus for catchy refrain.
It’s a classic, a staple. It’s on every guitar list, and for good reason.
An obscure choice, but one of my favorites. The opening riff is unbelievably uplifting. At least to me.
Another Hendrix tune (that’s going to be a common theme). Kind of a sad song, but Hendrix’ guitar work is as masterful here as anywhere.
Serious contender for Best Solo Ever. Plus, the opening (both bass and guitar) is just awesome. Still gives me goosebumps.
The opening riff might be the most recognizable from any song on here. I think everyone has heard this song at least once. Great refrain too.
Another artful blend of acoustic and electric. An awesome refrain is a plus.
You knew it was coming. It’s probably the best solo ever. It’s the ultimate American epic.
Another representative of grunge here. The intro has some soul to it, but it is by no means soft. Alice in Chains at their finest.
More Hendrix. The intro is awesome, but the verse and chorus are even better. Solid all the way around.
Another very recognizable riff. A little repetitive, but when it’s this good, who’s keeping track?