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Three Radiohead songs in NME’s Top 50 Greatest Guitar Solos

Three Radiohead songs in NME’s Top 50 Greatest Guitar Solos

NME have compiled a list of the best guitar solos in rock music. Radiohead ended up with three honorable mentions, including two in the top 10.

Radiohead and guitar solos. You’d really have to go back to Radiohead in the nineties. Two songs from their 1995 album The Bends got listed. The title track surprisingly ranked the highest of all, the guitar solo ranked at number 7. ‘Just’ from that same album didn’t get any further than number 21.

Of course, Paranoid Android, from Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer just barely made the top 10, at number 9. Morning Parade’s Steve Sparrow calling it the ‘anti-solo’. Here are all of Radiohead’s entries and the rest of the top 10. For the full list, check

21 Radiohead – ‘Just’
Chosen by Dan White, Tribes: “The Greenwood. Like being smashed in the face with a bucket of rabid razor blade wielding ejaculating crabs.”

10 Pink Floyd – ‘Shine On you Crazy Diamond’

09 Radiohead – ‘Paranoid Android’
Chosen by Steve Sparrow, Morning Parade: “It’s like the ‘anti-solo’. Greenwood’s choice of texture and tonality is unlike anything else of its time. This solo was created in the mid 90’s when Radiohead’s nearest peers were still playing guitar solos using the same blues pentatonic scales that have dominated guitar solos since the start of rock music.”

08 Chuck Berry – ‘Johnny B. Goode’

07 Radiohead – ‘The Bends’
Chosen by NME – A steaming juggernaut of 90s grungey guitar goodness. Producer John Leckie stacked Jonny Greenwood’s guitars 100 feet high. Greenwood saved his best chops for the solo however, which soared like the spirit of hope which was hovering above Thom Yorke’s outsider anthem.

06 Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
05 Muse – ‘Knights Of Cydonia’
04 Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing In The Name’
03 Jimi Hendrix – ‘All Along The Watchtower’
02 Led Zeppelin – ‘Stairway To Heaven’
01 Guns N’ Roses – ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

We’d love to know what you think? Missing any?

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  • If you put Nirvana, Muse, RATM & Guns N Roses solos together, it still wont be as genius as Comfortably Numb is.

    I love Radiohead. But seriously??

    • Could not have said it better myself.

  • Pink Floyd?!?! Seriously?

    One of the cheesiest groups of all time. OTT female backing singers wailing hysterically. Rubbish lyrics. Crap lead vocals. The guitars completely stale and overthought. The kind of music people who buy guitar magazines love because they can admire the technique. Just awful.

    • Fail. Just…fail.

    • you must be fucking tone-deaf.

    • wow, get a set of ears and grow up you daft prick.

    • Just kill yourself and end with your misery

  • I do not think NME knows what a guitar solo is.

  • I cant believe that big haired wanker, Slash, is still convincing people he’s some sort of epic guitarist, he is average at best for his time. the all along the watchtower solo is MUCH better, and what about the solo on Money by Pink Floyd! (one of my personal favourites!) Gary Moore? Stevie Ray Vaughan?

    I know what you mean, Radiohead should be topping most polls, but not sure about a guitar solo poll. I guess the solo work Johnny Greenwood has done is very creative and certainly unique, which is something to be said. As Sparrow said, particularly in the context of The Bends and OK Computer.

  • wheres my iron lung? amazing solo at the end

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  • My top 10 songs would all be Radiohead. My top …100 solo’s would not see a solitary R/H song. Its just MNE trying to ‘buy’ fans

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