1. Moonage Daydream - Mick Ronson
A sci-fi blowout: Ronson picks the song up and sends it spinning into outer space.
2. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
Evil blues from the greatest rock guitarist ever.
3. Since I’ve Been Loving You - Jimmy Page
Passionate, desperate lyricism.
4. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - David Gilmour
Moving, meditational, un-showy expression of melody and tone.
5. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
Not technically adept, Young can play one note like a primal force.
6. Hotel California - Joe Walsh and Don Felder
Soaring, uplifting twin lead takes off into the ether.
7. Purple Rain - Prince
Wild, fluid and free as his soulful vocals.
8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton
Seamlessly integrated, Clapton weeps and wails all over George Harrison’s mournful melody.
9. Love Spreads - John Squire
Bluesy slide work out to a funky beat gives Britpop wings.
10. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
Heartfelt emotion on a Stevie Wonder cover from the most technically dazzling guitarist since Jimi.
I'm not going to argue the individual choices (most of which strike me as somewhere between obvious and banal) but the fact that McCormick didn't include the Neil Innes solo that slices this song in half...
...or the Innes solo that serves the same function on this track...
...means I probably won't need to worry about any of his opinions on anything else in the future.
C'mon, dude -- these two were scientifically proven to be the heaviest fretboard workouts of all time fricking AGES ago.
[h/t Kerrin L. Griffith]