The Ghost of Tom Joad (a celebration of epic guitar solos)

When I was a kid I really wanted to learn to play the guitar to become a rock n’ roll star. In Sweden you can attend the public music school, which is a free of charge after school activity, if you want to learn how to play an instrument. The only problem was that the guitar classes were always full so I ended up playing the recorder (a type of flute) instead, not by far as rock ‘n roll as playing the guitar 😖. As it turned out I never learned how to play the guitar nor did I learn to play the recorder properly (most likely because a huge lack of talent).

I’ve always loved a great guitar solo, though, and there are lots of Springsteen songs with brilliant guitar solos and nothing can beat hearing them live, so I realised I had turn to YouTube to do the job right (click on the link below for the entire playlist). Bruce Springsteen is an excellent guitarist and so are Nils Lofgren, Little Steven and Tom Morello. It turned out to be an almost impossible task to put together a top ten list, but here it goes. I hope this will trigger other Bruce fans to name their favourite guitar solo(s) too.

Epic Springsteen guitar solos:

  1. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  2. Prove it all Night (’78 intro)
  3. Incident on 57th Street
  4. Because the Night
  5. Lost in the Flood
  6. It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City
  7. The Rising
  8. Jungleland
  9. Adam Raised a Cain
  10. Candy’s Room

As I said; almost impossible to choose only ten. Here are the ones that almost made it (honourable mentions): Tougher Than the Rest, None but the Brave and Backstreets.

Footnote: There currently is a week’s winter holiday in Swedish schools and this is what happens when a teacher gets too much time on her hands.

Well, I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk (Thunder Road)

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