I pity the poor writers at Spike.com. Just think of the hours of awful music they must have subjected themselves to before compiling their new list of the “Top 7 Worst Guitar Solos of All Time” — not the “baddest,” mind you, but actually the worst. And it’s a complicated question: What does it mean to be the worst guitar solo of all time, anyway? Are we talking about the most boring? The most off-key? The most bloated and indulgent?
All those and more ended up on Spike.com’s list. They made some good calls, like singling out Lil Wayne’s inexplicable belief that he can play guitar, which is an ongoing embarassment to humanity. They’re also way off-base at times: I’m sorry, but there is nothing wrong with the solo from “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” And their list is far from complete. My personal least-favorite solo of the past few years comes from Vampire Weekend, a band so wildly overrated that I almost feel bad pointing out how overrated they are. (Almost.) The limp little “solo” in their single “Oxford Comma” (below, at about 2:00) typifies everything that’s wrong with those smug, lazy prepsters.
But that’s just me! What are your least favorite guitar solos of all time? Post ’em up below. And no, fake shredding doesn’t count, sadly.