Pedal to the Metal: The 25 Greatest Wah Solos of All Time
We pick the 25 greatest rock and roll wah solos of all time.
15. "I Ain't Superstitious" — Jeff Beck Group (Truth, 1968)
Soloist: Jeff Beck
On the debut album from the Jeff Beck Group, Beck uses this wah-laden take on a Howlin' Wolf tune to show off his mastery of the multitude of sounds one can coax out of a guitar. Somehow, he still continues to baffle us with this skill.
14. "Blue on Black" — Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Trouble Is ..., 1997)
Soloist: Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd burst into the mainstream consciousness with this cut off his 1997 album, Trouble Is ... Any questions over who he was hoping to channel are laid to rest with the inclusion of a cover of "Voodoo Child" as the single's B-side.
13. "Pain and Sorrow" — Joe Bonamassa (So, It's Like That, 2002
Soloist: Joe Bonamassa
Another blues-rock revivalist, Joe Bonamassa lays out some fiery wah work on this deep cut from his sophomore album, So, It's Like That.
12. "Blinded by the Light" — Manfred Mann's Earth Band (The Roaring Silence, 1976)
Soloist: Dave Flett
This tune may have originally been written by Bruce Springsteen, but it didn't become a hit—and eventually a classic—until guitarist Dave Flett and the rest of Manfred Mann's Earth Band got a hold of it for 1976's The Roaring Silence.
11. "Gets Me Through" — Ozzy Osbourne (Down to Earth, 2001)
Soloist: Zakk Wylde
Split between powerful melodies and a heaping helping of shred, the solo from "Gets Me Through" sees Zakk Wylde take his Hendrix Cry Baby to the edge and back on this standout track from Ozzy's 2001 comeback record.
Zakk would eventually merit his very own wah pedal, complete with the Fasel inductor that was responsible for some of the classic wah sounds of the Sixties.
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