5 (of the) most influential guitar solos by David Gilmour

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd by misfortune, but the mark he left on the band was big enough to crown him as one of the best guitarists of all time. You might know him for his expressiveness, love for melody, and incredible bends or you might just know him – he’s one of the few who can play a single note and the listener can easily identify that it’s him playing it. Gilmour is just that legendary. 

This list is just an occasion for you to have another listen to some of his most outstanding work – but as we are talking about him, it is clear that this list can go on and on. So don’t get too stuck on why some tracks were included instead of others and just delve into the surreal realm of David Gilmour’s incredible mastery of the 6 strings.


Written by the band’s four members, Time quite possibly can be the most depressing Pink Floyd song, but its duality is what truly makes it a masterpiece.


Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Wish You Were Here)

One of the finest moments of Pink Floyd’s career Shine On is also one that most of the band remember with great fondness. The song is a tribute to the band’s fallen founder Syd Barrett with Gilmour managing to tell the singer’s tragic tale through his guitar.

Another Brick in the Wall part 2:

A vivid representation of Gilmour’s signature sound can be heard in this classic rock staple. This is the song and album that introduced many, many, many fans to the band. Even solely because of its undeniable captivating power it deserves a spot here.


This piece is 23 minutes of pure euphonious bliss and the composition that helped Floyd find their initial sound and turned them into a serious and highly respected band. It is the ultimate in progressive rock, providing a song structure that would put some operatic composers to shame.

Comfortably Numb

Not just Gilmour’s №1 with Pink Floyd, but one of the best solos in rock history. Enough said.


Which David Gilmour solos are most influential in your opinion, or to your personal playing style?

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