28 "Where the Streets Have No Name"
With the Edge's chicken-scratched fusillade of echoing guitar tones, U2 shot up from the Top 40 straight into the pop stratosphere. Proof that his guitar style is just as iconic as Bono's singing: He plays for two full minutes before the vocals come in.
"Where the Streets Have No Name" from The Joshua Tree (Island)
U2 perfoming "Where the Streets Have No Name" at Superbowl XXXVI in 2002
29 "Back in Black"
Angus and Malcolm Young's dual-guitar masterpiece is the platonic ideal of hard rock. The bridge alone is heavier than most axmen ever manage, and the riff is instantly recognizable: "Black" has been covered by everyone from Living Colour to Shakira, and sampled by the Beastie Boys and Eminem.
"Back in Black" from Back in Black (Epic)
AC/DC performing "Back in Black" live
30 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"
Bill Haley and His Comets (1954)
It was the first Number One rock & roll hit, and Danny Cedrone's guitar break, for which he was paid $21, became the archetypal rock & roll solo. But he never became a star: Months after he recorded it, he died in a fall.
"(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" from The Best of Bill Haley and His Comets (MCA)
Bill Haley and His Comets performing "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" live in 1956