Ten Awesome Big Screen Guitar Moments

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM

As a guitar player, I always find it a treat to be watching a movie and see a killer guitar performance or a surprise cameo by a guitar hero as part of it. Here are 10 of our favorites. Click on the titles to get related guitar tabs.

10. "I'd Die For This Dance"/"The Train Kept A-Rollin'" Jeff Beck (Kindergarten Cop 1988) - Sure, the movie was cornier than the Iowa landscape, but this Jeff Beck cameo is one of the most surprising ones I've seen.

9. "Jailhouse Rock" Elvis Presley (Jailhouse Rock 1957) - While in jail, the King practices guitar and becomes a singing sensation. Sure it's lame, but "Jailhouse Rock" simply rocks.

8. "Sunshine of Your Love" Cream (The Breakfast Club 1985) - Judd Nelson's "John Bender" character scatting the classic Cream riff is timeless!

7. "We All Die Young" Steel Dragon feat. Zakk Wylde (Rock Star 2001) - As cheesy as this flick was, I can't help but watch it every time it's on, if for no other reason than to listen to Zakk Wylde's off-the-cuff comments in Mark Wahlberg's audition scene.

6. "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" AC/DC (School of Rock 2003) - There is only one person in this world who can rock a school-boy uniform and Gibson SG as hard as Angus Young, and his name is Jack Black!

5. "Let's Go Crazy" Prince (Purple Rain 1984) - His Purple Majesty not only won an Oscar for his score to this film but also showed the world his fretboard prowess—particularly on the blistering outro to the title track.

4. "Would?" Alice in Chains (Singles 1992) - Grunge was so huge that it even had its own movie, Singles, featuring cameos by members of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains.

3. "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry (Back to the Future 1985) - Remember the crowd's stunned reaction when Marty McFly went off during his "Johnny B. Goode" solo? That's what my dad would do at a Buckethead show.

2. "Eugene's Trick Bag" Steve Vai (Crossroads 1986) - How do you top a guitar solo that beats Steve Vai and redeems a man's soul?

1. "Soul Man" Blues Brothers (The Blues Brothers 1980) - Well, I guess you top the last entry with cameos from John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Steve Cropper. Need we say more?

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