When it comes to guitar lists, what’s left?

There have been lists of who’s the best, fastest, as well as the best solo, riff and on and on. But here’s a new twist – Guitar World has compiled the “Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All-Time.”

To qualify, they “looked at not only the legacy of the song but how prevalent 12-string guitar is in the song and how influential the song would be in inspiring others to pick up their 12-strings.”

Topping the list is the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” which, when performed by its co-writer, Don Felder, you knowis coming once he straps on the white Gibson double neck. Commenting on this list, he says, "It's such and honor to be voted the number-one 12-String Guitar Song of All-Time. To be in such company is such an amazing dream for any musician. Thank you Guitar World."

The Byrds, led by Roger McGuinn and his Rickenbacker 12-string, had the most songs on the list with three, followed by Led Zeppelin and The Beatles with two each.

Here are the "Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All-Time," according to Guitar World:

  1. Eagles – “Hotel California”
  2. The Byrds – “Eight Miles High”
  3. Led Zeppelin – “Over the Hills and Far Away”
  4. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”
  5. Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Rude Mood”
  6. The Beatles – “Ticket to Ride”
  7. The Byrds – “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)"
  8. Tom Petty – “Free Fallin’”
  9. Boston – “More Than a Feeling”
  10. Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama, I’m Coming Home”
  11. Rush – “Closer to the Heart”
  12. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
  13. The Byrds – “Mr. Tambourine Man”
  14. The Rolling Stones – “As Tears Go By”
  15. Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  16. Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”
  17. The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”
  18. The Who – “Substitute”
  19. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
  20. Supertramp - "Give a Little Bit"
  21. Jimi Hendrix -  "Hear My Train a-Comin'"
  22. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Breaking the Girl”
  23. Mahavishnu Orchestra - "You Know You Know”
  24. Queen – “39”
  25. The Hollies – “Look Through Any Window”
  26. Alice in Chains – “I Stay Away”
  27. Gordon Lightfoot – “Early Morning Rain”
  28. Bob Dylan – “Hurricane”
  29. America – “A Horse With No Name”
  30. John Butler Trio - "Ocean"

Source: Guitar World

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