“Watch The Corners” – Dinosaur Jr

The guitar solo is a lost art, rendered less meaningful as music split into a million sub-genres. Sure, you’ll hear the occasional solo, but often it’s some heavily produced, saccharine regurgitation of Eddie Van Halen’s solo for “Beat It.”

So when you hear a real guitar solo, one that gets into your skull and works its way down your spine, it really stands out.

There’s nothing fancy about this song. It’s pretty much what J. Mascis and his buddies have always done over their nearly 30-year career together. What makes it great are Mascis’ two epic guitar solos. He never forgot how to shred, and here he destroys, catapulting an otherwise fine but unmemorable song into one for the ages.