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Eddie Van Halen rightly gets much respect for his screaming guitar solo in Beat It, Quincy Jones' attempt to coerce Michael Jackson into including a "rock 'n' roll song" on Thriller.
But this isn't a search for the best guitar solo of all time. Oh no. Here we're all about the riff, and that was played by Toto guitarist and sessioneer extraordinaire Steve Lukather.
Lukather recalls: "Initially, we rocked it out as Eddie had played a good solo, but Quincy thought it was too tough. So I had to reduce the distorted guitar sound and that is what was released."
"Beat It has to be up there with the best!" (From @richiemeister via Twitter, thanks)