Top 10 Bands with Best Twin (Dual) Lead Guitars

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Bands that use harmonized twin leads and dueling guitar solos. This is when two different lead guitarists harmonize melodies together and not when one guitarist uses double tracking. Also, there are bands with 2 or 3 guitarists but they don't harmonize their lines and shouldn't be on this list.

Pioneers of twin guitars were: Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers Band, Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash, Home, Quicksilver Messenger Service (and maybe some other less known bands).

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1Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

Ahh this was a tough call between maiden and priest but I'd go with maiden as 1)they did it like no other and their synchronisation was truly unique 2)I'm a die hard maiden fan so it may have been a bit of a biased choice. - Toucan

@Toucan - I like both bands, too, and I truly understand your choice, and agree with you. - Metal_Treasure

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2Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

I have to give it to Judas Priest. Tipton & Downing played together on their first album and continued together for over 35 years! Also... I appreciate the different styles each brought more than playing together.

Judas Priest did it in 1973 and they were probably the first metal band that used twin guitars. I put Judas Priest higher than Iron Maiden because Judas Priest did it before Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure

3The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.
4Primal FearPrimal Fear is a German power metal and speed metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner.

They use the Judas Priest formula. I have to say that Primal Fear twin guitar work is very intense and damn good. Currently I like their twin guitars the most, especially the solos that are very fast yet melodic (Strike, Riding The Eagle). - Metal_Treasure

5HelloweenHelloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
6Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
7Thin LizzyThin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" ...read more.

Thin Lizzy were one of the first bands to employ dual-guitar harmonies. Their album Jailbreak (1976) contains great examples of twin guitars style and Thin Lizzy forged a style from which future British heavy metal bands would draw. - Metal_Treasure

8AcceptAccept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.
9King CrimsonKing Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). ...read more.
10The Outlaws

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11KansasKansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

I read somewhere that they influenced Iron Maiden in this area. - Metal_Treasure

12WhitesnakeWhitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

They started using twin guitars in the late 1970s. John Sykes of Thin Lizzy played for them, also Steve Vai. - Metal_Treasure

13MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.V1 Comment
14SlipknotSlipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.
15EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
16OpethOpeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Ã…kerfeldt has remained Opeth's only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Along with Edge of ...read more.

I'm surprised that I had to add Opeth myself.

17DragonforceDragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
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