Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar

Note, that these are not by any means the best solos, but are mostly speed picking. God forbid the Guitar Hero company of finding this list. These Songs are what gave me the hardest time.

Don't forget metal bands like Prototype, Brocas Helm... The list goes on and on. And to note also, these are over all hard guitar songs. Many hard solos exist out there, like in Extreme - Play With Me, one of my favorites.

The Top Ten

1 Eruption - Eddie Van Halen

Bear with me, I'm going to go through this thoroughly. Eruption is just one of those things that you can play and people will be amazed. This should DEFINITELY not be bomber 1, but it's not easy either. It is mostly e and a minor pentatonic. So theory wise, it's not very technical. The intro starts out with a slide down the neck into an a power chord. The first 15 seconds is very aggressive. It utilizes pinch harmonics, slides, palm muting, and Sammy bar dives. The first part before the Sammy dive uses two main patterns and that's it. Like I said it is very simple. After the dive, it goes into a minor pentatonic again and does a lot of string bends before going into another dive. Then the tremolo picked bit on the high e as it works down the neck. A long dramatic pause. A minor pentatonic again Tremolo picked with hammer on and pull offs. Then the tapping part. Tapping is a technique that is easy to get the basics, but difficult to master. This is easy when it comes to tapping. People ...more

As good as this sing is, it's not even in the top 30 hardest songs to play. You guys really need to expand the music and players you listen to. Perpetual Burn by Jason Becker is one of them. This song is the second easiest one to play on this list with only One being easier. Though the way Kirk plays it live since 89 is much more difficult than on record. The solo was incomplete when he recorded because of time restraints.

I'm listening to the song right now, ITS HARDCORE. A bit harder than the solo in "For the Love of God" by Steve Vai (Look up the song and look at the 3:17 part of For the Love of God, you'll see)

Very hard to play I only know 1 person who can play it correctly Eddie van halen

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2 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

No one can play this. Literally no one. It was sped up in the recording studio. - IronSabbathPriest

Actually, I've seen people on YouTube getting it almost perfect, just missing one or two notes. - Alpha101

Please, I can play this on EXPERT. - Brobusky

Those noobs playing 5 button plastic guitars shouldn't be allowed to vote. You don't even know whats the feeling of playing guitar, this song is your worst nightmare trust me its insane but damn its one of the best ever made of all time

This song is the hardest song on guitar hero (that isn't downloadable), so it must be hard irl

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3 Afterlife - Synyster Gates

Best and hardest solo I have ever heard. Love synyster gates and his guitar playing... And most of all love this band... This is an epic and best heavy metal band forever...

Actually its "Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold" but yes agreed. This song is insane! - Jetticus12

Its Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold. This solo is insane one of the hardest solos I've ever heard

One of the best songs I've ever heard

4 Double Guitar Solo - Michael Angelo Batio

This is hard. Some of these songs shouldn't even be on this list. One? Ha! That was the first song I ever learned on guitar! And Justice For All? Even easier! Master of Puppets? Very easy to play other than the last solo. Raining Blood? You must be joking. The intro, main riff, verse, and chorus, are SUPER EASY! I'm not so good at the solo, but it is still quite short and simple.

Speed picker, crazy sweeps... And a double v necked guitar at the same time?

He plays to guitar neks at the same time doing solos that where impossible before how doe he do it without strumming is it a hoax I don't know but the solo is still more difficult then anything ever performed

Can't believe this isn't number one. - gemcloben

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5 Canon Rock - JerryC

I like this song so much because the solo and the interpretation of the song of pachebel xD this would be a nice song for every event :O xD I would like to listen this song before I die nd I will die in peace :3 - Slyver

One of my FAVORITES! I don't know, no matter how much I play it, I never use to get bore... THIS ROCKS!

After playing guitar for nearly ten years now this is still one of my absolute favorites!

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6 Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen

As much as I love eruption, it is no way near as difficult as this. Yngwie's stuff takes a lot more control and technique to master and even though I love the tapping solo at the end of eruption, tapping is actually quite easy to do once learnt whereas yngwie's arpeggios are just insane. If you seriously think eruption is the best then I would definitely check out yngwie's stuff along with Paul Gilbert's and jeff loomis if you really want your mind blown!

Come on eruption is a little tricky but yngwie's songs are in a different league, anything classically inspired is about 3 times harder to play, yngwie's whole discography should come before eruption and Canon rock, not impressed with this list.

Yngwie is king of shred... Picks his notes fast and with melody style... You don't find that too much with shredders (and guitarist in general)

My respect goes to yngwie malmsteen. Try playing this song. Good luck, and hats off. - Beatlesboy9

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7 One - Metallica One - Metallica

Um... This was the first guitar solo I ever learned... Why is this even on here... Metallica has so many harder songs.

One is easily one of my favorite songs to play I have been play for 8 years and I am twelve years old and I can play both solos in this song easily

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8 Technical Difficulties - Paul Gilbert

May sound easier than the rest, but this requires a great deal of skill to master.

Unless you've played all of these songs you probably wouldn't know that this song is harder than breaking bricks with your flaccid penis #truestory

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9 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis

Whoa this has to be up the the top! Some of the best guitar shredding I have ever heard, with its neo-classical intro & riff, and insane soloing throughout! - petrucci75hammet

Just try to hear or play it on your own and you'll realize

10 Jordan - Buckethead Jordan - Buckethead

What? This is the craziest song in the world! How did this not get in the top ten at all? Great composition, tasteful phrases, and buckethead's signature wah sound make this a truly original masterpiece. If you think I'm kidding, go have a listen. I guarantee your brain will be confused long after you're done.

While this songs starts off on a relatively slow, unimpressive note, it really starts to pick up, and when he hits that solo - holy crap, you can hit that many notes ON TUNE in that little amount of time?

A great solo riff that'll go down in history.

This is a great song, one of Buckethead's finest. - IronSabbathPriest

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The Newcomers

? The Way It Ends - Prototype The Way It Ends - Prototype
? Hallowed Point - Slayer Hallowed Point - Slayer

The Contenders

11 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica V 2 Comments
12 Black Widow of La Porte - John 5 Black Widow of La Porte - John 5

Great composition and skill required to play this.

13 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer

The thing about this song is its only hard if you can't pick fast, if you can its fairly easy but straining on the right arms

I learned the song but the fast and crazy part is too difficult

I love Canon Rock but it's not really that hard to play, it depends how you learn it. I used a slowed down video with an onscreen tab and it wasn't too hard. (I've only been playing for 2 years by the way)

The Intro is hard as hell

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14 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Hardest parts are the palm mutings you can't even do it fast in between every riff

15 17th Century Chicken Pickin' - Chris Impellitteri

Once again, a guitar masterpiece.

16 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Steve Ouimette The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Steve Ouimette

No crying, this is extremely difficult to play. It's a remake of the original version of the Charlie Daniels Band. Steve Ouimette is great.

Such an unknown song but very hard to play due to the stamina and technique changing required

17 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin V 1 Comment
18 Ocean - John Butler Ocean - John Butler

I can not imagine almost any other musician being able to play such a complex and intricate song such as this one. John Butler plays with such precision, that is almost unmatchable by any other guitarist out there

Hardest song played on a 12 string ( how he plays it) and 6 string

Very hard and complicated song, LOVE IT!

19 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

Epic solo, riff isn't easy for rookies to play

20 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

Most the songs here aren't actually that bad. Eruption is surprisingly easy. One was the first guitar solo I ever learned.

This song played with the same tone as Eric Johnson allows for absolutely no mistakes. This song deserves number 1.

As a guitarist I can testify that this song is far more difficult than some of the top 10s, such as eruption.

Absolutely ridiculous as it utilizes intense shredding and very fast measures

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