Most Difficult Guitar Songs


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The Top Ten

Eruption - Van Halen
Judging by the amount of You Tube versions of this song that get it wrong, this song is very difficult to get right. The tapping part at the end is the least of your problems and is about the only part of this song that anyone ever gets right. There's a weird swing to some of it that so many ignore when they "master it". Many people anonymously will claim to be able to play Eruption no problem, but somehow they never materialize in real life or even on YT. Judge people only by their actions, not by their words. Eruption is nearly impossible and if you can actually play it 100% through to the letter, then count yourself among the elite 0.01% of people ever to pick up a guitar.

Also Eddie recorded this in 1978 and it still kicks the s* out of guitarists!
10 notes per second...
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The solo in the begening is far better than the entire Through the fire and flames song. How is this not number one? People who only play guitar hero shouldent be able to vote. The dificulty of playing a song on a real guitar is FAR greater then playing a plastic guitar with 5 buttons.
[Newest]Working on it, there is a 14 year old guitarist on YouTube that plays it though.

2The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater
EMM... Guys don't let Guitar Hero players vote. Seriously through the fire and flames number 1 and Eruption no. 2. And a Muse song ahead of this. Eruption is actually really easy once you learn to tap but Dance Of Eternity... Or nearly any other DT song is harder than most songs on this list. Also Master of Puppets... That's like one of the first guitar riffs you learn (If you're into Metal).
This song is insanely difficult. Id like to see the guitarists from the other bands attempt to even count this song. Willing to bet my life that they can't. Through the Fire and Flames is a terrible song. Not much to it. They can't even play it. The only song on this list besides this one that's anywhere near difficult if eruption. People are so dumb...


Let's face it guys. Technically this is the hardest song on the list by far. The entire song varies through complex melodies, constantly changing time signatures and what some people could even describe as complete technical insanity! And this doesn't just go for the guitar - this song is also known for being one of the hardest songs ever for drums and keyboards as well, also including an intense bass solo! This song became famous for being so technically difficult! Let's face it guys, this list should be called "Top 10 most popular hard songs, " otherwise it just makes no sense to NOT put this at number 1...
[Newest]This song cannot be described by words... A work of GODS..
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3Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
I would be the luckiest guitarist alive if I can perform this in my college. Herman Li and Sam Totman sure did a number on this song. To be honest, My fingers cramped up after a few seconds and I never even got close to the tempo. Poor me.


The speed and tone of Li and Totman easily beat out anything on this list. As a shred guitarist I can tell you this uses a much more diverse set of scales than eruption. I'm really not sure of the particular Dream Theater song listed, but I can day the tapping in this song is ridiculous. Eddie Van Halen sticks to mostly pentatonic and single string tapping so its not even viable that it would be more difficult than this. Love it all though!
'i have tried other songs in the list as well such as afterlife and thunderstruck... But they are nothing compared to the insane speed and tempo of this song. Although dis song is not technically as sound as dance of eternity but the sheer power and brutality of the solos makes you makes it easily the most difficult song of all
[Newest]Love this song as well I play it hard on guitar hero

4Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
oh come on! Even Synyster Gates, the guy who made the solo for the song, admitted that at the beginning he didn't know how he was going to play it live. cause really? loads of triplets at 185 bmp. thats insane. and dragon force? really? you people know that that song is mostly keyboard right? not like guitar hero makes it out to be. and BYOB? thats just fast, its not even that hard. I'm not saying Afterlife should be at the top, but I think it should be higher than #9, and definitely higher than System of a Down
Dude sinsiter gates is amazing I don't even know avenged sevenfold got beaten by dragon force. I mean seriously sinister gates is probably one the best guitarists out there and not many people can pull off what he does live. I went to uproar this year and they were amazing! I've never been to any better concert then that
Just because he's good doesn't mean this song is hard. Shepard of Fire is much harder. (The solo) And Hail to the King is also Harder.
Really I have no problem with playing these songs, half these songs are not that hard if you can shred and know your power cords. This is one of my favorite songs and the hardest I personally believe about av7x songs are there solos, even thought its the solos that even synyster gates had trouble with. All the rest are fairly easy.
[Newest]Should be number 1
Not as hard as Hail to the King, not as hard as the solo to Shepard of Fire

5Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
Through Fire And Flame? Master Of Puppets? Haha this song has 3 tempos: 168, 122 and 188 bpm. There are 3 solos and one break. This is easily one of Megadeth's hardest songs.


YES! Now this is/was metal at its more difficult end.. I'm not sure about the ones higher up (or lower for that matter)... Master of puppets? I mean come on!. Bieber? Gimmie a break... Teen spirit? Laugh out loud. Mustaine and Megadeth deserve major kudos for their contribution to the music industry and Tornado of Souls will forever be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
Holy Wars riff intro has 4 chromatic triplets along with a chord ending. While master of puppets has just three simple power chords in chromatic descent as intro. Master of puppets is a simple song only here on the list bcs. Its one of metaallica's most popular songs. You can learn rhythm of master of puppets in your first two weeks of guitar playing easily. Holy wars rhythm in nearly two months, by that time you can learn the entire master of puppets album.
FYI learning means playing it with perfection.
[Newest]Such a hard song to learn

6Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
Speed is one thing. Imitating Jimi's sound is something on a whole different level. Nobody has his sound and he does a million things that you just can't pick up on. Sure dragonforce is really fast but its all technique. You can't practice what Jimi does. He does a lot of chord variations that have you wanting to smash your guitar in a million pieces because its too complicated to learn.
How is welcome to the jungle rated higher than this, utter bull. All of these super fast songs are so much easier to play as it just takes technique, there is no awkward timings it's just play as fast as you can, when you play hendrix it's much more than that. You have to feel the song, there's no way to practice it, you have to get given the notes and the order but no one will ever get the timings or the little changes and nuances correct. R.I.P.
I've been playing guitar for a living for years and eruption is easier than voodoo child and the Justin bieber song shouldn't be aloud on this list
[Newest]Slash could not play this.

7Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Yes it's a guitar instrumental so you would expect lot of guitar, BUT what you get is like running a marathon and sprinting the whole way. The guitar line is simply massive, relentless, and simply beautiful. No distortion, just clear tone, leaving nowhere to hide you fingering mistakes. The skill and time needed to completely learn most songs on this list would only get you through the first 30 seconds of this song.
THIS SONG IS INSANELY DIFFICULT! Afterlife isn't even that difficult because its basically sweeps for days. Through the Fire and flames is mostly keyboard. Holy wars isn't anything too crazy. Master of puppets is borderline easy. Welcome to the Jungle is eh. Hysteria is easy. The only other song I would put above this is Satch Boogie.
Definitely deserves top 5, I think Satch boogie is a little more difficult, especially how joe satriani does it live, if this was an accurate list Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci would be the list.
[Newest]And he plays it on acoustic.

8Master of Puppets - Metallica
I'm only 14 and I have mastered the song in a month... It's fairly easy. I haven't had guitar lessons either. The whole song is down picking besides the solo which is mostly hammer ons and pull offs while you tremolo pick. It's honestly not that difficult as you guys are making it out to be. Get something on your computer that can slow down the song and and just start playing it. After you memorize all the notes, then start slowly increasing the speed and you WILL get it.


You dickheads have no idea this is just so hard that my strumming hand almost falls off. This song is almost Impossible to play Cleanly and as good as they do. And the thing that makes me wonder if james Hetfield is Human, is that he plays this song even Faster Live.
I struggle to play this song with alternative picking... I honestly believe playing this song correctly at around 208+ BPM with all down strokes should make this number 1. Plus compare the solo in this to dragon Force Bam Owned.
[Newest]Really the only hard part is accepting the fact this is on the top ten for hardest. it's a super easy song

9Hysteria - Muse
Unless you're referring to the bass part, this is literally easier than 99% than all other rock songs ever made. What dumbass put this on this list?
As both a Muser and Dream Theatre fan, I have to agree - this doesn't belong here. Fantastic to hear and VERY fun to play, guitarists can expect to easily finish this piece provided they can memorise the bass line (which is easier than Futurism) and alternately pick the guitar solo. I'm amazed 'In The Name Of God' is not number 1!


Keep Calm And Try This Song...
I can play it just fine great song

10Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'n Roses
These people must be idiots this song is one of the most easiest songs ever written
This song is really easy, aside drone the delay effect at the start that's pretty hard to get right, the song is generally easy.
This song is the best ever

The Contenders

11Jordan - Buckethead
Hardest song from Buckethead in my opinion. I can (and love to) play Soothsayer, but this one is just so insane I don't even try to learn. By the way I got myself a killswitch on my guitar just because of this guy.
This is by far the hardest song ever, "Through the Fire and the Flames" was made on a computer, so technically it shouldn't be on this list.
I think this song has over ten different notes per sec in the solo

12Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Thunderstruck is just an etude in B Major, nothing too crafty.
I gotta say after a while it gets easy, I can almost play it with my eyes closed but the jump from 4 to 12 takes getting used to, I always overdo it and hit 13 instead.
I learned this song when I started playing guitar and it didn't seem that hard but now my friend is learning it and he says it is pretty hard I just can't understand cause the song is like in my blood or something I just get the guitar and play it with no problem
[Newest]The beginning is very hard to keep tempo

13Soothsayer - Buckethead
Easily one of the hardest songs to play on the guitar. Buckethead's a genius
I was literally gaping at my tab once it got past the tremolo picking bit.

14Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
This isn't top 10? SERIOUSLY? Sure some of these are more difficult than free bird, but Thunderstruck? Half of the song is the same rift over and over again, and the other half isn't nearly as difficult as the 5 minute guitar solo in Free Bird. Should easily be in the top 10. Afterlife could drop down too.
How is this NOT on the list? The guitar solo alone would justify Free Bird's place in the Top 10! Three guitarists playing that solo at once! Get a couple of buddies and... well, good luck...


Come off it. the whole solo is just straight forward pentatonic licks. It really isn't anywhere near as difficult as some might think
[Newest]This should be in the top ten

15Waves - Guthrie Govan
I think this list is a joke. Most people here have no idea about guitar. There is absolutely no logical reason for putting songs from bands like system of a down and rhcpon this list. Songs of Metallica sound great but are really easy. Guns N' Roses are pretty easy too. And how come there's no Iron Maiden song on this list? Their solos are killers! And Guthrie Govan is beyond difficult, one of the best compositions I've heard! Waves should be at the top of this list!
Waves-- most of you won't know this song. I urge you to look it up on Youtube. Guthrie's skill will stun you, and the music will move you.
The most insane solo at the end, with the most brain boggling melody to get your little tips around. Stupidly testing.
[Newest]Everyone here is an idiot. A grade five guitar exam is harder than half of this. Guthrie's the only decent player here!

16Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The riff really isn't hard it just incorporates a different style I guess it would be a folk like style? I don't know all I know is it's not that hard for me. It is just some string switching and a hammer on pull of. anyways pretty much any megadeth song off of the rust in peace album is infinitely harder as well as plenty of metal songs. I take it anyone who voted for this has never tried to play any metal song ever aside from maybe smoke on the water.
Pretty easier to remember due to repetitive chords, but it is extremely difficult to play this riff up to speed, and play is for nearly the entirety of the song. John Frusciante can jam.
"This riff is moving... And it keeps moving for five minutes. This is John Frusciante's world... We are just living in it. "

17La Villa Strangiato - Rush
Alex lifeson doesn't get nearly enough credit as a guitarist. The riffs throughout the song make you cramp up, but it doesn't matter anyways because the intro solo tires you out before you have a chance at any riffs. The solo halfway through the song has actually made my fingers bleed in the past. You can't truely call yourself a guitarist until you can play this. If you've never heard it, listen to it. Now.


I love this song with a passion. My favorite version is on the "Exit Stage Left" live album... I love how the solo in the middle starts off slow and builds into a climax that sends chills down my spine. I'm currently trying to learn in and it is the most frustrating thing I've ever tried to do. Alex Lifeson's timing and patterns are so weird and unique, but it works so well! This song is way harder than any other on this list.
There are many by Rush that make the list- this is the obvious one... A highly original song the whole Hemispheres album should be on the list
[Newest]Many musicians agree that if you can play this piece, you can play pretty much all other incredibly difficult pieces. Period. This is the ultimate test of a musician, to play this song top-notch.

18Highway Star - Deep Purple
The person who said this is the fastest riff ever has clearly never listened to fast paced metal
The fastest riff ever you will probably faint will your trying

19Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
This song is on of the greatest and hardest songs to play! Listen to it and you will understand.
The licks in the pre-chorus are crazy fast

20Tender Surrender - Steve Vai
Just because a song is fast doesn't mean it's hard the likes of vai and Hendrix are unique as they use strange techniques resulting in an awesome sound personally out of the two I favour vai though
No song has as much pure emotion to back up the impossible licks as this song does.

One, Comfortably Numb, Voodoo Chile (not child), Master of Puppets, Welcome to the jungle.. These songs have their place here only because they're populair. Everybody who actually plays the guitar knows that this song is almost impossible to play! Steve Vai uses blues riffs, jazz chords, he's tabbing, so many diffent styles.. It's insane. This song should be at least in the top ten.

21Canon Rock - JerryC
Probably the most difficult classic ever made.
It many solo guitar
Definitely among top ten for sure! Yngwie deserves to be up there far beyond the sun and capric di diablo are way harder then dream theatre and definitely harder then master of puppets!
[Newest]This is one of the hardest songs of all time

22Rude Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Insane intensity. Listen to the unplugged MTV version to a feel for it.

23Ulazak U Harem - Smak
The greatest rock band to ever exist!

24Painkiller - Judas Priest
The first 2 seconds of Tipton destroys all of almost any solo. It doesn't sound like anything a guitar could have the capacity to make. Proof there is a higher power, and its name is Glen.
Forget about playing entire solo first Sweep itself is tougher than many of the top 10 solos.

P.S. - I haven't seen anyone and I mean Anyone other than Mr. Tipton playing this solo perfectly. Enough said!
Its just damn amazing, listen to its melody and speed. It doesn't get much better than this when it comes to metal soli. Just awesome.
[Newest]The solo is beautiful (if you used to the cuts inside your fingers gushing blood on the strings)... Simply beautiful

25Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce
THIS SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 5. I really hate how difficult, even on bass, this song is. I can not imagine ever being able to complete this song on hard or expert for any instrument and definitely can not do it on the drums cause I DO NOT have a double petal
Has the combination of all the instruments at great speeds. easily one of the toughest songs on earth along with many other dforce songs. DRAGONFORCE'S songs are indeed in the list of the world toughest songs.

26Hocus Pocus - Gary Hoey

27Speed King - Deep Purple

28Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
my hands would fall of and start rolling around on the floor if I even attempted this how the hell did brian do it?


who the **** put one time on this list... this song takes it all.. amazingly tough
[Newest]Should be much higher on the list. The complexity of Queen, the shifts in tempo and key are astonishing

29Spanish Fly - Van Halen
Its on a damn acoustic guitar. Nowhere to hide. Its from 1979, and it might as well be from 2079. Difficult is being kind.

30B. Y. O. B. - System of a Down
It's hard, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. This I love this song with a passion, and I don't want this list to discourage any starting guitar players. Keep on playing! Never Give UP


Love this song. I guess I'm a pro, because at 12 years old I learned this whole song in ten minutes. Always have loved this song, probably always will. Love it!
Hard to believe it was played using a Distortion guitar. Not just hard to figure out but even more Difficult to play. Amazing Vocals from Godsend Dr. Serj makes this song beautiful.
[Newest]It is really hard but you get the hang of it

31Paradise City - Guns N Roses

32Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
This song is easy to play sloppily but nearly impossible to nail. One of the greatest songs ever and possibly the best heavy metal song. If you listen to later metal like Iron Maiden and such you'll see this song influenced them a lot, E. G harmonized lead guitars, phasing effects, fast galloping riffs, sudden tempo changes...


This song is one of the best songs from Zeppelin. The guitar work in it is absolutely perfect. It blends in with the rest of the band perfectly and this is why it should be closer to the top!
One of the best Zeppelin songs ever made. Also very difficult song on the drums to master. There never will be another Jimmy Page or John Bonham.
[Newest]Try playing 12 guitars at once. Case closed

33The Spirit of Radio - Rush
I've learned this song and afterlife (#5) and I can say that its just as hard.


34One - Metallica
This song is hard but its not over the top hard
I won't ask you to try and play it (because anyways you won't be able to)... All I'm saying is just see its guitar tabs. This song has like 4 solos and main solo is near impossible to play... I go by facts not by estimation, that this is the hardest solo by Metallica.

35Bed of Razors - Children of Bodom

36Surfing With the Alien - Joe Satriani
The solo for this song is crazy! Anything by Satch is pretty much impossible for the normal guitarist. Just try and learn it
This song is really hard, its solo, it's riffs. Just wonder how Joe Satriani plays it


Yeah, this song is pretty hard to play, not crazy, but a lot harder than songs in top.

37Battery - Metallica
This is the most difficult Metallica song! Almost impossible to play the way James and Kirk do! Rhythm is terrible, melody obscure, riff ultrafast and violent drums!
This is way more harder to play than Master of Puppets even it's hard to play too.

38Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

39Misirlou - Dick Dale
Fast stuff.. But I don't play guitar, I play drums, but it still seems flipping fast to me!

40Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
I only liked this to make a point... This song is not hard at all! I've been playing a little over a year and yet I can play it, pretty much no problem, this should not be on this list!
This song is so amazing! The solo practically blew my ears off! The best solo ever!
The riff near the end is one of the first things I learnt, but the rest, is really hard
[Newest]This song may be easy but its solo is one of the best I've ever heard.

41Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Not all difficulty is about speed...
This song has a really hard solo, and is one of the best songs ever.
Yea, pretty difficult solo, especialy the first one (for me). One need to be really acurate to to make it sound better. Great example that speed is not everything.

42Neon - John Mayer
Well.. It is pretty hard already but JM takes it to the next level playing it live, on an acoustic guitar, and improvising sick solos on it. Worse part? He keeps doing the bass lines with the crazy thumb. I think you can master this song down to the note. But that will take you no where once you see some other random Show JM did in an obscure country you haven't heard before and you realise it is the best version of Neon ever, But you can't just ever keep up with it, and the million of variations JM introduces to this song. It is not probably the hardest to play but one pony trick that will get people impressed. It needs to be at least top 20.
This song is so challenging. The muting and weird picking make it crazy hard. I don't think. I've seen anyone play it right and the way John does except for John himself. Should be way higher on this list.
One of the hardest songs to play I can't believe this is no where on the list how foolish, just reaching half the cords on this song is nearly impossible.
[Newest]John Mayer is crazy talented and a true artist

43Double Guitar Solo - Micheal Angelo Batio
Are you people stupid or something! I am not at all a fan of MAB's music. I would go as far as to say I don't like his music very much. But when it comes to technical ability, I can promise you you won't find any other person who can do this.
I'm not saying MAB is the best musical composer or anything, but when it comes to technicality and difficulty, he should be at the top of this list.
Absolutely agree with you. I don't like MAB's music, but here is case of difficult, and he must be on 1st place. If don't talk about such extraordinary, like double guitar, Yngwie Malmsteen, Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani should be on a top.

44The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Goodies
This is not a song for guitar...

45Paranoid - Ozzy Osborne

46Ascendead Master - Versailles
A solo like this can only come from Hizaki and Teru.


47Dead! - My Chemical Romance
Solid took ages for my friend to master
My NCEA level 2 preformance song

48Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses
It's easy though! One of my first songs to play on guitar.
This isn't very hard
I thought sweet child o mine is easy but is too difficult I think is next to dragon force, and what happen Justin Bieber his muic is pop not rock!

49Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsten
God. Who made this list! Far beyond the sun is the 49 hardest song! Haha. It's A crime.1 far beyond the sun 2 waves and 3 cliffs of dover. Well its all depending on the level of the guitarists hands and picking and understanding a real composed guitar lick
This should be on the 1st place because if you have memorized not only the solo but also the skills used in this solo, you can actually play other solos on the higher ranking of this poll.
How is malmsteen not number one on this list. I don't comprehend. His scales and speed, clarity. Is second to none

50No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio
Very fast easily a top 10 clearly not to many guitarists took part in this poll

51Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis
I'm sorry, but I 100% fail to see how master of puppets or one are more difficult than the first thirty seconds of this song. And seriously, by about 35 seconds in Jeff has used most of the arpeggio shapes out there. If you want to learn arpeggios, finding a tab for this will do you more good than an actual lesson on arpeggios! And also, how many other songs do you find that utilise a seven-string arpeggio?


What?!? I've seen Justin Bieber, Queen Guns n' Roses and so forth on the list... Don't make me laugh! Just listen to this song to understand what does it mean the word "impossible"!
This song is a pretty hard task to accomplish. One should have a complete relaxed picking hand and alternate picking motion. Then try it.

52Sudden Death - Megadeth
It would be difficult to perform mustaine's parts much less broderick's parts. Good luck with this one.

53Frantic Disembowelment - Cannibal Corpse
This is probably the hardest song I've ever seen. Every cover I've seen of this song is massively simplified and usually slowed by a lot. Cannibal corpse only plated it live once and they don't anymore because it 's too hard. They had to get a new live guitarist (Jeremy turner) to pull it off live once and he couldn't 'to even really do it, he had a really difficult time, the only guy who can really do it is pat o'brien the lead guitarist of cannibal corpse, and he only did once. ( live and in the studio, that us. ) the reason there is no live footage of this song is because it's too hard to play. Now that's difficulty.
Try to play it... :-)

54One Note Song - Tenacious D
Pure genius. not to mention the thought process put into this song. I heard they spent 2 years making only this song
This one is a hell to play.
The whole bending is just like pure irreality!
Not to mention the speed and picking techniques used.
I've spent years on this...
[Newest]I've been playing guitar for almost 8 years and I still can't play this.

55Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
Knopfler's technique is hard to replicate, and hence so is the solo for this classic piece of rock&roll.
Wait I can't use a pick?
Mark Knopfler is one of the best in the world. This songs proves it!

56Brain Stew - Green Day
You're kidding right? That was the first song I learned as a kid. Its all power chords and finger work. You just need to get the tempo down and you have a song.
One Of The First Songs I Ever Learned


The position this is in is sad

57Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony
Listen to this and you will know. A piece of art that goes twice the speed of light!
Really fast and incredible notes on both guitars.
It is really hard to compose a original, emotional and really musical piece with lightning speed, but my heroes have done it! :)
My favorite part is the slow one in about 2-4mins I don't remember

58Preaching Blues - Robert Johnson
Your probably going to Hell if you learn this, just saying. Pretty hard too.

59Classical Gas - Tommy Emmanuel
Who guitarist, dead or alive can play like this? All technicks together. Bass, rhythm, melody and armony at the same time. He is an alien.

60Southern Belle - Elliott Smith
Not only is the finger picking unrelenting the speed of the chord changes is something else. Proof you don't have to be a metal shredder to difficult.
Try playing it. You'll see

61Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
Tears don't fall part 2 is hard
Are you guys crazy?! You put Justin Bieber on 7! Justin Bieber! What the hell is wrong with you?!

62Fracture - King Crimson
I've been learning this song for months now, and I think it's the real hardest song ever. Not only is it super complex, it's also a test in precision, speed, intelligence, and stamina. It's 11 minutes of torturing your fingers, as well as your brain.
Unrelenting and fairly tuneless to boot. This will test your cross-picking abilities to the maximum if your hand doesn't cramp up before the end.
Why is this so far down? It took me about 5 minutes just to play the first bar! And that middle section? Christ!
[Newest]Yes. It's hardest than everything else on this list.

63Ocean - John Butler
This song is one of the most technically difficult songs in terms of tempo, speed and accuracy for hitting individual hammer-ons, string bends etc. It would take an absolutely godly player to every come close to replicating john's talent in this song
This is the toughest song I ever heard... IT just blows my mind away even if it is played in 11-string Acoustic Guitar... Please listen to this song! John Butler Rocks!
By far the hardest song to duplicate. No question this song done by John Butler is the greatest feat accomplished on a guitar. Check the studio version done in the year 2012

64Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica
I clearly underestimated this song, I thought this song is fingerpicking but when 40 secs is done, You need to strum fast, and when I just finished the intro riff, my hand was starting to hurt
Kirk even stated that this was the hardest song for him to play.

65Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
This is the hardest song ever. It took me 10 years of guitar playing to master. Even my most advanced students struggled to perfect this masterpiece. Definitely deserves number one!
WHAT? How is smoke on the water harder than cannon rock?
First Song I Learnt... Are you guys retarded...

66All the Small Things - Blink-182
How is this on the list. It's so easy it took me less then an hour to learn this song anyone who thinks this is hard clearly has it mixed up with eruption-van Halen
I learned this song in about an hour. its not hard guys. Don't get me wrong I love blink but this song is easy
This took me like 5 months to learn - and I practiced daily. I can see why it was picked as a single.

67Blackened - Metallica
I'm not voting this to get the number one position on this list, but gots to be there, all the downpicking and the changes around the neck are insane! Plus that its pretty fast, and the solo is pretty hard too!
Learning this song now, it is so hard. I started at 80bpm and I am up to 140bpm baring in mind this song at its highest point is played at 192 I think! It is insane!

68Thrasher - Evile

69Paradigm Shift - Liquid Tension Experiment
To be fair, you need to at least listen to ALL of these songs before voting. This is hands down the most difficult, check their youtube clip.
Absolutely ridiculous intro, definitely the hardest bit of the song right there... But that's still MORE than enough to merit it being the hardest song! Incredible start to a brilliant album!

70Let There Be Rock (If You Want Blood Version) - AC/DC
No comment end solo just stupidly hard...
Wow this is stupidly hard

71Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
It many chords hard one word on one chords
Have 8 minutes to play use many power chords
This could be one the easiest songs ever written. It's just keyboard and power chords

72Perpetual Burn - Jason Becker
I can't believe this isn't higher on the list, and I'm even more shocked it's currently behind stuff like crazy train. If you think crazy train is harder than this, you've obviously never heard this one. Check it out people and vote!
71! Seriously? This should be in at the top 3 if not 1.. Faith in humanity - lost.
This is number 1 right here. ha ha. awesome song, mad props to who ever listed it

73Anastasia - Slash
The Intro is so sick.
Intro and solos are really challenging

74Spanish Caravan - The Doors
That is one hell of a song for fingers!


75Technical Difficulties - Racer X (Paul Gilbert)
Not really the hardest song I can imagine, but I just wanted to add it because of the name of the song :)
I can't really see any point in this list anyways since there are so many who don't even have a clue what they're voting on..
Getting it as clean as the recording is extremely difficult. The guitar skill is outstanding. Master of puppets is easy I don't understand why it would be higher than this

76Science - System of a Down

77Fade to Black - Metallica

78Heroes of Our Time - Dragonforce
The Champion Guitarist Herman and Sam Totman Perform this song and the guitar solo in this song is 3.74m long and they play with 103.4 Note per second.
Of all the songs of Dragonforce, this is THE hardest song. Speed, accuracy, technique, you need EVERYTHING to play this.

79Heart of Life - John Mayer
It is challenging if you can't get the thumb slap simultaneously with the forefinger down stroke. Many examples of people thinking they are playing this correctly, but are really missing some of the passing notes on the downstroke that are hard to hit accurately when thumb slapping at the same time. Another example of how good this guy is on guitar. It is nowhere near as difficult to play as his Neon, but the technique definitely takes time to learn and master.

80Dark Matter - Rusty Cooley

81Caprice No. 5 (Paganini) - Steve Vai
Hard... Very hard. Look up Tina S. do it! :D

82Hangar 18 - Megadeth
No Hangar 18? This list is a joke.
Easily the hardest Megadeth song! Ten solos! Should be number one.
More than just difficult

83Acid Rain - Liquid Tension Experiment
This had to be from Petrucci (Guitar)


84Operation Ground and Pound - Dragonforce
A great power metal song, that actually has good rhythms, good solos, and memorable lyrics. This great song still has its good share of frustrating moments of how many times messing up the solos that you spend hours working on.

85The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
All I've got to say this that, this is hell of the guitar.
Woah. Through the Fire and Flames? Seriously? Most of DT song are zillion times difficult than Dragon song.
Eruption will be easy, If you can get its tapping. The arppegios, sweeps, Guitar Scales, 10x faster than Triplets, and its pretentious time signature. I can learn this song, like 2 years(If you only focus on this one).

86Extreme Unction - Necrophagist
This song specially because it sounds amazing, but any Necrophagist's songs are like hell to play, and it must sound clean! Doubt anyone here can do it!

87It's Not Safe to Swim Today - Veil of Maya

88Entre Dos Aguas - Paco de Lucia
Seriously, no one ever heard this song? Flamenco at its best...
No John McLaughlin in the top 100 And Yngwie Malmsteen nowhere even within the top 50s?
And how many has actually mastered the solo of "A moment of Clarity" by Chuck Schuldiner?

89Holy Angel - Midnight Messiah

90Scream - Avenged Sevenfold

91Bad Horsie - Steve Vai

92Magic and Mayhem - Yngwie Malmsteen

93Swing Life Away - Rise Against
Not that hard to replicate the sound and play. Still an awesome song though from one of my favorite. Bands.
Laugh out loud I hope you kidding with this one

94Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
Too good. May not be popular, but should be on the' MUST LISTEN 'list

95Take No Prisoners - Megadeth
This song makes even an advanced guitarist stop to play for not getting a tendonitis. Not that hard to manage in my eyes, but shows you, you are not trained enough. By the songs listed in front of this it seems like here are mostly guitarists voting for the song they are playing right now. And not everybody ever get to the level to try out this song.

96The Impossible - Mike Dawes
This song alone is an evolution to the guitar in my opinion. It is Poly-rhythmic to the t and it has an amazing array of various techniques to go along with it. This song is true art!

97B.R.O. - Paul Gilbert
That song's guitar solo is extreme and is nothing I could play in my thirty-two years in playing guitar. To be honest, that solo is not harmonic. All I see in that solo is just making noise, I do not even know if that song is in G Major, A Minor or E Minor. Harmonic solos just sound so much more elegant. I have no clue on what is even going on in that song!

98Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
It use E7(9+) chords

99Discipline - King Crimson
Two lead guitars one playing in 14/16 and the other in 15/16, then every sixteen bars they change to a different progression of notes

100Scorched - Spawn of Possession
The song itself is more complex than A lot of solos but there isn't anything over and above. Basically it's just the sheer amount of notes in the song that become A problem not the actual difficulty of any part of it really (although only the better players will be able to play it.. let alone actually play it cleanly. )
Don't bother listening to it, you're not going to understand much.

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