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]That 14 year old girl Tina on YouTube though. If you listen to her play it you will almost hear the same thing. I THINK her version is lower, when I listen to them both at the same time one sounds different. But either way, on YouTube just look up "Eruption Van Halen" and she will be one of the fist videos.
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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...
Very technical probably not the hardest but is very difficult
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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.


'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
My hardest song is Fury of the Storm. It's hard in some parts, extremely hard in others and then there are some where you're just like what! AWESOME
This songs guitar makes my fingers hurt just by hearing it
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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
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]How could this possibly be below dragon force? Synester gates can shred better than any other guitarist in the last decade. His blistering speed puts other guitarists to shame. Afterlife is one of the most baddest songs ever and is really hard to perform directly on the spot. I've only seen 3 other people besides synester gates himself play the solo in afterlife correctly, and even they could barely pull it off. Kinda disappointed in this one...
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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]What the hell... Master of puppets is a really easy song in fact, n what is afterlife doing up there... This song is way better n difficult than any of the metallica songs easily... Also, fire with fire is metallica's most difficult song... How come it is not placed in the list... What about john petrucci's glasgow kiss? This list really doesn't make any sense to me.
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6Hysteria - Muse
Keep Calm And Try This Song...
I can play it just fine great song
I find the bass harder but the guitar solo is pretty trickey
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7Master 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.
How on earth is this song on this list? Don't get me wrong, Metallica is my favorite band, but this song is not hard if you can alternate pick and hammer on/pull off well. #1 should not be eruption either, that's so cliché, it should be He Man Woman Hater. That ones tough as hell.
I'm only 11yrs. old I learned how to play it in just 2 days it is very easy if you have a sharp mind and not forgetful and your BPM in guitar is high for me my BPM in guitar is 1300 easy to get if you are playing guitar for 2yrs. above
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8Welcome 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.
You must have a hell of a lot of skill to do this song I don't know how those guys did it I tried and I sucked horribly it is an extremely hard song to perform
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9Voodoo 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
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10Cliffs 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.
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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.
I think this song has over ten different notes per sec in the solo
This is the most bucketheaded guitar skill. A genius can't play this!
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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
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13Soothsayer - Buckethead
Easily one of the hardest songs to play on the guitar. Buckethead's a genius
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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...


Are you serious smells like teen spirit is one of the easiest songs to play on the giutar ever. I could play that after 4 months of playing its just power chords. freebird is a truely hard song a 5 minute solo that is also one of the best solos of all time done by 3 guitars it should be top 10 an afterlife is overrated
Honestly this should be higher. The solo is insane!
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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.
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16Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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. "
Frusciante is an amazing guitarist. This riff is so fast that it is nye impossible to play cleanly for any more than two or three times through. Fantastic song.
[Newest]Wow. Like many other Chili Peppers songs, this song is tricky. It's incredibly fast and really tough to play up to time!
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17Highway Star - Deep Purple
The fastest riff ever you will probably faint will your trying
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18Tender Surrender - Steve Vai
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.
No song has as much pure emotion to back up the impossible licks as this song does.

Steve vai is definitely the Hendrix of our time! His crazy legendary solos simply blow my mind every time
[Newest]I agree, this song is not popular but it is hard for the quick slides.
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19Canon Rock - JerryC
Probably the most difficult classic ever made.
It many solo guitar
This song use a very fast arpegio
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20Rude Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Insane intensity. Listen to the unplugged MTV version to a feel for it.
This needs to be in the top 10
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21Ulazak U Harem - Smak
Those who don't know Tochak really should see him play.
This song is extreme.

22Painkiller - 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.
The solo is beautiful (if you used to the cuts inside your fingers gushing blood on the strings)... Simply beautiful
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23Fury 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.
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26Stone 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
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27Spanish 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.
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29Achilles 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.
Try playing 12 guitars at once. Case closed
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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!
This is my best band. Daron malakian is perfect in both vocal and guitar and this song is the good example of my reason. (bikash)
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31One - Metallica
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.
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33Surfing 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


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34Battery - 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!
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35Crazy 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
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36Misirlou - Dick Dale
Fast stuff.. But I don't play guitar, I play drums, but it still seems flipping fast to me!
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37La 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
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39Comfortably 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.
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40Double 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.
you would need 2 really good guitarists if your not MAB.


41Stairway 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!
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42Ascendead Master - Versailles
A solo like this can only come from Hizaki and Teru.


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43Neon - John Mayer
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.
The chords, fast picking, rythmic muting of strings, etc is so difficult in this song, especially because it's played on acoustic. (unlike many of the above songs which are on electric and are child's play) This deserves to be at least in top 20.
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]The stretch required in the thumb to reach these chords is almost inhuman..
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44Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses
It's easy though! One of my first songs to play on guitar.
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!
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45Dead! - My Chemical Romance
Solid took ages for my friend to master
My NCEA level 2 preformance song
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46No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio
Very fast easily a top 10 clearly not to many guitarists took part in this poll
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47Sudden Death - Megadeth
It would be difficult to perform mustaine's parts much less broderick's parts. Good luck with this one.
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48Frantic 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... :-)
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49Miles 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"!
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50Preaching Blues - Robert Johnson
Your probably going to Hell if you learn this, just saying. Pretty hard too.
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51Southern 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
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52Tears 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?!
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53One Note Song - Tenacious D
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...
Wow, people have sweet child o mine over this, they shouldn't let guitar hero players vote
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54Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsten
This should be ranked way higher. Malmsteen is one of the fastest guitarists of all times.
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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.
Mark Knopfler is one of the best in the world. This songs proves it!
Wait I can't use a pick?
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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.
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57Fracture - King Crimson
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.
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.
Why is this so far down? It took me about 5 minutes just to play the first bar! And that middle section? Christ!
Yes. It's hardest than everything else on this list.
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58Ocean - 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
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60Speed 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
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62Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica
Kirk even stated that this was the hardest song for him to play.
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63All 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.
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64Blackened - 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!
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65Paradigm 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!
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66Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
WHAT? How is smoke on the water harder than cannon rock?
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67Let There Be Rock (If You Want Blood Version) - AC/DC
No comment end solo just stupidly hard...
Wow this is stupidly hard

68Spanish Caravan - The Doors
That is one hell of a song for fingers!


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69The Spirit of Radio - Rush
I've learned this song and afterlife (#5) and I can say that its just as hard.


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70Jesus 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
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71Perpetual Burn - Jason Becker
This is number 1 right here. ha ha. awesome song, mad props to who ever listed it
5 minites of constant sweep picking. Gotta say my fingers hurt after a while...
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72Technical 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

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76Acid Rain - Liquid Tension Experiment
This had to be from Petrucci (Guitar)


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77Operation Ground and Pound - Dragonforce

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.
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79Caprice No. 5 (Paganini) - Steve Vai
Hard... Very hard. Look up Tina S. do it! :D

80It's Not Safe to Swim Today - Veil of Maya Listen to sample

81Anastasia - Slash
Intro and solos are really challenging
The Intro is so sick.
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82Holy Angel - Midnight Messiah Listen to sample

83Scream - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

84Heart of Life - John Mayer Listen to sample

85Bad Horsie - Steve Vai Listen to sample

86Magic and Mayhem - Yngwie Malmsteen

87Swing 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
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88Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
Too good. May not be popular, but should be on the' MUST LISTEN 'list
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89Take 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.
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90The 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).
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91The 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!
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92B.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!
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93Extreme 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!
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94Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
It use E7(9+) chords
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95Discipline - 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

96Scorched - 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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97Capillarian Crest - Mastodon
A very difficult song to play cleanly
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98Full Tank - Blues Saraceno
Poor me killed m fingers trying to learn this one give it a try and you fingers will die
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99Entre 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?
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100Riff Raff - AC/DC
Try to play this whole song!
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