Greatest Rock Guitar Solos of the 21st Century


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The Top Ten

Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
This song deserves to be here.
.. Synyster is undoubtedly the greatest guitarist of 21st century
My Favorite band Avenged Sevenfold!
They're the real music

2Blackbird - Alter Bridge
Amazing solo, where it builds up into an insane heavy section - not to mention this is one of the greatest modern epics in rock music, certainly Alter Bridge's magnum opus!


One of the best songs in the 21st century and with the best solo guitarist in the decade and top 20 of all time. People all those who says that avenger sevenfold or linkin park is better band than alter bridge are wrong all because of their fans and fame doesn't mean that they are better be realistic listen to the songs and albums they had. Don' t be silly People just listen their vocalist and solo guitarist are unbelieveable trust me I won't let you down
What a song! This should have been first. Excellent solo also. The overall song is amazing just as songs from band RED.

3The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
Tallica is timeless... Gates being first is a joke I mean he's good but...

4Winter Madness - Wintersun
This is without question the greatest guitar solo in the entire genre of Melodic Death Metal, a genre known for its combination of melodic and technical guitar work. The fact that it blows every other song out of the water is a testament to the masterpiece that is Winter Madness.
I really don't get why synyster gates is at the top of every list. His solos may sound cool to someone who doesn't really play guitar, but they're really nothing special. Jari Maenpa on the other hand is a guitar wizard...
Great stuff, sounding arhythmic the first time, ofttimes revolting against the simple four-four time almost all bands subdue themselves to - however, that's just an additional indicator for its unconventional beauty. definitely something different!

5Clown Parade - Annihilator
Two amazing solos - fast and technical.


6Angels and Demons - Angra

7The Psalm of Lydia - Nevermore

8Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind
A very creative and epic solo from Jørn Viggo Lofstad, the extremely talented guitarist from an equally talented and underrated band!


9Breaking All Illusions - Dream Theater

10Strike - Primal Fear
Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. Fast, long and melodic solo.


The Contenders

11Constant Motion - Dream Theater
This should be under a7x dream theater is super underrated because their long songs this song has a long amazing solo

12The Trend - Annihilator
3 solos: 2 short ones in the intro and one regular later, which is pretty unusual and unique. Overall, awesome guitar work - Jeff Waters never disappoints.


13Supernova - Dragonland

14I.V. - X Japan

15Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

16Dracula - Iced Earth

17Fall to Rise - Persefone

18Riding The Eagle - Primal Fear

19The Unknowing - Omnium Gatherum

20Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave
Tom Morello Solo, enough Said

21Stricken - Disturbed
awesome melody with a kick-ass solo and pro lyrics is what makes this song great.

22Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray

23The Great Pandemonium - Kamelot

24Invincible - Muse

25A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation - Trivium

26The Glass Prison - Dream Theater

27Paschendale - Iron Maiden

2821 Guns - Green Day
Really a heart touching solo...

29Sudden Death - Megadeth
Intro solo is so awesome.
It's fast, technical and moody.
Best Megadeth solo since "Tornado Of Souls".
I think that is best guitar solo in 21 st century.
But in my opinion Disturbed's "Stricken" is also Great.

30Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom
Best band I've heard in a long time

31Awakenings - Symphony X

32Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

3344 Minutes - Megadeth

34Kick the Chair - Megadeth

35Guilty All the Same - Linkin Park

36Plug In Baby - Muse

37Bitter Taste - Three Days Grace

38Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

39As I Am - Dream Theater

40Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold

41Addicted to Pain - Alter Bridge

42Wet Sand - Red Hot Chili Peppers

43Instrumedley - Dream Theater
Not sure which solo is the greatest, but it surely exists somewhere in Instrumedly.

44Like a Stone - Audioslave

45Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold
Synyster Gates has the ability to play with seemless accuracy, and he uses that ability to craft the most beautiful, emotional and tone packed solo's that you can imagine. His solo in Seize the Day is, in my opinion, his best work.

46And All Things Will End - Avenged Sevenfold

47Blood Brothers - Iron Maiden

48Coming Home - Avenged Sevenfold
Awesome solo should to be best one

49Whispers In the Dark - Skillet
The best guitar solo ever

50The Legacy - Black Veil Brides

51The Conflict - Neal Morse

52Citizen Erased - Muse

53Scream - Avenged Sevenfold
The fact thy this solo was improvised makes this that much crazier of a solo. Insanely underrated guitar solo

54The Night - Disturbed

55Torn - Disturbed
Best guitar solo in my opinioun its surely deserves top 10.


56Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold

57On the Backs of Angels - Dream Theater
Perfect build up, seriously one of Petrucci's best solos. Reminiscent of Slash in the way that it's not one of his fastest but every note is perfectly placed in the solo

58Alive - Pearl Jam

59Hope - Sevendust
Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge shows up and delivers his best guitar solo to-date.

60Knights of Cydonia - Muse
It's epic.just listen to it and you will see.

61Gravity (Live In LA) - John Mayer
Just sweet and perfect!

62Down To My Last - Alter Bridge

63So You're Afraid - Mark Tremonti

64Tear Away - Drowning Pool

65Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes

66Cloud Connected - In Flames

67Holiday - Green Day

68Have a Nice Day - Bon Jovi

69Come Clarity - In Flames

70Rain - Gamma Ray

71The Unforgiven III - Metallica

72I Am - Theocracy

73My Immortal - Evanescence

74Get Fisted - Skull Fist
Pretty fast, long and absulutely awesome solo.


75Heroes of Our Time - DragonForce

76Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce
Yeah, if you like tasteless garbage

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