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...

4Clown Parade - Annihilator
Two amazing solos - fast and technical.


5Angels and Demons - Angra

6Revelation 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!


7The Psalm of Lydia - Nevermore

8Winter 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!

9Strike - Primal Fear
Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. Fast, long and melodic solo.


10Breaking All Illusions - Dream Theater
This should be the best

The Contenders

11The Trend - Annihilator
3 solos: 2 short ones in the intro and one regular later (3 solos is pretty unusual and unique). Overall, amazing guitar work - Jeff Waters never disappoints.


12Supernova - Dragonland

13I.V. - X Japan

14Riding The Eagle - Primal Fear
Really fast, technical and melodic solo. How fast? - imagine your plane is taking off!
The solo is also brilliantly paired with the drums for a maximum effect. This drummer is such a gem - his musicality and skills are stunning (Randy Black).


15Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

16Fall to Rise - Persefone

17Dracula - Iced Earth

18Constant Motion - Dream Theater
This should be under a7x dream theater is super underrated because their long songs this song has a long amazing solo

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.

22Get Fisted - Skull Fist
Pretty fast, long and absulutely gorgeous solo by a new speed metal band, formed in 2006.


23The Great Pandemonium - Kamelot

24Invincible - Muse

25A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation - Trivium

26Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray

27The Glass Prison - Dream Theater

28Paschendale - Iron Maiden

2921 Guns - Green Day
Really a heart touching solo...

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

31Sudden 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.

32Awakenings - Symphony X

33Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

3444 Minutes - Megadeth

35Kick the Chair - Megadeth

36Guilty All the Same - Linkin Park

37Plug In Baby - Muse

38Bitter Taste - Three Days Grace

39Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

40As I Am - Dream Theater

41Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold

42Addicted to Pain - Alter Bridge

43Wet Sand - Red Hot Chili Peppers

44Instrumedley - Dream Theater
Not sure which solo is the greatest, but it surely exists somewhere in Instrumedly.

45Like a Stone - Audioslave

46Seize 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.

47And All Things Will End - Avenged Sevenfold

48Blood Brothers - Iron Maiden

49Coming Home - Avenged Sevenfold
Awesome solo should to be best one

50Whispers In the Dark - Skillet
The best guitar solo ever

51The Legacy - Black Veil Brides

52Holiday - Green Day

53The Conflict - Neal Morse

54Citizen Erased - Muse

55Scream - Avenged Sevenfold
The fact thy this solo was improvised makes this that much crazier of a solo. Insanely underrated guitar solo

56The Night - Disturbed

57Torn - Disturbed
Best guitar solo in my opinioun its surely deserves top 10.


58Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold

59On 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

60Alive - Pearl Jam

61Hope - Sevendust
Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge shows up and delivers his best guitar solo to-date.

62Knights of Cydonia - Muse
It's epic.just listen to it and you will see.

63Gravity (Live In LA) - John Mayer
Just sweet and perfect!

64Down To My Last - Alter Bridge

65So You're Afraid - Mark Tremonti

66Tear Away - Drowning Pool

67Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes

68Cloud Connected - In Flames

69Have a Nice Day - Bon Jovi

70Come Clarity - In Flames

71Rain - Gamma Ray

72The Unforgiven III - Metallica

73I Am - Theocracy

74My Immortal - Evanescence

75Heroes of Our Time - DragonForce

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

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