Top Metallica Guitar Solos


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1One - ...And Justice for All

The very best, just great. Kirk at his best moments. Plus those lyrics are superb.

Tapping, Sliding, Bending? What else could you beg for? Also, who could forget the speed of the solo and the departure from Kirk's somewhat repetitive pentatonic solos

This should definitely be one
And ironically it is called one - krispykrememcdonalds

Just a legendary solo

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2Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning

Undoutedly one of the best solos ever created on earth... hats off to metallica!

Love the outro, just nice and calm as the song starts fading away ever so slightly!

Melodic and straight solo brings up the paradise to your mind. While being depressed I listened to this solo and tears appeared immediately, I dive deeply in my thoughts to relook my views on living.

The intro solo is incredible and gives me chills

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3Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning

This is in my top 5 solos of all time. This is to Metallica as Tornado is to Megadeth, or Painkiller is to Priest, or Eruption is to Van Halen. Kirk is in no way the greatest guitarist of all time, or even in the top 100, but this solo is epic!

By far the best solo Kirk has ever done. It starts off with a short tapping section, then it goes to a very melodic section, then to all out shredding. One of Metallica's most underrated solos and songs.

The best solo of Metallica. What tornado of souls is to megadeth, ride the lightning is to Metallica. The song solo show how kirk hammett plays - amitcornelius1

My favourite metal solo.

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4Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

I really like James' first solo better than the one that Kirk plays.

First solo is better than the second in this because it sounds cooler than the hardcore second one and its easier to play. I love everything that metallica does though

Does it take question? I vote Master of Puppets, but for some reason, I believe it's ok in number 3... Dunno why...

Most of Kirk's solos are extremely similar. This is one of the usual. Nothing special.

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5The Unforgiven - Metallica

In my opinioin this is the Best solo made by Kirk... ever. Is Seems like a wave coming slowly and suddenly it just grows, through very well constructed scales, and just become a monster. I know that is not the fastest or the heavier solo from Metallica, but for me is the most perfect one.

An incredibly fitting solo for a great, hard-hitting song. Just perfect.

Of all the solos this one stands slightly above all the others

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6Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Soul in this solo mesmerizes me. Too bad it's really short though - sharm7064

Who said Metallica can't be intricate? This song is so amazing, and this solo is a fantastic way to top it off. - chriscg

You know it's Metallica when one of the best solos of the band is played by the rhythm guitarist.. - ahmedaser

The best song; lyrics; solo; awesome really - mourad532

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7The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All

An incredible melodic tempo surfing solo that not only strikes the fear of the concept of the horseman into the listener, but also defines the terror with an outstanding solo outro and follow up. This should be in the top 3, with the only solo I can honestly think topping it being One.

A Legendary solo, it should easily be in the Top 3, especially for the moment when Kirk Hammett just bursts into the solo.

this song and one should be on the top of the list - livinglegend

Why do they never play the middle section live

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8Blackened - ...And Justice for All

I think blackened has the best solo. Even the slow part of it is fast!

very underrated song... wasnt even on GH Metallica! God I wanted to play this song... - AymanKabir

A very balanced solo that deserves more recognition. Slow parts, fast parts, it all comes together here.

To me, I find this way more harder to solo on than One. - Mumbizz01

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9Dyers Eve - ...And Justice For All

This song, in my humblest of opinions, not only has the best solo (s), but I think it is their best guitar track in general. When you listen to the solos, they are of face-melting quality but also remain well within the boundaries of the music.

Kirk Hammett even said himself this was the craziest song and solo he had ever written, they rarely play this live because of how intense it is. THIS, my friends, is Metallica at their very best.

Kirk Hammett said in an interview that Dyers Eve is the craziest song they have ever wrote, they won't write another one like it because it was too intense

This is their best solo, closely followed by fade to black

10Creeping Death - Ride The Lightning

Not crazy about Kirk, but this is one of the few fast solos of his I actually like, along with Ride the Lightning (actually written by Dave Mustaine) and some solos from Kill em All

Not my favourite solo, but this solo is what pushes this song into being one of the best of all time.

This solo is just brilliant! Though it's pretty short...

The Newcomers

?Bleeding Me - Load
?That Was Just Your Life - Death Magnetic

While this is not Kirk's best, I'm sure some can definitely agree that this solo, and this entire song was just to show that Metallica can still kick ass. This solo is like a manifesto saying "Hey, I'm Kirk, and I'm back from not doing solos and ready to kick ass again. We Are Metallica. "

A very unique solo with a "Dragonforce" feel to it.

This solo is so underrated! Needs to be in the top 5! - NikBrusk

The Contenders

11Damage, Inc. - Master of Puppets

I think this song is super, super, super underrated. It sounds a lot like Megadeth's Black Friday (so, in other words, badass) with a solo that sounds like the precursor to that of One. Definitely One of my favourites from MoP and Metallica in general.

I think it should be unforgiven 3

Horsemen Ride the lightning and Fade to black had historic and influental solos but their "thrashest" and hardest to play is by far Damage Inc.

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12Battery - Master of Puppets

I don't seriously know, why people are voting Fade to Black's outro solo. I don't see anything special on that. I like more Fade to Black's intro solo. But Battery's solo is kicking some ass in my opinion.

13The Unforgiven III - Metallica

I have Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, & Pantera on my iPod. This is the only song that actually gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.

It is the BEST Solo of ALL the time. It is not to short and REALLY fast played. I hope some other people have the same thinking of this Song as me. - patschyie

Pure emotion! I only just prefer One's solo to this, but The Unforgiven III has to be one of Metallica's greatest ever songs and solos!

14Orion - Master of Puppets

This song is just EPIC the way it changes all the time sounds awesome too!

15The Day That Never Comes - Death Magnetic

I agree one has the greatest solo ever.. But I vote for this song, because this solo is too good to remain just at 20th place, its very under rated

It begins slow but works its way up to my favorite guitar solo of all time. It just makes you want to go crazy

Best guitar solo by Metallica by far

16Jump in the Fire - Kill 'Em All

Jump in the fire is not the best song, but the final solo is definitely the best!

I agree for its not the best song but I think its not the best solo

That solo is the best, unfortunately only few of fans know that song.

That fast solo was great! It kicks ass! So underrated!

17The Ecstasy of Gold - We All Love Ennio Morricone
18The Unforgiven II - Metallica
19Judas Kiss

God! No one's heard this solo or what! This is one of the best solos kirk has ever made but it is not even MENTIONED in the list! Listen to this solo first before taking your votes and you'll will realize why I'm rambling so much about this solo. This easily beats the likes of Dyer's Eve and The Four Horsemen. In fact, it rises a notch above even MOP and Nothing else matters. That's how good this solo is. Being a hardcore metallica fan myself, it's time we stop focussing our mind on the 'old' songs and look at how good some of the new ones are.

20Fight Fire With Fire - Ride the Lightning
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