Top 10 Songs with the Best James Hetfield Solos

Although Kirk Hammett was the lead guitarist in Metallica, James Herfield did some guitar solos.

The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets

Dude this solo sounds so awesome

Probably the best solo in the world. Just so smooth and beautiful. It fits very good with the song when it kind of dies right there and this amazing solo starts. It's bringing the song back to life again. I just love it.

I watched a video of Master of Puppets live 2004 Sydney, and the crowd was singing along to the first solo. It sent chills down my spine! gr8 song

This solo is good. But Nothing Else Matters's always been my favorite solo. Though its on top but I think Nothing Else matters solo is the most famous solo of his. - zxm

2 Nothing Else Matters

I can't choose between this and Master Of Puppets. - Userguy44

Where others say "Stairway to Heaven" is best solo ever, this is it for me. Pure feel, blues, emotion - it's on spot. Made my fingers bleed on lots of occasions...

He plays lead guitar in this song - rock2metal

Slow, simple, melodic, full of emotions. Perfect solo for this amazing song

1 Comment
3 Suicide & Redemption

It is not only very fast, but there is a beautiful transition between james' solo and kirk's solo. So much better than the Master of puppet solo

Hetfield's solos aren't about speed. They're about emotion, clarity, and pure skill. I don'y know anyone else that has the same type of solos as James, and Suicide & Redemption sums it all up.

It's a masterpiece and is literally the funnest thing to play on guitar.


4 The Ecstasy of Gold

You said yo too many times

Sweet solo man! You rock the house my man. I love you so much, you're my idol yo. I wanna be like you when I become big yo. But kirk kicks your ass man yo peace yo

5 To Live Is to Die

Are you serious? Master & Nothing Else Matters are good but THIS is THE BEST Metallica solo. Yes friends, not Kirk, James. It is so melancholic and beautiful that it makes me tear up every time, and paired with one of Kirk's best solos and the excellent melodies of the whole tune makes this top tier when it comes to Metallica music and metal in general.

Nothing bests this song, and it's james' solo which makes it such a masterpiece

6 The Outlaw Torn

Really underrated. Powerful

7 Orion

Which one? - Userguy44

8 One

The final solo is a double solo of James and Kirk - rock2metal

9 My Friend of Misery
10 Whiskey In the Jar

The Contenders

11 Blackened

James played the solo in Blackened? - Userguy44

12 The Day That Never Comes

You can hear james hetfield solo on the intro of the song

I don't need to say why. Just listen to it, my friend.

It's a double solo from James and Kirk - rock2metal

13 That Was Just Your Life
14 Just a Bullet Away
15 Creeping Death
16 Thorn Within
17 Bad Seed
18 Fight Fire With Fire

This is actually a twin solo between James and Kirk.

19 The Unforgiven II
20 Now That We're Dead
21 The House Jack Built

Yeah, it's from Load, but it's still an awesome song, WITH a Talkbox solo courtesy of Papa Het!

22 Carpe Diem Baby
23 Overkill

On the Garage Inc album

24 Too Late, Too Late
25 Stone Dead Forever
26 Damage Case
27 The Call Of Ktulu
28 For Whom the Bell Tolls

James plays this solo along with Kirk live. If you would like to see, then just YouTube a live video and watch him play. I am not sure about the album.

29 The Unforgiven

The beautiful acoustic solo played just before Kirk’s solo was james. Really transisitions the quiet chorus into a high powered solo. Most dynamic Metallica solo and unusual in it’s nature of being played on an acoustic.

30 Fade to Black

Best James solo - TMADE008

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top 10 Songs with the Best James Hetfield Performances Top 10 James Hetfield Tattoos and Their Symbolism Top Ten Best James Hetfield Riffs Albums With the Best James Hetfield Vocals Best James Hetfield Quotes

List StatsCreated 14 Dec 2010

200 votes
30 listings
8 years, 335 days old

Top Remixes

1. The Outlaw Torn
2. Master of Puppets
3. One
1. Nothing Else Matters
2. Master of Puppets
3. Suicide & Redemption


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.