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

Master of Puppets Master of Puppets Cover Art

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.

No doubt about this one. 2nd to this solo should be To Live Is To Die. Then One.

Nothing Else Matters Nothing Else Matters Cover Art

Really mellow feel, not the most complex but probably the most punchy solo.

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

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

Suicide & Redemption Suicide & Redemption Cover Art

This song tends to fade into the background, until James' solo kicks in. One of if not the best solo in all of Metallica's career, fits in perfectly and transitions really nicely from the previous riff, and into Kirks solo

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.

The Ecstasy of Gold The Ecstasy of Gold Cover Art

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

You said yo too many times

To Live Is to Die To Live Is to Die Cover Art

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

The Outlaw Torn The Outlaw Torn Cover Art

James' solo / jam at the end is a particularly underrated piece, so groovy and catchy. Good way to end an album

Really underrated. Powerful

Orion

Which one?

My Friend of Misery My Friend of Misery Cover Art
One One Cover Art

The final solo is a double solo of James and Kirk

Whiskey In the Jar Whiskey In the Jar Cover Art

A nice solo

The Contenders

Blackened Blackened Cover Art

James played the solo in Blackened?

The Day That Never Comes The Day That Never Comes Cover Art

It's a double solo from James and Kirk

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.

That Was Just Your Life That Was Just Your Life Cover Art
Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art
Just a Bullet Away
Fight Fire With Fire

This is actually a twin solo between James and Kirk.

Thorn Within Thorn Within Cover Art
The Unforgiven The Unforgiven Cover Art

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.

Bad Seed Bad Seed Cover Art
The Unforgiven II The Unforgiven II Cover Art
Fade to Black Fade to Black Cover Art
The House Jack Built

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

The Call Of Ktulu The Call Of Ktulu Cover Art
Now That We're Dead Now That We're Dead Cover Art
For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Art

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.

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