Best John Petrucci Solos


The Top Ten

1 Glasgow Kiss

When I first listen to it I felt a touch of celtic music, epic riff, change in scales and then came the bridge slower part so mesmerising, EPIC... a ballad type where petrucci just keep flowing notes like a wizard, then again the celtic riff comes and your mind is blown...

MAN! Only one word - WOOW! I mean how can one create such good solos over 6 min? I really don't know how does Petrucci get all this from!

How could someone not get euphoric listening to this song?!?
This has to be the best guitar solo of all time... Listen to the last two minutes and you'll know...
And yes... If Petrucci has five fingers each finger has a brain...

One of a man's masterpiece

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2 The Best of Times

100% the absolute BEST guitar solo. I've listened to it hundreds of times and I still get chills. It starts at 9:55 and continues until the end of the song... Brilliant 3 minutes.

Petrucci is basically playing his heart out for Mike's father. He is playing as if this is his own father. Simply beautiful and it is not a waste of the three minutes. He doesn't flaunt nor does he try to be all shredtastic. Instead, it is a perfect blend of some shredding and heart felt emotion throughout the entire solo. I get the chills every time listening to it.

The composition, technicality, and most importantly emotion is second to none in this solo. One of the best by anyone ever.

One of the most heartfelt and beautiful solos I’ve ever heard. Second to only ‘Watermelon in Easter Hay’ by Fank Zappa

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3 Breaking All Illusions

The build up to this solo is what amazes me every time I listen to this song. The parts keep on getting better as one progresses through the solo. If this is not one of the best solos of sir Petrucci, then I don't know what is.

That solo is one of my favorite. So much impression and feelings!
Love Petruccis Mark V *-*

Without a doubt one of the best. With the 2014 Boston Opera House performance making a staggering and emphatic bid for the top seed.

If david gilmour is the most subtil player, john can beat him easly in this solo. The best what I have heared ever. Souch a fealing, I can't express my self. Thank you so much, John. Mark

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4 Lost Not Forgotten

This solo is insane. The tone when the first few notes come in are pure gold. So many different elements make this JP's best guitar solo.

5 Stream of Consciousness

One of the greatest songs I've heard by petrucci.

So many feelings through a single song

6 Enigma Machine
7 Constant Motion

Definitely one of the hardest guitar solos to play.

8 Behind the Veil
9 Damage Control

Greatest song of sir petrucci

Super technical

10 Under a Glass Moon

Simply Petrucci's best solo, Glasgow Kiss is awesome but more as a whole than the solo section.

1. Under a Glass Moon
2. Hollow Years (Live at Budokan)
3. The Spirit Carries On
4. As I Am
5. Octavarium
6. Lost Not Forgotten
7. Home
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Fatal Tragedy
10. Stream of Consciousness
11. Lie
12. The Best of Times
13. Voices
14. Hell's Kitchen
15. Lines in the Sand
16. Constant Motion
17. Scarred
18. The Glass Prison
19. This Dying Soul
20. Another Day - Derrick_Fox

In it's time this Solo was one of a kind and it was like finding Kryptonite for people hearing it for the first time.

1. Under a Glass Moon
2. Hollow Years (Live at Budokan)
3. The Spirit Carries On
4. As I Am
5. Octavarium (Razor's Edge)
6. Glasgow Kiss
7. Home
8. Lie
9. Breaking All Illusions
10. The Best of Times

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The Newcomers

? About to Crash

One of the most emotional JP solos, I nearly cried when I first heard it. Super underrated

The Contenders

11 Octavarium

AMAZING SOLO! I'm surprised it's not even on this list.. UNTIL NOW

The meaning behind Octavarium just adds to the fact that these guys pour their hearts into the music that they make.The techniques jp uses are perfectly exicuted bdut that comes with playing for over 30 years.

12 The Shattered Fortress

Not only a high skilled and technical solo, which is common place for John Petrucci. By his notes John tells the whole story of the 12-step suite that Portnoy wanted to share. A drunk man, erratic, addicted. The awakening, confront the problem. A more rational man, following the steps in the program. A responsible man, that can help others arise, sober and proud.

Incredibly full of technique, and much more even feeling. This Solo has some anger that make it so different to other Petrucci�'s solos.

Extremely hard to play solo, sounds SO well and is pretty epic, must be in top 10immo

13 Lines In the Sand

This solo is charged with so much emotion... Definitely one of the most beautiful solos ever.

This is probably the best guitar solo EVER composed. I can't believe it hasn't been mentioned already. - camsell123

Absolutely stellar solo - so much emotion, blended with perfectly with technicality. Petrucci at his peak!

Is not that long, but definitely the best one

14 Hollow Years (Live at Budokan)

That was an awesome performance by sir john petrucci. The intro and specially after the second verse... That was really cool! I noticed his thoughts of instant and perfect solo. I amaze that he got such a brilliant music sense.

That was a mind blowing performance.

The greatest work by GOD

Blows me away every time.

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15 The Glass Prison
16 As I Am

This is the most epic sounding though it may not be as technical... But to someone who doesn't pay attention to the technicality, this one is the best

Queensrÿche's Mike Stone would have regretted pissing off Mr. Petrucci.

17 Wishfull Thinking

This is one of the best after glasgow kiss. Fast, emotional and classic. Wow.

The most melodic instrumental ever

The best feeling I got...

18 A Fortune In Lies
19 This Dying Soul

The solo is just intense shredding, that's not what makes a solo exactly good, but it's still a good solo, and I think "As I Am" should be at a higher place than this.

20 The Spirit Carries On

This solo can actually make people cry its played with so much feel.

This solo will last forever

21 Lie
22 Metropolis
23 Fatal Tragedy
24 Blind Faith

Mixes a lot of technics, big jumps and different type of picking speeds. And not leave behind a lots of style and soul, are two things that aren't easy to accomplish.

25 Voices

Beautiful tone, exquisite emotion, wonderfully tuneful, and perfectly fitting to the song. This is a nearly perfect solo. It's also a fine sampling of Petrucci's prodigious skill without ever sounding excessive or masturbatory. This is my favorite among his solos though it is quite overlooked. I believe it deserves much more recognition.

Beautifully lyrical, masterfully constructed. As concisely restrained as it is explosively brilliant. On of the most melodic solos on Dream Theater's most melodic album and the perfect example of why John Petrucci is a supreme guitarist: not just chops, but thoughtful, sensitive, and emotional.

26 The Count of Tuscany

Epic if I ever saw it

27 A Change of Seasons

Especially the version from Metropolise 2000: Lives Scenes from New York starting around 16:40

28 Hollow Years
29 Another Day

So emotional..

30 Lost Without You

In the first couple of minutes, his Jazz influences are best heard.

Mr petrucci never fails to amaze me... One hell of a sexy song

Awesome song,amazing shred from minute 1.12 to 1.49 this song must be given respect starting jazz and the shred is heart touching

31 Take the Time (Live in Tokyo)
32 In the Name of God

How can this solo not be number one? In fact this could be the best of all time.

If You were one of those Dragonforce Guitar Hero people...
Stop Playing and Start Listening

İnsane solo with the keyboard. Shouldn't be this low

33 Erotomania

My best solo ever...john petrucci such a god gifted guitarist

34 Home

#28..!. This should be in top 10..

35 Beyond This Life

I can't even see his fingers

Hyper speed... Mab should listen and take lessn from this

36 Pull Me Under

One of his shortest but one of his most famous and best.

Best song ever hands down

Perfect guitar part

37 On the Backs of Angels

Best instrumental part with the piano ever.

Exemplifies his Neo-Classical Side.

38 State of Grace
39 Goodnight Kiss (Live with Orchestra on Score)

Very sounding and emotional

Very good phrasing and articulation.

40 Paradigm Shift

One of the most moving and technical soli of JP

41 A Rite of Passage

One of d hrdest solo of sir petrucci

42 When the Water Breaks
43 Peruvian Skies

So emotional. You can just feel this Vanessa's sorrow and emotion in this solo. Tears me up.

44 Hell's Kitchen
45 Goodnight Kiss
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Top Remixes

1. The Best of Times
2. Lost Not Forgotten
3. Breaking All Illusions
1. Glasgow Kiss
2. The Best of Times
3. Constant Motion


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