Top 10 Songs with the Best Kirk Hammett Solos

The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black Fade to Black Cover Art

Great one, together with the guitars on the back. So emotional

A classic solo. Kirk may not be the most technical guitarist, but he is the best at playing with emotion

It's beautiful and it's a long solo. Totally great. My second favorite is "One".

Easily his most emotional solo, but why isn't Jump in the Fire in here?

2 One One Cover Art

the solo I was referring to was the one in the middle. It emphasizes the soul of the song.

I love fade to black but this is the solo that made me take up guitar and is my personal favorite so it gets my vote.

This solo is the greatest example of what the job a lead guitarist is...Kirk leads the band through to the end

It's the most perfect solo in the history of guitar solos

3 Ride the Lightning Ride the Lightning Cover Art

Easily his best solo by far

Epic solo. This is better than One and Fade to Black I swear.

Best guitar solo in rock history in my opinion.

Kirk Hammett at his very best!

4 Master of Puppets Master of Puppets Cover Art

This is probably the most unexpected solo you'll ever hear from a band. Not to mention a thrash metal band. Seriously - it goes from fret masturbation to nice and slow.

My fingers hurt after this solo.

The best thing about this solo is that it is placed son well in the song. definitely my favorite

5 Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam Cover Art
6 The Judas Kiss

This should be number 1. Solo is absolutely brilliant.

Brilliant solo, should be nr.1

Brilliant solo. Should be nr.1

Should be nr.1 brilliant solo

7 Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art

Great solo, fast, aggressive but melodic at the end just to become the intro of one of the greatest bridges of metal history.

This may not be his fastest or most technical solo, because that is the solo in dyers eve. But it is his best written out solo which is why it ranks above it in my opinion.

8 Dyers Eve Dyers Eve Cover Art
9 The Unforgiven The Unforgiven Cover Art

This is that one solo. The solo I always look forward to listening. This is clearly Kirk's best work. James was at the pinnacle of his vocals in the song. Needs to be at 1.

Great solo, after some fighting and struggling with Bob Rock

While it may not be his most technical solo, it carries a lot of emotion, and therefore needs to be higher

His most emotional solo

10 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cover Art

The Newcomers

? Halo On Fire Halo On Fire Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Blackened Blackened Cover Art

It’s pretty sloppy though.

12 Damage, Inc. Damage, Inc. Cover Art

This is pure shred!

13 The Four Horsemen The Four Horsemen Cover Art
14 The Day That Never Comes The Day That Never Comes Cover Art

Yeahh! This is just brilliant.
Fade to black solo is awesome too.
I also love the solos in all the unforgivens, unforgiven 3 being the best.

15 Battery Battery Cover Art
16 The Frayed Ends of Sanity The Frayed Ends of Sanity Cover Art
17 Bleeding Me Bleeding Me Cover Art

How has this masterpiece been missed?

18 Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes Cover Art

Needs to be higher.

The solo itself was pure madness! - TheDarkOne_221b

19 Orion Orion Cover Art
20 The Call of Ktulu The Call of Ktulu Cover Art

Should be #1. He uses almost every fret and goes from slow to insane

Actually the lead guitarist is dave mustain not kirk

Nope. Dave only wrote for it. Kirk played it. Get your facts right. - Userguy44

Nothing more to say.
I could indeed use this solo to summon Cthulhu

21 Enter Sandman Enter Sandman Cover Art

Awesome solo, tons of wah action and some whammy bar at the end.

22 Seek & Destroy Seek & Destroy Cover Art
23 The Shortest Straw The Shortest Straw Cover Art

So fast in parts and just mental sounding...fits the subject matter so well.

24 Sad But True Sad But True Cover Art
25 The Unforgiven III The Unforgiven III Cover Art

Why isn't it in the top ten? He mixes it up so well! It goes well with the riff..

Also needs to be higher.

When the power chords come back at the end and he can shred one last time! why isn't this in the top 10?

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