Top 10 Songs with the Best Kirk Hammett Solos

The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black

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

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

Best solo of kirk hammett

3 Ride the Lightning

Easily his best solo by far

Epic solo. This is better than One and Fade to Black I swear. - Userguy44

Best guitar solo in rock history in my opinion.

Kirk Hammett at his very best!

4 Master of Puppets

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
6 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
7 Dyers Eve
8 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

9 Creeping Death

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.

10 The Unforgiven

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 - Rydog

His most emotional solo

Should be higher! - awesomedp900

The Contenders

11 Blackened

It’s pretty sloppy though. - Userguy44

12 Damage, Inc.

This is pure shred!

13 The Four Horsemen
14 Bleeding Me

How has this masterpiece been missed?

15 The Day That Never Comes

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.

16 The Frayed Ends of Sanity
17 Battery
18 Disposable Heroes

Needs to be higher. - Userguy44

The solo itself was pure madness! - TheDarkOne_221b

19 The Call of Ktulu

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

20 Orion
21 Enter Sandman
22 Seek & Destroy
23 The Shortest Straw

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

24 Sad But True
25 The Unforgiven III

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. - Userguy44

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

26 All Nightmare Long
27 The End of the Line
28 Jump In the Fire

Great solo, it's fast and melodic

Great solo fast and melodic.

29 Hit the Lights
30 The Struggle Within
31 ...And Justice for All

My favorite ones are... And Justice For All, One, Fade To Black, To Live Is To Die, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, Creeping Death, Disposable Heroes makes me cry but this one is one I will never forget ever!

32 Fight Fire With Fire
33 The Thing That Should Not Be
34 The God that Failed
35 Trapped Under Ice
36 Leper Messiah
37 Escape
38 Whiplash
39 To Live Is to Die
40 Death is Not the End
41 Holier Than Thou
42 My Friend of Misery

This solo is extremely underrated - Idiot244

43 Hero of the Day
44 Harvester of Sorrow
45 King Nothing
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