Best Kirk Hammett Solos


The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black

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?

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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

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3 Ride the Lightning

Killer riff by Hetfield for Hammett to build off of, and then the full step up modulation increases the intensity before entering what I call the “electrocution” part of the solo. Masterful, beautiful, timeless.

Easily his best solo by far

4 Master of Puppets

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

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.

5 Wherever I May Roam UListen to Sample
6 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) UListen to Sample
7 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

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8 Dyers Eve UListen to Sample
9 Creeping Death UListen to Sample
10 The Unforgiven

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

Should be higher! - awesomedp900

His most emotional solo

The Contenders

11 Blackened

It’s pretty sloppy though. - Userguy44

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12 Damage, Inc.

This is pure shred!

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13 The Four Horsemen UListen to Sample
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.

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16 The Frayed Ends of Sanity UListen to Sample
17 Battery UListen to Sample
18 Disposable Heroes

Needs to be higher. - Userguy44

The solo itself was pure madness! - TheDarkOne_221b

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19 Orion
20 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

21 Enter Sandman UListen to Sample
22 Seek And Destroy
23 Sad But True
24 The Unforgiven III

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?

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

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25 The Shortest Straw UListen to Sample
26 The End of the Line UListen to Sample
27 Jump In the Fire

Great solo, it's fast and melodic

Great solo fast and melodic.

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28 All Nightmare Long UListen to Sample
29 Hit the Lights UListen to Sample
30 The Struggle Within UListen to Sample
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!

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

This solo is extremely underrated - Idiot244

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43 Hero of the Day UListen to Sample
44 Harvester of Sorrow UListen to Sample
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