Top 10 Songs with the Best Kirk Hammett Solos

The Top Ten
1 Fade to Black Fade to Black Cover Art

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

One of the best metal solos ever written...this defines what Kirk is capable of...a true master

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

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

Fade to black solo blows everyonr away but this ONE... It is a sin to compare it... It is the ultimate solo of Metallica

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

3 Ride the Lightning Ride the Lightning Cover Art

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.

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

Just incredible... One of best solos I've ever heard.

Best guitar solo in rock history in my opinion.

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.

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

My fingers hurt after this solo.

5 Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam Cover Art
6 Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art

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.

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

7 The Judas Kiss

This should be number 1. Solo is absolutely brilliant.

Should be nr.1 brilliant solo

Brilliant solo, should be nr.1

Brilliant solo. Should be nr.1

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

His most emotional solo

Should be higher!

10 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 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 The Frayed Ends of Sanity The Frayed Ends of Sanity Cover Art
16 Battery Battery Cover Art
17 Bleeding Me Bleeding Me Cover Art

How has this masterpiece been missed?

18 Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes Cover Art

The solo itself was pure madness! - TheDarkOne_221b

Needs to be higher.

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

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

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

Actually the lead guitarist is dave mustain not kirk

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 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..

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

Also needs to be higher.

24 The Shortest Straw The Shortest Straw Cover Art

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

25 Sad But True Sad But True Cover Art
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