Top 10 Songs with the Best John Petrucci Guitar Solos

What does everyone think the greatest bit of guitar work by Dream Theater's John Petrucci is?
The Top Ten
Under a Glass Moon Under a Glass Moon Cover Art

Such a technical solo that's unpredictable and so unstandard. Petrucci shows master guitar players how to be unique with every phrase in the progression. It's really a combination of many different mini solos among different styles expertly combined in a coherent, 1 minute story.

The back and forth with piano and guitar is killer enough, but the little three (three, right? ) note stutter right at the beginning of the guitar-only section gets me every time.

It's the best solo ever by anyone it's perfect the beginning made me crap my pants. John Petrucci made his career with this solo its beautiful

This is his best studio solo. No doubt. His live solos are good too, like: Take The Time (Live in Japan 1993) and Hollow Years at the Budokan.

The Best of Times The Best of Times Cover Art

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.

This solo has the perfect blend between emotion and complexity. There is some nice slower parts along with sweep arpeggios that have a fair amount of speed, but don't get too out of hand. The fade out always makes me want to turn the volume up at the very end to hear what I'm missing out on.

Great melody. This isn't just an exhibition of technique, but rather technique at the service of music. The all song is great in the way it is written, and all the different sections marry to each toher

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.

Breaking All Illusions Breaking All Illusions Cover Art

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.

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

My favorite guitar solo from Dream Theater. Getting chills every time!

Personally the most emotional solo. One of the best structured

In the Name of God In the Name of God Cover Art

When I first saw that this song was not on the top ten I wanted to cry.

I could not comprehend why a song with 5 back-to-back solos (three of whitch are synchronized with Jordan, and only one is just the keytar) was not NUMBER 1.
So pleas vote this song up it truly is unbeatable!

Best DT solo after Under a Glass Moon... Plain 100% full-speed shredding for the first 45 seconds of the solo and then comes the entire band as Petrucci keeps shredding... Hauntingly epic solo.

This one is worthy of the top 10. Mainly because of how experimental and honestly weird it sounds with the rest of the instruments.

Not only the johns guitar but mike also plays very cool creative drums witch makes the song perfect!

Lie Lie Cover Art

I really love this song. The whole song makes me feel like I can carry the world. Woah, I love this so much. Can I cry?

The Spirit Carries On The Spirit Carries On Cover Art

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

The only guitar solo that almost made me cry... no I didn't cry... was ninja cutting onions close me...ok maybe a tear from the left eye...and one from the right one...maybe

This solo will last forever

Probably the best ever

Lines in the Sand Lines in the Sand Cover Art

Dream Theatre is not my favourite band but this has always been my favourite solo, ever! I have a love-hate relationship with this song because I don't care much for the first 1-5 minutes (the intro is great) but that solo, sober or drunk, is perfect.

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

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

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

Home

Amazing solo on top of amazing riffing

An overall underrated song

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

Fatal Tragedy

#11?! Are you kidding me half of this song is solo and epicness. Petrucci rocked the guitar portnoy beat the drums rudess keyboard playing and myungs bass and he wrote this song and also labrie singing

Very fast, complex, and sounds great.

Dis must be #1 or else the universe is in an extreme imbalance

This solo is so well structred, its like a secret mathematical formula for orbiting a satelliate around earth

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

Followed by one of their greatest drum solos.

So fast and technical, just perfect

The best song ever

The Contenders
A Change of Seasons A Change of Seasons Cover Art

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

Easily their Best Song and john's Best Solo

5 solos for the price of 1! And 23 minutes of your life but well worth it

Another World's solo!

The Ministry of Lost Souls The Ministry of Lost Souls Cover Art

The ending solo is amazing. The bridge solo is epic.

The outro solo that goes from 12:50 to end... in my opinion the best solo of DT!

Constant Motion

This solo man, it starts out with a great melodic section, it just sounds like the guitar is crying. Then you get into the real fast part, damn. The sweeping toward the end is insane, and then the incredibly fast alt picking triplets at the end. This solo has it all.

Definitely one of the hardest guitar solos to play.

Another Day Another Day Cover Art

Awesome melodic solo by Petrucci!

So emotional..

Octavarium Octavarium Cover Art

This divine solo, ending this masterpiece... After 20 mins of the true Dream Theater, John Petrucci pulls this wonderful guitar solo that, for me, is better than "The Best of Times". Such a feeling. This gives me chills. It really does.

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.

Oh come on the ending had a amazing solo but I do aggree under a glass moon is the best solo

This is easily their best song and solo

Lost Not Forgotten Lost Not Forgotten Cover Art

I remember first hearing this while on holiday in Spain. I was completely blown away by the solo section at the beginning of the song, which is quite frankly scary. And Petrucci doubles lines with Rudess as well. Makes me want to practice 10 hours a day!

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.

Holy balls this needs to be higher! The tone is killer and he just shreds with absolute sophistication. It's astonishing.

The Glass Prison The Glass Prison Cover Art

The arpeggio solo is really good and the final solo is also awesome... all the solos are great in the song

How is this #9? I can't even play the arpeggio solo at the beginning, it should be #3 at least

Stream of Consciousness Stream of Consciousness Cover Art

This whole song is a technical masterpiece - Portnoy's drum rhythms, Petrucci's guitar-shredding and Rudess's keyboards - an 11-minte instrumental which does not ONCE get boring!

I can NEARLY play the solo so that's why I'm voting this haha

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

So many feelings through a single song

Hollow Years Hollow Years Cover Art

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.

My favorite solo by Petrucci, so emotionally moving yet extremely technical at the same time! Why couldn't this solo be on the album version?

" Petrucci excels across nine minutes, beginning with faux-acoustic flamboyance and later blasting off into epic anthemic rock glory. " - Guitarist Magazine

The guitar solo of this song in that concert is absolutely mind blowing.

Sacrificed Sons Sacrificed Sons Cover Art
The Dark Eternal Night

The shreddage in this song, not only the solos but the entire duration from start to finish, is probably one of the most virtuoso performances in metal history. But the solos; damn, them solos; are some of the few that can combine multiple techniques, fastness, incredible heaviness and maintain it's melodic memorability.
This song is a sure-fire head banger's classic, hands down!

John is a God! This solo is unnatural!

Amazing solo!

Take the Time

Youuuu can feel the waves commin on! Just the best dt song with the most beautiful solo ever

Panic Attack

My dad's cousin is the lead singer... But that solo is amazing

dude, if they were just an instrumental band, I would like them just the same. (in fact, that's the reason I listen to LTE's stuff more often. ) that's how good EVERY dt guitar solo is. but this is their best.

oh gosh. when I listen to this solo I think I'll have a panic attack myself. amazing and truly depicts the feeling and mood of the song.

A Rite of Passage A Rite of Passage Cover Art

One of d hrdest solo of sir petrucci

Endless Sacrifice Endless Sacrifice Cover Art
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