Top Dream Theater Guitar Solos

What does everyone think the greatest bit of guitar work by John Petrucci is?

The Top Ten

The Best of Times The Best of Times Cover Art

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

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.

This solo kicks every solo on this list's butt and it kicks Comfortably Numb, Mr Crowley, Sairway to Heaven and every other great solo's butt on both the emotional and the technical aspects.

Epic sweeps and feeling combined with shredding, Amazing.

Breaking All Illusions Breaking All Illusions Cover Art

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

Very emotional solo, not just shredding.

This solo inspired me to play the guitar

Easily my pick for the best

Under a Glass Moon

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 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.

Its 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

In the Name of God's solo is better, but since it isn't on here, Under a Glass Moon is definitely a close second.

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

I don't know why but this solo is really epic in my opinion, especially at the end when it goes back into the section that is all heave again, followed by the slowish epic section that the keyboardist plays

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

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.

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

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.

I love the calm Petrucci solo.

Best solo feeling wise

The Spirit Carries On The Spirit Carries On Cover Art

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

Probably the best ever

Fast... emotional... amazing... it is my favourite, beacouse is a masterpiece of thecnich and melody...


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?

Yes sir you can cry. it should be legal in all 50 states to cry during a dream theater song - Messej


Amazing solo on top of amazing riffing

An overall underrated song

A Change of Seasons

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

Easily their Best Song and john's Best Solo

Another World's solo!

Hollow Years from Live at Budokan 2004

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?

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

. I love it that so many of you think the same

The Contenders

Fatal Tragedy

Very fast, complex, and sounds great.

#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

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

The Glass Prison

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

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

Should be first

As I Am

Followed by one of their greatest drum solos.

So fast and technical, just perfect

The best song ever

Mind melting...

The Ministry of Lost Souls

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!

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!

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

Another Day Another Day Cover Art

Awesome melodic solo by Petrucci!


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.

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.

This is easily their best song and solo

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

Sacrificed Sons
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

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.

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

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
Illumination Theory Illumination Theory Cover Art

The guitar solo at the end. How could you guys miss this out? Yes it's short but it oozes with emotion, amplified more with the string orchestra for the background, feels like listening to "Made in Heaven" music.

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