Fastest Guitar Solos of All Time

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1 Through The Fire And Flames - Herman Li and Sam Totman

Obviously the fastest. And shame for everyone who think they speeded it up in the studio...

Fastest guitar solos I've ever heard I'm in love with this song simply due to the skill required for the shredding.

Just like I thought. - zxm

Definitely one of the fastest guitar solos I’ve ever heard. This is the most iconic solo from DragonForce and it overshadows solos from songs like their newer music like Fallen World, Ashes of the Dawn, and Once in a Lifetime.

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2 One - Kirk Hammett

Quite fast but shouldn't be on number 2. - zxm

Start of solo is stupidly fast

Look at the tapping part, it's faster than everything on this page, 16th notes triplets at 216 BPM it's a insane speed, 21 notes per second, seriously...

3 Raining Blood - Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Jeff Hannerman

Isn't even a solo. - Userguy44

4 Afterlife- Synyster Gates

There is a point in the solo where the guitar sounds like it is about to die from being played so fast

Syn good

So difficult to play it‘s so fast

One of my favorites to play... a quick way to impress your friends. thanks syn.

5 The Number Of The Beast - Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith
6 Killing In The Name - Tom Morello
7 Free Bird - Hughie Thomasson
8 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

Faster than One, Free Bird or Taxman. - zxm

9 Heroes Of Our Time - Herman Li and Sam Totman

Deserves a bit higher position

10 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom

The Newcomers

? Drum & Guitar Solo - Shawn Lane

No body in the world can replicate this solo.

? Bangarang - Skrillex

The Contenders

11 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
12 A Light in the Black - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
13 Don't Know What I Got - Tom Keifer
14 Revolution Is My Name - Dimebag Darrell
15 Double Guitar Solo - Michael Angelo Batio
16 Eruption - Eddie Van Halen

The fastest guitar solo ever played (or at least what seems like it) deserves a much higher position

17 Nosferatu - Coroner (Tommy Baron)
18 Kill the King - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
19 Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash
20 Peace Sells - Dave Mustaine

It is Dave Mustaine

21 Domination - Pantera

Maybe not the most difficult solo but its definitely the fastest I've ever heard. (and also one of the most unique and memorable, usually fast solos are meh). And I listened to malmsteen, MAB, gilbert and others. Those 2 ascending runs with triplets are INSANELY fast. Especially live version he plays even faster than on album and its very clear.

22 Akroasis - Obscura
23 Mr Crowley - Randy Rhoads
24 Stargazer - Ritchie Blackmore

It's good to see Ritchie Blackmore here because he is usually very underrated.
However, he has several solos that are faster than Stargazer. Off the top of my head:
Rainbow - A Light In the Black, Kill the King, Death Alley Driver;
Deep Purple - Child in time, Highway Star
I fact, Stargazer solo isn't fast compared to his other solos. - Metal_Treasure

25 Cult of Personality - Living Colour
26 Army of Noise - Michael Paget and Matt Tuck
27 Jordan - Buckethead

The Whole song is pretty much the fastest solo ever.

28 Taxman - Paul McCartney

This is fast? LOL. That's a very weird understanding of "fast". - Metal_Treasure

29 Paranoid Android - Radiohead
30 Boshe Achi (New) - Warfaze

I know most people won't listen this solo. But if you have curiosity then you could try it. Even his band mates can't play this solo. The starting licks are very very fast. - zxm

31 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio

There are (or maybe) faster solo of his than this song. But this song has very fast solo. I added this cause its his most popular song. - zxm

32 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

Listen to the guitar solo and go back here to vote

33 Highway Star - Deep Purple
34 Blackened - Metallica
35 Dyers Eve - Metallica

The last track of Metallica "...And Justice for All", this could the most intense, fastest, and hardest solo to play they Kirk played it. In case you haven't hear the solo, just listen to the last track.

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1. Through The Fire And Flames - Herman Li and Sam Totman
2. Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
3. Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom
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1. Through The Fire And Flames - Herman Li and Sam Totman
2. One - Kirk Hammett
3. Raining Blood - Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Jeff Hannerman
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