Fastest Guitar Solos of All Time

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The Top Ten

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

Wanna hear the fastest guitar solos? Listen to Shawn Lane.
Damn kids need to stop playing guitar hero 3, and educate yourselves.

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.

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.

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2 One - Kirk Hammett

Start of solo is stupidly fast

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

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 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

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

So difficult to play it‘s so fast

4 Raining Blood - Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Jeff Hannerman
5 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

Faster than One, Free Bird or Taxman. - zxm

6 The Number Of The Beast - Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith
7 Killing In The Name - Tom Morello
8 Free Bird - Hughie Thomasson
9 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom

Fast and hard

10 Heroes Of Our Time - Herman Li and Sam Totman

Deserves a bit higher position

The Newcomers

? Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater

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

Fast

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

17 Nosferatu - Coroner (Tommy Baron)
18 Peace Sells - Dave Mustaine

It's faster than most of this list.

It is Dave Mustaine

19 Kill the King - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
20 Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash
21 Mr Crowley - Randy Rhoads

Amazing

22 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.

23 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

Sorry not the fastest compared to the other solos on this list.

Listen to the guitar solo and go back here to vote

24 Akroasis - Obscura
25 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

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

The Whole song is pretty much the fastest solo ever.

29 Bangarang - Skrillex
30 Drum & Guitar Solo - Shawn Lane

One of the most gifted musicians of the 20th century

No body in the world can replicate this solo.

31 Alex Lifeson - Working Man

2:12 in the song. Easily one of the fastest guitar solos I’ve heard

32 Taxman - Paul McCartney

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

33 Paranoid Android - Radiohead
34 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

35 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

36 Highway Star - Deep Purple
37 Blackened - Metallica
38 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.

39 Lonely Day - System of a Down

This may not be the most intricate solo, but it's undoubtedly fast and some of Malakian's best work.

40 Altitudes - Jason Becker

The whole song is very fast and the sweep picking part is tremendously epic.

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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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