Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredding Masterpieces

Here is a collection of what in my experience is the best guitar shredding I've heard.

The Top Ten

Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Cover Art

This is really some of the best guitar shredding I've ever heard - it has an insane neo-classical guitar riff by Jeff Loomis, one of the best if not THE greatest modern guitarist!

When somebody can create such a truly masterful guitar solo it makes you wonder how Jeff Loomis is so underappreciated in the overall music world. One of the most skillful guitarists I have ever heard.

The best

Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Nice interplay between the guitar and keyboards I.E. between Malmsteen and Jens Johansson, 2 of the greatest pioneers ever of their respective instruments

Oh, yeah! Definitely number 1 or 2.

Snakebite - Racer X Snakebite - Racer X Cover Art

The killer riff at the beginning of this song is backed up by a high-speed, highly skilled solo by Paul Gilbert, he really gives it all in this song.

Intense shred..!

Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci Cover Art

The intro consists of a really catchy guitar riff, followed by great soloing throughout!

Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art

As good as they say Dave Mustaine is, in my opinion Marty Friedman is just a step above in technical proficiency; this is demonstrated in this fast highly skilled solo, one of the best guitar solos of all time!

An extremly epic solo! From the awesome and former lead guitarist of megadeth marty friedman. This solo will never be beat by any other megadeth guitarist (maybe dave)

That solo...

For the Love of God - Steve Vai For the Love of God - Steve Vai Cover Art

A masterful achievement in guitar playing which starts of slowly then gradually builds up to the climax in the middle of the song

One of Steve Vai's epic!
No Doubt!

Altitudes - Jason Becker Altitudes - Jason Becker Cover Art

This was the first shredding song that actually gave me the chills, I could actually understand and feel each note, it was not playing fast just for the sake of playing fast. I can still remember listening it for the first time, it just took me to another level of consciousness and it still does every time.

Best instrumental ever... Much better than commercial songs of joe satriani and steve vai such as surfing with aliens and for the love of god

Hard to believe he was just 19 at that time! Altitudes is considered as one of the best songs with sweep picking.

Jason becker is my favorite guitarist of all time

Escape Velocity - Jeff Loomis Escape Velocity - Jeff Loomis Cover Art

More insane guitar shredding from Loomis, it just shows that he's just as capable if not more so outside Nevermore.

Soothsayer - Buckethead Soothsayer - Buckethead Cover Art

This has to be my favourite Buckethead track.

Buckethead is the best...he must on the top of the list...

Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani Cover Art

This is the guy that really changed me into a guitar lovin soloist, easily the perfect guitarist

This is a hard rock guitar classic - very solid and groovy guitar riffing & soloing by Satch - this is really what started [or at least expanded] the genre of instrumental rock.

The Contenders

Eruption - Van Halen Eruption - Van Halen Cover Art

I disagree with visitor's comment that this song started shredding. Neither Eddie Van Halen invented tapping nor he invented shredding. Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix were also using some fast techniques which inspired shredding. Even Ritchie Blackmore later used shredding. And about tapping, Italian guitarist Vittorio Camardese used tapping on his acoustic guitar. Which he did it in 1965. more than 10 years before him.

This got em all started!

The Glass Prison - Dream Theater The Glass Prison - Dream Theater Cover Art

Awesome technical guitar shredding in the intro and also in the instrumental section at the end of the song by Petrucci

Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

When I saw at the tabs. Oh my God! What is this! If I had 10 finger more still I wouldn't be able to play the solo. This fret to that fret, that fret to that fret. Its not only the chords, even the strumming is also very fast. Especially after the bending.

Children of a Faceless God - Symphony X Children of a Faceless God - Symphony X Cover Art

Brutal guitar-playing in not just one but TWO solos by Romeo at his best!

Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin

This song's solos have,
- Fast hammer ons and pull offs
- Fast alternate picking
- Sweep Picking
- Tapping
- Legatos
- String Skipping

I am not considering bending and vibratos. But it has everything a shredding solo needs.

Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Cover Art
Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden Cover Art
The River Dragon Has Come - Nevermore The River Dragon Has Come - Nevermore Cover Art
Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

Underrated and overshadowed somewhat by Mr Crowley and Crazy Train, in my opinion this is Rhoad's most inventive and memorable solo, bringing out his distinctive neo-classical style.

Best guitar solo

Ram It Down - Judas Priest Ram It Down - Judas Priest Cover Art

Have you heard the solo yet!? That chromatic shred 😍 pure magic at 2.37!

Mr Scary - Dokken Mr Scary - Dokken Cover Art

How has no one voted for this

This is the real deal.

wow

Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce Cover Art
The Four Horsemen - Metallica The Four Horsemen - Metallica Cover Art
No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio Cover Art

He's gonna give you the keys to the lamborghini!

It's a shredding masterpiece

Hollow Years - John Petrucci

Live at budokan version

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