Top Guitar Shredding Masterpeices

petrucci75hammet
Here is a collection of what in my experience is the best guitar shredding I've heard.

The Top Ten

1 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis

The best

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! - petrucci75hammet

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.

2 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 - petrucci75hammet

Oh, yeah! Definitely number 1 or 2. - Metal_Treasure

3 Snakebite - Racer X

Intense shred..!

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. - petrucci75hammet

4 Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci

The intro consists of a really catchy guitar riff, followed by great soloing throughout! - petrucci75hammet

5 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

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! - petrucci75hammet

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) - dragon13304

That solo...

6 For the Love of God - Steve Vai

A masterful achievement in guitar playing which starts of slowly then gradually builds up to the climax in the middle of the song - petrucci75hammet

One of Steve Vai's epic!
No Doubt!

7 Altitudes - Jason Becker

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. - zxm

Jason becker is my favorite guitarist of all time

3 Comments
8 Escape Velocity - Jeff Loomis

More insane guitar shredding from Loomis, it just shows that he's just as capable if not more so outside Nevermore. - petrucci75hammet

9 Soothsayer - Buckethead

This has to be my favourite Buckethead track.

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

10 Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

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. - petrucci75hammet

The Contenders

11 Eruption - Van Halen

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. - zxm

This got em all started!

12 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater

Awesome technical guitar shredding in the intro and also in the instrumental section at the end of the song by Petrucci - petrucci75hammet

13 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

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. - zxm

14 Children of a Faceless God - Symphony X

Brutal guitar-playing in not just one but TWO solos by Romeo at his best! - petrucci75hammet

15 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. - zxm

16 Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden
17 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
18 Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne

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. - petrucci75hammet

Best guitar solo

19 The River Dragon Has Come - Nevermore
20 Ram It Down - Judas Priest

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

21 Mr Scary - Dokken

This is the real deal.

How has no one voted for this

wow

22 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio

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

It's a shredding masterpiece

23 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
24 The Four Horsemen - Metallica
25 Hollow Years - John Petrucci

Live at budokan version

26 Noche Acosador - John 5
27 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
28 Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater
29 Practice What You Preach - Testament

Just listen to it

30 Fermented Offal Discharge - Necrophagist
31 Get It Like That - The Aristocrats
32 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
33 Saved by a Miracle - Vinnie Moore
34 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

Dimebag's best solo [yes for me Floods is a close second], a melodic and technical achievement in guitar shredding. - petrucci75hammet

35 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

I know this song solo has some fast guitar parts. But is this shredding? I don't think so. Not every fast guitar solo is shredding. - zxm

One does not simply: not add a Slash guitar solo to a list such as this; this one of the most well-known and catchy songs as well as guitar solos of all time! - petrucci75hammet

36 Winter Madness - Wintersun
37 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
38 Mediterranean Sundance - Al Di Meola
39 The Fire and the Fury - Firewind
40 Under the Influence - Rusty Cooley
41 Domination - Pantera
42 Savage - Cacophony

I spelled the band name wrong I think - Sabbath

43 Canon Rock - Jerry C
44 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix

Best guitarist ever

45 Master of Puppets - Metallica
46 Dark Matter - Rusty Cooley
47 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
48 Guitars Suck - Bumblefoot
49 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

The whole song is essentially a narly solo.

50 Siege Engine - Buckethead

Its like soothsayer but more shred

8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top 10 Guitar Techniques Used in Shredding Top 10 Examples of Early Shredding in Music Top 10 Best Shredding Solos of 1980s Top 10 Best Shredding Solos of 1990s Best Shredding Solos of 1970s

List StatsCreated 19 Jun 2012
Updated 11 Oct 2019

300 votes
51 listings
7 years, 152 days old

Top Remixes

1. Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
2. Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen
3. For the Love of God - Steve Vai
zxm
1. Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis
2. Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen
3. Snakebite - Racer X
petrucci75hammet

WRemix

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.