Hardest Guitar Hero Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

Best song ever

The solo is only readable with hyperspeed on. Any way else, this song is hard. I always get to the very end of the solo, but I'm already so close to failing that I mess up on the easy part.

If you've ever played this and the devil went down to Georgia, you could probably understand why this song is #1. On the devil went down to Georgia you can make it to at least 25% into the song before you die, and on thorough the fire and the flames it takes a lot of practice to beat the the "hammer on's"( only 5% ), then once you beat that you're not home free. There are more death solos that will tear you apart ( unless you're a real legend ). And last but not least, there's one more death solo at the end of the song. "You Rock", which is just like the beginning, but not as long and not as much notes. Easily the hardest song. - Gideon

Not only hard on guitar hero, playing it on real guitar can make any day a bad day. The frustrating solo really is a nightmare.

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2 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band

In my opinion, this is much harder than Through the Fire and Flames. When playing Through the Fire and Flames, after the initial hammer-on section, which is easy once you get the hang of it, most of the song isn't really that difficult until you get to the solo. And even the solo, most of it has a pattern, and there are only a few difficult parts that require Star Power to get through. The Devil Went Down to Georgia, however, is a different story. It's not difficult to get to the solo, but once you get there, you will realize how much harder than Through the Fire and Flames it really is. There are three very difficult sections in these solos, all of them in the second one (not like the rest of it is easy). Victory Solo G has a very fast snake that may require double tapping, Victory Solo K has a chromatic-sounding passage that WILL require double tapping and I have absolutely no idea how to play it, and Lou's Death Drain solo, for obvious reasons. It should also be noted that there ...more

Many GH songs seem very hard, and TTFATF is a real candidate for hardest GH song. But when someone learns the tricks of that song it becomes easier. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" has no tricks. Only pure hammer-ons, pull-offs and very nasty solos, not to mention some parts of the music where the number of notes per second is incredible. I have beaten TTFATF and I believe TDWDTG is harder. That's why my vote goes to this song.

When playing The Devil Went Down to Georgia, you have two options. Either practice this song into oblivion and become a legend, or have the balls to tackle it head on. Both ways, your ass will be kicked so hard that it might wind up in Georgia. You can't cheat either of the solos with Star Power because they last half the song, and if you bomb on the last part, you're completely screwed, as that's where the items needed to defeat Lou are. If you somehow manage to defeat Lou, you then have to shred through one more hand-immolating solo before it's done. I will concede that Buckethead or Fire and Flames are probably harder on a technical scale, but this is the one that is the most painful and downright nasty to play.

There are a very limited number of people who can even FC past the intro to this song. The strumming averages nearly 20 notes per second and lasts long enough that you can't really burst through it like in Trogdor or Ties That Bind. There's another similarly fast strumming section in the second verse which isn't as long, but it's broken up and hard to tell if each little piece of it ends on an up strum or a down strum.

And you haven't even reached the solo yet.

The first solo is (relatively) easy. A few fast sweeps and snakes and you're home free. There's another really fast strumming part in it, but it's very short and it's just a straight line. However, players who aren't veterans to the series will absolutely struggle with this solo, and are likely to fail here due to its length.

In the break after the first solo, there's a disgusting transition in and out of a fast trill, which can be quite difficult to hit, but it's mostly easy and gives you a bit of free ...more

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3 Jordan - Buckethead

This is much harder and technical and also it was on gh2 which means there were no ho&po so that makes it harder since you have to strum every note

Through the fire and flames is overall harder, but the solos from Jordan, is harder than through the fire and flames

Twas hard

Through the Fire and Flames is hard. Jordan is on another level. People blindly voting Through the Fire and Flames have obviously never actually played both all the way through. Having beaten both with above 95% accuracy, I can say definitely Jordan is the hardest song in any main GH game.

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4 Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce

Solo is harder than through the fire and flames, plus it takes up way more of the song respectively. If you take out the hammer on intro of Through the Fire and Flames this song is way harder

This song starts off relatively easy, but once you get to the solo that's about 3 minutes into the song, it becomes the hardest song I've ever played. However I haven't played Jordan so I can't speak for that. Harder than Through the Fire and Flames. Got my vote. Rock on Dragonforce!

This song is just underrated. It's almost just as hard as Through The Fire And Flames, and Devil Went Down To Georgia.

People, get Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock and play this song.

I think this song is more difficult than Through the Fire and Flames, but not as hard as Jordan and TDWDTG. The song is more consistently strenuous on your strumming hand during the verses (I always find myself more tired than in Through the Fire and Flames) and in my opinion, the solo is harder, and does not give you as many easy parts during the solo itself. Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock had some really fun and really hard songs on them, and I suggest anyone who hasn't gotten it should get it.

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5 Raining Blood - Slayer

I heard of this song being hard on expert

Raining Blood is tied with Jordan for hardest standard, non-boss song in my book. This song will make blood rain from your hands as they shred open like the solos in this song.

The first issue is the breakneck speed. This is one of the fastest songs I've ever subjected myself to, and it's very hard to keep up. At least Through the Fire and Flames has an excuse: the song is that fast because it's epic and you feel like you're killing a dragon going that fast. This feels like you're getting carpal-tunnel.

The second issue is the innumerable snakes. My God, the snakes. I can tolerate double tapping and scattered notes and all kinds of crap, but snakes bring me to my knees.

Finally, there's the sections Mosh One and Flood. I have failed in these sections more than any other section in any other song. Might as well throw that beast of a green hammer-on into the mix, as that's murder to play as well.

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I think one reason this song is so difficult is because of the lack of Star Power throughout the song. There are only seven Star Power phrases in the entire song; one of them is in the middle of the very difficult Mosh 1, and another is the entire green strumming section before the final section of insanity. This means you can't use Star Power to get through the difficult sections unless you manage to hit all of the Star Power phrases, because you will most likely need Star Power for Mosh 1 and then again for the ending Flood.

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6 Sudden Death - Megadeth

This is by far the hardest song, whatever anyone says.
on expert it starts with about a million hopos and the bad thing is that they are descending (which I seem to find hardest for some reason) harder than ttfaf because in that you just need to keep a finger (or a clothes peg) on green the complete the intro... but in sudden death, if you get the first 2 bits of star power you should have a chance of pulling through

Waay harder than One. The difference between songs like Sudden Death and Raining Blood and songs like One is that there's always one section that kills everyone (i.E. fast Solo A). In One the fast solo is near the end, where you can easily store up max Star Power, but in Sudden Death, the killer is right at the beginning, so you can't bluff your way through.

The difficulty of this song is way overrated. It is difficult, yes, but not nearly as hard as Fury of the Storm, Black Widow of La Porte, or hell, even This Day We Fight.

This song is pretty damn difficult! But personally I feel that fury of the storm is harder :/

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7 One - Metallica

I cannot pass this song on hard or expert I can do it on medium - Greninjafan127

Try playing this song on Expert Plus. Insanely awesome. - metallicaholic95

This persons right but if you play this song on easy or medium you're gonna think this songs a piece of cake but I dare you to play this song on expert. You're gonna be dead after the song... Well you're gonna wish you were dead.

Basically if you try to play the song on expert you'll end up like the soldier in the music video for One - Skullkid755

I, myself, am a pro at guitar hero, but when it comes to this song, I used to always get through the first half of the song but when it comes to that long solo, I used to always fail on it. I have only beaten the song once.
I should also say that I have beaten raining blood and sudden death besides.

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8 Eruption - Van Halen

This song is utterly impossible, you need to have a lot of practice in order to get through the first part without failing!


How did I beat this song, one, sudden death, raining blood, black widow, play with me, but can't beat free bird

WOW been playing the game and MASTERING IT for like 5 going on six years! 3 stars!

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9 Black Widow of la Porte - John 5

Harder Than Fury of The Storm

I never had that much trouble with most of the songs on the games other than Raining Blood. But this was the last song I had to master in order to beat Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock and I played it more than 30 times before I finally got 40 stars on it. It is way harder than the Dragonforce songs.

I'm not very good at guitar hero and generally play on medium and hard this is the only song that I've attempted and can't beat even on easy I can play through the fire and flames and fury of the storm and both of them are easier to play than this

I'm pretty good at playing on easy and when I first attempted this song I sucked but I got better and mastered it then I advanced to medium difficulty and it took me 2 weeks to complete this song on medium!

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10 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

I can complete all of these songs on the list, but free bird is insane, with the patterns used in the song not many people complete this song but I'm an expert (don't mean to brag) but I've done research and surprisingly finished this whole top ten list and this is such a reasonable placement

Free Brid Might seem like an easy song, but it truly isn't. The patterns are insane towards the latter half, and I've lost so many times because of it.

Free Bird is easy... Gh warriors of rock gave it an intensity of 8/10 compared to songs like Black Widow and Fury of the Storm that are both 10/10. Even the makers of the game don't think it's comparable

Why the fright is this song 11th?! This should be at least 8th.

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The Contenders

11 This Day We Fight! - Megadeth

Possibly the most intense song I've ever played. Constant strumming, devilishly hard mini-solos that come out of nowhere, and pretty much no rest anywhere in the song...one of the only songs in the series like this. This was the song that gave me the most trouble out of any song I've played on my initial run-through. Very hard.

This song is HARD! Take it from someone who easily beats one and raining blood on expert. They are nothing compared to this. Same goes for eruption. Just shows how awesome megadeth is.

Why is that song not on the list? This song is insane! Can't complete it and my fingers burn!

Even on the Hard difficulty, this song is nearly impossible to beat! Trust me, I know it from personal experience.

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12 Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani

This song isn't even that bad...until Solo F comes along and kills you for almost 2 minutes. I beat Through the Fire and Flames before this song (although Through the Fire and Flames is still harder), and this song and others should be above One. With One, you can stock up Star Power and cheese through the beginning of the solo, which is the super hard and honestly only actually insane part. Part. Solo F of Satch Boogie is so long and constantly hard that even Star Power won't save you.

I could beat it if I had rapid fingers for solo F... but I can only get to about 78 percent then fail... this is an epic game and I agree with this list 100%

The only one i cant beat on expert - Dragonfire

This should be higher than Raining Blood! I can't complete this song. I fail after 76% and lower! This should be way higher

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13 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

I find this song harder then any songs in Guitar hero Warriors of rock because the Riff, where you have to hit The power chords and hammer on the to the next power chords.

Personally, this was one of the first songs I could 100% on expert, so I didn't struggle with it. I can see how others would though!

Wow, really? I FC'd this song with a dual shock. You guys are terrible at GH - HeavyMetalHero

Took me a while to complete on Medium (GH2)

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14 Play with Me - Extreme

This song really is Extreme - gibsonrock53

This is a harder song. very fast, but I can beat it every time. this deserves to be in top 10 though.

Harder on Greatest Hits

Most brutal song on smash hits hands doen

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15 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

I seriously have no idea why this song is on here, or why it's in the final tier of GH3. I find it to be at about the difficulty of Welcome To The Jungle, I play this song as a warm up. - HeavyMetalHero

This sog isn't as hard as Through the Fire and Flames or tdwdtg but its still hard

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16 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

Hardest song in Guitar Hero Metallica - rocker1796

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17 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

Not the hardest, but definitely up there.

Not the hardests, but its should be higher than 22. I'm struggling because my friend say they'll only play me if I can do it cord for cord Expert. WISH ME LUCK

Gotta agree with the guy down below, but you do know you don't have to vote to comment?
Anyway, it's actually quite hard on guitar, you're really wrong there. But with a dualshock it's easily passable, if not FC-able. The only problem in this song for controller are the two orange-walls, but there are several techniques you can learn. - HeavyMetalHero

Don't Try This unless your a legend - eddie95mufc

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18 Speeding - Steve Vai

The clear notes at the beginning, (I forgot what those were called.) have no pattern and go insane! I haven't gotten past 2% on this song, and I can do a lot of songs on expert.

This should be at least in the to ten, it's fast, fun and a great challenge to any casual gamer

This is not easy but should not be here

In my opinion this & TTFTF are the hardest songs, this is the only song I struggle with (& TTFTF) and I can complete every other song including DWDTG, Fury of the Storm, BWOLP, Sudden Death, raining blood & One, but Speeding gets me every time

19 War Ensemble - Slayer

I can't even pas this song on medium and I can do some songs on expert, hardest song I know

hardest song I've seen so far - freezerman75

Way Harder than Raining Blood

I almost broked my fingers playing this song YOUCH!

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20 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Passed on a sightread, it's not too bad. - HeavyMetalHero

Starts easy but the solo is insane man!

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21 Chemical Warfare - Slayer

Never played it, but it's made by slayer, they made raining blood too, so it must be hard. There is a pattern on this list, Dragonforce, Megadeth, Slayer, and another I'd like to add if they'd released one of their crazier songs to gh, Avenged Sevenfold. These are the modern (or almost modern) day bands that shred with the craziest solos known to man.

Voting not because it's hard all the way through, but because solo 1 is the hardest section in Guitar Hero



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22 Changes - Mike Orlando

Hey... This song is very hard to play.

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23 Heroes of Our Time - Dragonforce

21 for a Dragonforce song... this song is very difficult. Easily in the top 10, and absolutely harder than raining blood. If you go into it thinking it’s easier than the songs listed above you’re gonna fail miserably

I swear either this song or Storming The Burning Fields should be at the top, not Through the Fire and Flames, even though they're all pretty difficult and from the same band anyway.

Guys, seriously. This is dragon force. This song deserves to be in the top ten.

I've only seen this song, but it's beastly.

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24 Slow Ride - Foghat

This Song Is Not Hard Because I Just Gold Stared That Songs On Expert Within Over 200,000 Points And It's 551 Notes On Expert And 9 Star Power Phrases. So That Means This Song Is Easy!

I failed this in practice mode, that is how hard this song is.

dude these songs on this list are easy. but this song is physically impossible!

This is the hardest song of all guitar hero games

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25 Spanish Fly - Van Halen

I can beat eruption without really trying, I've never finished this nylon string solo from beloved eddy

This is definitely an easier song to just beat, but for me is impossible to beat without star power, or to FC it.

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26 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Really hard

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28 The Way It Ends - Prototype

Not the hardest by any means, but I do think this should be top ten. Tests the hell out of your stamina, and kills your strumming arm. - HeavyMetalHero

Endurance at its best. Gets my vote. Pain to play.

Very tough song, hurts your arms after abit

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29 F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. - The Fall of Troy

This is a hard song to play.
It hurts with all the continuous stretching of the fingers over, and over, and over again and again...
About halfway through the song, I just give up because it's not worth the pain...

The hardest medium song to 5 star in guitar hero 3

Unreal how many keys you get at one time. I can't even get over 80% notes hit

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30 Psychobilly Freakout - Reverend Horton Heat

Pure randomness. Just pure randomness. No rhyme or reason. None.

JESUS CHRIST THIS CHORUS, MAN. This is just so hard to master. I've got the solos, verses, and intro down, but this chorus just kills me. My hands aren't fast enough to go between R-B and Y-O that quickly.

It is a good song. It may only have like 20 words sung but this is no reason do disclude this song. - RockGod4646

I think this song should be at least five or six spots higher.

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31 They Say - Scars on Broadway

This song is easy


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32 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

Last song on gh5

I survived this song on hard mode after 3 months of studying it

I love this song

Man I had my mucles soar the next day and I played hard after the first part I almost died my back was aching the spirit of radio by rush was hard but king crimson man I can't stand playing it.its a good song to but even you put it ob begginer its so hard

33 Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

Played this the other day at an arcade, because I don't own the DLC. I passed it on a sightread, and came close to an FC my third of fourth try. Not that bad, honestly. - HeavyMetalHero

Not the hardest, but it should be at least 7.

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34 We Three Kings - Steve Ouimette

This song is physically impossible to beat.

Try this song on expert I dare you.

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35 Destiny - Galneryus

I know this is the Japan Band. But it's hell of solo.

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36 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

This song is incredibly difficult

GHWorld Tour must be awesome if its lyk this - eddie95mufc

I agree. Eddie Van Halen is a good guitarist.

Probably the hardest song to play on drums.

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37 Cult of Personality - Living Colour

Not even remotely close to as hard as many of the songs that ranked above it, but the solos on Expert are such an insane difficulty spike compared to the songs that came before it.

I've managed to FC with guitar, and pass with controller. Not too bad, but the solo is really tough. - HeavyMetalHero

This song is unbelievably hard the first part is so easy once you get used to it but the suddenly it's like BANG! At around 60%, don't know how this isn't in the top 10.

The end solo (starts at 65% roughly) is THE HARDEST THING I'VE PLAYED! It's all over the place and to get lower than Knights of Cydonia is ridiculous. I've FC'ed that and I can't do this. Please vote up (the sample isn't good but if you search it up then you will realise the sheer intensity of the solo (2nd not 1st).

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38 Stricken - Disturbed

I passed it on career on a sightread-with a controller. Not too bad, but I would have failed if not for star power in the solo. - HeavyMetalHero

Try This on GHIII on expert man - eddie95mufc

No way this deserves to be in even the top 20 (as of this writing it is #34) but it is still pretty hard as the solo does some weird things with HOPO notes.

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39 Knights of Cydonia - Muse

I lose half or my fingers trying to play this masterpiece

This song really hard. Half the song is notes that you have to play one after another immediately. Not to mention the song is almost 6 minutes long!

On my campaign, on hard, this is were I can not get farther

On a real guitar, I can play the song, but when I played it on GH Arcade, I was killed at the "No ones gonna take me alive" part. Originally that part is not played on a guitar. I guess Guitar Hero also turns other instruments to guitars (Take the piano solo in "Do you feel like we do" by Peter Frampton on GH5 for example)

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42 Before I Forget - Slipknot

The best this is kidding

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43 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

The riff in the beginning is what gets me. Really trick. Solo can get you too. - gibsonrock53

This is much harder than multiple ones that are ahead of it

44 Story of My Love - The Model Sons
45 Slash Guitar Battle - Slash

I beat this song on my first try! :o

46 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

I't hard in solo.

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47 The Spirit of Radio - Rush

This song starts of hard and gives you a little quiet point but gets harder and harder that you then struggle with the basic notes

Guitar Hero 5 sure produced a hard song to play with Guitar, Bass, Drums and even to sing

It took me 24 times to be able to complete the song.

Rush are an awesome band 2

You need really fast fingers just to pass this song on Expert, It was one of the Hardest songs I've played in GH5 besides Scatterbrain.

The Spirit of Radio
Beginner - 5 star
Easy - 5 star
Medium - 2 star
Hard and expert - Completely destroyed me

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48 The Metal - Tenacious D

Yeah... This is a beast to play.

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49 You Better Pray - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

It was in Band Hero for the Nintendo DS, but still... this is the only song on the DS that I can't FC or 5-star on Hard! - thomwim

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50 Train Kept A Rollin' - Aerosmith

Wow, I forgot about this one. I haven't played Aerosmith in a while, but I remember I was never able to pass this song way back when. - HeavyMetalHero

I've studied the solos and now I can play it on my fingers my friend can't play it yet so I have to put it on no fail.

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1. Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce
2. Jordan - Buckethead
3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
1. Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce
2. Raining Blood - Slayer
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