Hardest Metallica Songs to Play

No matter what instrument you play. just choose the one that really makes you sweat.

The Top Ten

1 Dyers Eve -... and Justice for All

Dude, the riff is insane. Fight fire with fire is simple. I actually know how to play fight fire with fire, battery, master and dyers eve, in fact I know the whole list all the way to blackened. My list would be this (easiest to hardest) Fight fire with fire, one, master, battery, blackened, then dyers eve. The rest of the top 10 I don't know. But as someone who knows all these, dyers eve is insane.

This is the hardest song of all. The riffs are too insane, lightning speed. The solos as well. I don't know how Battery beats this song. Battery's triplets are easy.

The top string isn't being picked in the main riff, it's the one under it which makes it hard cause you can easily hit the top by accident

Complicated fingering... Took a lot longer to learn than matter of puppets.

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2 Battery - Master of Puppets

trust me the triplets are a bitch

If I told you that you had to play battery or dyers Eve perfectly for 1 million which would you pick? I would pick battery in a heartbeat. I've tried dyers eve at least a thousand times and hit it only twice. Battery hundreds of times.

Battery is the hardest rhythm guitar song to play. The main riff in Fight Fire with Fire is ridiculously easy.

Mad song, cannot comprehend how the picking pattern is so quick. When I do it, I feel as though I am relatively quick (coming from someone who's been playing for 1.5 years), yet this just blows me out of the park.

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3 Blackened -...And Justice for All

The only reason I'm throwing in Blackened is because the intro riff around 30 seconds. Reason being, the timing and getting the palm mutes in between the 7th/8th on the A are a total bitch to get down.

The solo especially is one of the hardest by Metallica.

It's really confusing and the solo is just impossible.

Crazy downpicking...master this and you basically downpick-god

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4 Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

This took me 20 minutes to learn and 1 night to play at full speed, should not be on here

This may be a generic pick but I can play all of the other ones in the top ten, in this one I can't barely even play the intro, there's so many damn changes you wouldn't even notice, and the first solo is a lot harder than you might think

I can only do the first riff while sitting, play it while standing is the hardest thing for me so I get my leg up the amp so I can play it right, if not it just sounds like crap

It's only hard because of the lightning downpicking.

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5 Fight Fire with Fire - Ride the Lightning

I heard that a person had a interview with Kirk and he said what is the hardest song for you to do he Fight Fire With Fire it is one of the fastest. Quickest best solos Metallica has done. Then he asked Kirk what is the hardest to remember answer Fight Fire With Fire. Last question which comes out of your heart answer Fade To Black... And Justice For All One Master Of Puppets thank god for Cliff

this song is insane on the bass guitar. All the riffs on there are so amazing that it's scary. I don't imagine how Cliff does it

How did One or Fade To Black get on here? I guess the solos are semi-hard, but seriously. But Master of Puppets is kinda hard, but this is SO much harder.

The main, verse, chorus, and solo backing riffs are all relatively easy. But then there's THAT ONE RIFF. The fast, odd riff after the verse.

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6 Disposable Heroes - Master of Puppets

I don't know why this song isn't on the list, the verse riff on rhythm guitar = hard as hell, battery is really easy compared to this.

Dyers Eve is probably the hardest but singing along this or Battery is quite tough. Still, my vote goes to Heroes as it doesn't get enough love.

This song and Battery are the hardest for right-hand! For Master of Puppets I can cheat down-picking sometime with alternate picking, but for this one there's no way out than playing the triplets!

Only song that can make my wrist hurt. Battery and Fight Fire With Fire have nothing on this.

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7 Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning

This song is all over the place and the timing gets pretty hard plus this is one of their hardest and best solos of their career in my opinion it is just simply hard especially to play and sing.

the song has a very difficult solo

This song's solo makes me glad I play rhythm... enough said.

The solo is so hard at the end but is so nice

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8 One -...And Justice for All

Generic pick maybe, but this is harder than you might think, there's lots of changes, it's hard not to mess up on the verse riff, and there's three fairly difficult solos

All over the neck and rather relentless during the last half, my hands ache after this amazing track.

Hmm.. I want to learn it..

You're kidding me right? This is easily Metallica's hardest song.

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9 The Frayed Ends of Sanity -...And Justice for All

Progressive song, compass changes, with many and different riffs!

So many different riffs!

The most megadethy Metallica song

10 All Nightmare Long - Death Magnetic

This would certainly be one of Metallica's fastest songs, I don't know how to play it, but I know that most of the riffs are about as fast as Slayer

Fast and relentless. Is one of the hardest riff wise.

The Contenders

11 Damage, Inc. - Master of Puppets

Not their hardest song (everything before the solo is actually relatively easy for me) but that solo man. It doesn't sound too hard but the timing is actually really weird to get down right!

This song is fast and the rhythms are pretty difficult too in the verse

This song is so fast really hard to play

That one downpicking riff is crazy.

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12 Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning

This was the first song I learned on a guitar, great song to practice, but the solo's are so hard en you need to play them super fast to let it sound like kirk does it and yeah that's a tough job

The solo's so tough!

It sounds really easy, but I can't get the verse right for some reason. It's not their hardest song, though.

13 Seek & Destroy - Kill 'Em All

Why is this not number one? The solo is nearly impossible and the riff just before it is LUDICROUSLY difficult, Dyers Eve solo still isn't harder than this one.

this song is pretty hard and when it gets to the solo its deathly difficult... and btw the one solo really isn't that difficult all it is is a line of hammer ons and pulls offs - Okami

Took me a while to get the rhythm, its funny, once you learn the picking pattern, the song gets considerably easier.

The solo is probably the fastest solo kirk has performed

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14 ...And Justice for All -...And Justice for All

I think this should be at least for the top ten for the sheer size of the song alone, some of the riffs are easy but it's still a difficult song for an expert player to master.

Main reason. It's A LONG SONg

If not for its difficulty, then for its LENGTH! 9 minutes of sheer strain... And the solos pretty tough too.

15 Metal Militia - Kill 'Em All

Very hard to downpick this song

16 Creeping Death - Ride the Lightning

So let it be down-picked. So let it be done. I've tried to down-pick this whole song. So let it be down-picked. So let it be done. To kill your entire entire hand. It's creeping death!

Come on guys. Down picking creeping death is no joke

17 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Come on, this is by far the easiest song of metallica, this shouldn't be even in this top

This is the hardest riff I have ever played in my life. Battery, Dyers Eve, Fight Fire, and Damage Inc. have nothing on this song! Too fast, too complex, not musical enough, way too technical... Nothing Else Matters should totally be number one

18 That Was Just Your Life - Death Magnetic

Seriously seven minutes of riff variation and wah. Not for the faint of heart.

19 Motorbreath - Kill 'Em All
20 The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All

To the person who said the solo makes you want to die, which one? - edward-beil

Very had song on guitar, not to mention bass.

The bass is mad

Dude, the solo... it makes me want to die

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Top Remixes

1. The Frayed Ends of Sanity -...And Justice for All
2. Blackened -...And Justice for All
3. Disposable Heroes - Master of Puppets
1. Dyers Eve -... and Justice for All
2. Blackened -...And Justice for All
3. Battery - Master of Puppets



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