Hardest Metallica Songs to Play

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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

Even bass is hard on this. - Userguy44

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2 Blackened -...And Justice for All

The solo especially is one of the hardest by Metallica.

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.

Intro riff is such a pain to play, but sounds so amazing if someone pulls it off

Hard to get the timing right. - Userguy44

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3 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.

Honestly, I'm here to say that I play this song all the time when I play guitar, now some of you might be thinking, oh a kid who just became a teenager whose been playing for 6-7 months can't play the fastest Metallica riffs, shut up I can, you want me to prove it, I will, anywho, all that I'm saying is that this riff that has the gallop in it, Metallica fans know what I'm talking about, oh, and for the record people, most kids like my age don't know stuff like hammer ons and pull offs, but the thing is, I can, not to brag because I know I'm bragging right now so I'll shut up about it, so anyway, this song is one of the hardest songs I can play.

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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

its all down-picked, he goes in and out of palm muting a lot, and its all over the neck. its hard

People keep saying that it's easy, until you try to play it yourself. It's hard to downpick this and the solo is pretty difficult. - Userguy44

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5 Fight Fire with Fire - Ride the Lightning

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

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

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.

One of the hardest songs to play on bass. Because it's really fast. - Userguy44

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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!

There are a few parts that just are to fast for my brain to even understand what frets to use (I've only played guitar for maybe a year so it might be easy for other people)

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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 solo is so hard at the end but is so nice

This would be hard to play. - dragon13304

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

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8 One -...And Justice for All

I can play this riff and for my age, you might thinks this is not real for this age, but I play this riff, one of my favorites but no one that I've met, can touch the solo, maybe not even the rhythm but I can, but when I started a few months ago, I could not do this, this One (pun intended) is one that you need to wait to start, oh, and I'm a beginner so this one takes the cake.

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

Hmm.. I want to learn it..

Three difficult solos. - Userguy44

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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 Newcomers

? Disposable Heroes - Metallica

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

The solo's so tough!

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

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 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

16 Metal Militia - Kill 'Em All

Very hard to downpick this song

17 That Was Just Your Life - Death Magnetic

Its hard to play and even harder to sing while playing it. If you are trying to down pick the whole song get ready to have cramps for the rest of your life.

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

18 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

19 The Call of Ktulu - Ride the Lightning

To get this thing right with your bass guitar you must be a master not only with your playing skills but also with distortion and wah, Cliff Burton's stuff isn't a joke

Well well well, don't you dare call me a prodigy, but I am 5 months in to my guitar playing journey, I got me a bass the other day and I just looked at thr bass tab and I can play all the hard bass parts but the thing is I play with a pick maybe its hard to play with fingers

Solo seems pretty hard. Also hard to play on bass. - Userguy44

20 The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All

Very had song on guitar, not to mention bass.

The bass is mad

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

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

21 Motorbreath - Kill 'Em All
22 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Hardest metal song ever in my opinion

Absolutely, it's the hardest song I've ever seen

Yeah this is BY FAR the hardest Metallica song to play

23 Trapped Under Ice - Ride the Lightning

Why is Trapped Under Ice so far back? Sure the rhythms might not be too difficult but the solos are blazing fast!

24 Hit the Light - Metallica

That riff is very hard

I can not beat this song. I can do every GHM song on expert except this one. It's the SOLO. I am at 10 years old and I've compete in several Semi-Finals Guitar Hero tournaments

25 St. Anger - St. Anger

Apart from being a grossly underrated song, it is insanely tough to play. Definitely tougher than seek and destroy and master of puppets.

The riffs are all difficult

26 To Live is to Die - ...And Justice for All

The beginning part that sounds like it's on acoustic guitar is pretty difficult but then again, I'm not that good at guitar so What do I know haha

A pretty long song with lots of riffs. - Userguy44

27 Mercyful Fate - Metallica

Longest metallica song, 11 minutes, it's a marathon song of riffs and solos

28 Suicide & Redemption - Death Magnetic

Metallica has only played this song live twice. If it's hard for the creators to play, then it's hard for everyone to play.

29 Jump in the Fire - Kill 'em All

Easy to forget some details in the song

30 Eye of the Beholder - ...And Justice for All
31 Orion - Master of Puppets

The bass solo...

32 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica
33 Spit Out the Bone - Hardwired to Self Destruct

The drumming

34 Moth Into Flame - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
35 My Apocalypse - Death Magnetic

The hardest part of this song for me has to be the riff in the middle of the song where it's just kirk playing it because it is being Palm Muted then he plays it with pinch harmonics. your finger positioning and down picking has to be perfect to get to sound nice and clean.

36 Through the Never - Metallica

Down picking is a bitch, think the riff from master of puppets that comes right after James' intro, except you're doing it over and over again

37 Hit the Lights - Kill 'Em All

I can play every other Metallica riff, but for some reason the timing on this one is difficult for me. Especially the main riff...

38 Whiplash - Kill 'Em All
39 Leper Messiah - Master of Puppets

The sweeping in the solo makes me nut

40 The Shortest Straw - ...And Justice for All

Right now got and YouTube this song just listen to the solo. By the way there is no hammer or pulls in the shredding parts!

41 Hardwired - Hardwired... to Self Destruct
42 The Day that Never Comes - Metallica

Impossible solo!

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