Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar

Note, that these are not by any means the best solos, but are mostly speed picking. God forbid the Guitar Hero company of finding this list. These Songs are what gave me the hardest time.

Don't forget metal bands like Prototype, Brocas Helm... The list goes on and on. And to note also, these are over all hard guitar songs. Many hard solos exist out there, like in Extreme - Play With Me, one of my favorites.

The Top Ten

I'm the One - Van Halen I'm the One - Van Halen Cover Art
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

YESS. Don't even Stick To the solo, just improvise

Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

Epic solo, riff isn't easy for rookies to play

It’s pretty hard and u know it solos are nuts and rhythm is intense

Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

This song is for beginners. Guys don't believe it. This song is very easy comparing to other songs here. This is probably a troll item.

No, it's not a troll, the solo is extremely hard.

Who the hell thinks this is even hard?! THIS IS ONE OF THE EASIEST TO PLAY SONGS EVER!

Hallowed Point - Slayer Hallowed Point - Slayer Cover Art

Haha... nice joke!

Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce Cover Art

People who are saying that it was sped up in the recording studio, you guys really still believe that myth made up by 4chan? It was debunked and proven wrong countless times, yet here you guys are still trying to say it was sped up just to hate on Dragonforce? Don't be sheep who believe everything they hear on the internet, and learn to think for yourselves.

Those noobs playing 5 button plastic guitars shouldn't be allowed to vote. You don't even know whats the feeling of playing guitar, this song is your worst nightmare trust me its insane but damn its one of the best ever made of all time

No one can play this. Literally no one. It was sped up in the recording studio.

Actually, I've seen people on YouTube getting it almost perfect, just missing one or two notes.

Not the only one made by dragonforce that is super fast

Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

This one is more difficult than Eruption in my opinion.

What kind of list is this without Hot For Teacher!?

I learned it and I'm a 10 year old.

I'm Learning To Play This And I'm 10 It's Really Hard

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

The first time I heard this I went insane. harder that most metal songs

Afterlife - Synyster Gates

Best and hardest solo I have ever heard. Love synyster gates and his guitar playing... And most of all love this band... This is an epic and best heavy metal band forever...

Its Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold. This solo is insane one of the hardest solos I've ever heard

Actually its "Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold" but yes agreed. This song is insane!

Metal or not metal. This song is hard to play.

Eruption - Eddie Van Halen

Bear with me, I'm going to go through this thoroughly. Eruption is just one of those things that you can play and people will be amazed. This should DEFINITELY not be bomber 1, but it's not easy either. It is mostly e and a minor pentatonic. So theory wise, it's not very technical. The intro starts out with a slide down the neck into an a power chord. The first 15 seconds is very aggressive. It utilizes pinch harmonics, slides, palm muting, and Sammy bar dives. The first part before the Sammy dive uses two main patterns and that's it. Like I said it is very simple. After the dive, it goes into a minor pentatonic again and does a lot of string bends before going into another dive. Then the tremolo picked bit on the high e as it works down the neck. A long dramatic pause. A minor pentatonic again Tremolo picked with hammer on and pull offs. Then the tapping part. Tapping is a technique that is easy to get the basics, but difficult to master. This is easy when it comes to tapping. People ...more

I hope that comment was sarcasm because if you think that that sounds simple, you're out of your mind.

As good as this sing is, it's not even in the top 30 hardest songs to play. You guys really need to expand the music and players you listen to. Perpetual Burn by Jason Becker is one of them. This song is the second easiest one to play on this list with only One being easier. Though the way Kirk plays it live since 89 is much more difficult than on record. The solo was incomplete when he recorded because of time restraints.

I'm listening to the song right now, ITS HARDCORE. A bit harder than the solo in "For the Love of God" by Steve Vai (Look up the song and look at the 3:17 part of For the Love of God, you'll see)

All I gots to say is this song is wicked fast Several techniques first used in it. Add to the fact that Eddie emerged from this song and he's top 10 guitarists of all time.

The Contenders

Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art
Double Guitar Solo - Michael Angelo Batio

I visited a top ten of "the hardest song to play on guitar" or something like that in this site many years ago; and I was amazed I didn't find listed the most technically skilled player alive, Michael Angelo Batio.

In that time I thought: "Well, that might be because he's not the lead guitarist of a popular band, or never was invited to G3, etc".

Seems that years later the wonder of Internet done it's job and the guitar world has got to know this guy, because he's Nº 1 now; which is nothing but fair because this dude does things with with the guitar that 99% of other guitar players just dream doing.

Of course there are other great players on this list, but it's unarguable that if we are talking about technique, MAB can't be matched

This is hard. Some of these songs shouldn't even be on this list. One? Ha! That was the first song I ever learned on guitar! And Justice For All? Even easier! Master of Puppets? Very easy to play other than the last solo. Raining Blood? You must be joking. The intro, main riff, verse, and chorus, are SUPER EASY! I'm not so good at the solo, but it is still quite short and simple.

He isn't totally wrong. Not only thrash or death metal has to have hardest guitar songs. Even some instrumental, neoclassical, power metal songs are harder to play on guitar. Just check the tabs of MOP or One and then Double guitar solo. Thrash or death metal are hard to play but not hard to remember the chords. The strumming is hard.

Speed picker, crazy sweeps... And a double v necked guitar at the same time?

Can't believe this isn't number one.

Crossroads - Cream Crossroads - Cream Cover Art

Crossroads is by far the hardest song to play on this list. I seriously don't know why it's not number 1. Most of the songs in the top 20 just require you to play fast and have little to no skill at playing the guitar. This is one where no matter how fast and loud you are, you can never get it right. Eric Clapton's solo on Crossroads is simply impossible to perfect. Countless well established guitarists have marvelled at how he was able to keep time for the solo and we might never know. Try as you may but Crossroads, is one guitar song you simply cannot master.

Close to impossible to perfect his last solo. Like. WOW.

I've played guitare for the 40 years my life and still cannot do the crossroad by eric dieu clapton. sorry for my english I am of french

Hard bro great song

Canon Rock - JerryC

After playing guitar for nearly ten years now this is still one of my absolute favorites!

A great song for any type of music lovers.

My favorite guitar solo song ever...

One of the best

Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

As much as I love eruption, it is no way near as difficult as this. Yngwie's stuff takes a lot more control and technique to master and even though I love the tapping solo at the end of eruption, tapping is actually quite easy to do once learnt whereas yngwie's arpeggios are just insane. If you seriously think eruption is the best then I would definitely check out yngwie's stuff along with Paul Gilbert's and jeff loomis if you really want your mind blown!

Come on eruption is a little tricky but yngwie's songs are in a different league, anything classically inspired is about 3 times harder to play, yngwie's whole discography should come before eruption and Canon rock, not impressed with this list.

Yngwie is king of shred... Picks his notes fast and with melody style... You don't find that too much with shredders (and guitarist in general)

My respect goes to yngwie malmsteen. Try playing this song. Good luck, and hats off.

Burn It Down - Avenged Sevenfold Burn It Down - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art
Technical Difficulties - Paul Gilbert

May sound easier than the rest, but this requires a great deal of skill to master.

His finger stretch is not human

Way harder than eruption

Unless you've played all of these songs you probably wouldn't know that this song is harder than breaking bricks with your flaccid penis #truestory

One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Don't listen to the poser who comments on this. This song is real difficult especially the last solo which has the fast tapping part and speed shredding. Kirk and James did perfect job to polish another gem on their arsenal. ONE does not simply learn to play this masterpiece in a couple of months.

The lyrics are great, inspiring, and way too hard to sing along while playing your guitar.

Um... This was the first guitar solo I ever learned... Why is this even on here... Metallica has so many harder songs.

Nope. This is very easy. I'm guessing this is only high here because of how popular this songs is.

One is easily one of my favorite songs to play I have been play for 8 years and I am twelve years old and I can play both solos in this song easily

Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

This song is incredibly hard, both guitarists have solos and you have to down pick everything

I think the rhythm part of this song is harder than lead part.

This was one of the easiest songs I've ever learned to play. Even when I was only playing for a year. I got it down in the first take and I was confused that I did. I kept playing it over and over thinking I was missing some nuances but all my metal friends were saying that I have it down and I played along with the recording. Why this song is so high and people view it as this godly piece is beyond me. Metallica after Mustaine was mostly a bore. Almost as easy as learning Nirvana songs.

Hard to pick rather than fret,
Even for the guitar made by air.

I don't even know what this song is, I just voted because it was the last song on the list and I wanted to see how far up it would go

This is probably the greatest post ever, "I don't even know what this song is, I just voted because it was the last song on the list and I wanted to see how far up it would go"

Fracture - King Crimson Fracture - King Crimson Cover Art

This song is the toughest song I've ever played nothing can top it

I only came here to vote for this

Jordan - Buckethead Jordan - Buckethead Cover Art

What? This is the craziest song in the world! How did this not get in the top ten at all? Great composition, tasteful phrases, and buckethead's signature wah sound make this a truly original masterpiece. If you think I'm kidding, go have a listen. I guarantee your brain will be confused long after you're done.

While this songs starts off on a relatively slow, unimpressive note, it really starts to pick up, and when he hits that solo - holy crap, you can hit that many notes ON TUNE in that little amount of time?

The main riff is easy enough, it just has loads of effects, but everything else?... What is going on?!

This is a great song, one of Buckethead's finest.

Cafo - Animals as Leaders Cafo - Animals as Leaders Cover Art

I don't know any other song that can compete with the difficulty of this song. but this list is missing some allan holdsworth stuff that have super hard chords if not impossible for people with small hands

Intro is insane, in my opinion this should be near the top, if not at the top.

That sweep picking and tapping, easy top 5

This should be in the top 10.

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

Whoa this has to be up the the top! Some of the best guitar shredding I have ever heard, with its neo-classical intro & riff, and insane soloing throughout!

Just try to hear or play it on your own and you'll realize

Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater Cover Art

Really complicated across any and every instrument.

This should objectively be in the Top 3

This list is inaccurate. ~ Userguy44

Black Widow of la Porte - John 5 Black Widow of la Porte - John 5 Cover Art

Great composition and skill required to play this.

Sweep picking + tapping going on at once at some parts

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