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

1 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

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.

Very hard to play I only know 1 person who can play it correctly Eddie van halen

This song shouldn't even be on this list, and neither the hardest song on guitar.

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2 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

I think that a lot of people would agree that this song is popular for 2 reasons one it's a good a very hard song and 2 its on a lot of those guitar games and its always the hardest

This Song?!? Number 15?!

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

Actually, I've seen people on YouTube getting it almost perfect, just missing one or two notes. - Alpha101

Fast... Blood pumping tune. Nothing like it... at all.

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3 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...

Actually its "Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold" but yes agreed. This song is insane! - Jetticus12

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

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

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4 Double Guitar Solo - Michael Angelo Batio

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. - zxm

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

He plays to guitar neks at the same time doing solos that where impossible before how doe he do it without strumming is it a hoax I don't know but the solo is still more difficult then anything ever performed

Can't believe this isn't number one. - gemcloben

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5 Crossroads - Cream

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. - guyritchi

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

Hard bro great song


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6 Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen

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)

Come on! its Yngwie Malmsteen! Much harder than anything else!

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7 Canon Rock - JerryC

I like this song so much because the solo and the interpretation of the song of pachebel xD this would be a nice song for every event :O xD I would like to listen this song before I die nd I will die in peace :3 - Slyver

One of my FAVORITES! I don't know, no matter how much I play it, I never use to get bore... THIS ROCKS!

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

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8 One - Metallica

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

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

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.

9 Technical Difficulties - Paul Gilbert

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

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

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10 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

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" - Dragonlee

The Contenders

11 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis

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! - petrucci75hammet

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

12 Jordan - Buckethead

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?

A great solo riff that'll go down in history.

Its crazy with its atonal taping and pure shred a little bit of sweeping. if you don't have a strong pinky don't even try.

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13 Black Widow of la Porte - John 5

Great composition and skill required to play this.

Sweep picking + tapping going on at once at some parts

14 Raining Blood - Slayer

The thing about this song is its only hard if you can't pick fast, if you can its fairly easy but straining on the right arms

I learned the song but the fast and crazy part is too difficult

I love Canon Rock but it's not really that hard to play, it depends how you learn it. I used a slowed down video with an onscreen tab and it wasn't too hard. (I've only been playing for 2 years by the way)

The Intro is hard as hell

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15 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. - zxm

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

16 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Hardest parts are the palm mutings you can't even do it fast in between every riff

17 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Steve Ouimette

No crying, this is extremely difficult to play. It's a remake of the original version of the Charlie Daniels Band. Steve Ouimette is great.

Such an unknown song but very hard to play due to the stamina and technique changing required

18 Cafo - Animals as Leaders

After a lifetime of practicing you will never be able to play this song. Sorry :(

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

This should be in the top 10. - naFrovivuS


19 17th Century Chicken Pickin' - Chris Impellitteri

Once again, a guitar masterpiece.

20 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

As a guitarist I can testify that this song is far more difficult than some of the top 10s, such as eruption.

Most the songs here aren't actually that bad. Eruption is surprisingly easy. One was the first guitar solo I ever learned.

This song played with the same tone as Eric Johnson allows for absolutely no mistakes. This song deserves number 1.

Absolutely ridiculous as it utilizes intense shredding and very fast measures

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