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.

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21 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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22 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

Try to play the solo... and give up. - Metal_Treasure

23 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

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

24 Ocean - John Butler

I can not imagine almost any other musician being able to play such a complex and intricate song such as this one. John Butler plays with such precision, that is almost unmatchable by any other guitarist out there

Hardest song played on a 12 string ( how he plays it) and 6 string

Very hard and complicated song, LOVE IT!

25 Scatterbrain - Jeff Beck

Look this one up live, it's a guitar play song with great drumming too.

26 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

The one and only Brian May can be the only one to pull this off perfectly. Sorry, I sound like I'm repeating myself. Uh, just read it till you get it. I Freddie!

The first trash-metal song!

Written by Freddie.
Made by Metallica also.

27 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

This is the easiest song to ever play on guitar.

How is this on here? I learned how to play all of it at full speed in less than 5 minutes. Pride and Joy should be on here it is way harder.

Again, another troll item. This song is for beginners. Do you know why? Because it is very slow. A perfect song for beginners. I'd rather choose highway star harder to play than this. - zxm

The riff is easy but the song gets progressively harder... It's not as easy as you would think but it still shouldn't be on this list

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28 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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

29 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj

Impossible to play on guitar... Because you can't play 30 seconds (If you managed to figure out where the hell are the guitars in this song (no explanation needed. There are no guitars) before your ears start bleeding

Guitar playing in this song is just orgasmic..

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30 Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani

Gave me a hand cramp the first time I tried it.

31 ...And Justice for All - Metallica
32 What Begins Ends - Cesar Rodriguez

Hi I'm Cesar Rodriguez it's somewhere around 7 min it's solo is harder than one. The solo is really one, afterlife, raining blood and canon rock. I tried doing it live in my neighborhood and did not get a single note write. He are some facts BPM 89671 notes per second 1,647 this should be 2 this song is A.K. A BEST SONG EVER/HARDEST SONG EVER!

33 On the Backs of Angels - Dream Theater

Holy cow, I don't believe it! No John Petrucci in the top tens! This one has to be in the top 3 at least, it's one of the most difficult songs to play ON ANY INSTRUMENT, EVER!

34 It's Not Safe To Swim Today - Veil of Maya

You guys are weak, if you can play this song perfectly you deserve a lifetime acheivment award and your hands should be placed in sealed oxygenized containers to be remembered for all time.

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35 Fracture - King Crimson

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

36 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

Eric Clapton's solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps, while not the hardest technically is an amazingly hard solo to perfect. Clapton's vibrato and string bending are like no one else's and guitarists who have been playing for decades have not been able to perfect it (you can see evidence of this by looking at tutorials for the solo.) In addition to his amazing vibrato and bending, the flames of passion that inspire Clapton's fiery solos burn deep within his soul and that is something that you simply cannot replicate or master. - guyritchi

Clapton's vibrato is literally impossible

This solo is lit


37 Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony

If you want to spend a year in your basement, you should try to learn this song. It's as easy as licking your own elbow.

Very hard to play... if you don't know this song listen it...

38 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

No votes come on people. Extremely hard solo; eruption is nothing compared to this one, Randy Rhoads inspired me to play guitar. I'm a Beatles lover but when I listened to this I changed slightly to Neo-classical metal. Great song! Oh and P.S. not to brag but I'm only 12 and can play eruption easy.

39 Gray Pianos Flying - Shawn Lane
40 Sudden Death - Megadeth
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