Best Metal Guitar Solos


The Top Ten

1 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

This is definitely the best of the best in all Metal solos, no other guitarist in this list can play this solo because their technique and melodic control is inferior compared to Marty's Friedman's ESPECIALLY not Kirk Hammett. This solo is the best in musical terms, One is simple Pentatonic wanking and simple tapping. Fade To Black isn't Metal, it's a power-ballad. Mr. Crowly is also pentatonic wanking that I like. Hangar 18, Lucretia, and Five Magics should be in the top five. Marty Friedman is God, he hasn't played Metal in years and his composition, skill, technique, and melodic shredding is still unrivaled today.

Words can't explain how I feel while I am listening to this solo. This solo is so good that I feel like I have an orgasm every time I am listening to it. I really have no idea how Marty can play guitar so good. This solo is one of the biggest reasons I like heavy metal!

This solo is just amazing and may rightfully deserve number one but you Megadeth elitists need to calm down. Metallica doesn't suck just because Dave Mustaine has had issues with them, and Metallica is the most well-known band for a reason. Everyone has their favorite band but that doesn't mean other bands suck. And of course Kirk Hammett should be capable of playing this, he's a professional guitarist for God's sake! Just because his music is different than Marty Friedman's and it's easier to play for the most part doesn't mean that it's the limit of his skill. If he doesn't know how to play it then he could undoubtedly learn. Such blind elitism and butthurtness over nothing.

Most balanced and ear pleasing metal solo ever.

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2 One - Metallica

Both the top two solos on this list are my favorite. But I think one would win in my opinion because it's fast as well as melodic. Don't get me wrong guys... Marty Friedman is a complete genius and probably is more skilled than kirk, but this solo suits this song as anything... If you want to tell a person what is Metallica tell him to listen to this song...

I think the Megadeth fans should leave behind a pointless conflict and stop hating everything connected to Metallica. Instead of that use use your heart for a moment and you will feel the power, the energy, the feeling on this Hammett solo.

Probably the best solo of metallica.

This song made me want to play the guitar and learn all these solos

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3 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Tornado of souls it bloody damn awesome but mr crowley is a very classical styled piece with dead accuracy making Randy Bach's brother from another mother or reincarnation in other words the basis to all modern heavy metal solos.

Only second to Tornado of Souls, Randy was behind no one when it came to guitar. He could shred, play immensely fast, and yet even he could create a timeless, emotion-filled instrumental. Kirk Hammett has yet to surpass this man's two-album reign with his nine, so goodbye "One".

This solo is almost impossible to play!


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4 Floods - Pantera

Epic, just epic. Makes me cry every time I listen to it. And the outro... Its out of this world... Dimebag darrell will live in our hearts forever...

Awesome guitar-playing by Dimebag Darrell, the riff in the outro is epic! - petrucci75hammet

I believe this is the best metal solo ever written by the best metal guitarist of all time, every time I hear this solo I always have to try and stop myself from bursting out into tears.

This guitar solo has emoition passion feeling whammy oh yes, lots of whammy... And is also melodic and well made.

R.I.P Darrell Lance Abbott (Dimebag Darrell) 198? -2004

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5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

This is the best guitar solo their is judas priest has other great ones too like beyond the realms of death, one shot at glory, all guns blazing, ram it down those are just a few of their best solos

It's guitar solo is amazing. Even it's drum solo in the beginning is awesome.

Although It Was Made In 1990, It Still Defines Metal As We Know It. - Neosantana

There are two solos on this song. Both amazing. The first one very touching and melodic, the second one with very aggressive scratches on the guitar, noisy and very powerful. Heavy metal at the finest cuts.

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6 Fade to Black - Metallica

Fade to Black is Metallica's best solo, and the most emotionally stirring metal solo, a real masterpiece. I also want to say that I am disgusted by a lot of you metal elitists, "Oh I hate Metallica and only like Megadeth! " or the other way around. Realistically, you should just listen to what you like and accept that.

This is the Comfortably Numb of metal. It deserves 1st or 2nd, Mr. Crowley might be a little better, that's coming from a guitar player's perspective, but this songs outro is mind blowing, the emotion that Kirk Hammett puts in this (and a lot of his other solos) is amazing.


One sucks compared to Fade

This solo makes me wanna cry, I don't cry at all, just like any metal fan would do.

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7 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

One of Priest's more downbeat songs, with the harmonic, drawn-out soloing by Tipton and Downing. - petrucci75hammet

Glen Tipton is the solo God of the metal gods. This solo brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it!

First solo by Glen Tipton in this song is way deserving a top 5 if not at least in the top 10!

Melody solo evet.

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8 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Something very deep about it. It manages to be melodic but heavy at the same time.

Maan! This song has the best solo ever! Listen to that bass play and the guitars, just simply amazing! Steve, bruce, dave, adrian,... All of you are simply amazing m/

UP THE IRONS! I'm tired of everyone picking Metallica songs just because it's the only metal band they know about. Go back and listen to the greatest masterpieces of all time, and you'll see that a song like Powerslave has a far better solo than One or some other guitar hero crap like that.

Supreme... up the irons!

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9 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

This is the best heavy metal guitar solo because I have the most respect for its meaning. I've searched all over the internet and articles for the meaning to this song and no one has it right. The song is about the fact that we all are going to die and there is nothing you can do about it.

One of the greatest solos ever written. Deserves to be higher on this list. My favorite is still Tornado of Souls though

I would have to agree with petrucci75hammet
definitely - shinobi8003045

Just amazing

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10 Holy Wars...the Punishment Due - Megadeth

In my opinion this solo is a little better than Tornado of souls. But both are awesome.

It's almost as good as tornado of souls

This solo wins the debate for me. Nothing else to say.

Mustane is GOD

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The Contenders

11 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

I myself played tornado of souls.. It's great, It's different. I've played Metallica stuff, easy but sounds good. What about Synyster's stuff? He can shred everything, in any type of song... The modern guitarist ever, If I am the universal reference for music, I will place it at #2 right after the tornado of souls, you guys please listen and then vote. How can you rank a solo with out listening to all the others? Common sense right? I think you got it now...

Great guitar solo and I admire synyster gates for his guitar solos and the speed is amazing...8 think the above songs are legends but I would give this priority to see which position it take...thus song is better than some in this list...the guitar parts-love them...

While I wish "Nightmare" was on this list in place of "Afterlife", I cannot help but agree with the below comments. A7X is one of the best solo acts that I've ever heard, possessing such a wide note range, that it's nearly unbelievable.

Only Mr. Crowley sits above this blistering solo by Synyster Gates (in my opinion). Give it a listen or 20 if you haven't yet

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12 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Most amazing solo, great musicianship.

13 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

My favorite sabbath song... Dio rules the guitar and the bass lines are just made too damn perfect an awesome solo by tony as well... - amitcornelius1

Really fast solo by Toni Iommi, probably metal's most influencial guitarist - petrucci75hammet

It's not super complex but it is gorgeous and the way it ties into the riffs (yes there is more than one amazing riff in this song, it's Iommi for Christs sake) it's absolute perfection. So if we are talking about best solo in terms of how it fits the song and the beauty and emotion and overall quality this has to be it

14 The Blind Leader - Kalmah

For a band that's not that popular to be in the 12th spot speaks volumes of how great this solo truly is.

Anyone after listening to this solo will want it to be on the number 1 spot.
I don't know how can one play this on the guitar. Antti Kokko rules.

Antti Kokko is a very underrated guitarist. Anyone who disagrees can listen to their debut album Swamplord.

Even though the guitarist is not a well known one but this solo is much better than many of the ones ranked above it. It is very technical and melodic as well.

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15 Lie - Dream Theater

This solo by John Petrucci is fast and controlled; it defines the technical aspects of the progressive metal genre. - petrucci75hammet

Petrucci is the guitar god. No matter who else is alive. He will always be our music god! - SweetChaos

The rest of these guys are great because Petrucci allows them to be so (except for Maiden who is great no matter what. ) - fireinside96

Yeah hohollow year song and forsaken also great

16 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

This guitar solo has to be better than its album counterpart 'Tornado of Souls'. Its longer and more epic.

I almost voted for Tornado Of Souls, but then again, this is the greatest metal song of all time in my opinion, and the solos are absolutely magnificent. Megadeth rocks!

I have seen this live, also Tornado Of Souls and Holy Wars...Hangar 18 is hands down the best solo, live, studio, wherever...ridiculously good soloing in this song!

How is this metal masterpiece at 2%?!

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17 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

The song that anyone would play to describe Pantera. Grooving, thrasy, and shredding from start to finish

18 Highway Star - Deep Purple

The middle part of the solo was the best part. Though that part wasn't very metal. The last part was fastest part. But still it's a metal solo. Great solo. - zxm

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19 Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind
20 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

This solo is the smoothest butterball solo ever! It's a dirty greasy treat to be precise. I love the priest solos (was about to vote for Painkiller but where's the Sentinel? ) not to mention all the others on this list but this solo has a very great mixture of skill and feel, a superb example of short and sweet! I want this to move up this list!

Can't believe I had to add this so to the list. This solo is one of friedman's best with megadeth.

It's better than master of puppets.

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Top Remixes (16)

1. A Light In the Black - Rainbow
2. Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen
3. Clown Parade - Annihilator
1. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest
1. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
3. Fade to Black - Metallica

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