Top 10 Metal Songs with the Best Guitar Solos

The Top Ten

1 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art

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.

Pick any other solo on this list and give it to a skilled professional to play. Then listen to it and compare to the original. If the guitar and effects are properly set, 99% chance you can't see (hear) the difference. Try this with Tornado solo. Just Try. The only one guy in this fking planet that can play the last part of this solo right is Marty Friedman. Period. There are video comparisons you youtube, just in case one wanna some proof... The simple fact that there ARE comparisons already tell you that's something is unique with it. Someday someone will break it down to its most basic components, notes, string strikes (another unique thing of Marty), pick angles, timings...and maybe reproduce perfectly using a robot...Until it happens, only Marty.

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.

Please explain to me how "Fade To Black" is anything other than metal.

Hands down the best metal solo ever.
Playing a note is one thing, but playing it with the confidence and the vibrato that Marty Friedman does it, that is incredible.

2 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

It shows many different styles throughout the solo, goes with the song well, and Kirk Hammett knows exactly what note to play which is a skill that isn’t teachable.

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...

This is definitely the perfect title for this song, because it truly is number one. Not only are all of the guitar solos SHEER AND UTTER PERFECTION, but the entire song in and of itself presents so many different timbres and tone qualities, it's just incredible. If you don't agree, then you obviously have never listened to it before.

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.

3 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

I voted for this because this solo is an integral part of the composition of Mr. Crowley. It is more than a moment for the guitar to shine, and it is more than just basic peacocking. Without this solo, Mr. Crowley as a composition leaves something to be desired, and with it, the song is basically complete and strong.

The solos in this song almost act as a refrain or a chorus. The notes played by the guitar are important compositional material that could be played by a variety of instruments, but must be played in order to complete the musical thought. They tie the entire thing together and dramatize the points made in the lyric/verse melody.

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".

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.

I would normally vote for any of Kirk Hammett's solos but Mr. Crowley solo deserves #1 spot and I'm offended that Tornado of Souls and One made it above this insane melodic and powerful solo

4 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

Glenn Tipton born in 1947. Yet still has way better technical skill & more creative on making guitar solos than most of younger guitarist such as Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag Darrell, Trio Maiden combined, etc.
Just listen his solo stuff, Baptizm of Fire. Neoclassical shred masterpiece.

This solo's pace is wicked, furious and speaks for the song itself. Painkiller is the pinnacle of Priest's career and metal in its purest form. The solo's change in pace and horrifying mood swings are exactly the sound you'd here if the painkiller was within your viscinity. The ultimate heavy metal song is home to a guitar solo which fits it perfectly.

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.

This is the best guitar work on any metal song. For rock it's a toss up between Stairway to Heaven and Eruption. PEACE OUT

5 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

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.

Both the solos at the beginning and end are by FAR the most emotionally moving solos I have ever heard and probably ever will. The ending especcially is something trully powerful.

Fade to black is one of those once-in-a-lifetime works of art you can't miss, and I'm happy that it gets the attention it desrves in Metallics catalogue of music.

I'd put it at second behind Beyond the Realms of Death. Tornado of Souls would be third. I think the solo on One is overrated, still good, but I don't find it to be Kirk's best solo. I think Fade to Black is a much better solo.

6 Floods - Pantera Floods - Pantera Cover Art

This is easily the best metal solo and would easily be in the top 5 guitar solos of all time in my opinion. It is a combination of many factors such as perfect speed (not to fast), the melancholy and emotive mood and even the superb bassline that somehow mirrors the rest of the solo which is something very rare.

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.

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...

Displays not only technical ability (those harmonics) but also a deep emotional feel to it unlike other solos on this list.

7 Holy Wars...the Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars...the Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

Very good solos, but would definitely place Tornado of Souls at the very top. Rust in Peace was the pinnacle of guitar-work.
Though Marty has always been the "Lead" lead guitar player of the RiP era, Mustaine's solo on this one is really intense.

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

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

It's almost as good as tornado of souls

8 Powerslave - Iron Maiden Powerslave - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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.

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/

Top 5 should be Powerslave, Mr. Crowley, Tornado of Souls, Beyond the Realms of Death, and Eruption.

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

9 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

This song moved the New Wave of British HM forward. For 1978, this song would go on to inspire Metallica's Fade to Black and others. Tipton's solo is the greatest of all time for me!

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

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!

10 Hangar 18 - Megadeth Hangar 18 - Megadeth Cover Art

The whole song has 9 solos.
9 solos in one song.
And the quantity does not diminish the quality.
Loved the Marty Friedman - Dave Mustaine era.
The solos are pretty awesome, though Tornado of Souls will forever be on the top of every metal guitar solos list. :P

The song is better, and has better harmonic progression than Tornado.

Marty's solos are as good as it gets, and Dave's are among the best he ever did, so much so that some of them get close to Marty's in terms of technicality and inventiveness.

And come on, it is the only song here with 11 (not 18) differents solos!

Should be n°1 if only for that!

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!

The Newcomers

? Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cover Art

To be honest most of Dimebag's guitar solos in the 90s and afterward are crap, even if 80s Pantera have ridiculous Glam riff but that better solos.

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

Such depth... greatest solo ever! I can listen to the solo on repeat, just amazing.

12 A Light In the Black - Rainbow A Light In the Black - Rainbow Cover Art

Most amazing solo, great musicianship.

13 The Blind Leader - Kalmah The Blind Leader - Kalmah Cover Art

Moderately above average song that comes on pandora that you thumbed up for some reason you don't remember, then the solo starts "oh yeah that's why"

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.

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.

Amazing solo, very melodic yet technical and difficult to play as well. It's a shame Antti Kokko is so much underrated.

14 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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...

The blistering speed of this solo mixed with the melody behind it makes this solo so incredible, and if you don't think it's good, go try to play it yourself, I assure you, it will take you a year to learn, that's how long it took me to learn half of it, and I still can't play it full speed..

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.

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...

15 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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

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...

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

16 Eruption - Van Halen Eruption - Van Halen Cover Art

The entire song is a guitar solo.

Eddie is my favorite

It should be #.1

17 Highway Star - Deep Purple

The first metal song that became a really huge hit (1972) although nobody knew it was metal because the term metal didn’t exist and most importantly - the features of the genre were not clear at all. After decades of metal evolution, now we can firmly say: it’s metal at its best because it’s based on Bach scales and the long smashing solo is also classically inspired (Bach-like chord sequences).
The solo contributed at most to the incredible success of this prototype metal song (alongside with the riff and speed, of course).
This great solo of a genre defining song deserves lots of credits in general and a decent spot on this list, in particular.

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.

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

This solo is hard and fast. But still I don't like this solo.

It's one of the easiest I learned. A bit fast, yeah, but no difficulties.

Umm...just listen. Plus the S&M version is amazing as well.

Um should be before one

My 1# favorite solo

19 Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind
20 Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Really fast technical solo by Yngwie - also nice interplay between the guitar and keyboards

This solo is way better than most of the current top 10. This guitar is on fire!

The arpeggio part in the beginning of the solo is simply epic!

21 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Cover Art

The most well known song of Megadeth, which gave them their #2 Billboard hit in 1992.
The rhythm guitar is tight, and the solo is the icing.
Its Marty Friedman folks.

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.

22 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom Cover Art

This is one of the best metal solos I've heard so far. In my openion it should be ranked much more above than 18. Great Job Children Of Bodom!
Keep up the great work...

Really insane guitar work.
Tornado of souls is untouchable, but this is a shred-fest.
A headbanger's paradise.

This should be much higher than #44.

23 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This is the number 1 song and it's not in the first place of best metal solos? what's wrong with you metal community! There's no metal piece more emotive that rise into a delusional dream of war solos than this!

I can't remember a more complex song with a large structure of solos and melodies than this metal hymn... This song deserve a better recognition from all metal community!

24 Angels and Demons - Angra Angels and Demons - Angra Cover Art

Best power metal solo ever

25 Lie - Dream Theater Lie - Dream Theater Cover Art

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

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

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

Yeah hohollow year song and forsaken also great

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