Top 10 Neoclassical Metal Songs

Neoclassical metal is a sub-genre of metal which was heavily influenced by classical music. Neoclassical metal musicians combine the elements of classical music with rock/metal music and create neoclassical metal. Jon Lord pioneered it first. He mixed classical music and rock music. But most of his works remained in keyboards. Ritchie Blackmore used classical music with metal for the first time on guitar. By the time of 70s there were already many neoclassical metal artists. Uli Jon Roth is a good example of it. But neoclassical metal became more popular by Yngwie Malmsteen and his shredding solos in the 80s. Neoclassical metal developed most in 80s. Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker came in the 80s and popularized it more.

Anyway, making this list wasn't very easy. Cause when I tried to search on google, not all of the songs were neoclassical metal. Some were power, progressive, symphonic metal. Well, some guitarists mix neoclassical metal with other metal genres. That's why its hard to determine the songs. But I tried to add pure neoclassical metal songs from my best.

Anyway, vote if you like. Will appreciate your votes.
The Top Ten
1 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

Simple. The born of neoclassical metal. No offense.

2 End of the Beginning - Jason Becker

Well, you might say its not even his best song. Many people will choose Altitudes over this. But I strongly prefer this song over Altitudes. Its an 11 minute song. Longest song of the album. And its one of the most relaxing neoclassical metal songs. The orchestration of this song is really cool. This song has both fast and slow part.

3 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio

Legendary. This song basically reigns as god when it comes to shredding.

4 Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
5 Forbidden City - Marty Friedman
6 Altitudes - Jason Becker
7 Beethoven's 5th Symphony - At Vance

This is a very impressive metal cover. Olaf Lenk is a Swedish metal guitarist heavily influenced by Yngwie.

8 Difficult to Cure - Rainbow

The song sample is from a live show and what you hear is an improvisation before the beginning of the song.
This instrumental is a Beethoven's 9th metal cover (Ode To Joy). Difficult to Cure is probably the song that started neoclassical metal instrumentals.

9 Trilogy Suite Op: 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen
10 Angel of Salvation - Galneryus

This song is mixed with power/speed metal.

The Contenders
11 Morning Star - Vinnie Moore
12 Vivaldi's Winter - Dark Moor
13 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Its on last. Cause not the whole song is neoclassical metal. The solo is mostly neoclassical metal. Jon Lord claimed both organ and guitar solos were based on Bach's chord sequences. Even though the first part of solo doesn't sound like neoclassical metal to me. But the last licks of the solo sounds quite neoclassical metal to me. I mean the part after 4:30

14 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis
15 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
16 Sea of Lies - Symphony X
17 Caprice No.16 - At Vance
18 Peace - Michael Angelo Batio
19 Faith and Decision - Versailles
20 The Sails of Charon - Uli Jon Roth
21 Tanz in Die Dämmerung - Uli Jon Roth
22 April - Deep Purple
23 Play with the Fire - Triumph
24 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
25 The City - Triumph
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