Most Difficult Guitar Songs

The Top Ten Most Difficult Guitar Songs

1 Eruption - Van Halen

Judging by the amount of You Tube versions of this song that get it wrong, this song is very difficult to get right. The tapping part at the end is the least of your problems and is about the only part of this song that anyone ever gets right. There's a weird swing to some of it that so many ignore when they "master it". Many people anonymously will claim to be able to play Eruption no problem, but somehow they never materialize in real life or even on YT. Judge people only by their actions, not by their words. Eruption is nearly impossible and if you can actually play it 100% through to the letter, then count yourself among the elite 0.01% of people ever to pick up a guitar.

Also Eddie recorded this in 1978 and it still kicks the s* out of guitarists!

10 notes per second...
No comment - BigZ

This entire list is stupid. Walk into any town in southern Spain in the summer and you will hear songs played by locals that are more complex than anything on this list. The ignoramuses who made it need to get some culture.

Obviously not the hardest, but the people saying they can play this perfectly with minimal playing experience are obviously lying.

2 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

This deserves the top spot. Eruption is pretty easy once you actually look it over. Everything about it is basic stuff that any beginner guitarist has learned. It's a mystery to me that Eddie once said he messed up a part on the original recording. If you want complicated tapping, kids, go look at any song by Animals as Leaders. Through The Fire and Flames is not only a badass song, but it also is one of the most absurdly hard songs to play. Period. I'm a professional producer and guitarist, and it's almost impossible to load up a midi file of this song without crashing your computer. The note density in this song is almost on par with Black Midi. This being difficult has nothing to do with guitar hero, it has to do with soloing over a chord progression. That's hard enough already, so throwing in every existing guitar technique is a pretty cruel addition. The only easy parts are the single string tapping parts. That's why Van Halen mostly does single string tapping: because it's ...more

I have spent twice as long learning this as I have any other song ever. I have been playing for more than six years, and after about fifty hours of work put into this song, I can only play about half of it

The speed and tone of Li and Totman easily beat out anything on this list. As a shred guitarist I can tell you this uses a much more diverse set of scales than eruption. I'm really not sure of the particular Dream Theater song listed, but I can day the tapping in this song is ridiculous. Eddie Van Halen sticks to mostly pentatonic and single string tapping so its not even viable that it would be more difficult than this. Love it all though!

I would be the luckiest guitarist alive if I can perform this in my college. Herman Li and Sam Totman sure did a number on this song. To be honest, My fingers cramped up after a few seconds and I never even got close to the tempo. Poor me. - aeromaxx777

3 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

EMM... Guys don't let Guitar Hero players vote. Seriously through the fire and flames number 1 and Eruption no. 2. And a Muse song ahead of this. Eruption is actually really easy once you learn to tap but Dance Of Eternity... Or nearly any other DT song is harder than most songs on this list. Also Master of Puppets... That's like one of the first guitar riffs you learn (If you're into Metal).

This song is insanely difficult. Id like to see the guitarists from the other bands attempt to even count this song. Willing to bet my life that they can't. Through the Fire and Flames is a terrible song. Not much to it. They can't even play it. The only song on this list besides this one that's anywhere near difficult if eruption. People are so dumb... - deadgrass27

Let's face it guys. Technically this is the hardest song on the list by far. The entire song varies through complex melodies, constantly changing time signatures and what some people could even describe as complete technical insanity! And this doesn't just go for the guitar - this song is also known for being one of the hardest songs ever for drums and keyboards as well, also including an intense bass solo! This song became famous for being so technically difficult! Let's face it guys, this list should be called "Top 10 most popular hard songs, " otherwise it just makes no sense to NOT put this at number 1...

This song would be rather easy on Guitar Hero, but actually playing it is a totally different story. The song is not really fast (the tempo is around 120-132 to the quarter note), but don't underestimate it. What makes this song so hard is its time signatures. There are over a hundred meter changes throughout the song, and they often come without warning, so unless you know every measure of the song forwards and backwards, you're almost guaranteed to get lost somewhere. There are a few sections in the song that are entirely in 4/4, but even THOSE sections have extremely odd rhythms. This song definitely proves that guitarists shouldn't be judged solely by how fast they can play because if a guitarist lacks technical skills, this song will kick his/her ass. Not to mention that this song is probably harder to play on other instruments.

4 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

I clearly underestimated this song, I thought this song is fingerpicking but when 40 secs is done, You need to strum fast, and when I just finished the intro riff, my hand was starting to hurt

Kirk even stated that this was the hardest song for him to play.

The picking speed can kill you. - Metal_Treasure

One of Metallica's hardest riffs - Userguy44

5 Clap - Yes

If you can play this whole song then your a expert - Sabbath

Steve Howe, massive legend

6 B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down

People can olay individual riffs but playing this along with drums is quite hard and picking is also quite fast!

It's hard, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. This I love this song with a passion, and I don't want this list to discourage any starting guitar players. Keep on playing! Never Give UP - thatonemeatlfan667

Love this song. I guess I'm a pro, because at 12 years old I learned this whole song in ten minutes. Always have loved this song, probably always will. Love it!

Hard to believe it was played using a Distortion guitar. Not just hard to figure out but even more Difficult to play. Amazing Vocals from Godsend Dr. Serj makes this song beautiful.

7 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

oh come on! Even Synyster Gates, the guy who made the solo for the song, admitted that at the beginning he didn't know how he was going to play it live. cause really? loads of triplets at 185 bmp. thats insane. and dragon force? really? you people know that that song is mostly keyboard right? not like guitar hero makes it out to be. and BYOB? thats just fast, its not even that hard. I'm not saying Afterlife should be at the top, but I think it should be higher than #9, and definitely higher than System of a Down

Dude sinsiter gates is amazing I don't even know Avenged Sevenfold got beaten by dragon force. I mean seriously sinister gates is probably one the best guitarists out there and not many people can pull off what he does live. I went to uproar this year and they were amazing! I've never been to any better concert then that

Just because he's good doesn't mean this song is hard. Shepard of Fire is much harder. (The solo) And Hail to the King is also Harder.

The hardest song ever to master on guitar. Dragon force? I mean seriously? Studio force is more accurate to describe their songs lol. Even though their solo is fast, but it absolutely lacks any skills... Just a pure bland emotionless lick to be precise. Even though Synyster Gates, one of the top 10 guitarist in the world, the big Schecter artist, had public admitted that the solo in Afterlife was mind boggling and he didn't thought that he could ever play it. I don't care about your thoughts, but that's my favorite song of all time.

Syn's shredding on this song is INSANE! My brother played guitar for most of his life and mastered most of the songs on this list (even DragonForce - Through the fire and flames)! This song made him rage quit halfway through the song! That is how hard it is!

8 Damage, Inc. - Metallica

The speed and precision needed to pull this off as a rhythm guitarist (see: bridge riff) is something else, never-mind the skill needed to lock in as a four piece. Don't let Lars' drumming fool you, this is an incredibly demanding track.

9 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Through Fire And Flame? Master Of Puppets? Haha this song has 3 tempos: 168, 122 and 188 bpm. There are 3 solos and one break. This is easily one of Megadeth's hardest songs. - danuprankalayanamit

YES! Now this is/was metal at its more difficult end.. I'm not sure about the ones higher up (or lower for that matter)... Master of puppets? I mean come on!. Bieber? Gimmie a break... Teen spirit? Laugh out loud. Mustaine and Megadeth deserve major kudos for their contribution to the music industry and Tornado of Souls will forever be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

Holy Wars riff intro has 4 chromatic triplets along with a chord ending. While master of puppets has just three simple power chords in chromatic descent as intro. Master of puppets is a simple song only here on the list bcs. Its one of metaallica's most popular songs. You can learn rhythm of master of puppets in your first two weeks of guitar playing easily. Holy wars rhythm in nearly two months, by that time you can learn the entire master of puppets album.
FYI learning means playing it with perfection.

What the hell... Master of puppets is a really easy song in fact, n what is afterlife doing up there... This song is way better n difficult than any of the Metallica songs easily... Also, fire with fire is Metallica's most difficult song... How come it is not placed in the list... What about john petrucci's glasgow kiss? This list really doesn't make any sense to me.

10 Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix

The Contenders

11 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

Yes it's a guitar instrumental so you would expect lot of guitar, BUT what you get is like running a marathon and sprinting the whole way. The guitar line is simply massive, relentless, and simply beautiful. No distortion, just clear tone, leaving nowhere to hide you fingering mistakes. The skill and time needed to completely learn most songs on this list would only get you through the first 30 seconds of this song.

This song takes so much skill, that people think that it's a clean guitar, despite being actually quite distorted. This is done by using superb muting technique that is extremely difficult. People will wonder why you are using distortion if you make even one mistake. To get it to sound correct, you must play inhumanity well. With songs like Eruption, if you make a mistake, it's not a big deal. If you make a mistake in Cliffs of Dover, you ruin the entire vibe of the song.

THIS SONG IS INSANELY DIFFICULT! Afterlife isn't even that difficult because its basically sweeps for days. Through the Fire and flames is mostly keyboard. Holy wars isn't anything too crazy. Master of puppets is borderline easy. Welcome to the Jungle is eh. Hysteria is easy. The only other song I would put above this is Satch Boogie.

Easily the most difficult on this list. You need mastery of scales, hybrid picking which is very difficult, tempo, and did I mention the ability to FLY through scales? Give it 3 years and you can get most others on this list. Give it 5-10 and you still won't have cliffs of dover near Johnson quality.

12 Master of Puppets - Metallica

I'm only 14 and I have mastered the song in a month... It's fairly easy. I haven't had guitar lessons either. The whole song is down picking besides the solo which is mostly hammer ons and pull offs while you tremolo pick. It's honestly not that difficult as you guys are making it out to be. Get something on your computer that can slow down the song and and just start playing it. After you memorize all the notes, then start slowly increasing the speed and you WILL get it. - jevonm.jenkins

I've been playing rock/metal guitar for over 25 years; Master of Puppets is had work... A finger numbing experience. Imitation is never a good idea, who the hell wants to listen to a copy of original. Having said that Master of Puppets stimulates your abilities, and exposes weaknesses. Tricky down picking, running your fingers through entire neck can make you dizzy and lost. On this page many claim that they mastered this song, especially a younger Gen who never got inspired by Metallica 20+ years ago.. This means too much ego and not enough skill. MOP is a masterpiece that placed Hammett as one of the best guitarists of all time.

Metal haters claim this is easy. They should try to play this song.

I'm fifteen, have been playing guitar for not even half a year, and this song may be a but of a wrist work out with all the down picking, but it's really not that hard of a song. I don't know why it's number seven. Anything by Children of Bodom or something else by DragonForce (other than through the Fire and Flames. That is in a good place) needs to be above this cause that's some difficult stuff.

13 Painkiller - Judas Priest

The first 2 seconds of Tipton destroys all of almost any solo. It doesn't sound like anything a guitar could have the capacity to make. Proof there is a higher power, and its name is Glen.

Forget about playing entire solo first Sweep itself is tougher than many of the top 10 solos.

P.S. - I haven't seen anyone and I mean Anyone other than Mr. Tipton playing this solo perfectly. Enough said!

Its just damn amazing, listen to its melody and speed. It doesn't get much better than this when it comes to metal soli. Just awesome.

The solo is beautiful (if you used to the cuts inside your fingers gushing blood on the strings)... Simply beautiful

14 Hysteria - Muse

Unless you're referring to the bass part, this is literally easier than 99% than all other rock songs ever made. What dumbass put this on this list?

As both a Muser and Dream Theatre fan, I have to agree - this doesn't belong here. Fantastic to hear and VERY fun to play, guitarists can expect to easily finish this piece provided they can memorise the bass line (which is easier than Futurism) and alternately pick the guitar solo. I'm amazed 'In The Name Of God' is not number 1! - Maskillator

This list is for "Most difficult guitar songs", Not bass songs, although its not that hard on bass but still doesn't deserve the number 9 spot

It's hard to get the right tone and effects, but it's not hard to play though. - Userguy44

This song should not be on the list

15 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

I feel like people just vote on the songs they heard of and don't even look at the other options. For example, snow-rhcp is ranked way higher even though most decent guitarist can pull it of in a couple of minutes and far beyond the sun would take multiple hours for even the most skilled guitarist

The fact that this isn't first actually hurts me. Through The Fire and Flames looks like Green Day in comparison.

God. Who made this list! Far beyond the sun is the 49 hardest song! Haha. It's A crime.1 far beyond the sun 2 waves and 3 cliffs of dover. Well its all depending on the level of the guitarists hands and picking and understanding a real composed guitar lick

Too many Guitar Hero players voting in this lists. Everything coming from the hands of Yngwie Malmsteen (not to mention dozens of other shred masters like Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Batio, Petrucci, Satriani, Vai, Vinnie Moore, etc.) can win to Van Halen in the blink of an eye (literally)

16 Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Speed is one thing. Imitating Jimi's sound is something on a whole different level. Nobody has his sound and he does a million things that you just can't pick up on. Sure dragonforce is really fast but its all technique. You can't practice what Jimi does. He does a lot of chord variations that have you wanting to smash your guitar in a million pieces because its too complicated to learn.

How is welcome to the jungle rated higher than this, utter bull. All of these super fast songs are so much easier to play as it just takes technique, there is no awkward timings it's just play as fast as you can, when you play hendrix it's much more than that. You have to feel the song, there's no way to practice it, you have to get given the notes and the order but no one will ever get the timings or the little changes and nuances correct. R.I.P.

I agree, while the notes in voodoo child are not that fast all the time. It's all about the groove and the feel. You should never play it exactly like jimi did, first of all because it's impossible to get the sound identic and second because that's not the purpose of the song. Voodoo child and many more Hendrix songs are like places you visit in the real world, they are never exactly the same twice.

I've been playing guitar for a living for years and eruption is easier than voodoo child and the Justin Bieber song shouldn't be aloud on this list

17 Jordan - Buckethead

Ridiculous, needs to be TOP 3 EASILY. To the guy that said 'put a cutout button on your guitar and spam it' hasn't used one. There's a reason there are no good covers of this song. It's because only Buckethead can play it cleanly.

Hardest song from Buckethead in my opinion. I can (and love to) play Soothsayer, but this one is just so insane I don't even try to learn. By the way I got myself a killswitch on my guitar just because of this guy.

This is by far the hardest song ever, "Through the Fire and the Flames" was made on a computer, so technically it shouldn't be on this list.

In my opinion, it's absolutely pathetic that this song is not #1. It's not the best peice for "feel", but if you want technicality, this is damn near as hard as your going to get. Of all the guitar pieces I've ever heard, this is absolutely by FAR the most technically advanced.

18 Double Guitar Solo - Micheal Angelo Batio

Surprized there's no Govan, Gilbert, Cooley, etc. Above this...
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Acid Rain by LTE is probably #1, logically
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Are you people stupid or something! I am not at all a fan of MAB's music. I would go as far as to say I don't like his music very much. But when it comes to technical ability, I can promise you you won't find any other person who can do this.

I'm not saying MAB is the best musical composer or anything, but when it comes to technicality and difficulty, he should be at the top of this list.

you would need 2 really good guitarists if your not MAB. - russian

19 Soothsayer - Buckethead

Much harder than Jordan. Should be #1. Besides, what's up with the mask? I love Buckethead, and he's awesome, but I have nightmares about him... Oh, I forgot I'm 10! HA HA!

Unless you have a kill switch you really can't play this song at all( or a least correctly) buckethead is a genius and doesn't get enough credit for how advanced he is when it comes to guitar playing (and he doesn't use computers) it's just him and his white les Paul with a volume nob and a killswitch and some pedals but nothing else! That's how much of a genius this guy is!

Easily one of the hardest songs to play on the guitar. Buckethead's a genius

I was literally gaping at my tab once it got past the tremolo picking bit.

20 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

These people must be idiots this song is one of the most easiest songs ever written

How idiot do you have to be when you think this solo is hard? The whole song is harder to play than the solo. Listen for example "The four horseman" by metallica. Then you realize this is very easy. And by the way if this is 18th hardest solo, then enter sandman would be number 1

This song is really easy, aside drone the delay effect at the start that's pretty hard to get right, the song is generally easy.

This song is easy I've been playing for about six months and can play it

21 Raining Blood - Slayer

Loads of legato picks, and some tremolo, with power chords. Nearly impossible to play without a whammy bar, and finally a Drop D Tuning. There, you have Slayer's hit from their album Reign in Blood, titled "Raining Blood"

first 2 riffs are easy. 3 on becomes hell

22 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

How is this NOT on the list? The guitar solo alone would justify Free Bird's place in the Top 10! Three guitarists playing that solo at once! Get a couple of buddies and... well, good luck... - c0mf0rta61ynum6

Come off it. the whole solo is just straight forward pentatonic licks. It really isn't anywhere near as difficult as some might think

This isn't top 10? SERIOUSLY? Sure some of these are more difficult than free bird, but Thunderstruck? Half of the song is the same rift over and over again, and the other half isn't nearly as difficult as the 5 minute guitar solo in Free Bird. Should easily be in the top 10. Afterlife could drop down too.

Wait Free Bird isn't in the top ten? that's sad Free Bird is almost a 5 minute solo consisting of different types of notes and riffs that match the song and are difficult to conjure at the same time. Not only this but there are 3 guitarists playing the solo at the same time and they almost sound exactly the same. Thunderstruck shouldn't even be on this website you can play the solo while drinking water (well not exactly depends on your skill). Free bird should really be in the top 10s.

23 Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

It's a 4 minute guitar solo that uses more techniques than any other song on this list. All of its unique sounds are guitar only and doesn't use any effect pedals. I'm concerned that welcome to the jungle is higher than this on the list I could play that song at 12.

The solo for this song is crazy! Anything by Satch is pretty much impossible for the normal guitarist. Just try and learn it

This song is really hard, its solo, it's riffs. Just wonder how Joe Satriani plays it - razors15

Yeah, this song is pretty hard to play, not crazy, but a lot harder than songs in top.

24 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

The riff is quite easy but the solo is so darn difficult. Jimmy Page made it even harder. - zxm

I just can't believe this song is not number 1!
I think none of you guys who voted even know this song
This song has the most difficult solo on earth!
I've never found someone who can play it without errors, NEVER - Rocker00

Definitely a hard song. It’s like tapping but only with one hand. Not only that but you have to do constant quarter bends to get Page’s tone if you want it to sound correct. Then, there’s the 2nd solo which I’ve never seen anyone play correctly but Page

25 La Villa Strangiato - Rush

Alex lifeson doesn't get nearly enough credit as a guitarist. The riffs throughout the song make you cramp up, but it doesn't matter anyways because the intro solo tires you out before you have a chance at any riffs. The solo halfway through the song has actually made my fingers bleed in the past. You can't truely call yourself a guitarist until you can play this. If you've never heard it, listen to it. Now. - kriss

I love this song with a passion. My favorite version is on the "Exit Stage Left" live album... I love how the solo in the middle starts off slow and builds into a climax that sends chills down my spine. I'm currently trying to learn in and it is the most frustrating thing I've ever tried to do. Alex Lifeson's timing and patterns are so weird and unique, but it works so well! This song is way harder than any other on this list.

There are many by Rush that make the list- this is the obvious one... A highly original song the whole Hemispheres album should be on the list

If not for the constant change in time signatures, and odd ones at that, the sheer stamina and technical ability necessary to perform this song is astonishing. Definitely the most difficult song I have ever attempted to play, and that includes Through the Fire and Flames (Which is a complete joke)

26 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

I played this song and the timing on this song is possibly the most weird, thing I've seen it took me years to figure it out.

It changes Time multiple times (no pun intended) throughout the RIFF. Oh, and also the solo

The riff isn't hard, but the thing the kills me is the solo

Awesome, difficult turn around

27 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The riff really isn't hard it just incorporates a different style I guess it would be a folk like style? I don't know all I know is it's not that hard for me. It is just some string switching and a hammer on pull of. anyways pretty much any megadeth song off of the rust in peace album is infinitely harder as well as plenty of metal songs. I take it anyone who voted for this has never tried to play any metal song ever aside from maybe smoke on the water.

Pretty easier to remember due to repetitive chords, but it is extremely difficult to play this riff up to speed, and play is for nearly the entirety of the song. John Frusciante can jam.

This rhythm is not so easy to play accurately for such a long time, its very physically demanding and played with high speed by Frusicante. Did you knew that Frusciante as teen could play easily shred songs but that became boring for him as he turned into Hendrix and similar stuff. You say that Voodoo Chile is not difficult. How then none of world top shredders made it sound even closely right? Either Steve Vai, or Joe Satriani it just sound wrong.. ONly Stevie Ray Vaughan made it right.

"This riff is moving... And it keeps moving for five minutes. This is John Frusciante's world... We are just living in it. "

28 Ulazak U Harem - Smak

Best guitarist, best bassist, best drummer, best vocalist, best keyboard playeri of yugoslavia.

The greatest rock band to ever exist!

Excellent band with excellent songs!

There is a story about him playing same thing backwards...

29 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

Impossible song

Should be first

This is an incredibly intricate and difficult song to master in terms of skills and emotion. Nobody can surpass Clapton in emotion and the skill level required to perfect this song is insane!

30 Neon - John Mayer

Sounds like 20 different guitars, and he sings at the same time as playing.

This song is so challenging. The muting and weird picking make it crazy hard. I don't think. I've seen anyone play it right and the way John does except for John himself. Should be way higher on this list.

Well.. It is pretty hard already but JM takes it to the next level playing it live, on an acoustic guitar, and improvising sick solos on it. Worse part? He keeps doing the bass lines with the crazy thumb. I think you can master this song down to the note. But that will take you no where once you see some other random Show JM did in an obscure country you haven't heard before and you realise it is the best version of Neon ever, But you can't just ever keep up with it, and the million of variations JM introduces to this song. It is not probably the hardest to play but one pony trick that will get people impressed. It needs to be at least top 20.

One of the hardest songs to play I can't believe this is no where on the list how foolish, just reaching half the cords on this song is nearly impossible.

31 Frantic Disembowelment - Cannibal Corpse

Are you kidding me. Avenged sevenfold is above this! Dude, this is the most insanely song I have ever seen. This makes necrophagist ashamed of themselves! If you idiots think speed is what makes something hard, you are wrong. Yes this song is 246 BPM but that is not what makes this so insanely difficult. The technicality is through the roof! I have never seen anything like this before! Rob barrett (the rhythm guitarist of cannibal corpse) said in there DVD that he can't even play this. Jack Owen (the old rhythm guitarist of cannibal corpse) did not record this. All tracks were done by Pat O'Brien. I consider Pat to be the best metal guitarist ever. Yes you read that right, EVER! He is the very best in the game right now and does not get near the respect he deserves just because he plays in a death metal band. All his band mates always speak extremely well of his playing. If you don't know this song and you are a guitar player, please listen to this. It is nothing short of the most ...more

This is probably the hardest song I've ever seen. Every cover I've seen of this song is massively simplified and usually slowed by a lot. Cannibal corpse only plated it live once and they don't anymore because it 's too hard. They had to get a new live guitarist (Jeremy turner) to pull it off live once and he couldn't 'to even really do it, he had a really difficult time, the only guy who can really do it is pat o'brien the lead guitarist of cannibal corpse, and he only did once. ( live and in the studio, that us. ) the reason there is no live footage of this song is because it's too hard to play. Now that's difficulty.

This song is sickeningly difficult to play on the guitar and probably any instrument for that matter. The sheer barrage of notes and pinky legato make this song nigh unplayable. It's still fun to try and I'm not even a big cannibal corpse fan but you got to appreciate something so daunting.

Song so amazingly hard THAT THE BAND CAN'T PLAY IT LIVE. THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLAMES IS A JOKE COMPARED TO THIS

32 Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce

Personally This one is Harder than "Through the Fire and Flames". Even though they are both difficult songs to learn, this one is Harder.

THIS is a guitar player forum. For people who actually play the guitar to talk on and vote. Guitar hero players are the only ones who vote dragon force. Also dragon force does not come close to the skill needed to play a dream theater or Steve via tune

Oh! So you think his song shouldn't deserve the top 5 list? Please show me any other song with 36 seconds of ultra fast tapping. Besides Eruption though, that is the god father of tapping.

Has the combination of all the instruments at great speeds. easily one of the toughest songs on earth along with many other dforce songs. DRAGONFORCE'S songs are indeed in the list of the world toughest songs.

33 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

I'm 1 month in and I'm starting to sound decent. As a beginner I can recommend tearing yourself through all the difficulties of the song I learned a lot by just playing the song over and over trying to get it to sound clean.

This should be higher up, its insanely difficult to play a solo like this without a pick

This song is technically demanding and requires a lot of rhythm and feeling. Playing the right notes is one thing, but matching the feel of the song is another.

Knopfler's technique is hard to replicate, and hence so is the solo for this classic piece of rock&roll.

34 Technical Difficulties - Racer X (Paul Gilbert)

Top 5 for sure. I strained my middle finger tendon learning this song. It's insane how clean it is on the record. - Cschuck320

Getting it as clean as the recording is extremely difficult. The guitar skill is outstanding. Master of puppets is easy I don't understand why it would be higher than this

Not really the hardest song I can imagine, but I just wanted to add it because of the name of the song :)
I can't really see any point in this list anyways since there are so many who don't even have a clue what they're voting on..

This is a real one difficult challenge, is not a song for a week end.

35 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

THE ALL TIME GREATEST THRASH SONG, THIS SONG IS JUST INCREDIBLE AND WHO PUT JUSTIN BEIBER ON HERE, HIS SONGS HAVE NO GUITAR! FREDDIE LIVES ON!

my hands would fall of and start rolling around on the floor if I even attempted this how the hell did brian do it? - rockit(primejive)

who the **** put one time on this list... this song takes it all.. amazingly tough

Should be much higher on the list. The complexity of Queen, the shifts in tempo and key are astonishing

36 Bed of Razors - Children of Bodom

Well Aleci Laiho is just amazing composer and very skilled guitar player he definitely should be on the list!

This is the easiest Children of Bodom song and it's still difficult. Kissing the Shadows should be on the list though. - SirNoodles

37 Waves - Guthrie Govan

I think this list is a joke. Most people here have no idea about guitar. There is absolutely no logical reason for putting songs from bands like system of a down and rhcpon this list. Songs of Metallica sound great but are really easy. Guns N' Roses are pretty easy too. And how come there's no Iron Maiden song on this list? Their solos are killers! And Guthrie Govan is beyond difficult, one of the best compositions I've heard! Waves should be at the top of this list!

Waves-- most of you won't know this song. I urge you to look it up on YouTube. Guthrie's skill will stun you, and the music will move you.

Everyone here is an idiot. A grade five guitar exam is harder than half of this. Guthrie's the only decent player here!

Guthrie is beyond amazing. I agree most songs on this list are more popular than difficult

38 Cafo - Animals as Leaders

Why isn't the list just AAL songs. Literally harder than anything else above, and not even the hardest from this band

I have no idea why all these songs are here, because they are so easy to play. You want something hard to play try this. Should be #1 for sure

This song is insane! I bet nobody here can even begin to try this technical masterpiece. Tosin is easily one of the most talented guitarists ever.

Different time signatures, poly rhythmic, unbelievably fast, honestly I don't know why this isn't #1

39 Tender Surrender - Steve Vai

Why is this where it is a Justin Bieber song is higher up ffs steve vai is the most technically skilled guitarist ever to be born the only people who challenge him are satch and petrucci. He even finds some of his own songs too hard to play and hasn't played them since recording for crying out loud. I feel the only reason he still plays this one so much is due to the fact he spent ages practicing so that he could play it live

Just because a song is fast doesn't mean it's hard the likes of vai and Hendrix are unique as they use strange techniques resulting in an awesome sound personally out of the two I favour vai though

No song has as much pure emotion to back up the impossible licks as this song does.

None.

One, Comfortably Numb, Voodoo Chile (not child), Master of Puppets, Welcome to the jungle.. These songs have their place here only because they're populair. Everybody who actually plays the guitar knows that this song is almost impossible to play! Steve Vai uses blues riffs, jazz chords, he's tabbing, so many diffent styles.. It's insane. This song should be at least in the top ten.

40 One - Metallica

Honestly, the tapping is pretty easy in the main solo, which is the only thing people really want to hear when they say "hEy CaN YoU PlAy OnE? " its just fast with some pretty cool tremolo picking.

People saying this should be somewhere in the top 10 and above puppets... Nice meme. This is so much easier than puppets because you can just alternative pick the whole song and while all the solos sound really good they still are very simple. Also counting in the fact that I have played both songs live, try actually playing puppets properly (downpicking all the time) a hour into your set.

This song is pretty tough, and I can't pick all of the fast parts, even with down and up picking. You need to practice A LOT, because you need a lot of stamina for the full song

25? 25?! Is this a joke? This is an unbelievably hard guitar solo, not to mention 1000x harder than voodoo child or welcome to the jungle! I can see Eruption and Through the Fire and Flames being 1 and 2, but come on, one is easily as hard as the two, so it should at least be 5. AT LEAST.

41 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Randy is definitely one of the best metal guitarist in history, but with that said it isn't very difficult. To those of you who think something is hard just because it's fast, it's not. The solo is one of my favorite solos ever, but it's not speed that makes one a great player.

Randy Rhoads is my favorite guitarist of all time, but this song is his most simple. No tricky timing or guitar work here. Just a straight up badass song - TermonatorT888

Very very difficult to get it to sound right like the studio version, RIP Randy Rhodes!

The licks in the pre-chorus are crazy fast

42 Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

This song is easy to play sloppily but nearly impossible to nail. One of the greatest songs ever and possibly the best heavy metal song. If you listen to later metal like Iron Maiden and such you'll see this song influenced them a lot, E. G harmonized lead guitars, phasing effects, fast galloping riffs, sudden tempo changes... - EnglandSeller

This song is one of the best songs from Zeppelin. The guitar work in it is absolutely perfect. It blends in with the rest of the band perfectly and this is why it should be closer to the top!

One of the best Zeppelin songs ever made. Also very difficult song on the drums to master. There never will be another Jimmy Page or John Bonham.

Jimmy Page at his apex! This s one of the most important songs of the electric guitar era. I'm still trying to make it work.

43 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

To the chap who asked how you break five guitars on this song I simply want to state that you clearly have probably gotten as close to picking up a guitar as you have a girl so come back when you actually have the skill and dedication to learn this amazingly diffucult piece.

This is one of the first songs that I learned what are you even talking about how do you break 5 guitars just learning a couple of power cords are you retarted

This is the hardest song ever. It took me 10 years of guitar playing to master. Even my most advanced students struggled to perfect this masterpiece. Definitely deserves number one!

Thjs is so hard just looking at the tab is painful, bro I won't even try. Too much.

44 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I only liked this to make a point... This song is not hard at all! I've been playing a little over a year and yet I can play it, pretty much no problem, this should not be on this list!

There's an option to add a comment without voting for it at the bottom. - Goalie1

Played this in 5th grade perfectly

Anyone who wants to knock on Jimmy Page needs their head examined or the rejected demon of utter idiocy exorcised from their puny soul.

This song may be easy but its solo is one of the best I've ever heard.

45 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

If you're telling me a chili peppers song is harder than Hanger 18, I'd like one big explanation.

I can play perfectly only the first part with the verses and the chorus but really not the second one with all the solos.

Easily the hardest Megadeth song! Ten solos! Should be number one.

This song is way harder than red hot chilli pepper. Even Lil Wayne can play red hot chili pepper and that's saying something.

46 Paradise City - Guns N Roses

This song is much harder than welcome to the jungle. Listen to the guitar solo at the end!

47 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

Hangar 18 is harder in my opinion. The solo isn't ridiculously hard. The rhythm in this song is pretty hard, though. Leave it to Dave Mustaine to make a complicated rhythm out of basic power chords.

Really, why is this here. It should at least make top 30. Thunderstruck, thunderstruck, it's so easy. Why is thunder struck in the top 20 while this is up here. This is an awesome song that does not deserve to be up here.

Not an eruption but at least 2 of Marty's solos deserve to be on top10

Just try that solo

48 Fracture - King Crimson

Let's face it most of these people don't even know who Robert Fripp is much less know how great he is. There are a dozen KC solos that should be on this list.

Jesus this is a beast.
There is even a youtube series documenting some guy's struggle over years of trying to learn it
No1 every day

I've been learning this song for months now, and I think it's the real hardest song ever. Not only is it super complex, it's also a test in precision, speed, intelligence, and stamina. It's 11 minutes of torturing your fingers, as well as your brain.

Unrelenting and fairly tuneless to boot. This will test your cross-picking abilities to the maximum if your hand doesn't cramp up before the end.

49 Canon Rock - Jerryc

Probably the most difficult classic ever made.

Definitely among top ten for sure! Yngwie deserves to be up there far beyond the sun and capric di diablo are way harder then dream theatre and definitely harder then master of puppets!

It many solo guitar

Hardest song of all time

50 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

It's easy though! One of my first songs to play on guitar.

This should be higher, the solo isn't that easy to nail

The rhythm guitar isn't too hard, just one or two quick changes, though the main guitar is pretty hard.

The intro is easy, but the last solo is hard.

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