Most Difficult Guitar Songs

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The Top Ten

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

Eruption is not the most difficult song to play, by a long shot, it is difficult no doubt, but there are many many more songs that are much harder to learn and play

I think this is one of the hardest songs to play on an electric guitar because, I may not know how to play but one of my friends can. He's really good at it too! And one day I asked if he could play this song, and he replied 'anything but THAT song' I asked 'why? ' And he said that, that was one of the HARDEST songs to play on an electric guitar...

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2 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

All you need is to play it slowly and than speeding it up! - Userguy44

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

This is WAY harder than Eruption. I saw a video of an 8th grader play it. It was a little off, but he nailed most of it.

How is someone supposed to play multiple notes at the same time that fast?!?

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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.

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4 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.

I've met 5 people who can nail eruption

But only one that can nail this song - CygnusX99

yes

This is much harder than through fire and flames the speed is difficult so is the picking and finger positioning

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5 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

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!

This solo is tough but I don't know if I'd put it here at #5. Winter madness should be number #1.

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.

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6 Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Got to agree on this one. If you've ever heard those jams where Satriani and Co. jam voodoo child, you can hear how terrible it sounds. They could probably learn those shred-songs to perfection, but give them some Hendrix and they are lost.

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.

Nobody except jimi hendrix himself can play it perfectly

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7 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Not even the hardest Metallica song of the album. Battery, Disposable Heroes and Damage Inc are harder. - Userguy44

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

Learned the solo to this song after 2-2.5 years of playing, just takes practice. Its nothing special

Try to downpick it.

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8 Jordan - Buckethead

Absolute garbage. Put a video game cutout button in your guitar and spam it. Not music, it's an intermittent circuit.

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.

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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

This riffs are easy enough, it's the timing you need to watch - TermonatorT888

Just a great, complex and intricate song.

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.

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10 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Thunderstruck is just an etude in B Major, nothing too crafty.

Pretty much every Van Halen song is harder than this.

I gotta say after a while it gets easy, I can almost play it with my eyes closed but the jump from 4 to 12 takes getting used to, I always overdo it and hit 13 instead.

NO

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The Contenders

11 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.

If you can play this song with some level of confidence on ANY instrument you’re set as a musician

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

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12 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

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

Is not one of the hardest, but not easy too. - Userguy44

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 is not difficult at all! This is mostly basic rock riffs and a basic rock solo.

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13 Hysteria - Muse

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

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

This song should not be on the list

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14 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.

Try to play it... :-)

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15 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Long...

This took me an entire month and a half to learn. This needs to be on the list!

Free bird should be in the top 3! What is it doing down here, in my opinion it probably is the hardest guitar song ever created, with Eruption coming in a close second.

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

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16 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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

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.

This song's really good but if you want to talk about difficulty, Mr.Crowley should be here not Crazy Train. Crowley is quite a difficult solo. Also, it's VERY iconic. Randy Rhoads was a legend.

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

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17 Technical Difficulties - Racer X (Paul Gilbert)

This is fast but the solos, especially the ones at the 3ish minute are probably faster

This is top five at least.

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..

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18 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.

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

No Hangar 18? This list is a joke.

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19 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. "

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20 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.

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

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

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.

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!

This is really easy. It took me a day and a half to learn the whole thing.

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22 The Spirit of Radio - Rush

I've learned this song and afterlife (#5) and I can say that its just as hard. - Doffunel

I'm 13 and I have had no problem with the song

The riffs were ok but man, the intro gets me

The beginning is the hardest riff and I've played half the songes on this list

23 Soothsayer - Buckethead

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.

24 One - Metallica

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.

Should be at least in the top ten, if not top five - KMalik993

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.

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25 Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

Heartbreaker was harder to play than this one

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.

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26 Ulazak U Harem - Smak

Try to play it, if you dare!

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

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

No doubt!

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27 Paradise City - Guns N Roses

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

28 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

Red Hot Chili Peppers higher than this? LOL - Metal_Treasure

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)

This should be on the 1st place because if you have memorized not only the solo but also the skills used in this solo, you can actually play other solos on the higher ranking of this poll.

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29 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

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30 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

Awesome riffs and arpeggios in the middle of the song
Solos are lots of fun and it is a cool early dave Murray sound with with Dennis in the mix

31 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

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32 Double Guitar Solo - Micheal Angelo Batio

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

There is literally only one person on earth who can play this, and that is Michael Angelo Batio.

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33 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!

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34 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

This is one of the hardest songs of all time

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35 Highway Star - Deep Purple

The solo! - Userguy44

It has quite a fast solo full of confusing changes and two-step bends. It kinda hurts my left wrist, but the rest of the song isn't hard

The person who said this is the fastest riff ever has clearly never listened to fast paced metal

The last part of the solo is quite difficult - zxm

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36 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.

One of the best guitarist ever

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

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37 Rude Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan

No matter how much you practice, you'll never get it like srv. Crazy thing is, he'd speed up the already blisteringly fast song live.

Insane intensity. Listen to the unplugged MTV version to a feel for it.

Too fast. Takes months to get it right

38 Paranoid - Ozzy Osborne

That's a black sabbath song

This song is super easy... including the solo that is super easy as well

This song is pretty easy to play... I would not have this on my list

39 Tender Surrender - Steve Vai

Incredibly hard.

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.

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40 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Not all difficulty is about speed...

The main point playing this song is that the solo MUST be absolutely perfect. It hasn't hard technical issues but... perfection.

The solo is hard but it's not insane. Mr.Crowley is insane, I am 35 years old and have been playing guitar for 22 years, I still can't lay than main solo!

This song has a really hard solo, and is one of the best songs ever.

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41 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!

Masterpiece! So damn hard, but All Guns Blazing is the hardest song of Priest ever, and really deserves top 15 in this list along with Painkiller!

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.

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42 Neon - John Mayer

Sold right hand.

This is song should be higher on this list for sure. I guess it's just not popular enough

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.

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43 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

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

Should definitely be in the top 10

Why is Sultans of swing at NUMBER 46?
The Altaernate picking style is already incredibly difficult
Then the cascades and arpeggios make this song one of the hardest - CygnusX99

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

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44 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

45 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Goodies

Not by Goodies, they did it with fiddle. Steve Ouimette is who did it on guitar and oh boy did he nail it.

This is not a song for guitar...

46 Battery - Metallica

This is the most difficult Metallica song! Almost impossible to play the way James and Kirk do! Rhythm is terrible, melody obscure, riff ultrafast and violent drums!

This is way more harder to play than Master of Puppets even it's hard to play too.

47 Misirlou - Dick Dale

By the one and only King Of Surf Guitar. I wish he was in better health. He is currently touring in excruciating pain so that her can pay his medical bills.

Fast stuff.. But I don't play guitar, I play drums, but it still seems flipping fast to me!

48 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

This song is relatively slow, it should't be A7X's second place for hardest song because there are so much more hard songs like : scream, second heartbeat, anything of city of evil, the stage, exist and so much more. - danimey

Not difficult. More difficult on rock band 4

It difficult to play guitar play tab Intro Verse Pre Hook Hook and Solo

49 Spanish Fly - Van Halen

Its on a damn acoustic guitar. Nowhere to hide. Its from 1979, and it might as well be from 2079. Difficult is being kind.

Sabah delivers a stunning technical performance using this modern étude to show his virtuosity is not dependent on or limited to electric guitar. Moreover, the price is Chopinesque in its gorgeous composition. Van Halen; absolutely a master musician with great musicality.

50 Classical Gas - Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy is the master at fingerstyle guitar

Hardest song for playing

Who guitarist, dead or alive can play like this? All technicks together. Bass, rhythm, melody and armony at the same time. He is an alien.

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