Most Difficult Guitar Songs


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41 Neon - John Mayer

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.

Definitely deserves top 10 or top 15 at least. The acoustic version is too 10 easily... nobody takes into account just how stylisticly diverse it is with strum pattern and unheard of chord shapes and unnatural thumb stretches. DIFFICULT to play AND sing at the same time

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42 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...

43 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.

44 Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

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.

45 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 ├ętude 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.

46 Classical Gas - Tommy Emmanuel

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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47 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

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

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.

Wait I can't use a pick?

Because Knopfler was never a "Rock Star", and never played"macho" music,lotsa players have never checked him out.. Been struggling with his stuff for years.. "Sultans Of Swing" is the well known /yardstick song,that a lot refer to,but I can assure you"Tunnel Of Love" is much harder.. Anyone who thinks Dire Straits couldn't be all that hard, I invite you to have a crack!.. (And there's NO Pick)..There's a good reason why such a well-known Band is hardly covered in Clubs, or kids don't get around playing it...(Hint: It's not because they don't WANT to,lol)..

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48 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!

49 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

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

50 Hocus Pocus - Gary Hoey
51 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Just look at the tabs. one of the most difficult solos ever

52 M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold

Great song. Almost every Avenged Sevenfold song is hard lol.

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53 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!

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

Played this in 5th grade perfectly

All the dingleberries who are beginners (like the other guy who commented on this) always try this song and think they can play it when they can't. what a punch in the nads to Led Zeppelin! its not hard not at all but the solo is just clean enough to where you can't hide mistakes and its pretty tough. also if you haven't been playing at least two plus years and you think you can play it... you can't. sorry but please stop embarrassing yourself

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54 Speed King - Deep Purple
55 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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56 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.

This song is pretty difficult, especially the solo. Should be at least in top 20. Underrated!

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57 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

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!

First Song I Learnt... Are you guys retarded...

I went into the mountains and trained on guitar for 8 hours a day everyday for 30 years. But I still cannot master this marvel of a song.

Impossible just listen to how fast he plays even ritchie blackmore took 15 years to master it and even after that he sped it up on the recording

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58 Cafo - Animals as Leaders

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.

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

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

Seriously? 63? what. try 7 string sweeping in 9/4 and playing rhythm at the same time.

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59 Dead! - My Chemical Romance

Lol I'm 14 and can play this with ease. Don't get me wrong, I love My Chemical Romance, but this isn't that hard...

Solid took ages for my friend to master

My NCEA level 2 preformance song

The rythym is VERY EASY. Hpwever, if you play the lead, there a two or three solos ib total and they can be a bit tricky. Don't listen to posers who say it's eas because they're probably playing the rythym and/or not playing it correctly.

60 Ascendead Master - Versailles

A solo like this can only come from Hizaki and Teru. - tenthsage

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