Most Difficult Guitar Songs

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81 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"

82 Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen

There is no comments. Just try to play it.

This should be in the top 10 and not at #187. - Metal_Treasure

Just listen to it. My God.

This song is friggen Impossible! I would not put it in the top 5 but definitely in the top 10

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83 Paradigm Shift - Liquid Tension Experiment

Absolutely ridiculous intro, definitely the hardest bit of the song right there... But that's still MORE than enough to merit it being the hardest song! Incredible start to a brilliant album!

To be fair, you need to at least listen to ALL of these songs before voting. This is hands down the most difficult, check their YouTube clip.

84 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

This could be one the easiest songs ever written. It's just keyboard and power chords

It many chords hard one word on one chords
Have 8 minutes to play use many power chords

466 chords all the way lol

Not that hard. Just try some downpicking and move your fingers from one fret to another. - zxm

85 Bleed - Meshuggah

This list is dumb lol bleed should be higher

Should be number 1

86 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Holy Diver... Mr. Crowley may be the hardest song of all time (other than something by buckethead)... I am actually trying to learn this right now, and I can guarantee its's harder than Eruption. Eruption is like playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on piano compared to THIS!

How is this not already on the list, it is way harder than Crazy Train and has 3 solos, 2 of which are ridiculous and show the true talent of the legend Randy Rhodes, this song is a better representation of Rhodes as a guitarist than Crazy Train.

That first solo is as complicated as Eruption

87 Spanish Caravan - The Doors

That is one hell of a song for fingers! - rocknrolldude

88 Fade to Black - Metallica

Not their hardest, but should have been higher

89 Altitudes - Jason Becker

The speed and accuracy of the guitar playing in this piece are mind-boggling. Easily one of the hardest, if not the hardest piece to play on guitar

Those sweeps man...the accuracy required is incredible! The song whole is a combination of different guitar techniques played very fast. The melodic part and bendings again are difficult too. No tricks to play it...just play A LOT. And the melody is amazing!

Not only does it require incredible speed, it requires you to move up and down the fretboard constantly

90 Fermented Offal Discharge - Necrophagist
91 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

I don't expect this to be high up on the list, but still, I think it should be somewhere on the list. It may not be a tough guitar solo to screw off on, but to truly nail every note like Jimmy does? Well that can certainly get a little frustrating.

92 Nottingham Lace - Buckethead

One of the fastest shredders of all time, this song should be the 1rst

93 Symbiotic in Theory - Necrophagist
94 Science - System of a Down
95 Heroes of Our Time - Dragonforce

The Champion Guitarist Herman and Sam Totman Perform this song and the guitar solo in this song is 3.74m long and they play with 103.4 Note per second.

Of all the songs of Dragonforce, this is THE hardest song. Speed, accuracy, technique, you need EVERYTHING to play this.

96 Heart of Life - John Mayer

It is challenging if you can't get the thumb slap simultaneously with the forefinger down stroke. Many examples of people thinking they are playing this correctly, but are really missing some of the passing notes on the downstroke that are hard to hit accurately when thumb slapping at the same time. Another example of how good this guy is on guitar. It is nowhere near as difficult to play as his Neon, but the technique definitely takes time to learn and master.

97 Dark Matter - Rusty Cooley

This thing is 90? Haha. HAHAAHA. MUWAHAHAAHA. This is the hardest song on the whole list. The average speed of this thing is higher than anything else. It has the most insane alternate picking, weird rhytmic passages, insane legato lines (you know how there are big stretches and there are BIG stretch es? t his has 6-7 fret stretches, while playing 4 notes per string, legato, at like 160 bpm. I have never seen anyone, Batio included, do that.)

This thing features arpeggios played faster than any weekend warrior and any popular band (Metallica? Gu ns? a re you guys joking?) can strum, fully swept, going on forever.

This thing is so messed up that it even features parts of crosspicking (around 5:55 into the song) after parts of scale runs that would challenge even Batio.

All of this with a very wide vibrato.

Playing through with enough delay to make every mistake into a deafening avalanche.

And here you guys are talking about Green Day. Hah.

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98 Caprice No. 5 (Paganini) - Steve Vai

Funny very funny that this is no 85! It should be of course in first 5, its very difficult. I can play solo ONe from Metallica, but cannot play this. Its just one stage higher...

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99 Killing Floor - Jimi Hendrix

Good luck with this masterpiece.

100 Crazy On You - Heart

Nuts. She never seems to play it the same way twice either. First time I got a finger blister in years. Day 3 and I'm only 2 bars in...

The acoustic/classical intro is INSANE! I've had the hardest time getting the hang of it! the riff itself isn't very hard...but that intro...PHEW!

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