Most Difficult Songs to Play Live

aeromaxx777
The songs which are a nightmare to play in front of a live audience, but a beauty on the radio or mp3 player. Any genre can be added.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Is your voice high enough? Mine's not. - aeromaxx777

I have tried, but is was unsuccesful.

2 Art of Life - X Japan

Sick... But in a different style, "Jake to the bone" from Toto seems to me more difficult.

Oh my God! I don't think I have much stamina for this. Where can I get an orchestra to play with me? - aeromaxx777

3 November Rain - Guns N' Roses
4 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

I always lose concentration because of it's time signature. - aeromaxx777

5 All Nightmare Long - Metallica

Requires every band members to pay attention because of such fast tempo. - aeromaxx777

6 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

So easy to make a mistake in this song especially playing in front of thousands!

7 Psychosocial - Slipknot

9 Instruments All in unison, That is Extremely Hard to Pull of in the Case of Metal.

You might need a couple of more instruments to pull this off. - aeromaxx777

8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
9 Hotel California - Eagles

I can't memorize it all :( - aeromaxx777

10 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

A million apologies because I forgot to put this on this list a few months ago. I only heard it some time in the past and I was blown away.

The Contenders

11 Parallels - As I Lay Dying
12 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Rob is really pushing the limits of human voice, it's impossible to sing it live, like he did in the studio!

13 YYZ - Rush
14 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater
15 Given Up - Linkin Park
16 Speed of Sound - Coldplay
17 Technologic - Daft Punk
18 Technologic - Daft Punk
19 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

Very technically difficult, and impossible to accurately recreate live. Especially the guitar and saxophone solo. The studio solos have never been played live in concert, they've always been improvised. To prove how hard it is, just go listen to Crimson perform it live.

20 Chandelier - Sia
21 Plug in Baby - Muse
22 Roundabout - Yes
23 Dave's Gone Skiing - Toto
24 Close to the Edge - Yes
25 Supper's Ready - Genesis

This song is so much harder to pull off than any of the songs in the top 10. You need to know every section of this 22 minute song (which there are 7 of) with absolute certainty. And not to mention, the Apocalypse in 9/8 section where the key solo above the 9/8 rhythm switches between 4/4 and 7/8. Try staying in time with all that going on. There are so many little nuances in this song that make it so difficult yet brilliant. There are harmonies, multiple guitar parts, and beautiful key work (plus some difficult rhythms coming from the bass/drums).

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