Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredding Masterpieces

Here is a collection of what in my experience is the best guitar shredding I've heard.
The Top Ten
1 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis

When somebody can create such a truly masterful guitar solo, it makes you wonder how Jeff Loomis is so underappreciated in the overall music world. One of the most skillful guitarists I have ever heard.

This is some of the best guitar shredding I've ever heard. It features an insane neo-classical guitar riff by Jeff Loomis, one of the best, if not the greatest, modern guitarists!

2 Rising Force - Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Nice interplay between the guitar and keyboards, i.e., between Malmsteen and Jens Johansson - two of the greatest pioneers ever of their respective instruments.

3 Snakebite - Racer X

The killer riff at the beginning of this song is backed up by a high-speed, highly skilled solo by Paul Gilbert. He really gives it his all in this song.

4 Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci

The intro features a really catchy guitar riff, followed by great soloing throughout!

5 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

As good as they say Dave Mustaine is, in my opinion, Marty Friedman is just a step above in technical proficiency. This is demonstrated in this fast, highly skilled solo - one of the best guitar solos of all time!

An extremely epic solo from the awesome former lead guitarist of Megadeth, Marty Friedman. This solo will never be beaten by any other Megadeth guitarist (maybe Dave).

6 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio

He's going to give you the keys to the Lamborghini!

7 Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

This is a hard rock guitar classic. It has solid and groovy guitar riffing and soloing by Satch. This really started (or at least expanded) the genre of instrumental rock.

This is the guy who turned me into a guitar-loving soloist. Easily the perfect guitarist.

8 Altitudes - Jason Becker

This was the first shredding song that actually gave me chills. I could understand and feel each note. It wasn't just fast playing for the sake of speed.

I still remember listening to it for the first time - it took me to another level of consciousness and still does every time.

Best instrumental ever. Much better than commercial songs by Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, such as Surfing with the Alien and For the Love of God.

Hard to believe he was just 19 at that time! Altitudes is considered one of the best songs featuring sweep picking.

9 For the Love of God - Steve Vai
10 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen

When I saw the tabs, oh my God! What is this? If I had ten fingers more, I still wouldn't be able to play the solo. This fret to that fret, that fret to that fret. It's not only the chords, even the strumming is very fast, especially after the bending.

The Contenders
11 Saved by a Miracle - Vinnie Moore
12 Playing with Fire - Impellitteri
13 Soothsayer - Buckethead

This has to be my favorite Buckethead track.

14 Dark Matter - Rusty Cooley
15 Escape Velocity - Jeff Loomis

More insane guitar shredding from Loomis, proving he is just as capable, if not more so, outside of Nevermore.

16 Eruption - Van Halen
17 Savage - Cacophony
18 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
19 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
20 Under the Influence - Rusty Cooley
21 Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin

This song's solos include:

- Fast hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Fast alternate picking
- Sweep picking
- Tapping
- Legatos
- String skipping

I am not considering bending and vibratos, but it has everything a shredding solo needs.

22 Children of a Faceless God - Symphony X

Brutal guitar playing in not just one but two solos, with Romeo at his best!

23 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
24 Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden
25 The River Dragon Has Come - Nevermore
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