Top 10 Metallica Songs with the Best Guitar Solos

The Top Ten
1 Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning

This solo has some soul in it, and I mean the outro solo, that is badass, all of it. This solo was the solo that I decided to master this year of guitar, and boy is it a great solo. By far one of Kirk Hammets best solos. This is my favorite Metallica solo, of all time, and it truly shows.

One is definitely the fastest and craziest solo hammett has ever done,but fade to black, intro and ESPECIALLY outro have the most soul. Fade to Black was hands down the best solos of Metallica. They had the most soul, of all solos and still are the most bad ass solos in metal to this day.

2 One - ...And Justice for All

Tapping, Sliding, Bending? What else could you beg for? Also, who could forget the speed of the solo and the departure from Kirk's somewhat repetitive pentatonic solos

The very best, just great. Kirk at his best moments. Plus those lyrics are superb.

One got inspired by fade to black. I know because I know how to play one and fade on guitar

3 Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning

This is in my top 5 solos of all time. This is to Metallica as Tornado is to Megadeth, or Painkiller is to Priest, or Eruption is to Van Halen. Kirk is in no way the greatest guitarist of all time, or even in the top 100, but this solo is epic!

By far the best solo Kirk has ever done. It starts off with a short tapping section, then it goes to a very melodic section, then to all out shredding. One of Metallica's most underrated solos and songs.

Pure eargasm from the first note to the last. And just when kirk hits the highest note on his axe and you think it's over, he comes back with an even wilder section.
This really feels like riding the lightning. Seriously.

4 Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

First solo is better than the second in this because it sounds cooler than the hardcore second one and its easier to play. I love everything that metallica does though

Most of Kirk's solos are extremely similar. This is one of the usual. Nothing special.

I really like James' first solo better than the one that Kirk plays.

5 The Unforgiven - Metallica

In my opinioin this is the Best solo made by Kirk... ever. Is Seems like a wave coming slowly and suddenly it just grows, through very well constructed scales, and just become a monster. I know that is not the fastest or the heavier solo from Metallica, but for me is the most perfect one.

An incredibly fitting solo for a great, hard-hitting song. Just perfect.

Best of em all hits ya like a freight train truly flawless!

6 Blackened - ...And Justice for All

A very balanced solo that deserves more recognition. Slow parts, fast parts, it all comes together here.

This guitar solo is a lot harder to play correctly than one, master, nothing else matters, entersandman.

I think blackened has the best solo. Even the slow part of it is fast!

7 The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All

An incredible melodic tempo surfing solo that not only strikes the fear of the concept of the horseman into the listener, but also defines the terror with an outstanding solo outro and follow up. This should be in the top 3, with the only solo I can honestly think topping it being One.

A Legendary solo, it should easily be in the Top 3, especially for the moment when Kirk Hammett just bursts into the solo.

Not one, not two, but three solos, each better then the last one.
Fast and rhythmic, yet melodic. Top stuff.

8 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

This solo is amazing, and I am happy it is by James not Kirk. I was long time thinking if vote for this or Fade to Black, just to beat the One on the top. Gosh I hate the One solo. There is no emotions in there just spasmic finger move.

Who said Metallica can't be intricate? This song is so amazing, and this solo is a fantastic way to top it off.

You know it's Metallica when one of the best solos of the band is played by the rhythm guitarist..

9 Dyers Eve - ...And Justice For All

This song, in my humblest of opinions, not only has the best solo (s), but I think it is their best guitar track in general. When you listen to the solos, they are of face-melting quality but also remain well within the boundaries of the music.

Kirk Hammett even said himself this was the craziest song and solo he had ever written, they rarely play this live because of how intense it is. THIS, my friends, is Metallica at their very best.

Kirk Hammett said in an interview that Dyers Eve is the craziest song they have ever wrote, they won't write another one like it because it was too intense

10 Creeping Death - Ride The Lightning

It has so much to it and it is fast and at the same time, epic. Fade To Black has the slowest and easiest solos ever. Also Damage Inc, One, and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) are good.

This may not be his fastest or most technical solo, because that is dyers eve. But this solo is more underrated and is a better composed solo than any of his others.

Not my favourite solo, but this solo is what pushes this song into being one of the best of all time.

The Contenders
11 Battery - Master of Puppets

I don't seriously know, why people are voting Fade to Black's outro solo. I don't see anything special on that. I like more Fade to Black's intro solo. But Battery's solo is kicking some ass in my opinion.

12 The Unforgiven III - Metallica

Amazing solo. Not only one of the most technically challenging, but it also flows amazing with the song. While the song itself may not be the best, the solo itself puts it up in my Top Ten Metallica songs.

It is the BEST Solo of ALL the time. It is not to short and REALLY fast played. I hope some other people have the same thinking of this Song as me.

I have Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, & Pantera on my iPod. This is the only song that actually gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.

13 Orion - Master of Puppets

This song is just EPIC the way it changes all the time sounds awesome too!

14 Damage, Inc. - Master of Puppets

I think this song is super, super, super underrated. It sounds a lot like Megadeth's Black Friday (so, in other words, badass) with a solo that sounds like the precursor to that of One. Definitely One of my favourites from MoP and Metallica in general.

Horsemen Ride the lightning and Fade to black had historic and influental solos but their "thrashest" and hardest to play is by far Damage Inc.

This is my favorite solo o all time. Should be higher.

15 Hero Of The Day - Load
16 My Friend of Misery - Metallica

One of my favorite Metallica solos easily. Maybe not top 10 but definitely not 39. This kicks ass and goes on and on. It's different from most of their solos and partly why it's so cool. It's far down on the track listing and maybe a lot of people haven't heard it I guess.

17 Jump in the Fire - Kill 'Em All

This is a hell of an underrated song/solo, one of their best. And of course, thanks to Mustaine on this composition. The guy's a guitar genius. Wish that Kirk could drive solos as well as Mustaine can. Fortunately there's Megadeth for that.

I wish people realized how great this solo is, sadly it's over shadowed by master of puppets and one, etc. To me this solo is the best, no contest!

The main solo and ending solo is just amazing. My stomach drops every time I listen to it.

18 Fight Fire With Fire - Ride the Lightning

The harmonized solo is amazing, definitely up there as one of the best solos to me.

19 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Master of Puppets

Why is that song on 22, for Me it's the best song from Metallica.
Every true Fan loves that Song!

20 Seek & Destroy - Kill 'Em All

Why is this so low on the list. Its Metallicas fastest and heaviest riff. It deserves to be 1

21 The Day That Never Comes - Death Magnetic

I agree one has the greatest solo ever.. But I vote for this song, because this solo is too good to remain just at 20th place, its very under rated

It begins slow but works its way up to my favorite guitar solo of all time. It just makes you want to go crazy

Can't beat this song ever. One of the most profound guitar solos ever.

22 Sad But True - Metallica
23 The Unforgiven II - Metallica
24 ...And Justice For All - ...And Justice For All

Best Metallica guitar solo it starts slow then goes crazy. Perfect

25 The Ecstasy of Gold - We All Love Ennio Morricone
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