Top 10 Neoclassical Metal Songs

Neoclassical metal is a sub-genre of metal which was heavily influenced by classical music. Neoclassical metal musicians combine the elements of classical music with rock/metal music and create neoclassical metal. Jon Lord pioneered it first. He mixed classical music and rock music. But most of his works remained in keyboards. Ritchie Blackmore used classical music with metal for the first time on guitar. By the time of 70s there were already many neoclassical metal artists. Uli Jon Roth is a good example of it. But neoclassical metal became more popular by Yngwie Malmsteen and his shredding solos in the 80s. Neoclassical metal developed most in 80s. Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker came in the 80s and popularized it more.

Anyway, making this list wasn't very easy. Cause when I tried to search on google, not all of the songs were neoclassical metal. Some were power, progressive, symphonic metal. Well, some guitarists mix neoclassical metal with other metal genres. That's why its hard to determine the songs. But I tried to add pure neoclassical metal songs from my best.

Anyway, vote if you like. Will appreciate your votes.

The Top Ten

1 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

Simple. The born of neoclassical metal. No offense.

Incredible piece of music

2 End of the Beginning - Jason Becker End of the Beginning - Jason Becker Cover Art

Well, you might say its not even his best song. Many people will choose Altitudes over this. But I strongly prefer this song over Altitudes. Its an 11 minute song. Longest song of the album. And its one of the most relaxing neoclassical metal songs. The orchestration of this song is really cool. This song has both fast and slow part.

3 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio Cover Art

Legendary. This song basically reigns as god when it comes to shredding.

4 Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art
5 Forbidden City - Marty Friedman Forbidden City - Marty Friedman Cover Art
6 Altitudes - Jason Becker Altitudes - Jason Becker Cover Art
7 Beethoven's 5th Symphony - At Vance

This is a very impressive metal cover. Olaf Lenk is a Swedish metal guitarist heavily influenced by Yngwie.

8 Difficult to Cure - Rainbow Difficult to Cure - Rainbow Cover Art

The song sample is from a live show and what you hear is an improvisation before the beginning of the song.
This instrumental is a Beethoven's 9th metal cover (Ode To Joy). Difficult to Cure is probably the song that started neoclassical metal instrumentals.

9 Trilogy Suite Op: 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy Suite Op: 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art
10 Morning Star - Vinnie Moore

The Contenders

11 Vivaldi's Winter - Dark Moor
12 Angel of Salvation - Galneryus Angel of Salvation - Galneryus Cover Art

This song is mixed with power/speed metal.

13 Highway Star - Deep Purple Highway Star - Deep Purple Cover Art

Its on last. Cause not the whole song is neoclassical metal. The solo is mostly neoclassical metal. Jon Lord claimed both organ and guitar solos were based on Bach's chord sequences. Even though the first part of solo doesn't sound like neoclassical metal to me. But the last licks of the solo sounds quite neoclassical metal to me. I mean the part after 4:30

14 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis Cover Art
15 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art
16 Caprice No.16 - At Vance Caprice No.16 - At Vance Cover Art
17 Faith and Decision - Versailles Faith and Decision - Versailles Cover Art
18 Sea of Lies - Symphony X Sea of Lies - Symphony X Cover Art
19 Flight of the Bumblebee - At Vance Flight of the Bumblebee - At Vance Cover Art

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov metal cover. Guitars - Olaf Lenk.
This has to be the fastest bumblebee ever.

20 Vivaldi's Summer - At Vance

I like this metal cover better than the original...

21 As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

It has vocals but the neoclassical vibe is still there. Sounds close to power metal.

22 Anguish and Fear - Yngwie Malmsteen Anguish and Fear - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

It has vocals so it sounds like power metal but it's still very much neoclassical by nature.

23 Peace - Michael Angelo Batio Peace - Michael Angelo Batio Cover Art
24 Saved by a Miracle - Vinnie Moore Saved by a Miracle - Vinnie Moore Cover Art
25 Zero Hour - Joey Tafolla Zero Hour - Joey Tafolla Cover Art
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