Top 10 Neoclassical Metal Songs

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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 End of the Beginning - Jason Becker

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. - zxm

2 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
3 No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio
4 Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
5 Forbidden City - Marty Friedman
6 Morning Star - Vinnie Moore
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. - Metal_Treasure

8 Vivaldi's Winter - Dark Moor
9 Altitudes - Jason Becker
10 Angel of Salvation - Galneryus

This song is mixed with power/speed metal. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Trilogy Suite Op: 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen
12 Difficult to Cure - Rainbow

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. - Metal_Treasure

13 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis
14 Highway Star - Deep Purple

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 - zxm

15 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
16 Flight of the Bumblebee - At Vance

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

17 Vivaldi's Summer - At Vance

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

18 As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen

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

19 Anguish and Fear - Yngwie Malmsteen

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

20 Caprice No.16 - At Vance
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1. End of the Beginning - Jason Becker
2. Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
3. No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio
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1. End of the Beginning - Jason Becker
2. Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
3. No Boundaries - Michael Angelo Batio
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