Greatest Rock Guitar Solos of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

This song deserves to be here.
.. Synyster is undoubtedly the greatest guitarist of 21st century

My Favorite band Avenged Sevenfold!

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2 The Day That Never Comes - Metallica

Tallica is timeless... Gates being first is a joke I mean he's good but...

3 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

Amazing solo, where it builds up into an insane heavy section - not to mention this is one of the greatest modern epics in rock music, certainly Alter Bridge's magnum opus! - petrucci75hammet

One of the best songs in the 21st century and with the best solo guitarist in the decade and top 20 of all time. People all those who says that avenger sevenfold or linkin park is better band than alter bridge are wrong all because of their fans and fame doesn't mean that they are better be realistic listen to the songs and albums they had. Don' t be silly People just listen their vocalist and solo guitarist are unbelieveable trust me I won't let you down

What a song! This should have been first. Excellent solo also. The overall song is amazing just as songs from band RED.

Utter genius. Enough said.

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4 Stricken - Disturbed

awesome melody with a kick-ass solo and pro lyrics is what makes this song great.

5 Paschendale - Iron Maiden
6 Clown Parade - Annihilator

Two amazing solos - fast and technical. - Metal_Treasure

7 Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind

A very creative and epic solo from Jørn Viggo Lofstad, the extremely talented guitarist from an equally talented and underrated band! - petrucci75hammet

8 White Flag - Fates Warning
9 The Psalm of Lydia - Nevermore
10 21 Guns - Green Day

Really a heart touching solo...

Simple, but gorgeous and timeless.

The Contenders

11 27 (Curse or Coincidence?) - Nightingale
12 Winter Madness - Wintersun

This is without question the greatest guitar solo in the entire genre of Melodic Death Metal, a genre known for its combination of melodic and technical guitar work. The fact that it blows every other song out of the water is a testament to the masterpiece that is Winter Madness.

I really don't get why synyster gates is at the top of every list. His solos may sound cool to someone who doesn't really play guitar, but they're really nothing special. Jari Maenpa on the other hand is a guitar wizard...

It's the fastest solo I've ever heard!

Great stuff, sounding arhythmic the first time, ofttimes revolting against the simple four-four time almost all bands subdue themselves to - however, that's just an additional indicator for its unconventional beauty. definitely something different!

13 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
14 Strike - Primal Fear

Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. Fast, long and melodic solo. - Metal_Treasure

15 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
16 Upper Levels - Angra

All I can say is, GROOVY! - petrucci75hammet

17 The Trend - Annihilator

3 solos: 2 short ones in the intro and one regular later (3 solos is pretty unusual and unique). Overall, amazing guitar work - Jeff Waters never disappoints. - Metal_Treasure

18 I.V. - X Japan
19 Extinct - Moonspell
20 Blood Brothers - Iron Maiden
21 Riding The Eagle - Primal Fear

Really fast, technical and melodic solo. How fast? - imagine your plane is taking off!
The solo is also brilliantly paired with the drums for a maximum effect. This drummer is such a gem - his musicality and skills are stunning (Randy Black). - Metal_Treasure

22 Constant Motion - Dream Theater

This should be under a7x dream theater is super underrated because their long songs this song has a long amazing solo

23 Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave

Tom Morello Solo, enough Said

24 Tear Away - Drowning Pool
25 Dracula - Iced Earth
26 Frontiers - Omnium Gatherum
27 Invincible - Muse
28 Anastasia - Slash

Unbelievable! The solo is the best guitar piece I've heard in recent years. I think slash's new material is quite unknown and underrated, it is easily equal in greatness to Guns n' Roses and every classic/hard rock fan should give a listen. For the song anastasia, just give the song 1 minute, and if you're a guitarist yourself I can guarantee you'll want to learn it after one minute of the song! Iii: )'

In this song slash have good solo

29 The Great Pandemonium - Kamelot
30 Get Fisted - Skull Fist

Pretty fast, long and absulutely gorgeous solo by a new speed metal band, formed in 2006. - Metal_Treasure

31 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
32 Plug In Baby - Muse

How is this not top ten? It's INCREDIBLE. Full of energy, this is one of the classic Muse songs that just feature one of the best arpeggiated guitar solos EVER, just simply fantastic, could listen to this forever

It has the best riff

33 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce

Yeah, if you like tasteless garbage

34 Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray
35 A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation - Trivium
36 Bitter Taste - Three Days Grace
37 Sudden Death - Megadeth

Intro solo is so awesome.
It's fast, technical and moody.
Best Megadeth solo since "Tornado Of Souls".
I think that is best guitar solo in 21 st century.
But in my opinion Disturbed's "Stricken" is also Great.

38 Awakenings - Symphony X
39 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom

Best band I've heard in a long time

40 Supernova - Dragonland
41 44 Minutes - Megadeth
42 Kick the Chair - Megadeth
43 Guilty All the Same - Linkin Park

In this song, you can hear brad's solo is the best

44 Breaking All Illusions - Dream Theater

This should be the best

45 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
46 As I Am - Dream Theater
47 Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold
48 And All Things Will End - Avenged Sevenfold
49 Addicted to Pain - Alter Bridge
50 Wet Sand - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Top Remixes

1. Stricken - Disturbed
2. The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
3. Paschendale - Iron Maiden
1. Clown Parade - Annihilator
2. The Psalm of Lydia - Nevermore
3. Strike - Primal Fear
1. White Flag - Fates Warning
2. 27 (Curse or Coincidence?) - Nightingale
3. Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind


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