Top 10 Rock Songs of the 21st Century with the Greatest Guitar Solos

The Top Ten
1 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

My favorite band, Avenged Sevenfold!

2 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

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 say that Avenged Sevenfold or Linkin Park is a better band than Alter Bridge are wrong. Just because of their fans and fame doesn't mean they are better. Be realistic, listen to the songs and albums they have. Don't be silly. Their vocalist and solo guitarist are unbelievable. Trust me, I won't let you down.

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!

3 Clown Parade - Annihilator

Two amazing solos: fast and technical.

4 White Flag - Fates Warning
5 The Psalm of Lydia - Nevermore
6 Revelation to the End - Pagan's Mind
7 27 (Curse or Coincidence?) - Nightingale
8 Strike - Primal Fear

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

9 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 Mäenpää, on the other hand, is a guitar wizard...

10 Upper Levels - Angra
The Contenders
11 The Trend - Annihilator

Three solos: two short ones in the intro and one regular later (three solos is pretty unusual and unique). Overall, amazing guitar work. Jeff Waters never disappoints.

12 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13 The Day That Never Comes - Metallica

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

14 Extinct - Moonspell
15 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 maximum effect. This drummer is such a gem. His musicality and skills are stunning (Randy Black).

16 I.V. - X Japan
17 Dracula - Iced Earth
18 Frontiers - Omnium Gatherum
19 Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave
20 Constant Motion - Dream Theater

This should be under A7X. Dream Theater is super underrated because of their long songs. This song has a long, amazing solo.

21 Stricken - Disturbed

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

22 The Great Pandemonium - Kamelot
23 Get Fisted - Skull Fist

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

24 Invincible - Muse
25 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
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