Top 10 Songs Where a Few Licks Have Been Played with One Hand

This isn't a list of songs that are easy to play. It's a list where these songs have licks played with just one hand. The other hand wasn't needed.

The Top Ten

1 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Oh yes, because he wrote this song while on the phone with his then girlfriend and he couldn't use his both hands. It's a love song he wrote for himself (but about her) and this song wasn't meant to be on any album. But Lars liked it. - Metal_Treasure

The opening lick of his song is an E minor arpeggio, but you could just pluck the strings. It would sound same. James Hetfield just picked the strings with one hand and the other was used for holding his phone. - zxm

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2 Misirlou - Dick Dale

The opening picking wasn't used for any frets. He just picked the strings. - zxm

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3 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

Same as Misirlou. But page just downpicked it. - zxm

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4 I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones

One note solo. just pick the high e string. - zxm

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5 Tender Surrender - Steve Vai

He used hammer ons and pull offs. - zxm

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6 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

One of the most influential thing Page had ever done. He was holding his nut and doing hammer on and pull offs. It also made notes. - zxm

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7 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival UListen to Sample
8 Foxey Lady - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

He just did vibrato on the strings. No picking. You could see a live version he is jumping and waving his left hand while vibrating the strings with right hand. - zxm

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9 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Sorry, can you specify which vibrato part? - SoldierOfFortune

A lot of vibratos, especially at the beginning. Just after Ozzy sings, as the war machine keeps turning. - zxm

How can you play this with one hand? - SoldierOfFortune

The vibrato part. Strum the strings and then vibrate the string just with one hand to make the notes. The other hand isn't needed. It's a lick, right? - zxm

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10 Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers UListen to Sample
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