Top 10 Songs with the Fastest Guitar Riffs

This is a list of the fastest, not necessarily the best, and it's not just from the heavy metal genre.

The Top Ten

1 Head Crusher - Megadeth UListen to Sample
2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Fight Fire with Fire is Metallica's song with the fastest picking (tremolo-picked riffs) and I added it to the list. - Metal_Treasure

Seven downpicks per second, about 212 bpm. fast enough. good choice for adding it on here. - zxm

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3 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce UListen to Sample
4 Merciless Death - Dark Angel UListen to Sample
5 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse UListen to Sample
6 Human Insecticide - Annihilator UListen to Sample
7 Eruption - Van Halen

Very good song. The tapping part inspired the most guitar tappers. But I won't call this a riff. A riff is usually a main part of a song. It is some notes repeated over and over. It may be a just a lick. But I'd rather call the whole song a solo. And all the different notes are licks. A lick is basically a short note, not repeated or for very few times. It can be usually found in solos. - zxm

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8 Raining Blood - Slayer UListen to Sample
9 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera UListen to Sample
10 Eternal Rest - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

Faster picking than Master of Puppets - Metal_Treasure

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12 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

Was very fast of that time. Still is. - zxm

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13 Highway Star - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
14 Misirlou - Dick Dale

He invented trem picking. - JoLeKosovo

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15 Dyers Eve - Metallica UListen to Sample
16 Mechanix - Megadeth UListen to Sample
17 Hang the Pope - Nuclear Assault UListen to Sample
18 Rattlehead - Megadeth UListen to Sample
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
3. Misirlou - Dick Dale
1. Human Insecticide - Annihilator
2. Merciless Death - Dark Angel
3. Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
1. Head Crusher - Megadeth
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Eruption - Van Halen


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