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 Head Crusher - Megadeth Cover Art
2 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

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

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

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

8 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art
9 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
10 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica Cover Art

Faster picking than Master of Puppets - Metal_Treasure


The Contenders

11 Eternal Rest - Avenged Sevenfold Eternal Rest - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art
12 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Cover Art

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

13 Highway Star - Deep Purple Highway Star - Deep Purple Cover Art
14 Misirlou - Dick Dale Misirlou - Dick Dale Cover Art

He invented trem picking. - JoLeKosovo

15 Dyers Eve - Metallica Dyers Eve - Metallica Cover Art
16 Mechanix - Megadeth Mechanix - Megadeth Cover Art
17 Hang the Pope - Nuclear Assault Hang the Pope - Nuclear Assault Cover Art
18 Rattlehead - Megadeth Rattlehead - Megadeth Cover Art
19 The Aftermath - Origin The Aftermath - Origin Cover Art
20 Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War Cover Art
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