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 Songs with the Fastest Guitar Riffs

1 Head Crusher - Megadeth
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

3 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
4 Merciless Death - Dark Angel
5 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
6 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
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

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

Faster picking than Master of Puppets - Metal_Treasure


The Contenders

11 Eternal Rest - Avenged Sevenfold
12 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

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

13 Highway Star - Deep Purple
14 Misirlou - Dick Dale

He invented trem picking. - JoLeKosovo

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