Top Metallica Guitar Solos

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The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning

Undoutedly one of the best solos ever created on earth... hats off to metallica!

Love the outro, just nice and calm as the song starts fading away ever so slightly!

Melodic and straight solo brings up the paradise to your mind. While being depressed I listened to this solo and tears appeared immediately, I dive deeply in my thoughts to relook my views on living.

The outro solo is amazing. It's gives me goosebumps every time and has a perfect amount of speed and melody.

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2 One - ...And Justice for All

The very best, just great. Kirk at his best moments. Plus those lyrics are superb.

Tapping, Sliding, Bending? What else could you beg for? Also, who could forget the speed of the solo and the departure from Kirk's somewhat repetitive pentatonic solos

This should definitely be one
And ironically it is called one - krispykrememcdonalds

This shows Kirks best talents in a solo finger tapping trills etc. (If your a guitar nerd)

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3 Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning

This is in my top 5 solos of all time. This is to Metallica as Tornado is to Megadeth, or Painkiller is to Priest, or Eruption is to Van Halen. Kirk is in no way the greatest guitarist of all time, or even in the top 100, but this solo is epic!

By far the best solo Kirk has ever done. It starts off with a short tapping section, then it goes to a very melodic section, then to all out shredding. One of Metallica's most underrated solos and songs.

The best solo of Metallica. What tornado of souls is to megadeth, ride the lightning is to Metallica. The song solo show how kirk hammett plays - amitcornelius1

My favourite metal solo.

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4 Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

First solo is better than the second in this because it sounds cooler than the hardcore second one and its easier to play. I love everything that metallica does though

I really like James' first solo better than the one that Kirk plays.

Does it take question? I vote Master of Puppets, but for some reason, I believe it's ok in number 3... Dunno why...

The song has an amazing guitar solo

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5 The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All

An incredible melodic tempo surfing solo that not only strikes the fear of the concept of the horseman into the listener, but also defines the terror with an outstanding solo outro and follow up. This should be in the top 3, with the only solo I can honestly think topping it being One.

A Legendary solo, it should easily be in the Top 3, especially for the moment when Kirk Hammett just bursts into the solo.

this song and one should be on the top of the list - livinglegend

Why do they never play the middle section live

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6 The Unforgiven - Metallica

In my opinioin this is the Best solo made by Kirk... ever. Is Seems like a wave coming slowly and suddenly it just grows, through very well constructed scales, and just become a monster. I know that is not the fastest or the heavier solo from Metallica, but for me is the most perfect one.

An incredibly fitting solo for a great, hard-hitting song. Just perfect.

Of all the solos this one stands slightly above all the others

It's amazing song and best of Metallica

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7 Creeping Death - Ride The Lightning

Not crazy about Kirk, but this is one of the few fast solos of his I actually like, along with Ride the Lightning (actually written by Dave Mustaine) and some solos from Kill em All

Not my favourite solo, but this solo is what pushes this song into being one of the best of all time.

This solo is just brilliant! Though it's pretty short...

8 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Soul in this solo mesmerizes me. Too bad it's really short though - sharm7064

Who said Metallica can't be intricate? This song is so amazing, and this solo is a fantastic way to top it off. - chriscg

You know it's Metallica when one of the best solos of the band is played by the rhythm guitarist.. - ahmedaser

This solo is amazing, and I am happy it is by James not Kirk. I was long time thinking if vote for this or Fade to Black, just to beat the One on the top. Gosh I hate the One solo. There is no emotions in there just spasmic finger move.

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9 Blackened - ...And Justice for All

I think blackened has the best solo. Even the slow part of it is fast!

very underrated song... wasnt even on GH Metallica! God I wanted to play this song... - AymanKabir

A very balanced solo that deserves more recognition. Slow parts, fast parts, it all comes together here.

Best solo ever made

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10 Dyers Eve - ...And Justice For All

This song, in my humblest of opinions, not only has the best solo (s), but I think it is their best guitar track in general. When you listen to the solos, they are of face-melting quality but also remain well within the boundaries of the music.

Kirk Hammett even said himself this was the craziest song and solo he had ever written, they rarely play this live because of how intense it is. THIS, my friends, is Metallica at their very best.

Kirk Hammett said in an interview that Dyers Eve is the craziest song they have ever wrote, they won't write another one like it because it was too intense

This is their best solo, closely followed by fade to black

The Contenders

11 Damage, Inc. - Master of Puppets

I think this song is super, super, super underrated. It sounds a lot like Megadeth's Black Friday (so, in other words, badass) with a solo that sounds like the precursor to that of One. Definitely One of my favourites from MoP and Metallica in general.

I think it should be unforgiven 3

Horsemen Ride the lightning and Fade to black had historic and influental solos but their "thrashest" and hardest to play is by far Damage Inc.

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12 Battery - Master of Puppets

I don't seriously know, why people are voting Fade to Black's outro solo. I don't see anything special on that. I like more Fade to Black's intro solo. But Battery's solo is kicking some ass in my opinion.

13 Orion - Master of Puppets

This song is just EPIC the way it changes all the time sounds awesome too!

A composition worthy of being redone by a full orchestra,very powerful and moving

14 The Unforgiven III - Metallica

Amazing solo. Not only one of the most technically challenging, but it also flows amazing with the song. While the song itself may not be the best, the solo itself puts it up in my Top Ten Metallica songs.

It is the BEST Solo of ALL the time. It is not to short and REALLY fast played. I hope some other people have the same thinking of this Song as me. - patschyie

I have Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, & Pantera on my iPod. This is the only song that actually gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.

Very underrated and unknown. Only reason this isn't higher is because is nobody listens to death magnetic

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15 Fight Fire With Fire - Ride the Lightning
16 Seek & Destroy - Kill 'Em All

Why is this so low on the list. Its Metallicas fastest and heaviest riff. It deserves to be 1

17 Hero Of The Day - Load
18 The Day That Never Comes - Death Magnetic

I agree one has the greatest solo ever.. But I vote for this song, because this solo is too good to remain just at 20th place, its very under rated

It begins slow but works its way up to my favorite guitar solo of all time. It just makes you want to go crazy

Best guitar solo by Metallica by far

19 Jump in the Fire - Kill 'Em All

I wish people realized how great this solo is, sadly it's over shadowed by master of puppets and one, etc. To me this solo is the best, no contest!

Jump in the fire is not the best song, but the final solo is definitely the best!

I agree for its not the best song but I think its not the best solo

That solo is the best, unfortunately only few of fans know that song.

That fast solo was great! It kicks ass! So underrated!

20 Hit the Lights - Kill 'Em All

The solos on this song came from a younger, much more intense Kirk. The playing is sharp and he proved he was a force to be reckoned with. A young shredder very full of potential. Too bad he uses the wah pedal to death. Takes away from the creativity - Johnnyt800

A perfect example of why Kirk was at the forefront of that style back in the day. It wasn't melodic or even his best but it's my favorite and difficult to play

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