Top 10 Metallica Songs with the Best Guitar Solos


The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning

Much better than one

This solo has some soul in it, and I mean the outro solo, that is badass, all of it. This solo was the solo that I decided to master this year of guitar, and boy is it a great solo. By far one of Kirk Hammets best solos. This is my favorite Metallica solo, of all time, and it truly shows.

This solo is arguably better than one

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

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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

One got inspired by fade to black. I know because I know how to play one and fade on guitar

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3 Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning

The absolute best Kirk Hammett solo. From beginning to end, it's epic as all hell.

Pure eargasm from the first note to the last. And just when kirk hits the highest note on his axe and you think it's over, he comes back with an even wilder section.
This really feels like riding the lightning. Seriously.

This solo makes me feel like I am riding the lightning no joke.

With creeping death, this is the best

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4 Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

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

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

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

Most of Kirk's solos are extremely similar. This is one of the usual. Nothing special.

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5 The Unforgiven - Metallica

Very melodic yet Powerful!

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

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6 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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7 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.

To me, I find this way more harder to solo on than One. - Mumbizz01

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8 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

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

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

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 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

10 Creeping Death - Ride The Lightning

This may not be his fastest or most technical solo, because that is dyers eve. But this solo is more underrated and is a better composed solo than any of his others.

Underrated solo. - Userguy44

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.

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The Contenders

11 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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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 Damage, Inc. - Master of Puppets

Ultimate shredding! - Userguy44

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

This is my favorite solo o all time. Should be higher.

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14 Orion - Master of Puppets

The 2nd solo is why I like metallica

The best instrumental ever.

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

15 Hero Of The Day - Load

Beautiful solo, make me cry

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16 Fight Fire With Fire - Ride the Lightning
17 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

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18 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!

19 ...And Justice For All - ...And Justice For All

Best Metallica guitar solo it starts slow then goes crazy. Perfect

20 Disposable Heroes - Master of Puppets

Awesome solo - Idiot244

Simply epic. The scale change makes this much more awesome than any of the others on Master of Puppets, except possibly for Master or Sanitarium.

Most underrated Metallica song in my opinion - JonnyGordon

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21 My Friend of Misery - Metallica

One of my favorite Metallica solos easily. Maybe not top 10 but definitely not 39. This kicks ass and goes on and on. It's different from most of their solos and partly why it's so cool. It's far down on the track listing and maybe a lot of people haven't heard it I guess.

Is a top 10 solo

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23 The Ecstasy of Gold - We All Love Ennio Morricone
24 The Judas Kiss - Death Magnetic

That sort of trigger alarm goes off in my head when somebody says "The Judas Kiss is too slow". It has a pretty consistent speed, except during the buildup to the solo and the solo itself. One of Kirk's best demonstrations of finger tapping.

The solo starts out slow around 4:22, but it just becomes fast to a ludicrous extent at 5:12 to 5:28, it's some wild pull-offs.

God! No one's heard this solo or what! This is one of the best solos kirk has ever made but it is not even MENTIONED in the list! Listen to this solo first before taking your votes and you'll will realize why I'm rambling so much about this solo. This easily beats the likes of Dyer's Eve and The Four Horsemen. In fact, it rises a notch above even MOP and Nothing else matters. That's how good this solo is. Being a hardcore metallica fan myself, it's time we stop focussing our mind on the 'old' songs and look at how good some of the new ones are.

Without a doubt my favourite guitar solo ever, and my favourite Metallica song ever!

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25 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Master of Puppets

One of their best melodic solo

Why is that song on 22, for Me it's the best song from Metallica.
Every true Fan loves that Song!

26 The Thing That Should Not Be - Metallica


What the heck? This song has the best build up and solo ever right behind Dyers Eve.
My only problem is that there's not more of it

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27 Suicide and Redemption - Death Magnetic

Suicide and Redemption maybe shouldn't be number one, but it should definitely be in the top ten. The three solos with the melodic start before the song rushes to double time, then after Hetfield comes out crashing with his solo, Hammett wah's it up a notch for the big finale.

Arguably the most emotional solo ever done by Metallica.

28 Seek & Destroy - Kill 'Em All

28. what?

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

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29 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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30 The God That Failed - Metallica

The solo in this song is amazing... I love the short pause and the part after.

31 Eye of the Beholder - ...And Justice for All

Can't believe this isn't even in the top 10.

This song's solo is a killer

Best solo in ajfa

32 Sad But True - Metallica
33 Wherever I May Roam - Metallica

My favourite wah solo. - Userguy44

So underrated

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34 Enter Sandman - Metallica

How the hell this is not even in the list... I wanna remember everyone ENTER SANDMAN IS THE ONLY METALLICA SONG WHICH APPEARS ON THE LIST OF ROLLING STONE'S 500 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME... And believe me the solo is equally great, one of their best

The fact that this is the only Metallica song on this list just shows how much of a joke the Rolling Stone magazine is... It's a good song for sure but very very overrated. I think almost every song on Master Of Puppets is far far superior to this song, it's just that song. Don't get me wrong, I still love Enter Sandman but Master Of Puppets should be on that list, for sure. - Relicious

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35 To Live Is To Die -...And Justice For All

This solo has got soul. This is fantastic melody and it shows real feelings.

A masterpiece

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36 The Shortest Straw -...And Justice For All

The entire album has fantastic solos and this track is no exception. Gives off a bit of a Van Halen vibe. The intro part of the solo is so strange but that's a good thing.

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37 That Was Just Your Life - Death Magnetic

While this is not Kirk's best, I'm sure some can definitely agree that this solo, and this entire song was just to show that Metallica can still kick ass. This solo is like a manifesto saying "Hey, I'm Kirk, and I'm back from not doing solos and ready to kick ass again. We Are Metallica. "

A very unique solo with a "Dragonforce" feel to it.

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39 The Outlaw Torn - Load

This solo is haunting and amazing at the same time. Most underrated Metallica song and one of the most underrated solos.

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40 2 X 4 - Load

How is this not near the top 10? It's mesmerising.

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41 Escape - Ride the Lightning
42 Leper Messiah - Master of Puppets UListen to Sample
43 Frayed Ends Of Sanity - ...And Justice For All

On of the my favorite solo

Best solo on justice

44 Bleeding Me - Load

This song would be on top if not for the Load-haters.

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45 No Leaf Clover - Metallica UListen to Sample
46 Don't Tread on Me - Metallica UListen to Sample
47 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Kill 'Em All UListen to Sample
48 Hardwired - Hardwired... To Self Destruct

Too short and not special. - Userguy44

I way how Kirk opens with a shred makes me respect this solo a lot. - Mumbizz01

Just add the new one

49 St. Anger - Metallica

Hey dude this solo rocks man. I mean its one of the best Metallica solo ever written. Just listen to it its awesome. Wait I think somethings wrong?

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Top Remixes (16)

1. One - ...And Justice for All
2. Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning
3. Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets
1. Ride the Lightning - Ride the Lightning
2. Dyers Eve - ...And Justice For All
3. Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning
1. Fade to Black - Ride the Lightning
2. The Four Horsemen - Kill 'Em All
3. Master of Puppets - Master of Puppets

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