50 Songs That Every SERIOUS Shredder MUST Learn!

We all love our shredders. The realm of guitar has learnt so much from them. As a fellow guitarist, let’s not reinvent the wheel – let’s simply learn from the great guitar heroes of our time. Whilst there are so many influential guitarists, we’ve compiled a pretty awesome list of ten influential guitarists that EVERYONE should listen to. We then chose five songs by each guitarist that EVERYONE should learn. If you learn the songs recommended here, you will improve in technique, ability, creativity AND you will develop an understanding of the artist. You will also most likely improve enough to be able to play ANY of their songs!

1) Steve Vai

  • Tender Surrender
  • Crying Machine
  • For The Love Of God
  • The Attitude Song
  • Boston Rain Melody

2) Joe Satriani

  • Surfing With The Alien
  • Circles
  • Flying In A Blue Dream
  • Cool #9
  • Always With Me, Always With You

3) Brian May (Queen)

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • We Are The Champions
  • We Will Rock you
  • Death on Two Legs

4) Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Rude Mood
  • Dirty Pool
  • Lenny
  • Tin Pan Alley
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb

5) Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

  • Master Of Puppets
  • Enter Sandman
  • Fade To Black
  • Sanitarium
  • Ride The Lightning

6) John Mayer

  • Bold As Love
  • Gravity
  • Belief
  • Wheel
  • Waiting On The World To Change

7) Yngwie Malmsteen

  • Arpeggios From Hell
  • Evil Eye
  • Rising Force
  • Heaven Tonight
  • Trilogy Suite Opus 5

8) John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

  • As I Am
  • Metropolis Pt 1
  • Stream Of Consciousness
  • A Rite Of Passage
  • Glasgow Kiss (From his solo album)

9) Jimi Hendrix

  • Voodoo Child
  • Red House
  • Hey Joe
  • Purple Haze
  • Little Wing

10) Andy Timmons

  • Electric Gypsy
  • Groove or Die
  • Deliver Us
  • Pink Champaign Sparkle
  • Cry For You

Well, enjoy shredding these awesome guitar classics. Regardless of your goals, if you learn all of these songs then you must be a pretty good shredder! If you learn (or attempt to learn) these songs after reading this article, I would love to hear from you! Send us an email and let us know that we’ve inspired you to improve!

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