The Ultimate List of 30 Timeless Guitar Duet Songs

Written by: MT Team

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

The guitar can be easy to learn but hard to master.

What makes a good guitarist different from a master is the hours spent practicing. But practicing the guitar can be very monotonous. Learning the guitar should be exciting and fun.

The best way to make your practice session fun is by jamming. And if you want to take it up a notch, find another guitar-playing friend and work on some guitar duet song covers to practice both of your chops.

In this list, I cover 30 guitar duet songs that you and your buddy can jam on.

Now go through the songs below and see which ones you’re going to learn first.

What Are the Best Guitar Duet Songs?

1. “Hotel California” By The Eagles

Hotel California is one of the best-known guitar duet songs.

It was recorded in 1976 and Composed by Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey.

The dueling guitars between Don Felder and Jo Walsh are nothing short of impressive. The 2 minute and 20 second non-stop guitar solo duo helped the song reach its legendary status.

Moreover, it topped the HOT 100 singles chart for a week and won the 1978 Grammy award for Record of the Year.

2. “The Trooper” By Iron Maiden

The Trooper was released as the second single from the album “Peace of Mind ” on 20 June 1983 by Iron Maiden.

The band was famous for its ultimate guitar duos. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith made some of the most iconic guitar duo work.

The song is full of energetic heavy-metal riffs and a great duo guitar solo. The riffs and the solo makes The Trooper one of the best pieces of guitar duet music ever created.

3. “Master of Puppets” By Metallica

Master of Puppets is the title track of Metallica’s third studio album.

The song ranked number 2 in the book “The Top 500 Heavy Metal Song of All Time”.

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield both tackle the main solo with James playing the lower harmony and Kirk playing the higher harmony.

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4. “Layla” By Derek And The Dominos

Layla is a love song based on the story of Layla and Majnun.

The song was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon and is one of the best guitar duet songs ever written.

Derek And The Dominos released the song in 1970.

The legendary Eric Clapton and Duane Allman worked on the guitar duo. The 3-minute solo can take anyone on an emotional trip.

5. “Nightmare” By Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band.

The song Nightmare is the title track of their fifth studio album. The song was a super hit and the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

The guitarists Synyster Gates and Mike Portnoy outshine everyone.

Their exchanging licks and harmony sections really took this song to the next level.

6. “Raining Blood” By Slayer

Raining Blood by Slayer released in 1986 is a thrash metal song.

Guitarist Henneman composed the song. Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King showed anger and hostility in the guitar duo.

The intro is so demonic and powerful that you can feel the wrath just by listening to it. The song possesses some challenging guitar duets. It peaked at 64th position in the UK Singles (Official Charts Company).

7. “Hangar 18” By Megadeth

After Cocophony was disbanded, guitarist Marty Friedman joined Megadeath.

The frontman of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine along, with Marty Friendman, created the song.

Only two minutes into the song, Dave and Marty started their two-minute-long guitar duet. The guitar duo track was a complete masterpiece.

It was nominated for the Annual Grammy Awards for the Best Metal Performance.

8. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” By The Beatles

Once upon a time The Beatles, the greatest rock band of all time, along with the legendary Eric Clapton made a song.

The song is While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It was written by George Harrison. The song managed to make its mark on the list of “The 500 Greatest Song of All Time”.

The guitar duo of Harrison and Eric made the song one of the most iconic guitar duet songs of all time.

9. “Electric Eye” By Judas Priest

Judas Priest is a British heavy metal band.

Electric Eye, released as a single in 1982, is one the most well-known works of the band.

Guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing were already famous for their amazing guitar duo work. The intro to Electric Eye, The Hellion, is one of their greatest creation.

10. “Aces High” By Iron Maiden

Aces High is the second single released from their album Powerslaves.

Aces High is one of the most well-known songs from Iron Maiden. The guitar duet from Dave Murray and Adrian Smith made the song very popular among metal fans.

The song peaked at 29th position on Irish Single Charts and 20th position on the UK Single Chart.

11. “Eyes of a Stranger” By Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche is a progressive metal band.

Album “Operation: Mindcrime” is an album full of amazing songs. Eyes of a Stranger is the last song from the album.

Chris DeGarmo and Micheal Wilton really created something impressive with their guitar duo work on this one.

The song peaked at number 35 in the US Mainstream Rock.

12. “Don’t Look Back” By Boston

Don’t Look Back is a song by Boston that was released as a single in 1978. The song was written by Tom Scholz.

Tom Scholz is super famous for his overlay guitar tracks. Being one guitarist recording two separate guitar parts has its advantages in the studio but when it comes to live performances it can be difficult to replicate.

Regardless, Don’t Look Back is one of the band’s best guitar duo solo songs.

13. “The Boys Are Back In Town” By Thin Lizzy

The classic song has been featured in countless movies and TV shows and for good reason. It’s an absolute jam!

The Boys Are Back In Town is a single released by the band Thin Lizzy in 1976. Scott Gorham and Brian Robertsonare were to thank for the dueling guitar parts in this song.

The song peaked at the number 1 position in Ireland and number 8 on UK Single Charts. The Boys Are Back In Town is a gold-certified blues rock song.

14. “Simple Man” By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Simple Man is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most-sold songs coming at number 3 after Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

The slow riffs and the beautiful plucking makes Simple Man a fan favorite. The song is soft-toned in parts while distorted in loud in other parts.

The solo, performed by Gary Rossington sounds as though it was double-tracked so essentially you and a friend could play the exact same parts to try and replicate the sound of this one.

15. “Detroit Rock City” By Kiss

This song was released in 1976 and was the third single from their album Destroyer (1976).

The song is a classic hard rock headbanger.

The band is famous for its fun music. But Detroit Rock City hits the spotlight because of the guitar duo riffs. The guitar melody is just perfect to set up that party mood.

16. “Wasted” By Def Leppard

“Wasted” is the seventh track from their studio debut album “On Through the Night”.

The song has that catchy groove, which makes it an earworm. Pete Willis and Steve Clark are to thank for their very distinct guitar solos and progressive riffs.

17. “Dust in the Wind” By Kansas

Dust in the Wind is a prime example of how Kansas is a group of lyrical and musical geniuses. \

Guitarist Kerry Livgren wrote this awesome fingerpicking song.

The vocals and two acoustic guitars playing in unison go so well together that it will take you on an emotional ride.

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18. “All Down the Line” By The Rolling Stones

All Down the Line is from the album Exile On Main St.

This song makes the list because of the powerful riffs by Keith Richard. And the solo on the slide guitar by Mick Taylor.

The riff and solo blended in so perfectly that I had to put this on the list.

19. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” By Guns N’ Roses

Sweet Child o’ Mine was released on Guns N’ Roses’ debut album “Appetite For Destruction”.

The song was a massive hit when it was released. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Slash showed his creativity and talent for music with the solo he created for the song.

To complement Slash’s solo, Izzy Stadlin came up with some pretty powerful riffs and complementary guitar sections.

20. “One” By Metallica

The song One is the third single from their fourth studio album “And Justice for All”. It was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

The song starts with a beautiful plucking followed by a slow and soft solo. Little by little, it progresses into thrash metal music. It is to this day a fan favorite.

Once again, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield take the guitar duo section of this song head-on as they harmonize and synchronize their rhythms and lead lines.

21. “Round and Round” By Ratt

Ratt is an American Hard rock band. Despite the band’s genre, Round and Round is probably best categorized as glam metal.

The song starts with a pop-influenced distorted guitar riff. But what makes the song so good is the harmonious guitar solo played by Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini.

22. “Tornado Of Souls” By Megadeth

Tornado of Souls was written by Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson. It is one of my personal favorites.

Mustaine and Marty’s crazy solo in the song is beloved by the world. The song starts with guitar riffs based on harmonic palm mute.

No one can listen to the whole song and standstill. Your head will start banging as soon as the solo comes up!

23. “Jessica” By The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers is an American rock band. They prefer to play country rock and instrumental rock.

The song is 7 minutes 31 seconds long. To put it in other words, it is an instrumental, with two guitarists playing harmonies throughout. The main melody was actually used as the opening theme song for the British automotive show Top Gear.

24. “Don’t Let Me Down” By The Beatles

Don’t let me down is a love song written by John Lenon for his love Yoko Ono.

The song was released in 1970 by the legendary band The Beatles.

The song is full of cheerful guitar duo work. The solo by Harrison and backup by Lennon make it a beautiful piece of work.

25. “Beast And The Harlot” By Avenged Sevenfold

Beast And The Harlot is one of the earliest pieces of work created by Avenged Sevenfold.

Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengence are already well-known for their melodic yet fast duos. The intro starts with a fast and powerful riff, which makes the song very dynamic.

The solo is just the finest piece of art. Very unusual and powerful riffs are played during the whole song. It makes the song fun to listen to and hard but rewarding to learn.

26. “South of Heaven” By Slayer

This song is the title track of Slayer’s fourth studio album.

In the song, the guitars were toned down. It starts with a slow demonic riff followed by sudden high-tempo riffs, which makes the song come alive.

27. “The Wicker Man” By Iron Maiden

I promise this is the last Iron Maiden song on the list.

The wicker man is the opening track of their 12th studio Album, Brave New World. The song was written by Steve Harris, Dickinson, and Smith.

The heavy pop-inspired riff and the solo between the vocals make the song a beast.

28. “Dream On” By Aerosmith

A guitarist’s job is oftentimes to compliment the vocals of a song. Dream On by Aerosmith is the perfect example of that.

The song starts with clean plucking and builds up as it reaches the chorus. This tune heavily uses left and right-ear panning with separate guitar parts in both.

The whole plucking and solo sections make the song perfectly compatible with Steven Tyler’s vocals.

29. “Hold The Line” By Toto

This song was written by David Paich and released in 1978.

The song was a massive hit as it peaked at 5th position on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the South African Single Chart.

The ending part of the solo implements a harmonizing component that makes it go out with a bang.

30. “Victim of Changes” By Judas Priest

Victim of Changes is a song by Judas Priest released in 1976.

The intro starts with an echoed guitar riff. The song has two solos. The first one played by K.K Downing, is light and mellow only to toughen up soon after.

The second solo, played by Glenn Tipton happens during the climax.

Final Thoughts

There are many more jaw-dropping guitar duet songs. However, this list brings together some of the best guitar duet songs of all time.

It takes an insane amount of practice and enthusiasm to create guitar duets like these. Now that you have the list, you can try to jam with your friends or bandmates.

Always remember, when a regular guitar solo isn’t enough, try your hand at a guitar duo to spice things up.

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