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 you can make your practice session fun is jamming. So here are 30 guitar duet songs that you can play with your friends.
30 Guitar Duet Song List
1. The Eagles “Hotel California”
Hotel California recorded in 1976 and Composed by Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey. The song is a musical masterpiece. The song topped the HOT 100 singles chart for a week and won the 1978 Grammy award for Record of the Year. A 2 minute 20 second non-stop guitar duo by Joe Walsh and Don Felder helped the song reach its legendary status.
2. Iron Maiden “The Trooper”
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 their 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. Metallica “Master of Puppets”
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”. The song also took the number 1 spot on a poll called “100 Greatest Riffs” hosted by Total Guitar Magazine. The song is one of the band’s most famous songs.
4. Derek And The Dominos “Layla”
Layla is a love song based on the story of Layla and Majnun. The song was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon. Derek And The Dominos released the song 1971. The legendary Eric Clapton and Duane Allman worked on the guitar duo. The 3-minute solo can take anyone to an emotional trip.
5. Avenged Sevenfold “Nightmare”
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 as it topped the US Billboard Heatseekers list. It also peaked in the number 2 position in the US Billboard Rock Songs. The lead guitarist Synyster Gates and the riff guitarist Zacky Vengeance outshine everyone. Synyster’s super-fast solos and Zacky’s aggressive riffs had their fans wanting more.
6. Slayer “Raining Blood”
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 posses some challenging guitar duets. It peaked in 64th position in the UK Singles (Official Charts Company).
7. Megadeth “Hangar 18”
Megadeth is an American thrash metal band. 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. The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
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-duo songs of all time.
9. Judas Priest “Electric Eye”
Judas Priest is a British heavy metal. Electric Eye, released as a single in 1983, is one the most well-known works of the band. Guitarist 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. Iron Maiden “Aces High”
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 29th position in Irish Single Charts and 20th position in the UK Single Chart.
11. Queensrÿche “Eyes of a Stranger”
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 created one of the best guitar duos. Eyes of a Stranger is one of their most famous works. The song peaked at number 35 in the US Mainstream Rock.
12. Boston “Don’t Look Back”
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. Don’t Look Back is one of the band’s best guitar duo riff songs.
13. Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back In Town”
The Boys Are Back In Town is a single released by the band Thin Lizzy in 1976. The song peaked at the number 1 position in Ireland and number 8 on UK Single Charts. The song was re-released in 1991. The Boys Are Back In Town is a gold-certified blues rock song.
14. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Simple Man”
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. The song is also commonly picked if anyone is trying to play an acoustic duet.
15. Kiss “Detroit Rock City”
Detroit Rock City is a song written by the American Band Kiss. The song was released in 1976. It is 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. Def Leppard “Wasted”
Def Leppard is a British rock band. The song Wasted is the seventh track from their studio debut album On Through the Night. The song has that catchy grove, which makes it an earworm. Peter Willis and Steve Clark came up with a very distinct guitar solo and a very progressive riffs.
17. Kansas “Dust in the Wind”
Dust in the Wind is a prime example of how Kansas is a group of lyrical and musical genius. Guitarist Kerry Livgren wrote the song. He also came up with the plucking, which was played beautifully through the song. The voice and two acoustic guitars went so well together that it will take you on an emotional ride.
18. The Rolling Stones “All Down the Line”
The Rolling Stones is a British rock band. 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. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine”
Sweet Child o’ Mine is a song from the 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 powerful riffs.
20. Metallica “One”
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 progressed into a Thrash metal music. It is to this day a fan-favorite.
21. Ratt “Round and Round”
Ratt is an American Hard rock band. Despite the band’s genre, Round and Round is glam metal. The song starts with a pop-influenced distorted guitar riff. But what makes the song so good is the harmony guitar solo played by Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier.
22. Megadeth “Tornado Of Souls”
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. The Allman Brothers Band “Jessica”
The Allman Brother is an American rock band. They prefer to play country rock and instrumental rock. The song is 5 minutes 54 seconds long. To put it in other words, it is an instrumental, two guitarists playing guitar harmony for 6 minutes straight.
24. The Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down”
Don’t let me down is a love song written by John Lenon for his love Yoko Ono. The song was released in 1969 by the legendary band The Beatles. The song is full of beautiful and cheerful guitar duo work. Solo by Harrison and back up by Lennon makes it a beautiful piece of work.
25. Avenged Sevenfold “Beast And The Harlot”
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 very enjoyable to learn.
26. Slayer “South of Heaven”
South of Heaven is a song by the American Thrash metal band Slayer. The song is the title track of their 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 sound alive.
27. Iron maiden “The Wicker Man”
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. Aerosmith “Dream On”
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. The guitar also has its own solo. The whole plucking and solo make the song perfectly compatible with the vocals.
29. Toto “Hold The Line”
Toto is an American hard rock band. The song was written by David Paich and released in 1978. The song was a massive hit as it peaked 5th position in U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 in South African Single Chart.
30. Judas Priest “Victim of Changes”
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.
There are many more jaw-dropping guitar duo songs. However, this list brings together some of the best 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. Don’t forget to choose your most favorite guitar and your best acoustic guitar strings as well. Always remember, when a regular guitar solo isn’t enough, try your hand at a guitar duo to spice things up.
About the Author: Leo is the founder of https://sixstringtips.com, a music website providing and sharing useful information to help people easily choose musical instruments and learn to play guitar.
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