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Favorite Kirk Hammett Metallica Guitar Solo – Readers Poll

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On Nov. 18, 1962, future Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was born and all these years later he’s become one of the most revered axemen in music. Hammett helped define Metallica’s guitar-heavy sound with his nimble fretboard mastery, delivering many a great solo during his tenure with the band. Our Readers Poll question asks you, Metallica fans, which of Hammett’s guitar solos is your favorite.

We’ll start off our selections reflecting back to the band’s 1983 ‘Kill ‘Em All’ debut, where ‘Motorbreath’ and ‘Whiplash’ gave Hammett a little bit of the spotlight. Hammett pulled off one of the better ‘Ride the Lightning’ disc’s solos with the album opener, ‘Fight Fire With Fire.’ And both ‘Disposable Heroes’ and the title track from the ‘Master of Puppets’ album rocked a little harder thanks to Hammett’s efforts.

You can’t have a best guitar solos list without including Hammett’s work on ‘One’ and ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ from the ‘ … And Justice for All’ album. ‘My Friend of Misery’ off the ‘Black’ album may not have been a big hit, but man does it rock. And ‘Hero of the Day’ off the ‘Load’ record gets its juice from Hammett’s electrifying work. We’ll complete our list with Metallica’s cover of ‘Stone Cold Crazy,’ easily one of the highlights from ‘Rubaiyat,’ the Elektra Records 40th anniversary compilation album.

That’s a lot of amazing guitar work from Kirk Hammett in just a few selections. Let us know which of Kirk Hammett’s guitar solos most blew you away and is your favorite of all-time by voting in our Readers Poll below:

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