Wednesday Question: Best Songs With Guitar Duels

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Wednesday Question: Best Songs With Guitar Duels

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks you to think of all the tunes that feature guitar duels and answer this thing right here:

What's the greatest song ever to feature a guitar duel?


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    Hanger 18.
    Dueling Banjos.. ok, while not strictly guitar, I feel it belong on this list.
    Cacophony - Concerto Jason Becker and Marty Friedman killing it in the early days.
    It's even called "The Duel." One of the best moments of Metalocalypse
    If The Duel doesn't win best song with a guitar duel I'll be surprised, it's brilliant and yeah, definitely one of the best parts of Metalocalypse
    I think some are confusing "duel" with "dual"
    I think there's not much distinction between the two as far as recorded music goes. As long as there's dual alternating lead, I don't think it matters if they imply that they're characters having a battle in the song. A lot of them don't really mention it unless it's part of a story in the lyrics.
    Crossroads guitar dual!
    Yeah, but in reality it's Vai dueling with himself.
    Actually i think the first part was Rye Cooder but Vai did both end parts, if I remember correctly.
    a drummer
    I'll say Bat Country Theres so many better songs and better duels, but this came out during a time when guitar playing was at a low, and helped bring guitar solos back into the mainstream. It's iconic and influencial
    Oh what a crock of shit. Guitar solos have never gone away, you just didnt listen to good music then
    The Beatles- The End. Without this song, you'd never get to hear a guitar battle between John, Paul and George.
    In The Fire - Roadrunner United (Trivium)
    Matt used to be so much more ambitious with his playing, seems to be okay letting Corey take all the leads anymore.
    Ya from the Shogun album onwards I feel like Matt has become a little complacent with his playing, more focused on his singing it seems. But some of his earlier work is ridiculously good. Both him and Corey are amazing
    It's not that that's a problem even, Matt's vocals have become ridiculously good and he still does do some leads and still plays his solos live. He's still a great player, but as you said, he seems to be a bit complacent when writing guitar parts now. Not even talking about technicality, like throughout most songs Corey will be playing a hooky melody while Matt just plays straight 8 power chords, no imagination.
    I think his vocals have gotten really good to and I'm glad he's stepped up the game there but I almost feel (and probably didn't explain well enough in the previous post) that he has switched from a player first to a singer first mentality. I recall watching the bonus videos from the Vengeance Falls album and he was talking all about the different breathing techniques, and holding his chest while he sings to help with power etc. It just seems like a lot of his attention now is focused on vocals and whatever other motor skills are associated with singing live. I almost worry that with his mind being so focused on the vocals he can't play the super technical stuff while still performing to the standard of the new vocal style he has adopted. But as you said you, still a great player, and there are moments of brilliance from his playing on the newer just seems a shame when we know how good he is and he isn't putting it all on display anymore.
    Iron Maiden - The Duellists When you say "guitar duel", Maiden is something that just has to come to your mind. They are the essence of double (in 2000s even triple) lead playing in metal. And The Duellists is probably the one song which shows it best. The dual leads and solos here just give me eargasm.
    Ole' Nessie
    Slayer - dead skin mask Always loved the back and forth between Jeff and Kerry in this tune
    Khetag Lagkuti
    Never been so sure on my Wednesday Question suggestion. Trivium - A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation.
    Queens of the Stone Age - A Song For the Dead Throughout the song Josh and Troy take turns to play fills, but they also do a duel/dual (what the fucking is the difference even in this WQ) during the main solo(s), including a part where they harmonize each other
    Alter Bridge - Fortress. The solos of this song are simply amazing and we can really hear the style of Myles vs Mark