Ben Harper - Burn One Down: On the album version, the guitar is tuned down a whole tone, but in live shows he usually plays it in standard tuning. This is based in G, and it has a good intro, especially if you know someone who plays bongos.
Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Blink 182 - Adam's Song
Blink 182 - All the Small Things
Blink 182 - Dammit
Blue Oyster Cult - Astronomy
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
Bob Dylan - All Along the Watchtower
Bob Marley - Redemption Song: This is based around G and C. The rhythm for the intro and chord changes can be difficult at first.
Buckethead - Electric Tears
Buckethead - Padmasana
Cannibal Corpse - Gallery of Suicide
Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face
Coheed and Cambria - A Favor House Atlantic
Coheed and Cambria - Faint of Heart
Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
Cream - White Room
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus: As there was a lack of solo, and just a few riffs on power chord, the only challenging part is keeping in time and singing while playing it. With some modification and heavy distortion, it becomes Marilyn Manson's edition. Seeing their difference is still easy to do.
Devin Townsend Band - Vampira
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Drop Dead, Gorgeous - I Want To Master Life And Death : The only difficult part is figuring out how to strum at the end and at the chorus. it is drop c too.
Eric Clapton - Cocaine
Eric Clapton - Layla
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Europe - Hero
Extreme - Hole Hearted
Foghat - Slow Ride
Foo Fighters - Let It Die
Godsmack - Awake
Godsmack - Keep Away
Godsmack - Serenity
Godsmack - Vampires
Godsmack - Voodoo
Grand Funk Railroad - Heartbreaker
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day - Holiday
Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia
Green Day - Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) - Only four open chords for the entire song. Very easy. Some funny plucking at points though.
Green Day - When September Ends
Guns N Roses - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle: Eb Tuning
Hillsong United - What The World Will Never Take
Incubus - Pardon Me
Incubus - Wish You Were Here
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Jimi Hendrix - Foxey Lady
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe: This song uses open chords, and it has a very recognizable intro. Good for playing for friends, easy to sing and play.
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Judas Priest - Breaking the Law
Kumiko Noma - Lilium (OP from Elfen lied) - It's an easy piece to practice fingerpicking, and also very suited for the use of E-Bow when playing just the melody.
Lacuna Coil - Falling Again
Lenny Kravitz - Always On The Run
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
Linkin Park - No More Sorrow - Good Ebow practice song; if it's too easy with just pick, try to see if you can able to pick as fast while holding the Ebow (and that means the Ebow should not be flying in the air!). Watch the transition.
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
Megadeth - A Tout Le Monde
Megadeth - Gears of War
Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica - Fuel
Metallica - Jump in the Fire
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Metallica - The Unforgiven
Muse - Unintended
Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World
Nevermore - The Heart Collector
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Nirvana - In Bloom
Nirvana - Lithium
Nirvana - Polly
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis - Wonderwall
Pantera - F*cking Hostile
Pearl Jam - Indifference
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Radiohead - Creep
Radiohead - Exit Music (For a Film)
Radiohead - Karma Police
Radiohead - Lucky
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Apache Rose Peacock
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Funky Monks
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mellowship Slinky
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Readymade
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Zephyr Song
Rise Against- Ready to fall. A little faster but the chords are all pretty simple.
Michael Jackson - Beat It: Like many R&B songs, its riff composed of simple power chords and melody line... except the fact that its solo is a chromatic run played by Eddie Van Halen with lots of hammer-on and pull-offs.
AC/DC - Back in Black
Bullet for my Valentine - Tears Don't Fall
Cream - Badge
Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water: Except for the solo section, this song is very easy, and could be considered "overplayed". Based on G Blues Pentatonic, with G, B-flat, and D-flat as main power chords. Given enough skill, you should be able to sing it and play it.
Incubus - Drive: This uses some complicated, jazzy chords that could be unfamiliar and take some practice. Difficult to sing and play.
Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden - Flight of Icarus
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden - Revelations
Iron Maiden - The Prisoner
Iron Maiden - The Trooper
Jeff Beck - Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Joe Satriani - Cryin'
Joe Satriani - Love Thing
Joe Satriani - Starry Night
Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
Joe Satriani - Ten Words
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Luca Turilli - Black Dragon
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird
Megadeth - Peace Sells (But Who's Buying?)
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
Metallica - Orion
Metallica - The Call of Ktulu
Metallica - The God That Failed
Metallica - To Live is to Die
Muse - New Born
Neil Zaza - I'm Alright
Nevermore - Final Product
Nile - The Blessed Dead
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Pantera - Cemetery Gates
Pantera - This Love
Pantera - Walk
Pearl Jam - Alive
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Rage Against the Machine - Freedom
Rage Against the Machine - Settle for Nothing
Refused - New Noise
Rhapsody - Rain of A Thousand Flames
Slayer - Raining Blood - contrary to how it appears in Guitar Hero 3, the real guitar is easy to play; most of the time it's on the open E note, and just sliding up and down the fretboard on the fifth and sixth string. Just play fast and you will get it.
Charles Daniel Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia. This is one of the more versatile songs that is good for a show: some have changed the solos into the riff from "Smell like teen spirit", while Steve Ouimette's version (as heard in Guitar Hero 3) is extremely metal based (and place it under Impossible difficulty). If you want to put your own favor into it, just change the solos. However, always start with similar sections during the solos, and then try to mix the original notes into your own solo.
Children of Bodom - Angels Dont Kill
Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom - Needled 24/7
Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover
Extreme - Mutha
Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing: This is extremely complicated, so good luck.
Joe Satriani - Always with me, Always with you
Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills and Far Away: This riff has a difficult hammer-on-to-pull-off section that can challenge, and an irregular part when it switches to the E, but the rest of the song is easier.
Andy McKee - Drifting: Mckee plays an astounding style of neo-classical guitar, and in this song he combines an open tuning, slapping, an open handed fretting style, and creates self accompanying melody, all on an acoustic guitar. McKee has posted videos of himself doing one take performances of his songs, and they are all amazing.
Andy Timmons - Groove Or Die
Anish Nadh - Lie baby lie
Avenged Sevenfold - I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 : The Solo
Bad News - Hey Hey Bad News
Between the Buried and Me - Colors: album written as one continuous musical piece, various select riffs from this cd are considerably difficult and require a large amount of technical skill and accuracy.
Buckethead - Nottingham Lace
Buckethead - Soothsayer
Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
Cacophony - X-Ray Eyes
Children of Bodom - Downfall
Children of Bodom - Lake Bodom
Chris Impelitteri - 17th Century Chicken Pickin'
Dragonforce - Heroes of Our Time
Dragonforce - Operation ground and pound: same reason as above
Dragonforce - Revolution Deathsquad
Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames
Dream Theater - As I Am
Dream Theater - In The Name Of God
Dream Theater - Metropolis pt.1 (The Miracle and the Sleeper)
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Dream Theater - The Dance of Eternity
Dream Theater - The Glass Prison
Eric Johnson - Zap
Frank Zappa - Inca Roads
Jason Becker - Altitudes
Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
Jason Becker - Serrana: Becker uses complex melodies and sweep picking in many of his songs, and this is a stellar example. You have immense talent if you can play some of Becker's songs.
JerryC - Canon Rock: A difficult take on the classical piece, involving hammer-on, pull off, and numerous tapping.
Joe Satriani - Satch Boogie
Joe Satriani - The Extremist
Koshkin - Usher Waltz: (If Classical Gas is an "impossible" song, then I don't know what describes this piece)
Mason Williams - Classical Gas: Tempo changes, key changes and difficult picking patterns make this a challenge for almost any guitarist. An excellent "wow" piece.
Megadeth - Hangar 18
Michael Angelo Batio - No Boundaries
Necrophagist - Fermented Offal Discharge
Necrophagist - Only Ash Remains
Necrophagist - Stabwound
Nevermore - The Psalm of Lydia
Pat Metheny - Above the Treetops
Protest the hero - Sequoia Throne
Rhapsody - Unholy Warcry
Slipknot - Left Behind
Sonata Arctica - Wolf and Raven
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant - Frettin' Fingers
Steve Vai - Blue Powder
Steve Vai - Building the Church
Steve Vai - For The Love of God: The main concern is that most songs start of slow, but gradually grows more complicated. Furthermore, in the official tab, he used a 7-string guitar; However, in live performance, he used his 6 string JEM; be warned.
Symphony X - Divine Wings of Tradegy
Symphony X - In The Dragon's Den
Symphony X - Rediscovery Part II
System of a Down - Question!:The song uses five different time signatures (5/4, 9/8, 6/4, 3/4, and 4/4). The acoustic guitar intro and part of the verse is in 9/8 (3+2+2+2, essentially 4/4 with an extra eighth note on beat 1). The verse briefly switches to 3/4 (when Serj sings "Are you dreaming?"), which allegedly makes the song difficult for even the band to play.
Tim Reynolds - Stream
Tool - Schism: This song changes time signature 47 times, uses odd and complex time and contains difficult phrasing.
Wintersun - Beyond the Dark Sun
Wintersun - Winter Madness
Yngwie Malmsteen - Arpeggios From Hell: As quoted from the video, it used lots of modes and counter points, and is comprised of classically influenced, arpeggio-based runs.