Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs
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The Top Ten
amitcornelius1More comments about Smoke On the Water - Deep PurpleListen to sample
usmcmike43More comments about Enter Sandman - MetallicaListen to sample
JoyriderMore comments about Whole Lotta Love - Led ZeppelinListen to sample
lezakattackMore comments about Back In Black - AC/DC
bruceee15More comments about Unholy Confession - Avenged SevenfoldListen to sample
NeosantanaMore comments about Iron Man - Black Sabbath
pauler94More comments about Smells Like Teen Spirit - NirvanaListen to sample
megatron12More comments about Layla - Derek & The DominosListen to sample
It's the tone that sounds like a foghorn blasting you from a deep sleep.Listen to sample
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No guitar riff can be better than this... Just too good
can't stop the spirits when they need you, this life is more than just a read-through
John Frusciante Is A Beast In This Song
Dglass23Listen to sample
The guitar groove in the verse (not the main chorus riff) is next to impossible to play. I can barely do it an I've been playing for 20 years!
waexListen to sample
So much more interesting than Smoke on the Water. Lets face it, a Jimmy Page riff must be number one, and this is the best Page riff.
The Only Riff In my opinion that gets better every time you here it. It just keeps on sounding more complex. In my opinion that is what a great riff needs!Listen to sample
2440080345More comments about Crazy Train - Ozzy OsbourneListen to sample
Whats weong with everyone this is way better than half of the ones in the top ten
Rudulf Schenker is brilliant songwriter and musician this song is an anthem. I grew up with this. Rock on guys.Listen to sample
ballaboi17More comments about Raise Your Hands - Bon JoviListen to sample
This is one easy song and still it rocks, and think how many covers this song has, so if you don't like the original, there somewere would one you would like. Vote for the best song ever
raiderfan372Listen to sample
This should be in the top 10, at least. One of the greatest riffs/solos ever. Better than 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine'
Slash on 39? Seriously? The best guitarist ever on 39?
please listen to this at least once!
This is his best guitar riff after Sweet child of mine.
The riff is awesome cause even thought Jphn Frusciante is playing really fast, it still sounds relaxing
Most Songs are just written so the guitarist can show of his skill and they forget about making good music. RHCP is one of the only bands that make good music.
RHCPfanListen to sample
Incredible riff, fabulous song!
23delusionsListen to sample
Should be higher up, probably lacks popularity because it's so hard to play but it is an awesome song.Listen to sample
I love the the guitar work ihope tobe that good somedayListen to sample
c0mf0rta61ynum6Listen to sample
GlonnAtronnAdonnAdictMore comments about Plug in Baby - MuseListen to sample
Only recently released, the riff in this is bound to become a classic
SyNyStErVaLeNtine247More comments about Afterlife - Avenged SevenfoldListen to sample
VonHagglesListen to sample
prolly one of the catchiest riffs ever
wolf10Listen to sample
I was blown away the first time I heard "The Trooper. " Really a great song.Listen to sample
This song is so fun to play it's something I try to play every time I perform. I think it's cool the inspration for the song was an aquatic dream!Listen to sample
I love the song, great music, specially the guitar.
there's distortion and the weird guitar solo
ronlunaListen to sample
amzing riff one of the ones that you just cant get out of your head and when you hear you just star rockin-out where ever you areListen to sample
Gamenerd78Listen to sample
There should be more Queen songs here. They were the best ever, period. No one beats Brian May. And NO ONE beats Freddie Mercury.
One of the best riffs to ever begin a live show... And one of my favourite rock songs. Brian May has a few great ones to choose from; Queen didn't do a lot in that regard, so the few they did use were smokin.
This should be filled with QUEEN songs! Greatest band on Earth! Nobody beats Brian May! NOBODY! And Nobody Touches FREDDIE MERCURY! NOBODY! His genius is untouchable by any human! It is God-like what he can do, w/ the piano, HIS VOICE, w/ any song, his passion, his connection w/ the audience, his charisma, in his extraordinary writings & magical way of composing... Simply sensational, inhuman: totally God-like!
Then there's Roger! Wow! What backing vocals! And he can play any instrument too, but is phenomenal on the drums like no other!
And then there's Deacy... The icing on the cake.
QUEEN = THE PERFECT BAND!
I am surprised there is no Dream Theater on this list to this point. Petrucci writes some of the coolest riffs of the last 20 years.
fluntimesListen to sample
Best riff ever! So well done, tom morello is an expert guitarest!
its a catchy song not my fave song 4ever and the riff is easy to remember and is in tune with the song I played this whole song by just making a few changes to the riff and it was like you couldn't even tell the diffrence
I can't help falling in love with this acoustic guitar's sound!
The classic sound by a classic guitar just sounds awesome!
Green_DayListen to sample
Any Megadeth riff, dave mustaine was ranked number one rhythm metal guitarist in guitar one mag. i have no clue why there is no respect to him on this site, it's the overpowering metallica that makes megadeth get ignored when they are equals. Mechanix is the original four horsemen
the fastest riff I ever heard. fits about 100 chords in every second. the master - mustaine. megadeth ftw!Listen to sample
why is this not on the list?
the best intro of all time
richie4lifeListen to sample
the riff is bassiccly rushs theme songListen to sample
Should be in the top 10 because if you listen to the song you will hear the word "help" being tapped out in morse code.
Why is this all the way down here?! It's one of the greatest guitar riffs EVER! AND one of the most recognisable, it should e in the top 20!
HenPListen to sample
The best guitar rift of all time. He plays it straight, then slide, then wah wah, then back to straight. Not one other mentioned guitar rift has this variety or explosive energy. This should be Number One!Listen to sample
one of the best riffs of richie sambora, the guitarist of bon jovi
amazing riff! you can't get it out of your head
richie4lifeListen to sample
This is a pretty scary, but good song. It's based on Romeo and Juliet, and the guitar is amazing.Listen to sample
One of the single most recognizable arpegiated riffs of all time. This song became a stadium anthem and it all started with this incredible riff!Listen to sample
A crazy non-stop one minute solo, the solo of personality.Listen to sample
This Destroys enter sandman bollocks, bote for this now! ¬¬
C'mon! This riff is top 10 material!
This song is way underappreciated, the piano intro is beautiful, it may not be the best intro or whatever you want to say about it, but it is still beautiful. Then after you get that, Matt just breaks out in this crazy guitar riff, and your mind is just blown. Amazing song.Listen to sample
Hendrix influenced awesomeness right here.Listen to sample
'cause this band is everything and its music is incredibly amazing. Although many people may think it's nothing much, but this band made a significant influence on rock music. Thank you, pearl jamListen to sample
The best of dimebagg darell althought R.I. P but it is one of the best pantera songs and a great riff to begin with with a great solo nothing can match it its heavenlyListen to sample
Another one of Slash's guitar magic
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Updated Tuesday, June 18, 2013