Top Ten Greatest Guitar RiffsDeathToMayo
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Simply the greatest and most memorable guitar riff ever, written by Ritchie Blackmore, the greatest, most all-round talented guitarist ever. He had a gift for great riffs, amongst many other things, and this riff will forever ensure he has a spot in history.
This is the most recognised riffs in rock n' roll history.. Ritchie blackmore has down an excellent job in this song.. I even like his riffs in his "rainbow" band too - amitcornelius1
What a great riff from a great band! I love how Richie Blackmore plays this riff, even though it is very simple he makes it sound brilliant! And a top album to boot!
All good riffs on this list but come on, this is the one most iconic riff. What other riff has been compared to Beethoven's 5th symphony "riff" for it's sheer brilliance and simplicity. This isn't the top ten "hardest to play riff" or "haunting" riff (Slash, Metallica, etc) list, it's the Greatest riff list. Winner: Blackmore.V44 Comments
"I don't understand why people compare Slash to God. I'm mean God is good but he's not Slash. "
-somebody on YouTube
Hell no this can't be! Smoke on the water is easy to play and even I can play it on my guitar but sweet child of mine I can't even imagine how slash plays the riffs without a hinge whereas I can even play the first chord of the song. This should be number 1!
Ask someone if he knows that. He will recognize it! It' the most famous of all! And to be so famous. it's to be absolutely great! ;-)
This is the one. There is no rank, no number needed.V64 Comments
This one blows all of the options away! Hands down the best rock song and riff ever to hit the airwaves to this day. - suthrnbell0105
SINISTER! LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOLOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT... You get the idea - MasterThrasher
never heared such a 'deathly' riff... - sumitgd3
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE RIFF OF ALL TIME... It's honestly so Amazing, I can't cope with the sheer power of this song! INCREDIBLEV27 Comments
Really? This far down in the list? Crazy Train must have the best riff ever. Randy Rhoads left this piece of music for us and it's so far down the list. what is the world getting to? - 2440080345
Did you listen to the riff before giving it a score. Randy Rhoads is awesome. Most of his riffs come from his classical guitar studies, and I have heard comments from other band members like "while some of the band was doing drugs and getting laid, Randy was practicing, and you would have to to be that good. I would like to know what the scores are based on.
Without doubt, this song ought to be among the top three greatest riffs ever... Randy rhoads for the win
This is a great hardcore riff and I agree at what position, but where is Layla, I can't get no satisfaction, paranoid, iron man and sunshine of your love? Some people miss out key riffs!V18 Comments
Yup has to be in the 10 lists because the riffs by Cobain were so amazing and that he provided undeniable vocals make this still a contender for a the greatest song ever
smells like teen spirit is one of the best songs of all time, and it's refreshing to see a list where HEART isn't in the top ten - pauler94
Some of the best riffs are not even on the top 10 come on people by the way SLTS is one of the easiest riffs to learn but it makes you go crazy when the guitar goes into overdrive
This is better than the crap Metallica puts outV27 Comments
this should so be #1! smoke on the water is good but too over rated and over played. - dltafrc21
In response to the guy who's talking about the song's use of Muddy Waters' lyrics, that isn't really relevant here! We're talking about riffs, and Whole Lotta Love's riff is 100% Jimmy Page! Not to mention 100% rocking' hard. - higgsboson2142
Jimmy page is the best... The horny sound in the middle of the song is sexy;)... Other bands like Guns N' Roses had copied this idea - Joyrider
The best of th best! long live led zep! although RIP for john bohnam! - Jedi99
Nothing comes close to jimmy page.V16 Comments
It's the tone that sounds like a foghorn blasting you from a deep sleep.
If this isn't number one, it's time to go back to the drawing board. There is just no comparison. - chris.cg.102
It has to do with as much to do with when as it does with what it is. It was THE BEGINNING. There will never be another beginning. Those eight notes sparked as much life as any other 8 or 80 notes will ever
Can't imagine this is in here. Sounds like someone us fartingV5 Comments
Everyone can sing this riff, and whether or not you like him as a man, Eric Clapton is an incredibly talented guitarist. This riff is a classic and always will be.
Just want to clarigy, Clapton didn't write the riff. Also, you only hear him play it for the first 15 seconds or so of the song - then it's all Duane - he makes the song and the solo, heck he makes most of the album. - megatron12
The best guitar player ever, 2nd best guitar song, but where is stairway to heaven?
Amazing, the best in my opinionV6 Comments
Yeah definitely it should be in the top ten it has a great riff
back in balck is the best album, best song, and best riff by acdc. its the best riff ever fun to play or listen to. - lezakattack
This was hard to say for me becauseso many of these riffs are bad ass, but let's face it. Back in Black is one of the most memorable, and easily the catchiest riff. As for smoke on the water, I've never really liked that one, it's slow and boring. And smells like teen spirit is just a song, not so much a riff.
There's no way this could be at number 9 really? Smoke on the water is memorable but not number 1V13 Comments
Its to hard to pick just one riff, I don't c in the list you really got me from the kinks,
This is definitively number 1! I can't believe they put Sweet Child O' Mine before this AMAZING song! What is wrong with you people! Tony Iommi is the riff master!
How Is This Number Nine?!
Number 2 For Sure! - Neosantana
Should be in top 3.V9 Comments
The riff is just amazing! synyster gates is one of the best! unholy confessions was the first song I heard by avenged sevenfold, and thats what got me to like them.
This riff just wanna let you jump through your whole room because of its coolness. - NightAntilli
the best song I've ever heard. this is the greatest, the guitar is just outstanding. I love it. - bruceee15
The first rock song I ever heard. It's what got me into rock. I listened to them and then my collection of bands got more broad and now I love it all. I wish they would put out a new album... I would be the first to buy it.V20 Comments
I think it has a very unique and recognizable sound! Like many AC/DC songs it is a short riff that is repeated. It also makes their songs easy to learn! This my personal favorite riff to play
I just seen them live in their latest black ice tour and this song was AMAZING along with the whole show - endlessdream
This should be #1 it's better than Enter Sandman! - ACDCRocks
First riff I ever learnedV3 Comments
When people sing this song at a football game without even knowing who wrote it, you when you know it's a memorable riff.
Gosh, I love The White stripes. If I could play guitar, I'd learn all their songs! Especially "little cream soda".
Sick riff! This is one of those songs you can't get out of your head! Definitely in the top 10
He is genius, plying like band with an untalented girl only. Living in late sixties he would be among the best Onet.V5 Comments
What! How is this not in the top 5. Heavy metal was basically create around the GALLOPING riffs of THE TROOPER
I was blown away the first time I heard "The Trooper. " Really a great song.
This is the perfect melodic guitar riff. Amazing. Can't believe it's not in top 5 - TheoDR
The trooper is a fully sick riff bratV3 Comments
Honestly this riff is extremely easy. But that being said its still one of the best song riffs ever.
Seriously amazing. You need to be REALLY good to beat this one. Epic, difficult, and AWERSOME.V5 Comments
Go ahead, listen to this song, just hear that riff
Should at least be in the top ten. so recognizable.V1 Comment
First song I ever learned on guitar, and the opening riff is still my favorite riff of all time.
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
Killer, I love playing this riff, it never gets old. This should be way up in the top 10! Smells like teen spirit is in the top 10? I don't get it, it sounds good, but talk about easy to play. Cool technical riffs belong in the top
I thought everybody thought this was the greatest riff ever? I mean... Slash labelled it the sexiest riff of all time, and it was incredibly complex when written for the studio version
Can you think of a cooler, bad-ass riff to listen to. Nope, and even slash agrees. The ultimate Led Zeppelin riff, much better than whole lotta love. Smoke on the water was everyone's first riff, but this was everyone's favourite - Ledjam17
Amazing riff. I actually learned this riff on guitar, and was it complex. Jimmy Page is a geniusV4 Comments
Should be higher up, probably lacks popularity because it's so hard to play but it is an awesome song.
The Father of them all, this Riff gave rise to half of the other riffs on this page so there's no way it should be this low down.V2 Comments
Can't stop the spirits when they need you, this life is more than just a read-through - Psykosauron
No guitar riff can be better than this... Just too good
John Frusciante Is A Beast In This Song - Dglass23
Genius... Pure genius!V5 Comments
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List StatsUpdated 30 May 2016
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Top Remixes (48)
2. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
3. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Back In Black - AC/DC
3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3. Enter Sandman - Metallica
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