Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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41Burn - Deep PurpleV1 Comment
42Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

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!

Addictive and Page made every simple Riff he made sound bigger that it could ever get by any other

Better than many riffs higher than it

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43Ain't Talkin' Bout Love - Van Halen

why is this not on the list?
the best intro of all time - richie4life

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44Walk - Pantera

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 are

One of the most powerful riffs of all time

45Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

. If I had a guitar I'd play this first. I really love this riff - BigBadBeast

46Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The riff is awesome cause even thought Jphn Frusciante is playing really fast, it still sounds relaxing - RHCPfan

This riff... Simply amazing. It truly touches your soul and calms your entire body. Definitely the best riff of the 2000s.

Probably the best I have ever heard. And along with the entire songs makes it better

This riff should be in top 5

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47Raining Blood - Slayer

While not as hard to play as people make it sound, it's very memorable and melodic.

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48Rebel Rebel - David BowieV1 Comment
49All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

These assessments are ridiculous and often just for promotional purposes. However intentionally provocative I will say that there is a lot of good music here. Though indistinguishable as to what is the best, if one can quantify that. I guess my biggest problem is who adjudicates over such a silly category. Often those with limited perspective, so we wallow in their design. Throw their judgments away. They have no voice of authority to do so. I'm an old man (64) and grew up with the greats, worked at the Fillmore East and will say that my view has no more merit than the idiots who propose such a silly idea. No Beck, Green, Lee etc etc... Haha, come on...

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!

I would have liked to have been at the recording studio to hear this one being put down in history. I have listened to this song hundreds of times and I'm sure I will listen many hundreds more..

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50The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Just try to make a riff like this one. Easy and so good.

6...66.
The number of my cat

And I thought Slither was a Metallica song, not... Velvet Revolver. But whatever. I gave this my vote anyway.

51Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine
52Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
53One - Metallica

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. - thomasnirvanastroud

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! - HenP

That clean intro is awesome and ya know, the OD. This is perfection at it finest

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54You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi

one of the best riffs of richie sambora, the guitarist of bon jovi - ronluna

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55Cousin Kevin - The Who
56Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult
57Citizen Erased - Muse

Muse's music is completely amazing, and out of the box. Plug In Baby was voted the Best Riff of the century. Many of their songs deserve to be right up there. Matthew Bellamy is the best guitarist in the world.

Incredible riff, fabulous song! - 23delusions

Brilliant riff should be at the top ten

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58Painkiller - Judas Priest

Priest has some of the best and heaviest guitar riffs of all time and they can't get even one song in the top 10?!

37? Really? Wow people, I don't even know what to say, this is one of the most amazkng riffs ever :(

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59Barracuda - Heart

Surprisingly low for one of the most catchy riffs out there.

60Panama - Van Halen
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