Best Guitar Riff Creators
The Top Ten
He should be higher. The riffs he created in the 70s were some of the heaviest riffs at the time. People didn't know what to think. They had never heard such heaviness before. A critic said "Like Cream, but worse. " If it wasn't for Iommi a lot of great metal guitarists would have never even picked up a guitar.
He had great idea about riffs at that time. Simple slow and becomes heavier. When I was a kid (even before hearing black sabbath's songs) I got the idea, I used to think strumming with full power (pressure) would make the heaviest guitar sound. - zxm
He is the father of metal riffs - Sabbath
He is the father if metal - SabbathV 1 Comment
The stuff he came up with over the years with the Yardbirds, that they didn't use, wow.
Jimmy Page is by far the best riff creator of all time, not to mention the greatest guitarist ever. Every single song has an awesome spot in rock history... - chili
Whole lotta love, stairway, Kashmir, ocean, black dog, immigrant song, dazed and confused list goes on and on
The man is the prodigy of rock music
Kashmir, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, Good Times Bad Times etc. - zxm
No one touches him clearly the greatest riff maker that ever strapped on a guitarV 1 Comment
Because he's a Voodoo Child. enough said. - ameentheguitarist23
Yes, this man should top the list, he has created all Metallica riffs and Solos and Kirk plays them, there are no words to describe this genius!
Of course he is not the best guitarist on the list. But I think he is one of the best metal riff creators of all time.
Thanks Mr. Hetfield!
three words. Master of Puppets.
All AC/DC songs have amazing riffs! Angus Young & Malcolm Young are geniuses! The Young brothers are masters at riffs!
Just to say, back in black was made by Malcolm so they both deserve it
Together with Malcolm Young #1!
Let There Be Rock!
I don't even have to explain. His music tells it all.
Everyone knows his riffs from Appetite, and the riffs from his solo albums are extremely overlooked. - ameentheguitarist23
Cemetery Gates (both the clean and distorted riffs are highly underrated), Walk, Cowboys From Hell. These are not ordinary riffs. - ameentheguitarist23
dimebag darrell's riffs are the best. they're agressive, pure metal - joinordie
Amazing just amazing
The craziest riffs of 90s metal: killing in the name, sleep now in the fire, guerrilla radio, bulls on parade, know your enemy and the list goes on and on...
Lay down sally, cocaine, sunshine of your love, tears in heaven, layla and many more - itamarlivn
Didn't Duane Allman write the riff to Layla? - 12cc
Many of the Megadeth riffs weren't created by him. Mustaine has many good riffs but he's no Chuck Schuldiner - SabbathV 3 Comments
A riff machine... Live at leeds, isle of wight, tanglewood men he's the man
Its not only Smoke On the Water. There are some great riffs like Highway Star, Black Night, Perfect Strangers, Burn, Pictures of Home, Strange Kind of Woman etc. - zxm
Ritchie should be in first 5!
Smoke on The Water!
Yes, he is a great guitarist. But because of most of his songs can be called shredding/solos those aren't really riffs. Riffs are main theme of a song, some chords repeated over and over. But when riffs are in a solo it becomes simply licks. - zxm
Seven Nation Army, Fell in Love with a Girl, Blue Orchid, Icky Thump, Sixteen Saltines... I could go on and on.
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2. Keith Richards
3. Neil Young