Top Ten Greatest Guitar RiffsDeathToMayo
The Top Ten
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!
Definitely the best riff ever... And the best and quite underestimated guitarist in rock!V 50 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 riff really "takes me back to that special place"V 78 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
It's a good riffV 32 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
RANDY RHOADS = PURE GUITAR RIFFSV 24 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
UnforgettableV 20 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
Gotta admit the riff was good. - zxmV 31 Comments
Its to hard to pick just one riff, I don't c in the list you really got me from the kinks,
How Is This Number Nine?!
Number 2 For Sure! - Neosantana
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!
Why? should be best.V 11 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
This riff literally is so unique. Keith Richards apparently woke up in the middle of the night with the riff in his head, recorded it, and went back too bed. He said he had no memory of doing this and woke up in the morning with this sick riff on the tapes.
You can't help but dance to that awesome riff - RecklessGreedV 7 Comments
Eric Clapton! Enough said! - Nirmal1991USA
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
What do you mean whether or not you like him as a man? He's always been a decent person. Worst thing you could ever say was he once had a drug problem. Oh Gee, him, me, and everyone else our age. He went into seclusion after Layla, resurfaced 2 years later for the Rainbow concert but he was never as good as before. He was smart or lucky enough the stuff didn't kill him like others.V 9 Comments
The Riff that helped sell approx. 50 million albums, 'enough said.
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
There's no way this could be at number 9 really? Smoke on the water is memorable but not number 1V 13 Comments
A different kind of riff by Johnny Ramone. - zxm
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.V 20 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
Just saying, the music videos 4 this and back in black are almost the same, but the song "hells bells" is still excellent! I love the soft, creepy riff!
It's not the hardest to play, or the fastest, but this is the most memorable and my personal favorite AC/DC song in large part to the opening riff.
First riff I ever learnedV 5 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
I love this, but may I remind you this is mostly the bass? - GGiant1921V 10 Comments
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
Sick riff. Should be way higher.V 7 Comments
I was blown away the first time I heard "The Trooper. " Really a great song.
What! How is this not in the top 5. Heavy metal was basically create around the GALLOPING riffs of THE TROOPER
This is the perfect melodic guitar riff. Amazing. Can't believe it's not in top 5 - TheoDR
Why isn't this in the top 10? It should be in the top 3! - cwoodkiterV 5 Comments
Honestly this riff is extremely easy. But that being said its still one of the best song riffs ever.
Why isn't this song higher? - masonkv
Seriously amazing. You need to be REALLY good to beat this one. Epic, difficult, and AWERSOME.
The tapping! It blows me awayV 5 Comments
Seriously what!?!? This has to be number 1! Smoke on the water is overplayed... Arguably zeppelin's best riff... Page is just amazing
I thought this was the most recognized one, maybe not the best but come on, make anybody listen to the riff on this track, and they'll be like: "Hey I know this song! "
Hey the most addictive solo in rock n' roll history hey this has to be at the top
This riff is AWESOME! Definitely is a top ten riff!V 12 Comments
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! - waex
This is the best riff ever and no matter what you say people!
Hard to pick one riff, but this riff is simply amazing enough to get my vote. One of the greatest songs ever on one of the greatest albums ever released. Disraeli Gears!
Clapton doesn't use feedback like this any more, worse the luck. Baker's drums, Bruce's bass/vocals very good, but the guitar lick and the various fills he use still make hairs stand up.
Great song, and to the guy who commented on Smells like Teen Spirit, Smoke on the Water came out in the Seventies... - raiderfan372
Even if your over 50 its still greatV 1 Comment
Go ahead, listen to this song, just hear that riff
Should at least be in the top ten. so recognizable.V 1 Comment
Related ListsTop 10 Darkest Sounding Guitar Riffs Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs Top Ten Catchiest Guitar Riffs Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs Top Ten Best Classic Rock Guitar Riffs
List StatsUpdated 24 Apr 2017
9 years, 331 days old
Top Remixes (53)
2. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
3. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
3. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
View All 53