Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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201 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica
202 Angel of Death - Slayer

Absolutely epic and powerful chromatic riff that will forever take place in my metal heart.

203 Cold Gin - Kiss
204 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
205 Misirlou - Dick Dale

Just listen... It is amazing

206 Godzilla - Blue Öyster Cult

Simply the best riff ever.

207 Holiday - Green Day

How is this so far down! This is amazing truly. - GGiant1921

My favorite Green Day riff. - zxm

The riff before the solo is peng - joshjenner1803

208 Mr. Brightside - The Killers

Come on, you ALL know it. We all love it.

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209 Reapers - Muse

Very good riff, but just tapping

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210 Vertigo - U2 V 1 Comment
211 2112 - Rush
212 Baby Blue - Badfinger

One of the best opening guitar riffs along with "pictures of matchstick men" by status quo & "hotel california" by the eagles - 99999

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213 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

One of the best opening guitar riffs of all time along with "baby blue" by badfinger & "hotel california" by the eagles - 99999

214 Blood and Thunder - Mastodon

This riff is amazing. What more can I say?

215 Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Who doesn't know this riff? While most people talk about Sweet Child O' Mine and Crazy Train or something, everyone knows about this riff.

216 5 Minutes Alone - Pantera
217 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
218 I Feel Fine - The Beatles

Hard to imagine that Lennon's first super-riff, and first ever intentional use of feedback on a rock song to reel you in to it's catchiness and musical complexity, isn't even in the top 100! - fruitslicer2000

219 I Want Out - Helloween

Weird that I'm the only one who remembered this more than a legendary riff - DejanKalinic

220 Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty

Ok, this is just a classic rock riff everyone knows. Why did no one put this on this list?! - GGiant1921

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1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
3. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
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1. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
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1. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
3. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
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