Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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221 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

222 Steppin' Out - John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton

Lazy by Deep Purple sounds very similar to this. I'm pretty sure Blackmore said he was inspired by this song - BrianScott01

223 Like a Rock - Bob Seger

Most melodic lead ever! It grabs you like no ther.

224 Jailbreak - AC/DC

oh, just listen to the riff on their "Live" album at Donnington in your car, and have it blasting! best ac/dc riff ever besides thunderstruck! - PCamron90

Not one of their biggest , but turn the volume up and have a listen people!

225 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
226 Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws

Come on, at around 2:20 there's an explosion of emotion that makes you feel like you can fly! - jewunit69

Good, but the bass riff was better. - zxm

227 No One Like You - Scorpions

no doubt, its one of the best riffs I've ever heard - ronluna

228 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
229 Rock n' Roll Train - AC/DC
230 Drive - Incubus
231 Hocus Pocus - Focus

Dutch band, song came out in 1973 and was recorded live! Unbelievable!

232 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
233 Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - The Rolling Stones

The opening 10 seconds of the song say it all.

234 Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio
235 Icky Thump - The White Stripes
236 Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
237 Waterfall - The Stone Roses

It's not a hard-rock riff, but it's got to be the sweetest, most melodic riff that anybody has mentioned so far. Squire is the modern-day guitar hero!

238 Girls On Film - Duran Duran
239 Orion - Metallica
240 Keep Yourself Alive - Queen

So many guitar riffs in one song; Rolling Stone said it has a whole album's worth of guitar riffs in one song!

You might not know the name of the song, but this is truly an iconic riff. So fun to play :D

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