Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs


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221 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
222 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

223 I Want Out - Helloween

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

224 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

225 Like a Rock - Bob Seger

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

226 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!

227 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
228 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

229 No One Like You - Scorpions

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

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

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

234 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
235 Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio
236 Icky Thump - The White Stripes
237 Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
238 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!

239 Girls On Film - Duran Duran
240 Orion - Metallica
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