Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs


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281 Plug in Baby - Muse

This should be number one. Matt is a revolutionary guitarist and an amazing song writer. I understand some people do not like Muse's style or how Matt uses his voice (I think he is amazing), but even they have to admit this riff is amazing. Forever a Muser.

This is the best Total Guitar voted of the past decade! :)

He should be in an higher rank! :)

It is also really good to play, and all the song is great ;)

Great riff...
When I go in Guitar shops I see everyone play this its so good. - GlonnAtronnAdonnAdict

This is the sickest riff. Take it to the ER now. Call a doctor.

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282 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
283 Master of Puppets - Metallica

When I saw the list, I fully expected this to be number one. Clicking on the list and having to scroll to 36 to find it thoroughly disappointed me. Every time I scrolled, I died a bit.

#1 is Smoke on the Water. Even if it is the most 'recognizable', that does NOT mean it's the best. In comparison with a lot of things, it's actually a really bad riff.

#3 is Enter Sandman. The Black Album (not to mention everything after it) sucks.

I don't feel like critiquing every "riff" before Master of Puppets, but here's a hint: ALMOST ALL OF THEM SUCK.

To quote another comment: "You people wouldn't know a riff if the guitar itself slapped you in the face. "

You people wouldn't know a riff if the guitar itself slapped you in the face. This is the best metal riff full stop, such honest metal, Metallica in their prime.

One of the greatest riffs ever! This should be at least in top 5. How the hell is it 35?


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284 Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
285 Today - Smashing Pumpkins
286 American Woman - The Guess Who
287 I Believe In a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
288 Shadow Play - Rory Gallagher
289 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

One of the best riffs I've ever heard!
A7X rules! they've got two of the best guitarists in the world! - SyNyStErVaLeNtine247

syn's best for me
i like 4.00 this song - juicymetaly

This riff is extremely catchy, with hamers and pull-off... Extremely melodic... And also got the best solo ever along with Cemetary Gates and Floods! A7x rocks and Syn is the best!

Just because Smoke On The Water is the most recognisable riff doesn't mean its the greatest. Smoke On The Water is easy to play but most of A7Xs solos aren't. That's why I say Syn is one of the best in the world - Danielsun182

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290 Dying In Your Arms - Trivium
291 So... - D'erlanger
292 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Great Riff! Been done by many other groups as well. - Freak_Show1

293 Driver's High - L'Arc~en~Ciel
294 Honey - L'Arc~en~Ciel
295 B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down

Can't get it out of my head - Gamenerd78

296 Seasons of Wither - Aerosmith
297 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Metallica is so overrated, the Original by Diamond Head is WAY better - NjakDjak

Turn your radio up when it plays.

298 Evil - Mercyful Fate
299 Kick the Chair - Megadeth
300 Hit the Lights - Metallica
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