Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs


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281 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
282 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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283 Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
284 Today - Smashing Pumpkins
285 American Woman - The Guess Who
286 I Believe In a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
287 Shadow Play - Rory Gallagher
288 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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289 Dying In Your Arms - Trivium
290 So... - D'erlanger
291 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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

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

Can't get it out of my head - Gamenerd78

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

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

Turn your radio up when it plays.

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