Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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21 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Should be higher up, probably lacks popularity because it's so hard to play but it is an awesome song.

The Father of them all, this Riff gave rise to half of the other riffs on this page so there's no way it should be this low down.

Awesomeness

This is the father of rock'n roll, must be number one

22 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Wow. Just wow. You people who voted must not know what a guitar riff even is if Holy Wars is all the way down here. The fact that Enter Sandman is at number 3 shows how ignorant and simple minded everyone is. That is a total joke. Enter Sandman should be on the worst riffs list. I know I sound like a fanboy, but any Megadeth song would beat the riffs ranked higher than this. The entire top ten list is nothing but simplistic rubbish that happens to be popular. Just because they are iconic does not mena that they are by any means the best riffs. In fact, a list of "best guitar riffs" should consist of songs by Megadeth, 80's era Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Death, Death Angel, Sacred Reich, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and newer bands like Havok, Evile, Warbringer, etc. But as usual, I get to see a list containing Guns N' Roses, Avenged sevenfold, System of a Down, and slipknot. Yay... -_-

Go to hell this is one of the best riffs ever written and it deserves at least a top 5 place. Don't believe me? Go and listen to the song. It will blow your brains out!

Only 45...wow, seriously I get the classic ness or whatever of smoke on the water but seriously that riff is SO simplistic, holy wars is complex, thrashy, fast, intense and just awesome

Underrated, Megadeth OWNS RIFFS!

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23 Hells Bells - AC/DC

I think it has a very unique and recognizable sound! Like many AC/DC songs it is a short riff that is repeated. It also makes their songs easy to learn! This my personal favorite riff to play

Just saying, the music videos 4 this and back in black are almost the same, but the song "hells bells" is still excellent! I love the soft, creepy riff!

It's not the hardest to play, or the fastest, but this is the most memorable and my personal favorite AC/DC song in large part to the opening riff.

First riff I ever learned

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24 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

First song I ever learned on guitar, and the opening riff is still my favorite riff of all time.

This is one easy song and still it rocks, and think how many covers this song has, so if you don't like the original, there somewere would one you would like. Vote for the best song ever

25 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Scorpions are definitely underrated I see. Rock you like a hurricane, Believe in love and some handful other of their songs have the greatest of riffs in rock history.

I would also vote for boston... These two songs made me want to play the guitar

The Scorpions invented shredding... This song epitomizes this technique

This song completely rocks! The Scorps have so many GREAT guitar riffing songs, it makes your head spin. Women also love the Scorps.

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26 Layla - Derek And The Dominos

Don't vote for this, vote for the one on page 1.

This is way to far down. This is a classic, and seriously, GIVE IT A LISTEN!

Best riff of all time, by far. way better than claptons original acoustic

bare 42?

27 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

It's a legendary riff the best three chord riff ever

Simple
BUT THE BEST RIFF EVER - shatti

Very catchy and hard-ass

Try All Right Now by Free. same sounding riff. that was released before this song. - zxm

28 Raining Blood - Slayer

While not as hard to play as people make it sound, it's very memorable and melodic.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore

29 One - Metallica

Should be in the top 10 because if you listen to the song you will hear the word "help" being tapped out in morse code. - thomasnirvanastroud

Why is this all the way down here?! It's one of the greatest guitar riffs EVER! AND one of the most recognisable, it should e in the top 20! - HenP

That clean intro is awesome and ya know, the OD. This is perfection at it finest

It should be in the top 1

30 Walk This Way - Aerosmith

The guitar groove in the verse (not the main chorus riff) is next to impossible to play. I can barely do it an I've been playing for 20 years! - waex

This is the best riff ever and no matter what you say people!

31 Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold

The riff is just amazing! synyster gates is one of the best! unholy confessions was the first song I heard by avenged sevenfold, and thats what got me to like them.

This riff just wanna let you jump through your whole room because of its coolness. - NightAntilli

the best song I've ever heard. this is the greatest, the guitar is just outstanding. I love it. - bruceee15

The first rock song I ever heard. It's what got me into rock. I listened to them and then my collection of bands got more broad and now I love it all. I wish they would put out a new album... I would be the first to buy it.

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32 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

WHY IS THIS NUMBER 85? This is such an incredible riff! How is Avenged Sevenfold, Nirvana, The White Stripes and "SLIPKNOT" (what) ahead of this amazing riff? Get your money for nothing' an' your chicks for free!

This is one of those that you just can't prevent yourself from playing the air guitar to. Mark Knopfler's tone with this song, as well as the overall beat make for one of the best songs of the 1980's. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

It even sounds great on acoustic, but when distorted it becomes as iconic as anything. Sure, some of the higher-rated riffs come from great songs, but taking just the riff alone, it's clearly top-ten material.

This is a top 10 riff right here. silly people.

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33 Aqualung - Jethro Tull V 2 Comments
34 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

I was blown away the first time I heard "The Trooper. " Really a great song.

What! How is this not in the top 5. Heavy metal was basically create around the GALLOPING riffs of THE TROOPER

This is the perfect melodic guitar riff. Amazing. Can't believe it's not in top 5 - TheoDR

Why isn't this in the top 10? It should be in the top 3! - cwoodkiter

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35 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

This is a disgrace. Voodoo Child at number 42? Wow, this lists needs some serious contemplation.

Clearly more people need to take The Jimi Hendrix Experience!

This is one of the most iconic guitar riffs EVER. It hurts me to think about how many of the first 65 songs don't deserve to be on this list.

Putting Bon Jovi above Hendrix? ain't gonna let that happen

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36 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

One of the evilest Riff and should be way towards the top. Iommi is king of Riffs.

37 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

So much more interesting than Smoke on the Water. Lets face it, a Jimmy Page riff must be number one, and this is the best Page riff.

The Only Riff In my opinion that gets better every time you here it. It just keeps on sounding more complex. In my opinion that is what a great riff needs!

Addictive and Page made every simple Riff he made sound bigger that it could ever get by any other

Better than many riffs higher than it

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38 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This song is so fun to play it's something I try to play every time I perform. I think it's cool the inspration for the song was an aquatic dream!

So great, it's on here three times - MojoSpaederman

39 Walk - Pantera

amzing riff one of the ones that you just cant get out of your head and when you hear you just star rockin-out where ever you are

One of the most powerful riffs of all time

40 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The riff is awesome cause even thought Jphn Frusciante is playing really fast, it still sounds relaxing - RHCPfan

This riff... Simply amazing. It truly touches your soul and calms your entire body. Definitely the best riff of the 2000s.

Probably the best I have ever heard. And along with the entire songs makes it better

This riff is relaxing. - zxm

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