Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs


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41 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Guitar Riff isn't only about speed and loudness. Come on! I don't even see "Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin" up there! And this.. song has one of the PUREST RIFFS ever! The guitar sings, cries, and pulls you right into the heart of this song! Slash is wonderful and this riff is one, you should definitely listen to! I hope to see this up there someday along with 'Stairway to Heaven'.

This should be in the top 10, at least. One of the greatest riffs/solos ever. Better than 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine'

Have you ever listen a guitar sing? Yeah november rain does!


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42 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

one of the best songs of a great band - ronluna

The starting is just ridiculously good

43 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

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44 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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45 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

46 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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47 Burn - Deep Purple V 1 Comment
48 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

. If I had a guitar I'd play this first. I really love this riff - BigBadBeast

49 Rebel Rebel - David Bowie V 1 Comment
50 Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
51 All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

These assessments are ridiculous and often just for promotional purposes. However intentionally provocative I will say that there is a lot of good music here. Though indistinguishable as to what is the best, if one can quantify that. I guess my biggest problem is who adjudicates over such a silly category. Often those with limited perspective, so we wallow in their design. Throw their judgments away. They have no voice of authority to do so. I'm an old man (64) and grew up with the greats, worked at the Fillmore East and will say that my view has no more merit than the idiots who propose such a silly idea. No Beck, Green, Lee etc etc... Haha, come on...

The best guitar rift of all time. He plays it straight, then slide, then wah wah, then back to straight. Not one other mentioned guitar rift has this variety or explosive energy. This should be Number One!

I would have liked to have been at the recording studio to hear this one being put down in history. I have listened to this song hundreds of times and I'm sure I will listen many hundreds more..

Are you F*** Kidding me...
Jimi Hendrix at 51? He practically invented Guitar Riffs
Rolling stones name him the Number 1 Guitarist of all time. Especially all along the watch tower. Its famous even in third world countries. A true International Hit. Used in Forrest Gump and other countless productions!. Number 51? Seriously I will not be visiting this website anytime soon

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52 Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine

Probably Rage Against The Machine's most memerable and widely played song. Tom Morello dose a great job of making musical volcanic eruptions. So simple, so powerful. And then comes... WAH WAH CHIKA WAH WAH CHIKA CHIKA CHIKA...
Then that epic solo that sounds like a turntable!

53 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.

Nothing compares, easily the greatest riff. Sure, there are more universally known riffs, but none of them come close to the beauty of this

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54 Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones

First riff I ever learned and one of the best in history

55 You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi

one of the best riffs of richie sambora, the guitarist of bon jovi - ronluna

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56 Crystal Mountain - Death
57 Citizen Erased - Muse

Muse's music is completely amazing, and out of the box. Plug In Baby was voted the Best Riff of the century. Many of their songs deserve to be right up there. Matthew Bellamy is the best guitarist in the world.

Incredible riff, fabulous song! - 23delusions

Brilliant riff should be at the top ten

Tiene un increible comienzo con la tecnica armonica habitual de Matt,
que te the a pensar que escucharas a Slayer o Pantera(comienzo muy pesado), pero cada ves va ganando melodia, llegando a un legendario coro, siguiendo heavy, y con pausas muy precisas
Sin duda uno de los mejores riffs de Matt y de la historia

58 Barracuda - Heart

Surprisingly low for one of the most catchy riffs out there.

59 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
60 Brain Stew - Green Day V 1 Comment
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