Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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41 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix 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.

Better than many riffs above it on this list

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42 November Rain - Guns N' Roses 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!

THIS ISN"T A RIIF. IT HAS NO LICK IN IT AT ALL

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43 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

one of the best songs of a great band - ronluna

The starting is just ridiculously good

44 Burn - Deep Purple Burn - Deep Purple V 1 Comment
45 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin 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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46 Walk - Pantera 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

47 Stockholm Syndrome - Muse Stockholm Syndrome - Muse

Stockholm syndrome, plug in baby, citizen erased, assassin, reapers, and micro cuts!

Man! Great written guitar riff it is like a crazy left hand practising song

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48 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz 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 Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
50 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer

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

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51 Rebel Rebel - David Bowie Rebel Rebel - David Bowie V 1 Comment
52 All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix 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..

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53 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Just try to make a riff like this one. Easy and so good.

6...66.
The number of my cat

And I thought Slither was a Metallica song, not... Velvet Revolver. But whatever. I gave this my vote anyway.

54 Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
55 Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine
56 One - Metallica 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

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57 Citizen Erased - Muse 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

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58 You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi 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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59 Cousin Kevin - The Who Cousin Kevin - The Who
60 Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult
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