Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs


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81 Into the Void - Black Sabbath
82 Freedom - Rage Against the Machine
83 The Lady Loved The Outlaw - The Country Funkin' Do - Dahz

Only recently released, the riff in this is bound to become a classic

84 Headstrong - Trapt
85 Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine

I don't know why they are not in the list.. Try any one song by them.. And I mean any one... And you will be crazy by the guitar riffs and the music and everything..

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86 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

Seriously dude? 103? The song peaked at #19 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, #47 on the UK Singles Chart.,. and #1 on the UK Rock Chart on 12 March 2006. The song's rapid main riff was voted as the 14th greatest riff ever by the guitar magazine Total Guitar in March 2007. What is this doing at 103?

87 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

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

The number of my cat

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

88 YYZ - Rush
89 La Grange - ZZ Top V 1 Comment
90 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
91 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath
92 Foxey Lady - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
93 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
94 Cherub Rock - The Smashing Pumpkins

Outstanding riff!

95 Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult
96 Let It Go - Def Leppard

Great but the Switch 625 - definitely Leppard from their 1981 album " High 'n' Dry " one of the best riffs ever.

97 Tie Your Mother Down - Queen

One of the best riffs to ever begin a live show... And one of my favourite rock songs. Brian May has a few great ones to choose from; Queen didn't do a lot in that regard, so the few they did use were smokin.

Best damn riff ever. Can't believe this is the only queen song here. People should start listening to good music

Maybe not number one riff but waaay higher than 103

98 T.N.T. - AC/DC
99 Hotel California - Eagles

Why is this so low? Instantly recognizable, pretty complex but still very catchy. It's a great riff, I wouldn't say the best, but top 20 material.

One of the best opening guitar riffs along with "pictures of matchstick men" by status quo & "baby blue" by badfinger

100 Come Together - The Beatles

Super sexy guitar riff!

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