Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs

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81 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Why The Hell is this song all the way down here, it is one of the greatest riffs ever, just listen to the damn song. It is totally unrecognized to the mainstream world! It may not be the most consistent riff but when it comes in at 2:40, you know it is that awesome. Give this riff a chance, plus, the song is just pure genius and ranks with the genius of Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway, A Day In The Life, etc.

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82 Working Man - Rush
83 Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
84 I Got Mine - The Black Keys I Got Mine - The Black Keys
85 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

This deserves to be in the Top 10! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

86 Parallels - As I Lay Dying Parallels - As I Lay Dying
87 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

Best chord progression ever and a nice swing too.

88 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience
89 Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult
90 B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down

Can't get it out of my head - Gamenerd78

91 The Lady Loved The Outlaw - The Country Funkin' Do - Dahz

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

92 Duality - Slipknot Duality - Slipknot
93 Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

C'mon guys! the first biker song! - rocknrolldude

94 Headstrong - Trapt Headstrong - Trapt
95 Bonded by Blood - Exodus Bonded by Blood - Exodus
96 Freedom - Rage Against the Machine Freedom - Rage Against the Machine
97 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold 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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98 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold 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?

99 YYZ - Rush YYZ - Rush
100 Foxey Lady - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Foxey Lady - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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