Best Heavy Metal Riffs

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The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth UListen to Sample
2 Raining Blood - Slayer UListen to Sample
3 Alison Hell - Annihilator UListen to Sample
4 Seek & Destroy - Metallica UListen to Sample
5 Human Insecticide - Annihilator UListen to Sample
6 The Trooper - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
7 Iron Man - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne UListen to Sample
9 Majesty - Blind Guardian
10 Gates Of Babylon - Rainbow UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
12 Cemetery Gates - Pantera UListen to Sample
13 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
14 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
15 Madhouse - Anthrax UListen to Sample
16 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
17 Master of Puppets - Metallica UListen to Sample
18 Ace of Spades - Motörhead UListen to Sample
19 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
20 Mouth For War - Pantera UListen to Sample
21 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
22 Peace Sells - Megadeth UListen to Sample
23 King Of The Kill - Annihilator UListen to Sample
24 Hungry Daze - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
25 A Light In the Black - Rainbow UListen to Sample
26 Stargazer - Rainbow

Epicness and that groove in the riff make it sound like The Bolero of metal music. And Ritchie Blackmore plays it like the metal Maurice Ravel. - Metal_Treasure

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27 All For One - Primal Fear

This is one of the best riffs created by a metal band after 2000. The riff and the awesome mini-drum solo in the middle make this song a masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure

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28 Masked Jackal – Coroner UListen to Sample
29 Crimson King - Demons & Wizards
30 Funeral Hymn – Exodus UListen to Sample
31 Hall Of The Mountain King - Savatage UListen to Sample
32 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
33 Diabolus - Primal Fear

Epic, melodic and groovy riff - magnificent! - Metal_Treasure

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34 The Pursuit Of Vikings - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
35 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
36 Tornado Of Souls - Megadeth UListen to Sample
37 Valhalla - Blind Guardian
38 Banish From Sanctuary - Blind Guardian
39 Road to Asylum - Primal Fear

Can't get enough of this riff - groovy and thick, it's going continuously throughout the entire song. - Metal_Treasure

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40 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
41 I'm Broken - Pantera UListen to Sample
42 Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura UListen to Sample
43 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse UListen to Sample
44 Murder Fantasies - Kreator
45 Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson UListen to Sample
46 Orion - Metallica UListen to Sample
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