Best Heavy Metal Riffs

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The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
2 Raining Blood - Slayer
3 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
4 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
5 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
6 Alison Hell - Annihilator
7 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
8 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
9 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
10 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

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

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

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

Epic, melodic and groovy riff - magnificent! - Metal_Treasure

34 The Pursuit Of Vikings - Amon Amarth
35 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
36 Tornado Of Souls - Megadeth
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

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

1. Alison Hell - Annihilator
2. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
3. Human Insecticide - Annihilator
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1. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
2. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
3. Seek & Destroy - Metallica
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