Most Overrated Guitar Riffs

Please don't get mad over this list. I have never created any negative kind of list. This is my first. Overrated is just a thing of opinion. Doesn't mean this has to be actual. It depends upon you. But I think these riffs are overrated. I have also included some guitar riffs that I love madly. Plus overrated doesn't mean its bad.

The Top Ten Most Overrated Guitar Riffs

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

Its on top. Cause it has been called one of the greatest guitar riffs. But if you dig some more then you'll find there are greater riffs of Ritchie Blackmore. Its not just me. - zxm

Overrated but not more than You Really Got Me's riff.

Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes (Jack White)

Its been called one of the greatest guitar riffs. Yeah its great but I think it is more famous cause its easy. - zxm

Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

Top on many guitar riffs charts. Its not Jimmy Page's best guitar riffs. Maybe his 4 or five. But riffs like Kashmir, Heartbreaker or Communication Breakdown sounds better to me. - zxm

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards)

Good but it gets more credit. I think it is so famous cause it has been stated one of the earliest hard rock guitar riffs. - zxm

Brain Stew - Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Its not Billie's best guitar riff. (at least not for me). Riffs like Holiday, Whatsername, when I come around are much better. - zxm

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

Its not very overrated. But a lot of people confuse this riff between the solo. Says "the solo is rip off". While a lot of people vote this song thinking it's the solo.

But anyway, I added it mainly cause it has some rip off parts.Thought they won the lawsuit. - zxm

Hells Bells - AC/DC (Angus Young/ Malcolm Young)

I like Back In Black or Highway to Hell but this is quite overrated to be in top 20. - zxm

Enter Sandman - Metallica (Kirk Hammett)

This riff is credited to Kirk Hammett. But anyway, I think Master of Puppets is way much better than this. - zxm

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)

Heart Shaped Box is better - Userguy44

Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers (John Frusciante)

Might as well just name all the good guitar riffs on this list. Can’t stop is actually underrated

Snow (Hey You) is much better. Although this sounds good too. - zxm

The Contenders

Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses (Slash)

The most obnoxious riff in the history of music.

Not on top cause I personally don't think its overrated. But people say its very overrated to be on top. That's why I had to add it. - zxm

The so called "circular riff" is a ripoff of Eric Clapton from Cream's "Badge".

Crystal Mountain - Death
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Psychosocial - Slipknot
Megadeth - Sympathy of destruction (Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine)

This is a cool riff but Megadeth has a lot of better ones. It's their most popular song but far from their best - Sabbath

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