Top 10 Rock Bands with the Best Guitar Riffs

There are bands out there that are famous for their rocking riffs. I wouldn't consider bands like Pink Floyd, as while they're amazing, their songs don't necessarily have guitar "riffs" (besides Money and Wish You Were Here).

The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

I'd list their best ones, but you'd be here forever.

Geez, yet another of the thousand polls that are more or less identical.

Best riffs EVER! They've got "Whole Lotta Love'', "Dazed and Confused'', "Immigrant Song'', "Kashmir'', "Stairway To Heaven'', "The Ocean'', "Heartbreaker'', "Living Loving Maid'', "Communication Breakdown'', "Black Dog'', "Rock and Roll'', "Bring It On Home'', "Custard Pie'', "Dancing Days'', "Misty Mountain Hop''- okay, I'll stop. The main point is- they have a lot of great riffs!

OK, here’s just a few

Whole lotta love
Kashmir
Heartbreaker
The lemon song
The rover
The song remains the same
Achilles last stand
Nobody’s fault but mine
Black dog
Rock and roll
Immigrant song
Communication breakdown
Houses of the holy
Moby dick
The ocean
Stairway
Over the hills
Since I’ve been loving you


I think I covered most of ‘em

2 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

Every song regardless the lyrics, has a cool riff.

My top ten ACDC riffs:
1st. Black Ice (Such a FILTHY riff)
2nd. Rock the House (Kinda reminds me of Zeppelin)
3rd. Stiff Upper Lip (Good 'ol blues a'la ACDC)

4. Whole Lotta Rosie
5. Back in Black
6. Shot Down in Flames
7. The Furor
8. Up to my neck In You
9. Stormy May Day
10. Bad Boy Boogie

Back In Black, Thunderstruck, TNT...

3 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Enter Sandman, One, Fade to Black...

Master of puppets
Creeping death
Ride the lightning
Fade to black
One
Blackened
Sad but true
Enter sandman
Seek & Destroy

4 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Highway Star
Hard Lovin' Man
Mistreated
Burn
Bloodsucker
Into the Fire
Flight of the Rat
Black Night
Perfect Strangers
Fireball
No No No
Maybe I'm a Leo

So many great riffs not only Smoke on the Water. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

5 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

I love Led Zeppelin, even more then Black Sabbath. But Sabbath has the best riffs.

Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs...

+N.I.B., Electric Funeral, Into the Void, Sweet Leaf, Children of the Grave, Under the Sun, Supernaut, Snowblind, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Symptom of the Universe...

Don't forget about their discography outside that 3 song! Anyway War Pigs' riff is not that great in my opinion

6 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

The trooper, Hallowed be thy name, Mother Russia, Revelations, powerslave, rime of the ancient mariner and any more...

7 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.
8 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.
9 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.
10 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Satisfaction, B! tch, Paint It Black...

The Contenders

11 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.
12 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing, On Every Street...

13 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

Baba O'Riley, Can't Explain, Cousin Kevin...

14 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Helter Skelter, Day Tripper, Come Together...

15 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

One of the best bands to ever exist!

Stockholm Syndrome. - Userguy44

16 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

Crossroads, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room... Eric Clapton could get his own mention, but this is rock bands, not rock stars.

17 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

Welcome to Paradise, American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams...

Lightweights.

18 Queens Of The Stone Age Queens Of The Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.
19 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
20 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

For Me, Van Halen Should be higher on this list - RushFan123

21 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
22 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Scentless Apprentice - phillysports

23 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

Honey Bucket, A History of Badmen, Queen, Revolve, Hooch...so many good riffs. - cjWriter1997

24 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.
25 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.
26 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.
27 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
28 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

Linkin park a line in the sand,guilty all the same, papercut,faint,points of authority, little things gave you away,in pieces, one step closer...

29 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

Great riffs!

30 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

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1. Deep Purple
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Black Sabbath
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1. Metallica
2. Deep Purple
3. Annihilator
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1. Judas Priest
2. Iron Maiden
3. Van Halen
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