Top 10 Songs with Most Emotional Guitar Riffs

We always check for emotional guitar solos. But there are many emotional guitar riffs which should be noticed more often.

Anyway, these guitar riffs are very emotional. I've ordered them both form their popularity and emotional tone. Riffs like Kashmir, Smoke On the Water or Voodoo Child are great but don't seem like emotional to me. That's why this list exists.

Both acoustic and electric guitar riff.

The Top Ten Songs with Most Emotional Guitar Riffs

1 Every Breath You Take - The Police

Except for the fact it’s about a stalker - InsertCleverName

2 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses
3 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming - Deep Purple
4 Fade to Black - Metallica
5 Dryad of the Woods - Pain of Salvation

Its instrumental. I have taken the intro as a riff. - zxm

6 Soothsayer - Buckethead
7 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
8 Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
9 My Back Pages - The Byrds

McGuinn's 12-string is sweet, plaintive, and nostalgic.

10 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

The Contenders

11 Your Call - Secondhand Serenade
12 Donna, Donna - Donovan

The entire song is so sad.

13 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
14 November Rain - Guns N' Roses
15 Pinball Wizard - The Who
16 Layla - Eric Clapton
17 To Live is to Die - Metallica
18 The Unforgiven - Metallica
19 Badge - Cream

The riff in Sweet Child O'Mine is very derivative of this one.

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