Top 20 Guitar Riffs


I caught up with some friends over the weekend and a trivia debate started off the back of the recent Music Radar survey for the Top 20 Guitar Riffs of all time. The top 5 were obvious, but the debate on the best, what’s in and what’s left out of the top rock guitar riffs was entertaining.

The list is below, but you may wish to read the Sky News coverage too.

Without Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Top 20, the list missed one of my favourite riffs. But I guess there must have been a lot of metal and heavy rock fans voting?

Top 20 Best Riffs

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
2. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
3. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
4. Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
5. Derek and the Dominos – Layla
6. AC/DC – Back In Black
7. Metallica – Enter Sandman
8. The Beatles – Day Tripper
9. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
11. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
12. Muse – Plug In Baby
13. Eddie Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
14. The Kinks – You Really Got Me
15. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
16. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
17. Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker
18. Black Sabbath – Iron Man
19. Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
20. Michael Jackson – Beat It

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