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20 Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs

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Rated 9 points - posted 10 years ago by BradHemphill in category Music.
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Whole Lotta Love Report Abuse
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Highway to hell Report Abuse
Just hear the first 2 notes and the song will be stuck in your head,i would also add hell's bells, Yeah Angus has probably the most memorable opening riffs, try them as ringtones and you will know why :)
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Smoke on the Water Report Abuse
Famous for being (along with Iron Man) the first riff any budding guitar player learns. Heck, most non-guitar players know this riff.
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Smoke on the Water has to be the most famous riffs ever.m Maybe not the greatest but definitely the most famous.
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Sweet Home Alabama Report Abuse
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All Along the Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix Report Abuse
Hendrix made a masterpiece out of this Bob Dylan song.
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Purple Haze Report Abuse
As much as he is known for his solo work, Hendrix wrote some monster riffs, most notably Purple Haze.
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Back in Black Report Abuse
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Yeah, Angus all the way for opening riffs
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Paranoid Report Abuse
Black Sabbath's most enduring song and most powerful riff. Tony Iommi is virtuoso rhythm player.
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Great riff,but not no.3,Iron Main is better,and this defenatley dosen't beat Smoke on the Water.
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(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Report Abuse
An underrated lead man, Richards may be the greatest rhythm guitarist in rock and roll history. And this was his best moment.
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The Man Who Sold The World-David Bowie Report Abuse
Great guitar riff played by Mick Ronson.
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Sweet Child O' Mine Report Abuse
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Overrated.
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Baba O'Riley-The Who Report Abuse
Epic!
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You Really Got Me Report Abuse
Without this one, the hard rock riff may not even exist. The template. The Kinks don't get near enough credit for their contributions to modern guitar work.
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Eruption - Van Halen Report Abuse
Nuff said
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What about U2 The Fly
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Eruption is great, but it's just shredding, not a riff.
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Money for Nothin' Report Abuse
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Johnnie B Goode/Chuck Berry Report Abuse
Legendary. Beach Boys borrowed it for Fun, Fun, Fun.
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High Command Report Abuse
Almost nobody on Earth knows about this song, (which is Ironic, considering the band's name is Earth), but this song is incredible. The riff is played for pretty much the entire song's length, and to this day I can't hear it without head-banging along, no matter my location.
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Doctor Doctor Report Abuse
UFO, Rock anthem enough said
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