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Old 05-02-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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100 Greatest Riffs Ever?

from http://www.ntlworld.com

The Guns N' Roses rock anthem Sweet Child O' Mine has the greatest guitar riff of all time according to a poll of music fans.

The famous track came top of a poll of 100 Greatest Riffs Ever voted for by readers of Total Guitar magazine. Hits by Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne and Nirvana all make it in the top 20.

But tracks by the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols fail to make it into the 20 favourites.

Grunge rockers Nirvana once made Guns N' Roses look outdated, but their track Smells Like Teen Spirit is now in second place.

Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love was third followed by the Deep Purple track Smoke On The Water.

Guns N' Roses have recently seen a revival that led to their Greatest Hits album topping the album charts.

Total Guitar editor Scott Rowley said the poll represented a new canon of classic rock.

He said: "What this poll shows is that the so-called canon of classic rock - the Led Zeppelins, Eric Claptons, Jimi Hendrix - is as popular as ever, but being added to all the time.

"To a new generation of guitarists, Metallica are more important than the Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses more thrilling than the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath better than the Beatles."

He added: "Riffs are an interesting measure of people's tastes because they're usually easy to play and very catchy - they're the hook of the song."

Here are the top 20 riffs:

1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

5. Enter Sandman - Metallica

6. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton

7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica

8. Back In Black - AC/DC

9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

11. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

12. All Right Now - Free

13. Plug In Baby - Muse

14. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

15. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen

16. Walk This Way - Aerosmith with Run DMC

17. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream

18. No-One Knows - Queens Of The Stone Age

19. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

20. Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine

The magazine doesn't come out until May 5th, but I'll be interested to see the full list

What does everyone thinnk of this 'top 20'?
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even deaf unborn babies can hear that "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC has the best riff ever

having Nirvana at #2 alone is reason to at least ponder whether this poll is laughable
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Sunday Bloody Sunday is left off

that's my only complaint...

there's a lot of songs I've never heard off



no, wait... another complaint...

Nirvana N2???... what the hell ...

I can't understand how all this people suck up to Kurt so bad... like if he's gonna come from the underworld to torture them...

F*CK YOU, Nirvana ass-kissers
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If any AC/DC riff is to be on there, it would be Thunderstruck...

Sunday Bloody Sunday isn't on there because it too closely resembles the Steve Stephens riff on Billy Idol's White Wedding.

It's a shame that a lot of those riffs at the top are heartbreakingly similar.

And heartbreaker should have been there too, yes.

No DayTripper... no Satisfaction?

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I Will Follow should be there.
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Smoke On The Water riff is better than 1, 2, & 3
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Old 05-02-2004, 04:45 PM   #7
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Deep Purple stole that riff from Black Sabbath.

Iron Man came before Smoke on the Water.

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WHERE THE FUCK IS "SATISFACTION"?
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ditto

and what about purple haze?
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sorry, but the crazy train riff sucks.
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Nirvana WAY overrated!
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There's simply not enough cynicism in this thread.

I'm waiting for someone to not agree with this list.

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I dont agree with this list.
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A 1/4 of the list is decent.
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haha thats laughable no keef riffhard
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