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Radio 2 Listeners Choose The Top 10 Best Guitar Riffs Of All Time

Published: Wed August 27, 2014  News Feed
A BBC Radio 2 poll, published yesterday, has revealed which are the nation's favorite guitar riffs, according to its listeners. Not a lot of surprises there.... did anyone expect anything other than Led Zeppelin to come out on top?

The Best Ever Guitar Riffs - according to BBC Radio 2 Listeners

Radio 2 listener's have chosen the Top 10 Best Guitar Riffs of All Time, from a list of 100 of songs selected by a panel of experts, including BBC DJs, music critics and producers. Jimmy Page's powerful intro for Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love',  their big 1969 hit, was voted the #1 best ever guitar riff.

One curious fact for guitar players, is that even though Jimmy Page is most commonly associated with Gibson Les Paul Guitars, he used a Fender Telecaster for the recorded version of 'Whole Lotta Love'. At this time, he was still pretty much using the same setup from his Yardbirds days. For more details, read our Jimmy Page's Recording Secrets article.

Here's the Top 10 Best Ever Guitar Riffs list, in full:

  1. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
  2. Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  3. Back in Black – AC/DC
  4. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
  5. Layla – Derek and The Dominoes
  6. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
  7. Down Down – Status Quo
  8. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
  9. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  10. Money – Pink Floyd

Ok, great. Just one question, though: How come no Rolling Stones and 'Satisfaction', by Keith "The Human Riff" Richards? Certainly it should have made the Top 10?

What about you? Which riffs do you think should have made it into the Top 10?

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