Top 25 guitar riffs

of all time…

Wasn’t what a bunch of studentsPaul Calf) from London music schools came up with in this list…

  1. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple (1973)
  2. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991)
  3. Walk This Way – Aerosmith (1975)
  4. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix (1967)
  5. Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses (1987)
  6. Paradise City – Guns N Roses (1987)
  7. Ace Of Spades – Motorhead (1980)
  8. Enter Sandman – Metallica (1991)
  9. Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1992)
  10. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N Roses (1987)
  11. Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden (1982)
  12. Walk – Pantera (1992)
  13. Johnny Be Goode – Chuck Berry (1958)
  14. Back In Black – AC/DC (1980)
  15. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin (1970)
  16. Wake Up – Rage Against The Machine (1992)
  17. Highway to Hell – AC/DC (1979)
  18. My Generation – The Who (1965)
  19. 7 Nation Army – The White Stripes (2003)
  20. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf (1968)
  21. Give It Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1991)
  22. Paranoid – Black Sabbath (1970)
  23. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix (1967)
  24. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor (1982)
  25. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits (1984)

Now I quit like a bit Gn’R but three of their tracks while Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page have two between them, Rage Against The Machine, christ overrated middle class preppy terrorist supporting angst, a Rocky theme and two from the Chili Peppers erm no.

Yeah there some of there that have to be – Smoke, Johnny B. Goode, Paranoid, Back In Black, Highway, Walk This Way but where are the real classics? And are the tracks included a list of actual riffs?

Where’s that fuzzed up masterpiece “Satisfaction“? Or any of the Stones tracks from some guy called “Keef the human riff”.

Where’s “You Really Got Me” by either the Kinks or Van Halen, after all Ray used to introduce the song as a Van Halen number after they covered it. Oh yes so where’s all Eddie’s riffs, look past “Eruption” and the solos and all that debut album was great riff after great riff from “Runnin’ With The Devil” right through “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” “Jamie’s Cryin’” to “On Fire”.

And that’s just the debut album, still haven’t touched “Fair Warning”

Oh and where’s the blues, no Muddy Waters, no Albert King, no Hubert Sumlin, no Otis Rush…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Required fields *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.