Are these really the “top 20″ rock riffs?

On XFM.com they have listed the “top 20 rock riffs of all time” as compiled by Total Guitar magazine. Here they are for your debating pleasure:

  1. Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’
  2. Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
  3. Led Zeppelin ‘Whole Lotta Love’
  4. Deep Purple ‘Smoke On The Water’
  5. Metallica ‘Enter Sandman’
  6. Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton ‘Layla’
  7. Metallica ‘Master Of Puppets’
  8. AC/DC ‘Back In Black’
  9. Jimi Hendrix ‘Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)’
  10. Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’
  11. Ozzy Osbourne ‘Crazy Train’
  12. Free ‘All Right Now’
  13. Muse ‘Plug In Baby’
  14. Led Zeppelin ‘Black Dog’
  15. Van Halen ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’
  16. Aerosmith w Run DMC ‘Walk This Way’
  17. Cream ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’
  18. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘No One Knows’
  19. Guns N’ Roses ‘Paradise City’
  20. Rage Against The Machine ‘Killing In The Name’

I’m surprised that the old warhorse “Satisfaction” is not in there or “You Really Got Me” or a bunch of others that I won’t bore you with. Obviously the majority of the selections are of the hard rock or metal genres but you would think that even something like “I Feel Fine” would crack the top 20. Ah well, guitarists speak up!
Later.

1 Comment

  1. Thats bull shit. Back in Black – AC/DC is defantly number 1. they hav left out thunderstuck ans so many other awwsome AC/DC songs. what is rage against the machine doing there. most od those songs gutiar is shit.

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