Monday, February 14, 2011

Full Top 50 Riffs List, Readers Poll Revealed

Full Top 50 Riffs List, Readers Poll Revealed.

With today’s announcement of the Top 10 RiffsGibson.com’s Top 50 Guitar Riffs of All Time is in the books. Below, check out all 50 in their proper order – for detailed entries on each riff, click here for #50-41#40-31#30-21#20-11 and #10-1.

Scroll down the page to see which riffs the readers found most worthy and see which bands were repeat offenders on the Top 50. We’d like to send up special thanks to Bart Walsh (David Lee Roth) and Jeff Cease (Black Crowes, Eric Church) for participating in the list, as well as all the readers who voted in the poll.

Gibson.com’s Top 50 Guitar Riffs of All Time

1. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones

2. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple

3. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin

4. “Iron Man,” Black Sabbath

5. “Back in Black,” AC/DC

6. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana

7. “You Really Got Me,” The Kinks

8. “Day Tripper,” The Beatles

9. “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith

10. “Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream

11. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne

12. “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses

13. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominos

14. “Purple Haze,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

15. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica

16. “Heartbreaker,” Led Zeppelin

17. “Black Dog,” Led Zeppelin

18. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison

19. “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry

20. “Foxy Lady,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

21. “I Feel Fine,” The Beatles

22. “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love,” Van Halen

23. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes

24. “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles

25. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC

26. “Shakin’ All Over,” Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

27.  “Rebel Rebel,” David Bowie

28.  “Mannish Boy,” Muddy Waters

29. “Bo Diddley,” Bo Diddley

30. “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses

31. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

32. “Wild Thing,” The Troggs

33. “T.V. Eye,” The Stooges

34.  “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions

35. “Rock and Roll,” Led Zeppelin

36. “Panama,” Van Halen

37. “Rumble,” Link Wray & His Ray Men

38. “Teenage Kicks,” The Undertones

39.  “Sultans of Swing,” Dire Straits

40. “I Can’t Explain,” The Who

41. “I Fought the Law,” Bobby Fuller Four

42. “Susie Q,” Dale Hawkins

43.  “Somethin’ Else,” Eddie Cochran

44. “Peggy Sue,” Buddy Holly

45. “Cat Scratch Fever,” Ted Nugent

46. “Revolution,” The Beatles

47. “Born on the Bayou,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

48. “Louie Louie,” The Kingsmen

49. “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper

50. “Guerilla Radio,” Rage Against the Machine

Readers Poll – Top 25 Guitar Riffs of All Time

Many of the readers’ most cherished picks ended up on the final Top 50, through not necessarily in the same order. For instance, the readers poll showed overwhelming support for Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the top spot (vs. #12 on the final tally). Instead of “Enter Sandman,” which ended up on the final list, Metallica fans got behind “Master of Puppets,” which hit #19 on the poll below. Readers also gave love to Southern (or Southern-inspired) rock, with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” all in the Top 25.

1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses

2. “I Feel Fine,” The Beatles

3. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin

4. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominos

5. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones

6. “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses

7. “Back in Black,” AC/DC

8. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC

9. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple

10. “Black Dog,” Led Zeppelin

11. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne

12. “Walk at Night,” Boston

13. “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry

14. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” Allman Brothers Band

15. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

16. “1 a.m.,” Beautiful Creatures

17. “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin

18. “Kashmir,” Led Zeppelin

19. “Master of Puppets,” Metallica

20. “Purple Haze,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

21. “Heartbreaker,” Led Zeppelin

22. “Iron Man,” Black Sabbath

23. “Day Tripper,” The Beatles

24. “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain

25. “Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Repeat Offenders – Acts with Multiple Entries in the Top 50

Some artists aren’t limited to one great riff – actually many of them aren’t. Quite a few acts placed high (and often) on the Top 50. In the end, rock titans Led Zeppelin and music legends The Beatles tied for top honors, with four famous riffs each.

Led Zeppelin: 4 (“Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll”)

The Beatles: 4 (“Day Tripper,” “I Feel Fine,” “Ticket to Ride” and “Revolution”)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 3 (“Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”)

AC/DC: 2 (“Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell”)

Eric Clapton: 2 (“Sunshine of Your Love” with Cream and “Layla” with Derek and the Dominos)

Guns N’ Roses: 2 (“Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle”)

Van Halen: 2 (“Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love” and “Panama”)

 

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