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Poll: Best guitar riff of all time: vote

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing at the Annandale Hotel, Sydney, in 2011.

Which song contains the greatest ever guitar riff?

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Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

16%

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger

1%

I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

1%

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

5%

Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin

16%

I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) - Rolling Stones

8%

Should I Stay or Should I Go? - The Clash

1%

Song 2 - Blur

0%

Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf

2%

Alright Now - Free

2%

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

4%

Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

6%

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

1%

Back in Black - AC/DC

15%

Need You Tonight - INXS

3%

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

1%

Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

4%

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

3%

Day Tripper - The Beatles

3%

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

8%

Total votes: 5146.

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9 comments so far

  • Honourable mentions:
    Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
    Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
    Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
    Michael Jackson - Beat It (By Eddie Van Halen I think)
    Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile
    Pearl Jam - Alive
    Hard To Swallow - The Vinegar Strokes
    Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
    Metallica - Enter Sandman
    Purely Subjective List Making - People Who Really Don't Give a Sh*t

    Commenter
    Randolf Quaid
    Location
    Seaford
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 5:01PM
  • WHAT... no 'SMOKE on the WATER' ?

    what dweeb came up with this list?
    has to be the greatest riff in the past 50 years!

    and i see others agree...

    Commenter
    Les
    Location
    .. in Geneva
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 6:05PM
  • Thunderstruck by AC/DC was not in the poll but is the best

    Commenter
    rocker
    Location
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 7:14PM
  • Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

    There's no contest.

    Commenter
    dee em
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 7:30PM
  • ZZ Top - la grange has to be there.
    Pixies -monkeys gone to heaven
    For an instantly recognisable riff
    Martha and the muffins -Echo Beach
    Or
    Concrete Blond -Tomorrow Wendy

    Commenter
    Gra_x2
    Location
    Melb
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 7:31PM
  • Wow - a whole article about guitar riffs and no mention of Moon on the Water. And how on earth can the shortlist not contain Fleetwood Mac's The Chain????

    Commenter
    CazzaP
    Location
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 7:33PM
  • All that talk about guitar riffs and no mention anywhere of Ritchie Blackmore's Smoke on the Water? One can only put that down to ignorance.

    Commenter
    Ahmed
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 8:19PM
  • Where's Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze?

    Commenter
    Musicianista
    Location
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 11:37PM
  • What about Clapton's "Layla"?

    Commenter
    erol
    Location
    Date and time
    July 17, 2014, 8:26AM

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