Biggest Guitar Riffs of All Time Ballot Has Us Puzzled


A new ballot for the oft-debated matter of Biggest Guitar Riffs has some stupefying outcomes.  The U.Okay. research performed in March 2022 by music content material and software program supplier Muse (additionally proprietor of Final Guitar) polled 1,500 individuals and supplied some severely head-scratching picks… even within the prime 5.

Let’s outline phrases first, lets?  I do not assume we now have to inform anybody what a guitar solo is.  That’s NOT the guitar riff. A guitar riff is the muse of a music that repeats all through.  Per RockGuitarUniverse, “a riff, by way of its melodic and rhythmic building, is designed to be a hook that represents the vibe of a music.”  (Going additional, a riff can be not a “lick.”  A guitar lick is a cool or memorable offshoot of a solo or riff that is used as soon as in a music.)

The highest 30 songs that made it within the ballot are all listed under, however let’s go one by way of 5 first and select among the stunners.

1. Weapons N’ Roses “Candy Youngster O’ Mine”

“Candy Youngster” by G n’ R is completely regular selection that usually tops these sorts of lists.  We’ve no drawback right here.

2. Survivor “Eye Of The Tiger”

No disrespect to the official theme music from Rocky III, nonetheless, No. 2 guitar riff of all-time? Certain, it is a highly effective riff, however higher than say, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” (which did not even make the listing) or Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water?” Let’s transfer on, as a result of No. 3 is a doubtlessly even worse punt.

3. Queen, “One other One Bites the Mud”

The long-lasting, funky half that makes “One other One Bites the Mud” is nice, nevertheless it’s not a guitar riff. It is a BASSLINE. And it is not the one bass guitar-driven “riff” that made the listing. Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” is at no. 12. This makes us marvel if the metrics used/selections given on this survey make any sense. Main us to 4…

4. Kings Of Leon, “Intercourse on Fireplace”

We’re not even positive that this can be a High 10,000 music of all time. (The lead singer of the band would not even actually prefer it!) How is that this riff higher than “Again In Black” (No. 13) “or “Satisfaction” (No. 24????) Is that this a results of an amazing undersexing within the British public? Get some, lads, and take this check over. Please.

5. Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”

Okay. We guess. Clearly one of many biggest rock songs ever crafted. We’ll take it based mostly on the opposite choices which have been made right here. We simply do not know if it is a High 5 sticky RIFF. That is what this was imagined to be all about, proper????!?!?!?

The entire of the highest 30 observe. There are a number of picks you may count on in there but in addition some extra that do not even observe the principles, once more. Johnny Money’s “Ring of Fireplace” is a horn melody! Pink Floyd’s The Wall is an ALBUM. (The music “One other Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2” is a sound selection, however, c’mon, let’s get it collectively.) This is the reason we outlined the phrases at first! Jeez. Irritating.

  1. Candy Youngster O’ Mine – Weapons N’ Roses
  2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  3. One other One Bites the Mud – Queen
  4. Intercourse on Fireplace – Kings of Leon
  5. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  6. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  8. Candy Residence Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  9. Layla – Eric Clapton
  10. Cash for Nothing – Dire Straits
  11. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
  12. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  13. Again in Black – AC/DC
  14. The Ace of Spades – Motorhead
  15. Stroll This Method – Aerosmith
  16. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
  17. You Actually Obtained Me – The Kinks
  18. The Wall – Pink Floyd
  19. Ring of Fireplace – Johnny Money
  20. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett
  21. Voodoo Youngster – Jimi Hendrix
  22. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  23. Seven Nation Military – The White Stripes
  24. Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No) – The Rolling Stones
  25. Come as You Are – Nirvana
  26. Entire Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
  27. I Wager You Look Good on the Dancefloor  – Arctic Monkeys
  28. Message in a Bottle – The Police
  29. All Proper Now – Free
  30. Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones

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