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Planet Rock's Top 40 Rock Riffs

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From planetrock.co.uk:


The results are in. Debate over. The Greatest Ever Rock Riff has been named...

Thousands of you voted and now we have our answer - 'Smoke On The Water' is without doubt the Greatest Rock Riff of all time.

It's the sound of a million air-guitarists around the world kicking into action, and that simple, opening four bar/four chord refrain that is somehow burnt into the memories of anyone that has even seen, touched or heard a guitar is your number 1.

Deep Purple had a further 27 songs nominated in the 1208 songs that you voted for, whilst the runners up, Led Zeppelin, had a total of 38 songs nominated - five in the Top Forty.

But the riff kings were undoubtedly Black Sabbath who featured 43 times in the full list, while AC/DC featured 41 times (and actually took more votes in total than any other band).

But without any further ado - here's the full Top Forty

1) Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water

2) Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

3) Guns n Roses - Sweet Child O Mine

4) AC DC - Whole Lotta Rosie

5) Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

6) Derek & The Dominoes - Layla

7) Free - All Right Now

8) Cream - Sunshine of Your Love

9) Black Sabbath - Paranoid

10) Deep Purple - Burn

11) AC DC - Back In Black

12) Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

13) Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

14) Metallica - Enter Sandman

15) Rolling Stones - Satisfaction

16) Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

17) Lynryd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

18) Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

19) Aerosmith - Walk This Way

20) AC DC - Highway to Hell

21) Black Sabbath - Iron Man

22) Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker

23) Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

24) Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll

25) Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

26) Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

27) AC DC - Thunderstruck

28) Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar

29) UFO - Rock Bottom

30) Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone

31) Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

32) Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

33) Rush - Spirit of Radio

34) Status Quo - Caroline

35) Pink Floyd - Money

36) Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

37) Iron Maiden - The Trooper

38) Jethro Tull - Aqualung

39) Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

40) Guns n Roses - Paradise City


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No Day Tripper (or any other Beatles for that matter)?

Not a single Who song (My Generation should definitely be there)?

No Kinks either (You Really Got Me or All Day and All of the Night)?

Not even one of the most influential riffs ever, Bo Diddley?

And it's pretty funny that Smoke On The Water is number one when it was actually played on an organ. It's the secret keyboard riff!

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