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The Best 50 Riffs by Blitz


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This month Blitz (Portuguese monthly music magazine) wrote an article with the top 50 Best Riffs, with the choices being made by: David Fricke, Brian Hiatt, Evan Serpick, Douglas Wolk and Rui Miguel.

Led Zeppelin's "Wholle Lotta Love" reached number 8.

With 2 Portuguese Artist in the top 20s.

Here are the Top 20s:

1. Purple Haze, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

2. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry (1958)

3. You Really Got Me, The Kinks (1964)

4. Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones (1971)

5. Eruption, Van Halen (1978)

6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles (1968)

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana (1991)

8. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin (1969)

9. Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run (1975)

10. My Generation, The Who (1965)

11. Verdes Anos, Carlos Paredes (1962)

12. Cowgirl in the Sand, Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1969)

13. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath (1970)

14. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones (1976)

15. Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (1984)

16. Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes (2003)

17. Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine (1992)

18. Where the Streets Have No Name, U2 (1987)

19. Back in Black, AC/DC (1980)

20. Não Sou o Único, Xutos & Pontapés (1987)

These is the online page of the magazine revealing the publication of the article, sorry but it's in Portuguese.

Top 50 Riffs

Ps: Other Blitz Links best 20 albums 25 bands

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That looks like it's reprinted from Rolling Stone's issue with Jimmy on the cover a couple of months ago because 1) David Fricke is involved and 2) I remember being shocked at Springsteen's Born to Run at #9!...

Probably because they interviewed the same persons, or almost the same.

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Shit, Zeppelin could own a list by themselves. What about The Ocean or Over the Hills, Black Dog, Custard Pie, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown....for crap's sake, have one list for them and another for everybody else.

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