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#1 Posted on 4.5.04 1647.10
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http://www.antimusic.com/ news/04/may/item11.shtml

UK's Total Guitar magazine polled its readers asking which is the best guitar riffs and guitar solos. Below are the top 20 for each.

Top 20 All Time Guitar Solos
01. ‘Stairway To Heaven’ - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
02. ‘Eruption’ - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
03. ‘Freebird’ - Collins/Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
04. ‘Comfortably Numb’ - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
05. ‘All Along The Watchtower’ - Jimi Hendrix
06. ‘November Rain’ - Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
07. ‘One’ - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
08. ‘Hotel California’ - Don Felder/Joe Walsh (Eagles)
09. ‘Crazy Train’ - Randy Rhads (Ozzy Osbourne)
10. ‘Crossroads’ - Eric Clapton (Cream)
11. ‘Voodoo Chile’ - Jimi Hendrix
12. ‘Johnny B. Goode’ - Chuck Berry
13. ‘Texas Flood’ - Stevie Ray Vaughan
14. ‘Layla’ - Clapton/Allman (Derek and the Dominos)
15. ‘Floods’ - Dimebag Darrel (Pantera)
16. ‘Heartbreaker’ - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
17. ‘Cliffs Of Dover’ - Eric Johnson
18. ‘Little Wing’ - Jimi Hendrix
19. ‘Highway Star’ - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
20. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - Brian May (Queen)

Top 20 All Time Guitar Riffs
01. Guns N' Roses – "Sweet Child O' Mine"
02. Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
03. Led Zeppelin – "Whole Lotta Love"
04. Deep Purple – "Smoke On The Water"
05. Metallica – "Enter Sandman"
06. Derek & The Dominoes - "Layla"
07. Metallica - "Master Of Puppets"
08. AC/DC – "Back In Black"
09. Jimi Hendrix – "Voodoo Child"
10. Black Sabbath – "Paranoid"
11. Ozzy Osbourne – "Crazy Train"
12. Free – "All Right Now"
13. Muse – "Plug In Baby"
14. Led Zeppelin – "Black Dog"
15. Van Halen – "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
16. Aerosmith – "Walk This Way"
17. Cream – "Sunshine Of Your Love"
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – "No One Knows"
19. Guns N' Roses – "Paradise City"
20. Rage Against The Machine – "Killing In The Name"

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While Stairway is the mother of all guitar solos, I'm not sure I'd have picked Sweet Child as best overall riff. My pick would definitely be some AC/DC.

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#2 Posted on 4.5.04 1758.48
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Glad to see Crazy Train get some love.

I thought AC/DC might have more in the riff section, but some may argue that it's all too similar. If you want Blood and Hells Bells mustn't have been too far away.

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#3 Posted on 4.5.04 1914.13
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Any list that doesn't even INCLUDE the riff to 'Satisfaction,' let alone exclude it from the top two, doesn't deserve the time of day.
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#4 Posted on 4.5.04 2046.17
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Hm. I'd have had Sultans of Swing in there somewhere....
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#5 Posted on 4.5.04 2123.50
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The top five solos seem to be obligitory to these lists, as they were the same when I was playing about six years ago. Sure they will be the same in another six years since the solo is dead. In which case, I'm glad 'Floods' is recognized as the last great solo.
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#6 Posted on 4.5.04 2235.45
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I'm just elated that Muse got onto what is otherwise a pretty flawed list.
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#7 Posted on 5.5.04 0101.40
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Not even a single Petty(well, Campbell) riff makes the cut? As the good DJ would say... TRASH.
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#8 Posted on 5.5.04 0719.41
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Eric Johnson at #17. AWESOME

I would've stuck Pearl Jam 'Alive' somewhere on the riffs list.
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#9 Posted on 5.5.04 0851.08
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Voodoo Child but no Purple Haze???

Whole Lotta Love ABOVE Black Dog????
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#10 Posted on 5.5.04 0932.16
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    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
    Voodoo Child but no Purple Haze???
That's the biggest problems with these lists is that they often restrict them to one per artist. G'n'R, Metallica and Zepplin are the only repeat performers in the riffs list, which is a travesty to Jimi Hendrix.

I also agree that "Sultans of Swing" should be on there.
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#11 Posted on 5.5.04 0934.55
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    Originally posted by kazhayashi81
    Not even a single Petty(well, Campbell) riff makes the cut? As the good DJ would say... TRASH.

Totally agreed. The guitar opening to "The Waiting" gets me all pumped up and tingly every time I hear it...same for "American Girl".
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#12 Posted on 5.5.04 0936.04
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    Originally posted by spf2119
      Originally posted by kazhayashi81
      Not even a single Petty(well, Campbell) riff makes the cut? As the good DJ would say... TRASH.

    Totally agreed. The guitar opening to "The Waiting" gets me all pumped up and tingly every time I hear it...same for "American Girl".


The little riff on Breakdown is pretty damn cool. One of the few guitar riffs I get stuck in my head for days at a time.
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#13 Posted on 5.5.04 0955.20
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    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    Hm. I'd have had Sultans of Swing in there somewhere....


I agree. Add The Kinks "You Really Got Me", Cream, "Sunshine of Your Love", "Kashmir", and "Ironman".
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#14 Posted on 5.5.04 1031.12
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    Originally posted by Retrovertigo
    ...flawed list.


That seems redundant.
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#15 Posted on 5.5.04 1342.02
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YEAH MAN WHERE'S MY BTO MAN
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#16 Posted on 5.5.04 1406.38
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    Originally posted by Grimis
      Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
      Voodoo Child but no Purple Haze???
    That's the biggest problems with these lists is that they often restrict them to one per artist. G'n'R, Metallica and Zepplin are the only repeat performers in the riffs list, which is a travesty to Jimi Hendrix.

    I also agree that "Sultans of Swing" should be on there.


Not only that, but going off of just the magazine's name, it's probably going to be geared more towards the fans of 80's virtuoso wankers. At least assuming that they're still like they are when I got a couple ten years ago...

(No, really. There was one where the readers seemed to think Pearl Jam would be bargain-bin material. One guy even SAID SO in a letter to them. Back in 1994.)
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#17 Posted on 5.5.04 1513.20
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Where is Jonny Greenwood's KER-CHUNK from Radiohead's Creep? It may be brief, but it's just as important...
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#18 Posted on 5.5.04 1640.24
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When I think guitar solos, I think Eddie Van Halen's in that classic Michael Jackson tune "Beat It".
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#19 Posted on 5.5.04 1842.39
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Any list that doesn't even INCLUDE the riff to 'Satisfaction,' let alone exclude it from the top two, doesn't deserve the time of day.


Gotta agree with you on that one Big Bad. Satisfaction should be at worst in the top 5.

EDIT: Another thing, no Rush songs on the riff list? No "Limelight", no "Spirit of Radio"? No "Working Man"? C'mon...

(edited by BOSsportsfan34 on 5.5.04 1947)
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#20 Posted on 5.5.04 1900.59
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    Originally posted by pieman
    That seems redundant.


Fair point. "More flawed than even lists normally are" would be a better way of putting it.
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