Last Updated on April 2, 2020 by Klaus Crow
There’s something about playing guitar riffs. Creating that cool sound with your own bare fingers while sliding down and bending up those strings feels just like pure magic. Ain’t nothing like it.
Also the excitement of learning and eventually mastering a challenging riff is unbelievably fulfilling.
Let alone playing that riff with a real band will give you a true adrenaline rush. Yes that’s why we love to play riffs.
A little while ago I created a list with “50 of The Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time”. After that I got a lot of requests for a “Greatest Riffs of all Time” list. And I thought ‘yeah why not?’ So here you are.
As most of you know the lists on Guitarhabits are in no particular order and they are never complete. The lists are here to inspire and to motivate.
You might discover a riff or song on the list that you haven’t thought of before and would really like to learn. Maybe you’ll get some new ideas for practice or encounter a “mustknowriff” for your repertoire. It’s all here.
I was thinking about my personal favorite and it’s just too hard to choose only one. There are too many brilliant creations and all unique in their own way. I love the simplicity of “highway to hell”, the beautiful, mysterious, wah wah riff of “Voodoo child”, I have a weak spot for almost every guitar riff by John Frusciante or Slash and not to mention the zillion riffs that aren’t even on the list. Thank god it never stops.
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Enjoy the list!
26 – Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
33 – Wild Thing – The Troggs
45 – All right now – Free
46 – Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
If I missed out on your personal favorite guitar riff, please share it in the comments.
I’d appreciate it.