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Best Ever Rock Riffs

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) Lynyrd 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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