Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines just conducted a poll and asked readers what the best guitar riff of all time is and Jimmy Page's riff in Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" was #1.
The forthcoming July issue of ‘Total Guitar’ says that song’s "guitar figure took just 2.7 seconds to play, but it immediately projected music into another decade. While everyone else was still playing the '60s, Zeppelin were now playing the '70s.
It goes on to read, "It wasn't the first great riff, but it is the defining one. It's why riffs became central to guitar music, the reason bands search for the guitar hook that can propel a whole song — or even a whole career."
Here’s a look at the Top 10 greatest guitar riffs of all-time chosen by the readers of Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines:
- "Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin / riff by Jimmy Page
- "Crazy Train" - Ozzy Osbourne / riff by Randy Rhoads
- "Back in Black" - AC/DC / riff by Angus Young
- "Smoke on the Water" - Deep Purple / riff by Ritchie Blackmore
- "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" - Van Halen / riff by Eddie Van Halen
- "Enter Sandman" - Metallica / riff by Kirk Hammett
- "Iron Man" - Black Sabbath / riff by Tony Iommi
- "Walk" - Pantera / riff by Dimebag Darrell
- "La Grange" - ZZ Top / riff by Billy Gibbons
- "Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix
[Source: Classic Hits Today]