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List: Top Ten Guitar Riffs of all time

Date: 2004

Source: Total Guitar magazine

Base: More than 2,000 readers took part in the poll.

Notes: Total Guitar is a UK based publication aimed at all guitar players and enthusiasts. It offers in-depth articles and interviews with the greatest players in the world, as well as reviews of all the latest and guitars, amps, sound modules, pedals and effects available. A similar poll was held in 2009 by, where Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile' came in top position.

Rank / Riff


1. Sweet Child O' Mine

Guns N' Roses

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit


3. Whole Lotta Love

Led Zeppelin

4. Smoke On The Water

Deep Purple

5. Enter Sandman


6. Layla

Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton

7. Master Of Puppets


8. Back In Black


9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

Jimi Hendrix

10. Paranoid

Black Sabbath

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