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100 Greatest
'Rock' Guitar Riffs


(digitaldreamdoor.com 2005 list)

51. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
52. Pinball Wizard - The Who
53. China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
54. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
55. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
56. Wipeout - The Surfaris
57. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
58. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
59. American Woman - Guess Who
60. Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
61. All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
62. Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
63. Bulls On Parade - Rage Against The Machine
64. Walk - Pantera
65. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
66. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses
67. Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
68. I'm Broken - Pantera
69. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
70. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
71. Working Man - Rush
72. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
73. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
74. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
75. Whipping Post - Allman Brothers Band
Lenny Kravitz
76. Aenima - Tool
77. You Shook Me - AC/DC
78. School Day - Chuck Berry
79. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
80. Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
81. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
82. Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young
83. Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers
84. Taxman - The Beatles
85. The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
86. Lola - The Kinks
87. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
88. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
89. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
90. Politican - Cream
91. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
92. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
93. Spirit Of Radio - Rush
94. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
95. Man On A Mission - Van Halen
96. Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden
97. Raining Blood - Slayer
98. Scuttle Buttin - Stevie Ray Vaughan
99. Hysteria - Muse
100. Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath
James Hetfield

1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
2. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
3. Layla - Derek And The Dominos
4. Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
5. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
6. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
7. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
8. Back In Black - AC/DC
9. Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
10. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Jimmy Page
11. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience
12. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & Destroyers
13. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
14. Day Tripper - The Beatles
15. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
16. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
17. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
18. Wild Thing - The Troggs
19. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
20. Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
21. Aqualung - Jethro Tull
22. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
23. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
24. Foxey Lady - Jimi Hendrix Experience
25. Breaking The Law - Judas Priest
26. Outshined - Soundgarden
27. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
28. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
29. Running With The Devil - Van Halen
30. The Hellion/Electric Eye - Judas Priest
31. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
32. Enter Sandman - Metallica
33. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
34. Five Minutes Alone - Pantera
35. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
Ritchie Blackmore
36. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
37. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
38. Hells Bells - AC/DC
39. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
40. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter
41. La Grange - ZZ Top
42. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
43. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
44. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
45. Ain't Talking Bout Love - Van Halen
46. Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin
47. Panama - Van Halen
48. Man On The Silver Mountain - Rainbow
49. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
50. N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

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(digitaldreamdoor.com 2005 list)

1. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
2. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
3. Angus Young (AC/DC)
4. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
5. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Eric Clapton (Cream)
Angus Young
8. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
9. Slash (Guns N Roses)
10. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
11. James Hetfield (Metallica)
12. Pete Townshend (The Who)
13. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
14. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
15. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

The above 2 lists are with courtesy of
Digital Dream Door Site
They are not compiled by myself.

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"Riviera Paradise"
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Lead guitarist ~ Double Trouble
This is a soulful instrumental is included on his 1989 album "In Step". After a full day of recording material for the album, Stevie asked his producer to leave the tape running and to turn down the lights. All alone, in the studio he recorded this haunting guitar track on his Fender Strat. His band, Double Trouble added the backing later, including an organ foundation from Reese Wynans. On the Austin City Limits performance, Stevie introduced this by saying it was "For all the hurting people in the world". In June 1989, their "In Step" album was released and earned them a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Performance. Tragically a year later on August 27th 1990, Stevie Ray was killed in a helicopter crash following a performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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"Reelin' in the Years"
Elliott Randall
Elliott Randall
Lead guitarist ~ Steely Dan
/top sessionist
"Reelin' in the Years" was released as the sixth track on their 1972 album, Can't Buy a Thrill.
The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and features Fagen on vocals. The song was also a No. 11 hit on the Pop singles chart in 1973. In March 2005, 'Q' magazine placed the song at number 95 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has reportedly said that top session guitarist Elliott's guitar solo on "Reelin' In the Years" is his favorite solo of all time. That solo was also ranked the 40th best guitar solo of all time by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Elliott has also worked with such as The Doobie Brothers, Tom Rush, Elkie Brooks, Carly Simon, Carl Wilson, Peter Wolf, Peter Frampton, James Galway, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and The American Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He was also a music consultant for Saturday Night Live and Oliver Stone and did projects with producers Gary Katz, David Kershenbaum, The Tokens, Steve Lillywhite, Eddie Kramer and Jerry Wexler.

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"The Sails of Charon"
Ulrich Roth aka Uli Jon Roth
Ulrich Jon Roth
lead guitarist ~ Scorpions
"The Sails of Charon" written by Ulrich Jon Roth, is a track on "Taken By Force" the fifth studio album by German heavy metal band Scorpions that was released in 1978. This was the final of five Scorpions albums to feature guitarist Ulrich Jon Roth. By this time it can be clearly heard that Uli composed songs were influenced more and more by classical music and Jimi Hendrix. Uli left the band in 1979 to persue his own style and music genre, forming his own band named Electric Sun which released three albums. Scorpions eventually replaced him with Matthias Jabs.

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"No One Like You"

Matthais Jabs
lead guitarist ~ the Scorpions

"No One Like You" is a song by the German rock band Scorpions, it first appeared on the band's 1982 album Blackout, and was one of three hits from the album. The song reached No.65 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on the US Rock Tracks chart, it is also a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. Matthais Jabs joined the Scorpions after Ulrich Roth left in 1978. The first album Matthias recorded with the Scorpions was "Lovedrive", released February 25th 1979. His guitar playing contributed significantly to their signature sound. He favours Gibson Explorer guitars and in the late 1980s designed a model for them, called the Explorer 90, it's bady is 90% the size of a regular Explorer.

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"Big City Nights"
Rudolf Schenker
Rudolf Schenker
rhythm/lead guitarist ~ the Scorpions

"Big City Nights" by German hard rock band Scorpions, was released as the 6th track of their 1984 and 9th album "Love at First Sting", it was released as the third single from the album. "Big City Nights" was composed by band members Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine. The song was covered on the Fozzy album Happenstance. In most Scorpions songs, guitar solos are performed by lead guitarist Matthias Jabs, but there are exceptions, "Wind of Change", "Still Loving You", "As Soon As The Good Times Roll", "Through My Eyes" and "Big City Nights". Rudolf was a founding member of Scorpions, he is the rhythm, and occasional lead guitarist and one of the main song-writers of the band. After starting out with a Fender Stratocaster, he is primarily known for playing Gibson Flying Vs and, more recently, Dean Vs. . Rudolf's goal is not to become the best or the fastest guitarist, but to be a very good composer.

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"No One Knows"
Josh Homme
Josh Homme
lead guitarist ~ Queens of the Stone Age

"No One Knows" by American hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age aka QOTSA or just Queens, was written by band members Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan. It was the first single and second track from their third album, Songs for the Deaf, and was released on November 26th 2002. It was critically acclaimed, receiving a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Founding member, lead guitarist and multi-musician
Josh Homme developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music, described as 'robot rock', he wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, and just pound it into your head. His earliest musical influences included crossover hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Charged GBH, and Discharge, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top.

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Joseph Milligan
Joseph Milligan
lead guitarist ~ Anberlin

"Godspeed" by alternative rock band Anberlin released on December 26th 2006, also appeared on their third album "Cities", released later, February 20, 2007. It's about different stories through rock and roll history where drugs played a major downfall or death in the persona's life, such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Nico, Moon, Vicious, etc, etc. .Anberlin has released four studio albums and an EP in their six years of existence and have sold over 400,000 albums. Lead guitarist Joseph Milligan was a founder band member in 2002, and still with the band today. Prior to Anberlin, he was guitarist with the band “SaGoh 24/7” (SaGoh – Servants after God’s own heart).

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"Joker & the Thief"
Andrew Stockdale
Andrew Stockdale
lead guitarist ~ Wolfmother

"Woman" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother, featured on their 2005 debut studio album Wolfmother. It was released as the band's fourth single in Australia on 17 June 2006, and later in the United Kingdom on 17 July. "Woman" won the award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards in 2007, and in Australia, the song was ranked No.45 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. "Woman" was featured in the soundtracks of The Game Plan, Major League Baseball 2K7, MotorStorm, Madden NFL 07, Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Pure, and is a playable song in Guitar Hero II. Lead guitarist and singer Andrew Stockdale, was a co-founder of Wolfmother in 2000 and is the only original member left. His guitar antics and stage persona are commonly traced to Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and The Jimi Hendrix Experience's namesake, while his style can often be compared to progressive rockers Pink Floyd.
"Joker & the Thief"
"Joker & the Thief" is the sixth single by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother, and the sixth and final from their debut album Wolfmother, released in the Autumn 2006 The music video for the song was nominated for the "Best Rock Video" and "Video of the Year" awards at the 2007 MTV Australia Awards. The title is a reference to the characters in the famous Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower".
It is featured in the films Jackass Number Two, Shoot 'Em Up and Shrek the Third, and video games Need for Speed: Carbon and MLB 07: The Show, as well as Mitsubishi and Peugeot commercials.
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"Peace Frogs"
Robby Krieger
Robby Krieger
lead guitarist ~ The Doors

"Peace Frog" by The Doors which appears on the album "Morrison Hotel". It was released on vinyl in February 1970 by Elektra/Asylum Records and produced by Paul Rothchild.
"Peace Frog" was originally called "Abortion Stories"; guitarist Robby Krieger gave the song its more tame title, "Peace Frog." The bloody images (There's blood in the streets, it's up to my ankles/There's blood on the streets, it's up to my knee, etc.) originated, like many songs of The Doors, from the poetry of Jim Morrison . Bobby's's fingerstyle approach to the electric guitar, eclectic musical tastes, and songwriting helped establish The Doors as a successful rock band in the 1960s.

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"I'm But a Wave to..."
Paul Masvidal and Jason Gobel
Paul Masvidal and Jason Gobel
lead guitarists ~ Cynics

"I'm But a Wave to..." is off the American metal band Cynic's 1993 album "Focus". About 2 minutes in, there's an incredible sounding riff between the two guitarists Paul Masvidal and Jason Gobel. The guitar parts of Paul Masvidal and Jason Gobel intertwine, bringing to mind such guitar duos as Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, or Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew from King Crimson. Only rarely do both guitars play the same part simultaneously; most of the time both guitars have their distinct own parts that tie together to form a fabric of harmonies and melodies

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"Possum Kingdom"
Vaden Todd Lewis >> photo taken by Will Rodgers
Vaden Todd Lewis
lead guitarist ~ Toadies

"Possum Kingdom" was the first single from the Toadies' 1994 album Rubberneck. It was the most successful single released by the 90's grunge band Toadies, reaching No. 4 on the Modern Rock Charts. The song's origins lie in folklore from the band's native state of Texas and was named after Possum Kingdom State Park, in Palo Pinto County. "Possum Kingdom" is also featured in the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II.
As well as playing with The Toadies, Vaden also plays with the Burden Brothers

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Reader's Poll from
'Total Guitar' May 2005

1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses by 36%
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
5. Enter Sandman - Metallica
6. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton
7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
8. Back In Black - AC/DC
9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Tony Iommi
11. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
12. All Right Now - Free
13. Plug In Baby - Muse
14. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
15. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
16. Walk This Way - Aerosmith w Run DMC
17. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
18. No-One Knows - Queens Of The Stone Age
19. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
20. Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine
courtesy of BBC news

Guns 'n' Roses with 36%
What really annoyed me about the BBC article reporting this,
they had a pic of Axl Rose NOT Slash!!
Here we go again ... front man got the publicity yet again

Former Guns n Roses lead guita
rist Slash is one of my personal favourite power guitarists, among many. Slash's early guitar influences were Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page & Rory Gallagher. Band influence was Aerosmith. He was born 1965 in Hamstead, London, bought up in Stoke on Trent, UK, and moved to USA at the age of 11. He is a self taught guitarist, his gran gave him his first guitar at 15yrs. He devoted 12 hours a day to playing his guitar!! (school went out of the window!) After Guns 'n' Roses split he formed his own band 'Snakepit' and now plays lead with Velvet Revolver ... More

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