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Ok, so i've just read that Jimi Hendrix has been voted as having the best riff with Voodoo Child. I would say try your top 20 although it may take sometime for you's to think of 20 so i'll shorten it. What is your take on it, who would you choose in your top 10? I'll give it a shot in a bit when i'm not quite so busy :)




Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child is the number one guitar riff of all time, according to an online music poll.


The real life guitar hero beat a slew of other rock favourites, including Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.


The survey by MusicRadar.com asked its readers to vote for their favourite riff and the site has been counting down the top 50.


The publication of the top 20 revealed only two entries from the past decade - Muse's Plug In Baby took spot 11 and The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army came in at 15.


Led Zeppelin has three riffs in the top 20, while Black Sabbath and AC/DC claim two spots.


Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is the last track on the 1968 album Electric Ladyland but was not released as a single until after Hendrix's death in 1970.


The genesis of the song was the 15-minute Voodoo Chile jam, also on Electric Ladyland.


Hendrix improvised the unmistakable riff while being filmed by a TV crew, according to Rolling Stone.


MusicRadar editor-in-chief Mike Goldsmith told Sky News Online the poll indicated Hendrix is the undisputed rock guitar champion.


"Whenever we've done stories like this, we always get a great response - it's the ultimate pub conversation," he said.


"Everyone's got an opinion. We got just shy of 5,000 response via email, Twitter and Facebook.


"It's quite pointed that classic rock is still the big thing. This is just good music.


"You can see the influence of these types of people on say, Jack White, who's just everywhere - releasing new albums or setting up record companies."


When pressed on what his favourite riff was, Mr Goldsmith admitted: "I voted for number six - Back In Black, AC/DC. But I only voted once, honest!"


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top ten you say... in no particular order


slayer - angel of death (the slower riff in the middle that public enemy sampled)

pink floyd - money (the main riff)

down - three suns and one star (the faster riff)

mastodon - megalodon (the fast bit just after the country style one)

the cult - she sells sanctuary

faith no more - surprise you're dead

black sabbath - into the void

metallica - one (the darkness imprisoning me bit)

stone roses - sally cinnamon

type o negative - my girlfriend's girlfriend (the keyboard bit)


there's probably loads i've forgot, but they are standouts for me  :thup:

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1. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience (Jimi Hendrix)

2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses (Slash)

3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

4. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

5. Layla - Derek & the Dominoes (Eric Clapton)

6. Back in Black - AC/DC (Angus Young)

7. Enter Sandman - Metallica (James Hetfield)

8. Day Tripper - Beatles (John Lennon)

9. Smells LIke Teen Spirit - Nirvana

10. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones (Keith Richard)

11. Paranoid - Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi)

12. Plug In Babt - Muse

13. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)

14. You Really Got Me - Kinks (Dave Davies)

15. Seven Nation Army

16. Highway to Hell - AC/DC (Angus Young)

17. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

18. Iron Man - Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi)

19. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

20. Beat It - Michael Jackson (Eddie Van Halen)

21. Paperback Writer - Beatles (John Lennon)

22. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

23. Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC (Angus Young)

24. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

25. Sad But True - Metallica (James Hetfield)

26. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

27. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

28. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

29. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhodes)

30. Walk - Pantera (Dimebag Darrell Abbott)

31. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream (Eric Clapton)

32. I Feel Fine - Beatles (John Lennon)

33. The Ocean - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

34. Airbag - Radiohead

35. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young

36. Money - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters (Bass), David Gilmour (Guitar))

37. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones (Keith Richard)

38. Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth (Dave Mustaine)

39. I Wanna Be Your Dog - Stooges (Ron Asheton)

40. Have Love, Will Travel - Sonics (Andy Parypa)

41. New Born - Muse

42. Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue (Mick Mars)

43. Cult of Personality - Living Colour

44. Profits of Doom - Clutch

45. Tie Your Mother Down - Queen (Brian May)

46. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers (John Frucianti)

47. Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix

48. The Trooper - Iron Maiden (Adrian Smith, David Murray)

49. Mototcycle Emptiness - Manic Street Preachers (James Dean Bradfield)

50. Ticket to Ride - Beatles (John Lennon)

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