10 Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever

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Every guitarist wants to come up with that one great guitar riff that’ll change their life forever. Was that too cheesy? Okay, let’s try again. Once in a while, rock gods look down upon us and recognize our need for greatness to make life more exciting. Yeah, that’s worse.

Anyway, what we’re trying to say is we cannot overstate the importance of an unforgettable and mind-blowing riff. Even legendary musicians most likely just come up with only one during their entire career. And more often than not, that’s all you need – that ‘one great riff’ to take your song to another level and basically secure you a spot in the rock ‘n roll pantheon.

Does it have to be difficult and complicated? Not necessarily. Some are simple enough for beginners to learn. So go and grab your guitar and see how many of these you can play:

10. Guns ‘n Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

Slash gets a lot of hate for allegedly for being overrated and not having enough talent to compete with other legendary guitarists. Okay all you Debbie downers, we see your point. And while we’re well aware that Slash isn’t exactly the greatest axeslinger out there, it’s hard to discount the “wow” factor in his riff for “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

That one’s not just easily recognizable but when you actually try to play it, you’ll realize it’s harder than it looks.

“You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda like a joke because we thought, ‘What is this song? It’s gonna be nothing, it’ll be filler on the record.’ And except that vocal-wise, it’s very sweet and sincere, Slash was just fuckin’ around when he first wrote that lick.” – Duff McKagan

Bless you Slash for coming up with this “circus” melody. Almost three decades later, guitarists are still attempting to perfect it – all the while looking cool and chill ala Slash.

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