top 5 most recognizible guitar riffs

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Smoke on The Water- Deep Purple
Iron Man-Black Sabbath
Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit
Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze
Metallica-Enter Sandman
 

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"Smoke on the Water" is of course the riff that tops all other riffs. Other I would include would be "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Iron Man", "I Love Rock 'N Roll", "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Also I would want to include "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Crazy Train" but they just missed the cut.
 

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Good point, I'd put Sunshine in for Enter Sandman. The rest of the OP is right on!

enter sandman has crossover appeal to people who dont even listen to rock. The song is played so much at arenas and statdiums at sporting events. Enter Sandman will also crossover to more generations IMO. I like the sunshine riff more than the enter sandman riff though
 

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Good list bit I think that Johnny B. Goode or Day Tripper may belong there
 

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Smoke on The Water- Deep Purple
Iron Man-Black Sabbath
Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit
Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze
Metallica-Enter Sandman
I agree with those first three, but after that I can't be sure. Someone mentioned Sweet Child O' Mine, and I'd have to agree with that. Then I guess the last (imo) would be Layla by Derek & The Dominoes
 

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Salmacis:

Good point, I'd put Sunshine in for Enter Sandman.

Absolutely!

The rest of the OP is right on!

No it's not. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rojjing Stones is probably the most recognizable guitar riff of all time and it's not even on the list. In fact, I don't think any of the tracks on the list would even be played on oldies stations while "Satisfaction" is played on both classic rock and oldies stations.

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PinkFreud:

Then I guess the last (imo) would be Layla by Derek & The Dominoes

I agree. "Layla" is far more recognizable than either "Smells like Teen Spirit" or "Enter Sandman".

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I agree with Foxhound here..."Satisfaction" DEFINITELY makes the list...probably at least top two or three anyway.
 

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