Guns N' Roses and AC/DC Classics Make Greatest Guitar Riffs Of All Time

02/09/2011
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Today Gibson presents no. 21-30 in their countdown of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. Here are a couple highlights:

30. "Welcome to the Jungle," Guns N' Roses (1987): You know you've scored a killer riff when it becomes a staple at all major sporting events to fire up a crowd. The first song ever co-written by Slash and Axl Rose, "Welcome to the Jungle" was the second single from Guns N' Roses landmark 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction. In his autobiography, Slash says it was Axl who remembered and reminded him of the classic riff when GN'R were first starting to write songs together. The Chapeaued Shredder originally conjured "Jungle's" riff while shacking up in his mother's basement. Sean Patrick Dooley

25. "Highway to Hell," AC/DC (1979): Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young have always been geniuses at harnessing the no-nonsense power of open chords, and "Highway to Hell" features some doozies. But its main riff also includes a very clever moving bass note (F# to G) under a D chord shape, which adds a sense of movement and complexity to an otherwise simple two-chord riff. That same feeling of movement drives the verse along and sets everything up for the Big Chorus, another AC/DC staple. Peter Hodgson Read today's full list

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