Guitar School Reveals “Top 25 Riffs Of All Time,” Flatters Ghosts Of Jimi, Dimebag

AP06121608843.jpg“Smoke On The Water” features the best guitar riff of all time, according to a poll conducted by the British music school Guitar X. As you’d expect from a list based on the opinions of young guitar students, you’ve got some Hendrix, some Angus, three from Slash in the Top 10. But two Frusciantes? A Dimebag? A Knopfler? The full 25 after the jump.

1. “Smoke On The Water” – Deep Purple
2. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
3. “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith
4. “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns’n’Roses
6. “Paradise City” – Guns’n’Roses
7. “Ace Of Spades” – Motorhead
8. “Enter Sandman” – Metallica
9. “Under The Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. “Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns’n’Roses
11. “Run To The Hills” – Iron Maiden
12. “Walk” – Pantera
13. “Johnny Be Goode” – Chuck Berry
14. “Back In Black” – AC/DC
15. “Immigrant Song” – Led Zeppelin
16. “Wake Up” – Rage Against The Machine
17. “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC
18. “My Generation” – The Who
19. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes
20. “Born To Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
21. “Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
22. “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
23. “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” – Jimi Hendrix
24. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor
25. “Money For Nothing” – Dire Straits

Duuuuuuude, no “Stone Cold Crazy?” And if you’re going to bother with Jack White, you have to go with “Icky Thump.” Maybe it’s just my patriotism talking, I think an American school would have made a much fiercer list. One with some Kerry King! Some John Petrucci! Some John Mayer!

Deep Purple top guitar heroes [The Sun]