As part of our Riff Week celebrations on MusicRadar, we compiled the definitive list of The Top 50 Guitar Riffs Of All Time, as voted for by thousands of you. In the interests of democracy, we thought it was only fair that legendary guitar stars were allowed to vote too.
Not content with grabbing Slash and Brian May to talk riffs on camera, we also asked pretty much every A-lister we could get a microphone anywhere near to tell us what they thought was the best/greatest/most important guitar riff of all time. Ever. In history. Here's what they said...
We caught up with the ZZ Top legend at the Classic Rock Awards. His answer would make one hell of an iPod playlist:
“God… well you can’t limit it to one. It starts off with Jimmy Reed, then it goes Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, then you got Keith and Satisfaction, then you got Whole Lotta Love, Jimmy Page doin’ that thing, and it just keeps going on and on and on…”